What's your Gel application technique

Curl4Curl4 Posts: 3Registered Users
I have type 4a/b hair and I was wondering how all type 4s
apply gel to their hair? Basically, How do YOU apply gel to your hair?

I apply gel to dripping wet hair and use 4 fingers of both hands (excluding
my thumb) to kind of glide over my hair in a forward motion for the curls to form. For some reason if I try to do it in a backwards or back and forth motion it completely backfires

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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hmm. That would never work for my hair. My hair is long and dense. Gel has to be applied in sections in order for me to get it to all my hair. I rake and smooth with hands. Some people brush through with Denman to smooth. And I don't apply products to soaking wet hair only damp otherwise my hair won't absorb it.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • CoililanaCoililana Posts: 66Registered Users
    Curl4 wrote: »
    I have type 4a/b hair and I was wondering how all type 4s
    apply gel to their hair? Basically, How do YOU apply gel to your hair?

    I apply gel to dripping wet hair and use 4 fingers of both hands (excluding
    my thumb) to kind of glide over my hair in a forward motion for the curls to form. For some reason if I try to do it in a backwards or back and forth motion it completely backfires



    I learned from this youtuber named Shidanatural https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ZuiGf0W1w how to the apply gel for our hair texture. I don't quite rake it through because my strands are a bit weak. They would literally snap with the pressure. but I section my hair off and apply it liberally from root-to-tip. This is what saves me in the summer time especially.


    Wow, this video really got popular. It only had a few thousand views when I first saw it. :-o
    4A-C, Fine/ Fragile/ Prone to Breakage , Extra Dry & Coily :afro:
  • BibliophileBibliophile Posts: 7Registered Users
    I also have long, dense hair. I use the same method adthomas uses to apply gel:
    Thoroughly detangle hair using the 3 comb method.
    Apply gel in a smoothing motion
    Ensure hair is damp or gel will not get absorbed.
    I have to use small sections or areas of my hair will get missed.
    Then I use my Tek brush (similar to a Denman but with solid wood pins) to distribute it.
    Last Relaxer 11/2002 Big Chop 05/2003
    Coarse 4b - Low porosity, High density
    Incorrigible PJ & Hair Toy Aficionado
  • MIA1487MIA1487 Posts: 85Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I notice a lot of type 4's use gel for edges. I never understood this since the rest of your hair didn't match the way the gel made the texture. So I never used gel, plus I like that my edges match the rest of my kinky 4b/mostly 4c hair. Also i feel afraid to use gel simply because i heard it causes buildup, which means I'd have to wash my hair more often(especially the edges) ruining my stretched out fro or braidouts. So it's just best to leave it alone. Also I have a lot of hair so when my hair is stretched my edges aren't that noticeable anyway, and even when it is(with high winds blowing my hair everywhere) it don't look bad to me and I don't like buns or updos because it makes me look older(like grandma).
  • flapjackflapjack Posts: 11Registered Users
    shingling
  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    I combine the first two methods mentioned. I basically do it the way the OP said, but i section is into parts now. Over time I realized that I had to do it in sections because my hair underneath was missing out
  • ReynaCRReynaCR Posts: 405Registered Users
    I apply gel (curling custard or flax seed gel) in a spray bottle with water.

    I spray it all over damp hair. Then twirl some of my hair with my fingers.
    :queen: Reyna

    "Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.
  • WhimsicurlWhimsicurl Posts: 77Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The application technique I like to define my curls with gel is "shingling," although I don't use a comb or brush (or haven't tried that way yet), so I'm not sure if everyone would call it shingling.

    I have to apply in sections. My hair isn't super thick, as far as the strands themselves, but it is a bit dense. Usually I do everything in 6 sections. Smooth the gel over detangled and moisturized hair, sandwiched between my palms. And then I use my fingers to pick out individual curls and smooth them down with my fingers. It looks like I'm picking tiny sections from my section and smoothing down with my fingers. It sounds like it would take forever, but it really doesn't.

    I stopped with gel once winter hit, but I want to find a way to use it in the winter too. Pros and cons with gel, but one thing I love is the way shingling makes the curls pop and super defined. More of my own curl pattern comes through that way, opposed to my braid outs and twist outs.Its coilies everywhere:toothy8:

    Also, the gel keeps my hair from tangling as much sometimes. It's as if shingling sets each curl and keeps it together and less likely to mingle freely with others.
    24y/o - 4a - Medium texture - Medium to high Density - Medium to High porosity - Still figuring things out

    Low-Poo: SheaMoisture Moisture Retention
    No-poo: Terresentials Pure Earth Hair Wash
    Cowash: Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
    Leave-in: SheaMoisture Restorative, Nature's Gate Hemp
    Styler: SheaMoisture Curling Gel Souffle
    Deep Condish: Trying out KBB Luscious Locks, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
    Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, SM Elixir

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