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Do you apply everything to soaking wet hair?

I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I read over the super-soaker thread and noted that everyone applied all their products to soaking wet hair...including gel.

I can't follow all the super-soaker methods yet as my hair is too short to plop.

But, what I have been doing is applying my leave-in or curling creams to soaking wet hair...then, I use a t-shirt to scrunch out the excess water. Then, I apply gel. My result has always been kind of stringy curls...and stringy hair.

Now, maybe that is just how my hair is going to be...but, I was wondering if I should also apply the gel to soaking wet hair...then scrunch dry. Until it's long enought to plop. (which will be awhile)

So...guess my question is...do you apply the gel as well when your hair is soaking wet? Then scrunch out the water with a towel?

Jodi
So far just experimenting with anything and everything!!!!

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  • JodiRaeJodiRae Posts: 166Registered Users
    I just rewatched Mysteryflavored's video which I have seen before...and realize that she puts her gel on before she scrunches excess water out with the towel.

    I think I may have figured out what I'm doing wrong...can't wait to do my hair tomorrow morning!!
    So far just experimenting with anything and everything!!!!
  • oopsmyhalofelloffoopsmyhalofelloff Posts: 92Registered Users
    I too apply the gel on soaking wet, then scrunch some of the excess water out afterwards. I get the best results when I really scrunch the gel in very liberally
    Thanks, Jackie :headbang:

    Type - 3A fine and thin
    my routine is a work in progress

    low poo - Giovanni Smooth as Silk
    co wash - Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave in - Curl-it-up or same as co-wash
    Stylers - CK, ecostyler, ISO bouncy creme, HETT, Bioterra curl creme
  • wookiemousewookiemouse Posts: 295Registered Users
    You may be scrunching out too much. You don't have to have a ton of hair to plop - I use a curlease towel (single layer, not folded) and just wrap it on my head for maybe 5-7 mins (however long it takes me to dry off and get dressed). When I take it off to add gel, it's still pretty wet but not dripping. Works like a charm.

    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!
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    Wookiemouse, are you saying that after you use the curlease towel and then scrunch in gel, you don't use the towel anymore and just let it dry?

    I have the same problem as the op because my hair is too short to plop. So basically I am asking, when do you use a towel (after curl creme and before gel?) and how wet do you leave your hair after that?

    TIA!
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • mosunamosuna Posts: 94Registered Users
    When I apply my gel to soaking wet hair I get bigger clumpier curls. When I towel dry (scrunch) first, I get skinnier curls. My hair is also too short to plop, so I try to squeeze out as much water with my hands as I can (while I am putting in the product)...then I either let it air-dry, or I put a cheesecloth around my hair (gently!) and diffuse through the cloth until my hair is dry enough to take out the clips, then let it air dry the rest of the way until I can SOTC. This usually cuts my drying time down to about an hour, instead of 3-4.

    I haven't yet tried squeezing with a towel (or t-shirt) after applying gel, as this seems like it would just take out the product. But, enough people do it that I'll give it a try this weekend. If it cuts the drying time down without affecting the curls, that would be great!

    HTH!
    Mo
    Fotki: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fcurlymomo%2F" class="Popup (password curly)
    Currently loving: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, Alba Soft Hold Curl Cream, KCCC
    Striving for: Length!
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    Thanks for responding! For some reason, even after reading over the posts I was confused. I guess I just have to experiment, with when/how much I dry with a towel.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • SalamanderSalamander Posts: 328Registered Users
    I put everything in soaking wet and upside down (I stand in the tub while I do this). First, I rake or comb it in -- then I scrunch in a little more. I keep scrunching and squeezing water out, then I scrunch w/ microfiber towel and then plop.

    I found that conditioning, rinsing, and applying products upside down and soaking wet while scrunching was the key for nice clumps. I really don't know why upside down makes such a difference; but if I do it right side up I get stringlets.
    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
  • nomilknoglutennomilknogluten Posts: 121Registered Users
    I apply everything to soaking wet hair, but I can't do any of it upside-down. For some reason it makes my hair shrink up very, VERY close to my head, making it look like I got 5 inches cut off.
  • wookiemousewookiemouse Posts: 295Registered Users
    curlypearl - yup, I just let it airdry after that.

    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!
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    IMO plopping is not essential to the Super Soaker; its the soaking that creates the clumps.
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I don't apply my stuff to soaking wet hair. When I get out of the shower, even before detangling, I gently squeeze the length of my hair with a microfiber towel. Then I put it over my scalp hair and sort of gently pat the towel along my scalp. Then I apply leave-in (I detangle after that), then the stylers.

    If I apply to soaking wet hair it take way too long to dry and doesn't make that much difference to my curls.
    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!
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I cowash and leave a little condish in my hair, I lean over and squeeze out some excess water, and then I plop for 1-2 minutes. I add a quarter size of gel and then 1/2 handful of mousse. My hair is still fairly wet but not dripping wet.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    I cowash and leave a little condish in my hair, I lean over and squeeze out some excess water, and then I plop for 1-2 minutes. I add a quarter size of gel and then 1/2 handful of mousse. My hair is still fairly wet but not dripping wet.

    Speck - LOVE the new avatar!!:hello1:
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • momof3curlsmomof3curls Posts: 227Registered Users
    Applying my gel to soaking wet hair is the single greatest thing I have done to have pretty, clumpy, curls. I flip my head over in the shower, rake my leave-in through, then rake gel through the back, then the front, then finally one more blob scrunched in. I hardly have any crunch to scrunch out with this method. Just soft, bouncy curls!
    Momof3curls
    2c/3a SL med/fine
    Started CG in 6/08 Fell off the wagon 10/08, Back on since 7/09
    Co-Wash- VO5 Vanilla Mint
    Low Poo once/week- KCCC
    R/O and L/I Tigi Moisture Maniac
    Gels-BRHG and LA Looks Curl (also like Aquage)
    Experimenting with GVP K-Pac, and loving it:cheers:
    Location-Tampa/Orlando corridor
    Learning to love my curls one day at time
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    rudeechick wrote: »
    Speckla wrote: »
    I cowash and leave a little condish in my hair, I lean over and squeeze out some excess water, and then I plop for 1-2 minutes. I add a quarter size of gel and then 1/2 handful of mousse. My hair is still fairly wet but not dripping wet.

    Speck - LOVE the new avatar!!:hello1:

    Thank you. I've had the best curls since ditching shampoo.

    Picture051-vi.jpg
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    rudeechick wrote: »
    Speckla wrote: »
    I cowash and leave a little condish in my hair, I lean over and squeeze out some excess water, and then I plop for 1-2 minutes. I add a quarter size of gel and then 1/2 handful of mousse. My hair is still fairly wet but not dripping wet.

    Speck - LOVE the new avatar!!:hello1:

    Thank you. I've had the best curls since ditching shampoo.

    Picture051-vi.jpg

    It looks beautiful - the best I've seen it:) Is the thumbs up intentional?
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    rudeechick wrote: »
    Speckla wrote: »
    rudeechick wrote: »

    Speck - LOVE the new avatar!!:hello1:

    Thank you. I've had the best curls since ditching shampoo.

    Picture051-vi.jpg

    It looks beautiful - the best I've seen it:) Is the thumbs up intentional?

    It's marking my next goal of BSL.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    rudeechick wrote: »
    Speckla wrote: »

    Thank you. I've had the best curls since ditching shampoo.

    Picture051-vi.jpg

    It looks beautiful - the best I've seen it:) Is the thumbs up intentional?

    It's marking my next goal of BSL.

    lol. Well its a thumbs up 4 sure!
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album