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How do you apply your gel(s)?

SalamanderSalamander Posts: 328Registered Users
I was just lurking on the 3a board and there is a thread about how everyone applies their gel. Many different techniques -- I will have to try some of the variations!

So, how do you wavies apply your gel? Rake it in? Comb it in? Scrunch it in? Before or after plopping?

Some of the 3a's are putting in curl enhancer type products into soaking wet hair, then plopping for 15-20 minutes, THEN applying hard-hold gel. This idea intrigues me...getting the urge to wash my hair right now and try some different techniques!
2a/b right now; 2c when it's longer
Fine/iii density/high porosity

Current favorites:
Suave Naturals Coconut co-wash
GVP Protein Restructuring Conditioner
GVP Conditioning Balm
Eco-Styler, LALSG, BRHG, Garnier Curl Shaping Spray Gel
ACV rinse 1x per week

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  • CurlyPolkaDotCurlyPolkaDot Posts: 1,174Registered Users
    I... Apply Leave in, Curl Creme then Gel by raking in soaking wet hair and then Plop.....
    2c/3a - M/C - ii/iii
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  • DEL2CDEL2C Posts: 6,418Registered Users
    I've experimented many different ways and always go back to the same 'ole way. Apply to soaking wet hair. I lightly rake it in on top of whatever curl enhancer I'm using, scrunch and plop. The only exception is [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Curl-Junkie-Curl-Assurance-Aloe-Fix-Hair-Styling-Gel-p-941.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curl-Junkie-Curl-Assurance-Aloe-Fix-Hair-Styling-Gel]CJ Aloe Fix[/buylink] this one works better for me if I lightly blot first.
    Discovered CG 2007

    2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

    Link-Spritz & Condish Washing:glasses7:

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    CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    I apply leave in and ecostyler (curl enhancer for me) to soaking wet hair in the shower. I scrunch both in. Plop. I pixie diffuse half way. I wet hands and scrunch in gel and pixie diffuse again. (AKA Smasters method)

    If you ask me in another 2 months, the answer may be completely different. :laughing6:
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    2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
  • emilylouiseemilylouise Posts: 93Registered Users
    I apply a strong hold gel to soaking wet hair, scrunch lots with just my hands and then a couple times with a t-shirt.
    If I am in the mood or want tighter curls, I might apply a curl-enhancing product after this. I've never experimented with applying it before so I really can't say if that'd be better.

    I find the one thing that makes a big difference in how defined my curls are is scrunching. I scrunch my hair in the shower as I'm wetting it, I scrunch conditioner into it, I scrunch it after rinsing conditioner out, I scrunch gel in, I scrunch it to dry, etc. I think if I raked a product into my hair it would lose a lot of its curl.

    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :)
    BSL 2Cmiii :flower:
    normal/high porosity, normal elasticity.








  • solidgoldsolidgold Posts: 1,485Registered Users
    I scrunch in gel and then plop. It just doesn't work for me otherwise!
    Knightess Firmus Aurum, Maid of the Mitten, Slayer of Dissertation Dragons in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
    2b/medium; CG 5/20/09
    Wash, co-wash, co: Queen Helene Royal Curl Shampoo / Conditioner, Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo / Conditioner, Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix, Tigi MM
    Stylers: Sally's Neutral Protein Filler as spray, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme, LALSG
    Techniques: Plop and Diffuse
    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1368664&postcount=97
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users

    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :)

    Yup, that's my hair! If I don't put any product in (and scrunch) my hair is super poufy and barely wavy. Looks like our hair could be similar!

    I squeeze out some of the water from my hair first. Rake/comb in leave-in, then scrunch in my curl enhancer. Plop for 10-15 mins then scrunch in my hard hold gel. Plop again for 10 more mins then airdry. I SOTC with a butter.
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • twister89twister89 Posts: 137Registered Users
    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :)

    I agree. My friend has just slightly wavy but pretty much straight hair and I had her scrunch her hair, and it came out no wavier than before!
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :icon_smile:
    Me too. I have to either talk my hair into being straight or into being curly. Left to it's own devices, it's meh. That said, my curl pattern is much stronger since going CG.
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    2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
  • xodevinxodevin Posts: 478Registered Users
    I apply leave in first, then scrunch until around 40-50% dry with a microfiber towel. Then I apply gel by scrunching. I'm still working out whether to apply upside down/rightside up/both etc, but you get the idea! (:
    curly hair and proud (:
  • curlywurlygurlycurlywurlygurly Posts: 1,180Registered Users
    pedaheh wrote: »
    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :icon_smile:
    Me too. I have to either talk my hair into being straight or into being curly. Left to it's own devices, it's meh. That said, my curl pattern is much stronger since going CG.

