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when do you apply gel?

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  • beethedreamerbeethedreamer Posts: 36Registered Users
    Sometimes I switch things up, but for the most part, I apply all my products right in the shower when my hair is still dripping. Some water is squeezed out as I scrunch my leave in through, but it's still pretty damp when I'm applying my gel. For me, having fairly wet hair helps control the frizz and gives me better clumps. When all my product is in, then I scrunch with a microfiber and usually plop for anywhere between 20 minutes to 2 hours. I don't get a strong gel cast, but my hurls definitely benefit from a light SOTC when my hair is 90% dry.

    In my experience, the more water than is left in my hair, the softer my curls will be. When I use a towel to take some of the water out, and then put gel in after, i do get that harder gel cast. You could definitely try more gel when you try that method again and see if that works. I'm always surprised at how much gel my hair can handle, when it's really wet, without it looking like cartoon hair.
    3a

    Low-Poo (once a week, or so): SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash. Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner.
    RO: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner.
    LI: As I Am Leave In.
    Styler: Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Styling Gel.
  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users
    I apply my leave in and gel in the shower, then scrunch with a microfiber towel, then diffuse. Plopping doesn't work for me. At first I thought all the gel would come out on the towel while I was scrunching, but I still get a nice gel cast as the hair dries.
    3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
    Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
    Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
    R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
    L I: KCKT, gvpcb
    Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
    Oils: coconut, argan
    Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    Lately most of the times I just squeeze the excess water out but do not use the towel, but I tended to get too much crunch plus I was not getting enough clumping by using a towel first. But that has not always been the case, I used to apply gel on "towel-dried" hair all the time and just added a bit of water back to the sections that got stringy. For me it all depends on the condition of my hair at the time, when it's shorter and healthier it clumps easier without all the water.
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users
    I don't plop or scrunch my hair with towels anymore - I like the results better if my hair is sopping wet when I apply my products, so that's why I don't do it before. And I feel like the towels absorb all my products, which is why I don't do it after.

    Occasionally I'll squeeze out a bit of excess moisture with my hands before I add my products (gently and not twisting / wringing, just lightly squeezing).

    But yeah, I basically just rake through my leave-in on my wet hair, scrunch, rake through my gel, smooth it to promote more clumps, then scrunch that too. Then leave to dry!

    No towels / t-shirts or any of that business for me.
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    I apply my leave in and gel to soaking wet hair. I rake, shake and scrunch my leave in and gel in my hair. I get a fabulous gel cast.
  • AngelaE8654AngelaE8654 Posts: 1,099Banned Users
    I've never done any of that. Maybe it's time to switch things up? :)

    I co wash and rinse very, very well and I do put my hair up in a towel for about 5 minutes. After that, I apply some Suave "leave in cream" and put it all back into a scrunchie while I am applying my makeup. After my makeup is applied, I re-wet it using Infusium 23. I then apply any and all "products" into it: Biosilk silk therapy and Aveda Be Curly curl enhancer usually. If I am going to use gel, I then scrunch in the gel after this and let my hair air dry. This may not be the best way to appy products; I don't know.

    P.S. The forum hasn't been letting me post lately. Says "cannot verify ip" but I'm using the same IP I always have. Anybody know how to fix that? I can only come here through my phone now, not my computer. :(
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


    All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier. :)
  • ZeldahimeZeldahime Posts: 223Registered Users
    I've never done any of that. Maybe it's time to switch things up? :)

    I co wash and rinse very, very well and I do put my hair up in a towel for about 5 minutes. After that, I apply some Suave "leave in cream" and put it all back into a scrunchie while I am applying my makeup. After my makeup is applied, I re-wet it using Infusium 23. I then apply any and all "products" into it: Biosilk silk therapy and Aveda Be Curly curl enhancer usually. If I am going to use gel, I then scrunch in the gel after this and let my hair air dry. This may not be the best way to appy products; I don't know.

    P.S. The forum hasn't been letting me post lately. Says "cannot verify ip" but I'm using the same IP I always have. Anybody know how to fix that? I can only come here through my phone now, not my computer. :(

    Try clearing all your browsing data including cookies and updating/reinstalling java.

    And just to stay on topic, if I use a towel to soak up some water, I do it before I apply any product. If I use a towel afterwards it seems to take away too much product and I end up having to apply more.
    Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.
  • terric62terric62 Posts: 44Registered Users
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  • ZeldahimeZeldahime Posts: 223Registered Users
    terric62 wrote: »
    I saw your trying to grow out your dye......so am I! Haven't dyed mine since January......kinda scarey because I have no idea what color is under there. So far my top is gray but my hair near the nape is medium brown..should be interesting!

    I am trying to grow it out, but unfortunately it seems I have to dye it again. I'm debating on just using a semi or permanent again. I like the idea of it washing out, but I hate the colour leeching that occurs with demis and semis. I've got about 3 in of growth to cover. Arg. I only got a week to make a decision, and I still have a tube of permanent sitting in the closet. I wish I could just let it be. :?
    Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.
  • CurlyDiva71CurlyDiva71 Posts: 130Registered Users
    I've always applied my gel after scrunching out the excess water with a towel, although I did try to apply it to soaking wet hair for a while, and it just made me hair seem kind of weighed down, which doesn't usually happen to me.

    3A, a mix of boticelli, corkicelli, and a few s-waves, baby fine, naturally porous, medium/high density

    Pre-poo: coconut oil
    Co-wash: TJ's Tea Tree Tingle, Sauve Naturals, VO5, As I Am coconut co-wash
    Conditioner: TJ's Nourish, Tresseme Naturals, Sauve Naturals coconut, SM Coconut & Hibiscus
    LI: KCKT
    Styling: DevaCurl Light Defining Gel, HETT Mousse (HG's!)
    EcoStyler Krystal (new HG!!!), BRHG
    coconut oil or jojoba oil to SOTC
    Color treated with demi-permanent color to cover first grays
  • eveumeveum Posts: 744Registered Users
    Conditioner
    Shampoo
    Protein deep treatment
    towel scrunching
    curl activator
    leave in conditioner
    hair gel

    :)

    Low Shampoo: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture/ Perfectly Undone
    Treatments: SM Black Castor Oil Masque/ Packet Gelatine
    Leave in: Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner
    Styling: AG Recoil Curl Activator/V05 Mega Hold/Cornstarch
    Refresh: Redken Fresh Curls Curl Boost


    Between Waist and Hip Length (stretched), 2C with 2B roots