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How do you curlies apply gel?

Hello!

I think this thread was done years ago, and I would love to bring it back.
How do you guys apply gel? Any strange ways?
I usually rake it and when my hair is in between my fingers then I close them together so that it ribbons the hair. Then just scrunch a bit more in:glasses3:

Now it's your turn!
Soficurls:read2:3a, 3b
Amo mis rizos y mis crespos!

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C GarnierTripleNutrition
DT VatikaCoconutOil
Style Biotera Creme, LA sports gel, HETT Gel or mousse, a bit of honey with any of these!
SuperSoak FlourSack TowelDiffuse and sometimes TT HairSpray!
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  • xodevinxodevin Posts: 478Registered Users
    I usually grab a dollop, rub it between my hands and just start scrunching into my hair, first the bottom, then more of the top layers, then repeat on the other side (I usually tilt my head, lol!). :)
    But I don't really know if this is the best way to do it, I'm still on the fence about trying 'raking'. Do you find it breaks up your clumps, or do they reform?
    curly hair and proud (:
  • SoficurlsSoficurls Posts: 177Registered Users
    xodevin wrote: »
    I usually grab a dollop, rub it between my hands and just start scrunching into my hair, first the bottom, then more of the top layers, then repeat on the other side (I usually tilt my head, lol!). :)
    But I don't really know if this is the best way to do it, I'm still on the fence about trying 'raking'. Do you find it breaks up your clumps, or do they reform?

    With raking you have to be careful. If I rake too much I break my curls and my hair dries aweful! Happened today and I just had to put it up. But when I rake only a bit, pretty much only once in every section of hair, it works good and dries pretty. I really think that the least you disturb the irritable curls, the better!!!!!:dog:
    Soficurls:read2:3a, 3b
    Amo mis rizos y mis crespos!

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    C GarnierTripleNutrition
    DT VatikaCoconutOil
    Style Biotera Creme, LA sports gel, HETT Gel or mousse, a bit of honey with any of these!
    SuperSoak FlourSack TowelDiffuse and sometimes TT HairSpray!
  • earlybirdiecurlsearlybirdiecurls Posts: 87Registered Users
    I do about the same way as Devin.

    The only things I rake in are my leave-in and sometimes my curl creme.
    mod cg since feb. 18th, 2010 :toothy10:
    2b/2c, pretty porous and slightly elastic.
    garnier fructis s&s, hesmu, and biotera curl creme.

  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    I still Super Soak, so i do it that way
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
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  • BrittneyBuddyBrittneyBuddy Posts: 59Registered Users
    xodevin wrote: »
    I usually grab a dollop, rub it between my hands and just start scrunching into my hair, first the bottom, then more of the top layers, then repeat on the other side (I usually tilt my head, lol!). :)
    I do it the same way, except for I use a mousse.
    [sigpic][/sigpic]
    3a, fine hair, high density, normal porosity and elasicity
    Low poo: Coloresse Moisture Shampoo
    RO: GVPCB
    LI: KCKT
    Gel: KCCC
    DT: SMT with GVPCB
    PT: Cure Care Conditioner
    Sealant: Grapeseed oil
    Other useful things: Homemade spray gel (diluted LI, gel, and sealant)
    Love plopping and air drying!
    Hate blow drying (cept for my bangs which *gasp* I blow dry straight!)
  • angel29ishangel29ish Posts: 800Registered Users
    I Super Soak, rake, scrunch and similar "ribboning" as the OP. I use them alone or in combination. It all depends on the product of the day and how my hair is looking after product is applied. I may need to rake to fix wonky curls or scrunch to get the clumps going.:icon_smile:
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, fine, low/normal porosity
    CG - July 2009
    CO/RO/Trt.-Suave, BCB, Tigi OH & MM, EO, CJRehab, SG, DF & CF, Jasmine's, Bellacurl, SS, Darcy's, K-Pak, Shescentit, DE Coconut, MD, Oyin, JCWDT, CurlQ
    LI-GDLI, Abba PGC, CJRehab, CF,SG & BCLI, Jasmine's, Bellacurl, SS, Shescentit, DE Coconut, MD, Oyin
    Styler-FSG, Re:coil, CJCCCC lite & CIAB, Komaza CCP & CS, DB, BRHG, Joiwhip/gel, Ecostyler, Boots, SS, Gel-les'c, DMMCG, KCSS
    Too many others to list!
  • greekgoddessgreekgoddess Posts: 459Registered Users
    I still Super Soak, and love it. What is ribboning?
    3a/3b & fine
    CG since 3/2010
    Low sulphate shampoo once a week:
    Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

    Rinse Out Conditioner - used only when needed - Elucence Moisture Benefits, & KCKT

    Leave-in - used only when needed - KCKT

    Co-wash- Elucence Moisture Benefits Conditioner (about 1-2 a week).

    Stylers: KCKT, Eco-Styler Gel, AG:Recoil, FSG.

    Styling: Raking and smoothing product throughout hair and then the Super Soaker Method without the Denman.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    I still Super Soak, and love it. What is ribboning?

