CN's Response: Back when I was a Wash-n-Go girl, I lived by a modified version of the shingle method. I used one of Herbal Essence's Gels (Totally Twisted is very light and not drying), and after applying a leave-in, would rake the gel through small sections at a time. The raking motion (which captured chunks of hair between my fingers) would create perfect little spirals. I'd then air dry, diffuse, or sit under a dryer. To show more length, I'd blast the roots with a warm blow dryer, stretching the curls a bit. The style would last 2-4 days depending on how crunchy it was on day 1.
I also learned that straight Aloe Vera Gel/Juice or a styler with Aloe as one of the top ingredients, is the single BEST kept secret for curl definition. My curls would pop without any further coaxing. It's also a great light moisturizer, and helps with frizz.