Curls lose definition as I add products?

johnny963red123johnny963red123 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
After shampooing and conditioning, I usually deep condition my 4a hair, and leave it in twists/flat twists for the product to set in. After 25-30 mins under a heat cap, I'll take the twists down and rinse out the product. After doing this, just from allowing the water to run through the hair with minimal manipulation, I have very defined curls that look amazing, but as soon as I begin to put products in (leave in, cream, oil, etc.), the curls actually become less defined as I rake the product through. Is there any way that I can keep my freshly washed curls look even after applying product? 

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