    this is one of those - oh it's not just me moments. I've always felt a little... bit like an wavy/culy impostor. If I get anywhere near my hair with a hairdryer no diffuser, it'll dry almost straight, with a "body wave" like shape (my really straightie friend is envious of this, i hate it!) but if I scrunch and/or add product waves appear. I've always got those annoying "kiss curls" at my nape or around my temples especially on humid/ rainy days

    Now I don't feel so impostor-ish
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    Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
  • finaleofseemfinaleofseem Posts: 900Registered Users
    pedaheh wrote: »
    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :icon_smile:
    Me too. I have to either talk my hair into being straight or into being curly. Left to it's own devices, it's meh. That said, my curl pattern is much stronger since going CG.

    this is one of those - oh it's not just me moments. I've always felt a little... bit like an wavy/culy impostor. If I get anywhere near my hair with a hairdryer no diffuser, it'll dry almost straight, with a "body wave" like shape (my really straightie friend is envious of this, i hate it!) but if I scrunch and/or add product waves appear. I've always got those annoying "kiss curls" at my nape or around my temples especially on humid/ rainy days

    Now I don't feel so impostor-ish
    Add me to the "almost straight without product/technique" camp. That's why, until I was 20 or so, I thought I had straight hair with a little extra body.

    So, if you're all impostors, so am I. At least we're in good company. :)
    Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
    2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

    Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
    Summer Routine
    Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
    Cowash CJ Daily Fix
    Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
    Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
    Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
    PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
  • rymorg2rymorg2 Posts: 2,571Registered Users
    I apply a strong hold gel to soaking wet hair, scrunch lots with just my hands and then a couple times with a t-shirt.
    If I am in the mood or want tighter curls, I might apply a curl-enhancing product after this. I've never experimented with applying it before so I really can't say if that'd be better.

    I find the one thing that makes a big difference in how defined my curls are is scrunching. I scrunch my hair in the shower as I'm wetting it, I scrunch conditioner into it, I scrunch it after rinsing conditioner out, I scrunch gel in, I scrunch it to dry, etc. I think if I raked a product into my hair it would lose a lot of its curl.

    side note - does anyone else feel like not a true curly/wavy because if they don't apply product and or scrunch, it's pretty straight? sometimes I struggle with that. but as my cousin told me, you can`t do that (curls) to straight hair! So I guess if scrunching gives you curls, you`re curly. :)


    I used to feel the same way, but now no. Your cousin is right, you're curly....where there's a wave there's a curl!
    Cosmetology Educator with sensitivities, eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
    Low poo: looking
    COWash: Eden, cheapo condish, CJDF
    RO: varies
    Protein: CJCF or CJRM
    DT: CJHBDF, CJCR, DBPC
    LI: varies, usually KCKT
    Stylers: KCCC, CRNCM, UFDCM, Curls gel, ecostyler

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  • rymorg2rymorg2 Posts: 2,571Registered Users
    pedaheh wrote: »
    Me too. I have to either talk my hair into being straight or into being curly. Left to it's own devices, it's meh. That said, my curl pattern is much stronger since going CG.

    this is one of those - oh it's not just me moments. I've always felt a little... bit like an wavy/culy impostor. If I get anywhere near my hair with a hairdryer no diffuser, it'll dry almost straight, with a "body wave" like shape (my really straightie friend is envious of this, i hate it!) but if I scrunch and/or add product waves appear. I've always got those annoying "kiss curls" at my nape or around my temples especially on humid/ rainy days

    Now I don't feel so impostor-ish
    Add me to the "almost straight without product/technique" camp. That's why, until I was 20 or so, I thought I had straight hair with a little extra body.

