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Gel Application

Quick question as I am getting ready for my day...

When you apply gel, do you get better results if you scrunch in, or rake it in? I keep going back and forth on this lately!


  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I do both. First I rake it through dripping wet hair, then I scrunch to get the curl back in. I finbd I don't get good enough distribution if I only scrunch.
    *Poster formerly known as Bailey422*

    Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
  • LizzyBennetLizzyBennet Posts: 60Registered Users
    Scrunching has always worked better for me. My biggest issue with gel, though is that it seems to take SO much longer for my hair to dry than with other stylers.

    Dark Brown Boticellis.
    Current Routine: L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutrigloss conditioner, Light Headed Melting Gel. Weekly shampoo with Dramatics Color Care shampoo.
  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I comb it through with a wide-toothed comb, then scrunch the curl back in. I thought combing would pull out the curl, but it actually improves them. Maybe by distributing the gel better?
  • linda_mlinda_m Posts: 211Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    I do both. First I rake it through dripping wet hair, then I scrunch to get the curl back in. I finbd I don't get good enough distribution if I only scrunch.
    Exactly! (I love it when someone else articulates my thoughts so well :))
    Couple of inches past shoulder length 3A. Shampoo every 3rd or 4th day w/ baby shampoo; Tigi Fashionista conditioner; back to Condition 3-in-1 mousse . Alternate days water rinse, conditioner and mousse.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    I smooth it on in sections, then scrunch it. My curls are pretty skinny to begin with and raking anything through them makes them downright stringy.
    Brooklyn, NY

    Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
    HG products:
    Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
    Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

    fotki pw= crrrls
  • LadyCurlyLocksLadyCurlyLocks Posts: 341Registered Users
    I do both. I rake it in to make sure it's evenly distributed, then scrunch my hair. If I just scrunch, I end up with globs of hair that have way more gel than the rest of my hair.
    3B Corkscrew... I'm back on the boards now! Just got The Big Chop on Monday, pics coming soon.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Only scrunching for me, raking makes mine too stringy.
    3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
  • x_tigerlilyx_tigerlily Posts: 432Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I normally smooth mine in and scrunch it in random places where it's less curly (my 3B parts).
    3C/4A and too long to handle (and afford!)
  • unique1193unique1193 Posts: 328Registered Users
    i smooth then scrunch, it gives me good curls and product distribution :)

    Growing out hair to a little above bsl
    pw: ringlets
  • LavenderCurlsLavenderCurls Posts: 1,478Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    SuZen wrote:
    I comb it through with a wide-toothed comb, then scrunch the curl back in.

    I do what Suzen does with one added step after I scrunch back in the curl to help with my underside. When I stand back up, I run my fingers up from the bottom just on the underside/back of my hair on each side. Kinda like an "underneath rake". It helps elongate my back waves/curls a bit but doesn't pull them out completely as my hair begins curling on it's own pretty quickly.

    After previewing that, it almost sounds like I'm defeating the whole method :lol:. My hair tends to clump in the back/underside, so doing that last step helps prevent that somewhat but doesn't lessen my curls.
    CG-modified since 4/05
    2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
    Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets. :roll:
    Best definition winner: KCCC
    Best volume winner: LOOB
  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    scrunch, only scrunch.
  • pinksugarpinksugar Posts: 2,346Registered Users
    Rake n' shake. Then wrap random curls around my finger. Diffuse.

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