    Ribboning is like Rake and Shake, no? The ouidad method.../home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DgVMFgPM9YYY" class="Popup
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
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  • SoficurlsSoficurls Posts: 177Registered Users
    I still supersoak sometimes on the weekends because during the week I would have to wake up a bit earlier and I won't wake up earlier than 6:45 am !!!! That is when I have to wake up to work. :blob6:
    Supersoak is amazing, specially with Biotera curl cream. love it.
    During the week I just use leave in and gel, rake and scrunch.:profileleft:
    Soficurls:read2:3a, 3b
    Amo mis rizos y mis crespos!

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    CW SuaveCoconut
    C GarnierTripleNutrition
    DT VatikaCoconutOil
    Style Biotera Creme, LA sports gel, HETT Gel or mousse, a bit of honey with any of these!
    SuperSoak FlourSack TowelDiffuse and sometimes TT HairSpray!
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Head bent over, hair soaking wet, I rub a walnut size blob of gel between my hands and run it over my hair, then squish to push the gel thru to all the hair, then I scrunch and plop in a terry turban towel, scrunch, air and diffuse dry, scrunch.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • CDRWCDRW Posts: 177Registered Users
    I section my hair and rake gel through the sections. I'll sometimes just finger comb the section after or use a denman or paddle brush to help clump the curl. Clip the roots in the front so they don't dry flat, then I either leave my hair as is to dry or plunk in my hair net for about an hour.
    Mostly 3B/C with a multiple personality disorder! :)
    CO-Wash: Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream, Suave, Coconut Sublime
    Leave In: My own mix,
    Curls Milkshake, Curls Souffle

    Stylers: My own mix
    -great results with Aussie IF gel
    -Curls Goddess Glaze
    DT: Lekair Cholesterol, my own mix
    Curls Ecstasy Hair Tea

    Fotki
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  • anniemaeanniemae Posts: 1,702Registered Users
    xodevin wrote: »
    I usually grab a dollop, rub it between my hands and just start scrunching into my hair, first the bottom, then more of the top layers, then repeat on the other side (I usually tilt my head, lol!). :)

    I usually do it just like this, too. I don't use very much. Sometimes I don't scrunch it in, I just gently run it through using my fingers. I then tend to use the Hand Dry Hair gloves to scrunch.
    Hair Type - wavy/curly, fine texture, thin/medium density
    2b-c/F/ii
    :dog:
  • angel29ishangel29ish Posts: 800Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    I still Super Soak, and love it. What is ribboning?

    Ribboning is like Rake and Shake, no? The ouidad method.../home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DgVMFgPM9YYY" class="Popup

    What I think of as ribboning is sort of like the rake and shake with out the shaking and as the OP said closing your fingers on the hair while raking. It smooths the hair (with product) as you run your closed fingers down the length leaving "ribbons". Hope this makes sense. Then I scrunch to encourage the curl and clumps.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, fine, low/normal porosity
    CG - July 2009
    CO/RO/Trt.-Suave, BCB, Tigi OH & MM, EO, CJRehab, SG, DF & CF, Jasmine's, Bellacurl, SS, Darcy's, K-Pak, Shescentit, DE Coconut, MD, Oyin, JCWDT, CurlQ
    LI-GDLI, Abba PGC, CJRehab, CF,SG & BCLI, Jasmine's, Bellacurl, SS, Shescentit, DE Coconut, MD, Oyin
    Styler-FSG, Re:coil, CJCCCC lite & CIAB, Komaza CCP & CS, DB, BRHG, Joiwhip/gel, Ecostyler, Boots, SS, Gel-les'c, DMMCG, KCSS
    Too many others to list!
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    After raking leave-in through my hair, I rake in gel. First I start from ears down on both sides of my head (that's gel blob #1). Then I rake the top from hairline back, back of head, and sides from ears up (gel blob #2). Next is wide tooth comb to make sure no tangles and to help with distribution. Then I scrunch to get the curls boingy.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • crystal tipscrystal tips Posts: 240Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    I still Super Soak, and love it. What is ribboning?

    Ribboning is like Rake and Shake, no? The ouidad method.../home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DgVMFgPM9YYY" class="Popup

    Thanks for posting that up rudeechick! Have not seen that technique before - looks like a winner, will def try this! :blob5:
    UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
    Currently in my rotation:
    Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
    Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
    Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
    Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
    Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
    Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
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  • xodevinxodevin Posts: 478Registered Users
    Ah, thanks Soficurls! Maybe on a weekend or something I'll try that. But I suppose what I'm doing still is working for me!
    I really only rake my hands through my hair when conditioner is in it though. Even my leave in I just smooth in.
    curly hair and proud (:
  • curlyhairmichukcurlyhairmichuk Posts: 860Registered Users
    I prefer scrunching but sometimes have a problem getting the product all over and of course I don't notice it till hair is dry!
    UK curly

    fine to medium strands, porous, medium density
    CG May 2009 - low poo occasionally
    Co-wash: Tresemme Naturals
    Styling -Naked Curl Defining Cream, BRHG, Mop Top, FSG
    Product for a good hair day: FSG or Mop Top
    Hair loves protein!
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    Enjoying the freedom of going curly!:wave:
    Duchess of Alba, Keeper of the Tartan Curls in The Order of the Curly Crusaders
  • marinacurlzmarinacurlz Posts: 1,720Registered Users
    I rake in my co(leave in-whatever) and scrunch the gel in. I cannot rake the gel or I have stringy, plastered to my scalp hair....yeah, real pretty right?
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    password: curly

