I wash my hair the night before. Only put in just a little (half a thumbnail) moisturizer. I know the whole saying hair free of products, but I have had better results from a cut this way and I use only a little as a tease. Hard brush, soft brush then rag. Wake up in the morning. Soft brush a little, then comb my hair out slowly Wtg 5 mins and then it's time for the clippers !