Layer Your Products
First apply a creamy leave-in conditioner, like Biolage Curl Defining Elixir ($14, 800-662-8749 for salons), to keep moisture in strands as you dry them.
Next, use a gel, such as Ouidad Clear Control Pomade ($27, sephora.com), to define curls and help set them in place. A gel also prevents frizz.
After drying, use a product like Kérastase Paris Serum Oléo-Relax ($40, kerastase-usa.com) to hydrate ends and add shine and hold.