I received this product in my box and have been using it lately because I have a shorter hair cut right now. I applied it after shower and dry it right away with a hair dryer. It helps to mold the hair and I apply claymation as a base then a shiner wax as final hold and finish. If I am looking for a more relaxed and messier look, I just use the claymation and finish with a flexible spray. The magic of Alternator is that it really helps the hair to hold a lot better throughout the day. I am in sales and I have to be in the car and on the road a lot. I definitely can feel the difference when I use Alternator. Highly recommended.