After years of hating my curly hair, I finally found out what the "rules" are. Go to Jessicurl.com and watch the video. Never towel dry (apply product to wet hair, etc.) I have tried every product out there, and the best for springy beautiful curls is Versastyler by Nexus. Versastyler is a very light gel. Not made for curly hair, but it works for me better than all the high end products I have tried. Jessicurl products work well, too.