    So, if you're all impostors, so am I. At least we're in good company. :)


    I used to say "my hair is straight but has enough bend to be annoying." DUH RYMORG....bend is WURL......
    Cosmetology Educator with sensitivities, eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
    Low poo: looking
    COWash: Eden, cheapo condish, CJDF
    RO: varies
    Protein: CJCF or CJRM
    DT: CJHBDF, CJCR, DBPC
    LI: varies, usually KCKT
    Stylers: KCCC, CRNCM, UFDCM, Curls gel, ecostyler

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  • rymorg2rymorg2 Posts: 2,571Registered Users
    I scrunch mine in....if I rake I get stringlets. Depending on what I'm using I'll either scrunch in sopping hair, sometimes even supersoaking, other times I'll blot first or squeeze a good portion of the water out. But I always have to scrunch.
    Cosmetology Educator with sensitivities, eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
    Low poo: looking
    COWash: Eden, cheapo condish, CJDF
    RO: varies
    Protein: CJCF or CJRM
    DT: CJHBDF, CJCR, DBPC
    LI: varies, usually KCKT
    Stylers: KCCC, CRNCM, UFDCM, Curls gel, ecostyler

    Lady Karaan, High Priestess of Hayr Tretements in the Order of Curly Crusaders
    Fotki updated 10/12/10 Password: wavy
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  • rileysmama32208rileysmama32208 Posts: 69Registered Users
    i turn off the shower and put my GDLI and avg in, raking them through, scrunching a little water out, upside down. Then i turban-twist a sack cloth towel, get out, and scrunch in la bella super spiking gel.

    on my non-wash days, i spritz with lav water, put a drop of leave in, scrunch in my gel and put my hair in a big claw clip while i put on my makeup. then i let it down and shake it out.
    2b/iii/low porosity/ normal elasticity
    Currently loving:

    Cowash: suave coconut and suave mountain strawberry
    leave in: giovanni direct
    style: FOTE avg under bella super spikes gel (yellow) with a tiny dot of honey
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  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    I started a spinoff thread for the "Wavy imposter" subject.
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?p=1385028#post1385028
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    2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
  • AKgirlAKgirl Posts: 341Registered Users
    I put in leave in to wet hair. Then I use my hand dry hair gloves and scrunch out water, add LOOB, scrunch with hand dry hair gloves, if needed. Then I scrunch in my gel and scrunch some more with hand dry hair gloves. I may or may not plop...matter of preference for the day, for about 10 min tops. Then I often scrunch again with the gloves, seems to give my hair more body this way and it dries faster.
    2a-2bFii NP?

    Low poo: Deva Low-Poo, Jessicurl GLS, Moroccanoil Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Be Curly
    Condish: Cure Care, Redken Body Full, Deva One C, and Jessicurl Aloeba
    LI: Aveda Be Curly Style Prep <3
    Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
    Hairspray: Aussie Sprunch, TRESemme Curl
    locking Spray
    Experimenting with lots of products in my cabinet...


    My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 884Registered Users
    I am the same, don't know what to call my hair. Just poofball!! Just now at 31, starting to consider myself curly/wavy, but man it's confusing and rough!
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • Wavy BrunetteWavy Brunette Posts: 111Registered Users
    I scrunch out some of the water, scrunch LI, scrunch in mousse, scrunch in gel. Then squeeze out as much water as I can with my microfiber towel and scrunch a bit with it also. I use to tell people when they would ask about my hair "it's not naturally curly or straight, it's just naturally nappy" lol I didn't know I could have hair like this, thanks to CG it is very very "wurly" :)
    2b , waves and some spirals
    Med/Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Low Elasticity

    Sulfate/Silicone Free Since Jan 2011 :)

    Low Poo- CJ Curl Assurance, SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    RO - Y2C, CJ Beauticurls, GVPCB, SM Restorative Conditioner,
    Stylers- Homemade FSG, KCC, BRHG
    HG Techniques- Spritz and Condish, Icequeen method, plopping
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    My technique changes but lately I have been adding a small amount after my curl enhancer(s) and then mod super soaking and then adding a little more in as I scrunch water out before plopping. Sometimes I add more after I take my plop down and sometimes I also add some a la smasters. I have been playing around with it lately.


    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1252125&postcount=59

  • QuirkyCatQuirkyCat Posts: 28Registered Users
    I'm still experimenting, but I've found that Smaster's technique seems to be pretty consistent. I don't scrunch when my hair's soaking wet, but I kind of separate my hair into smaller strands because I have a problem with clumps. I can't plop because my hair ends up being a big poofball and the back looks terrible. After separating my hair, I scrunch in gel right side up (not upside down :P) I diffuse to about 50%, then add more gel, and finish diffusing.
    2b/c/low porosity/medium thick
    CG since 5/24/11
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut
    Conditioner: Biolage Conditioning Balm
    Leave-In: KCKT
    Styler: KCCC