    3B w/3A underneath

    Medium texture
    Average porosity

    Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

    Current products-
    Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
    Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
    Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz
  • curlyinohiocurlyinohio Posts: 362Registered Users
    I rake my leave-in and my gel. With the gel, I finger comb for at least 2 or three minutes until I can tell it's thoroughly distributed. Oddly enough, I do NOT get stringy hair from doing this. I still get clumps big enough that I have to divide some of them into two.
    Cowash: Suave Aloe and Water Lily
    Conditioner and Leave-in: GFTN
    LA Looks Sport Gel
    Coconut oil Or Olive oil at night
  • wookiemousewookiemouse Posts: 295Registered Users
    I rake it in, upside down, after my leave in and curl creme. Then I stand upright and slick it down the sides and top. Then I pile it all on the very top of my head and scrunch and squeeze until I get one big squishy blob of hair and product. Plop for 1-2 hours until everything is absorbed, let it air dry, I get nice clumps. :)

    Stacy
    3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture

    My current HGs:
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
    Conditioner: Deva OneC
    Leave-in: Shea M, Deva B'Leave In
    Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots
    Gels: BRHG

    CG since 2/07 and loving it!
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    I use to rake but I had to my inconsistent hair days. Now I scrunch from the bottom up and smooth over the top.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    I don't use gel anymore except for ponytails but when I did use gel.. I just raked it though wet hair with a light touch.. I always used soft hold gel though and never got crunch cause I used a bit of olive oil as well. It worked pretty decently.

    Then I found how to shingle properly and I tried that with a soft hold gel. The smoothing part really seemed to be the key! I have to say it worked pretty good and my curls really turned out nice.

    If I ever do decide to use gel again.. I would probably do that shingle method with some light natural oil.. like sunflower.
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  • xodevinxodevin Posts: 478Registered Users
    I tried just smoothing gel in first, then scrunching and it worked pretty well!
    curly hair and proud (:
  • SoficurlsSoficurls Posts: 177Registered Users
    I love hearing about all of you guys techniques!!!!!!11:dwarf:
    Xodevin, I am glad it worked for you. Today I added 3 drops of glycerin to my gel, emulsified, and got AMAZING ringlets. Anyone tried this?
    Soficurls:read2:3a, 3b
    Amo mis rizos y mis crespos!

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    CW SuaveCoconut
    C GarnierTripleNutrition
    DT VatikaCoconutOil
    Style Biotera Creme, LA sports gel, HETT Gel or mousse, a bit of honey with any of these!
    SuperSoak FlourSack TowelDiffuse and sometimes TT HairSpray!
  • xodevinxodevin Posts: 478Registered Users
    I'm not that great with mixtures, so I have not, but congrats! I love your hair btw. (:

    Also, I bought a tub of ecostyler, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to use that. (along with some biotera curl creme, but cant decide what to use that for... it didn't give amazing results under gel. maybe if I try supersoaking again).

    Anyway, I think I will try combing out my wet-ish hair, applying some of the ecostyler by raking, and then scrunch.

    I'mma do that now, Ill update later!
    curly hair and proud (:
  • FacelessMageFacelessMage Posts: 38Registered Users
    I put some in my palms, rub them together, and then scrunch it into my hair. I usually do one half of my head at a time. Then, I take the residue and just glide it lightly across the top layer of hair.
    3b/fine/normal porosity

    Loo-poo: LiveClean Purple Jewel Shampoo (2-3 times a week)
    Rinse Out Conditioner: GF Triple Nutrition
    Leave-in: LiveClean Intense Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner
    Styling: GF Pure Clean Smoothing Cream


    Sulfate-free since November 2009!!
  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    I've never been able to get the gel distributed by scrunching in, so I section, rake in, comb in, then scrunch back up.

    Scrunching in alone made it messy and some of the hair had gel and some didn't. Maybe mine isn't curly enough for that?

    Anyway, section, rake in, comb, scrunch back up works fine. Sometimes I plop for awhile then, or overnight plop, or, lately, diffuse.
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

    Henna!
  • xodevinxodevin Posts: 478Registered Users
    Gah, ecostyler pretty much failed for me, and I've been doing a few experiments, so I'm putting it away for now, and back to just plain old scrunching in my LALSG. P:
    curly hair and proud (:
  • SoficurlsSoficurls Posts: 177Registered Users
    oh oh! I just got some ecostyler!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what did'nt you like about it?
    I haven't tried it yet!:hockey:
    Soficurls:read2:3a, 3b
    Amo mis rizos y mis crespos!

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    CW SuaveCoconut
    C GarnierTripleNutrition
    DT VatikaCoconutOil
    Style Biotera Creme, LA sports gel, HETT Gel or mousse, a bit of honey with any of these!
    SuperSoak FlourSack TowelDiffuse and sometimes TT HairSpray!
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