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Question about gel...

Okay, I'm totally making a fool out of myself by asking this dumb question. Sigh...okay, here it goes.

When should I apply my gel? I just bought some new products that are coming soon and I also bought a gel to hold my style in place. Should I apply my gel directly after applying my other products, or should I wait a few minutes (until it's damp or so)?

Yeah. Dumb question; I know. But could someone please respond? :) Thanx!
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

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Comments

  • dst27dst27 Posts: 19Registered Users
    When I use gel, I apply it last, over any other leave ins.
  • botticelli_girl922botticelli_girl922 Posts: 896Registered Users
    ^Okay :) So directly after you apply your other stuff...or do you wait a minute or so?
    Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
    Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
    Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
    Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
    Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

    Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Posts: 2,017Registered Users
    ^Okay :) So directly after you apply your other stuff...or do you wait a minute or so?

    Not a dumb question, and there is no one right answer. I think some people apply the gel right away, while the hair is still dripping wet. Others might dry the hair just a touch before adding gel -- perhaps by letting it sit a few minutes, like you said, but or by scrunching out moisture with a t-shirt or microfiber towel. I've seen people describe all different options. You may just have to try different things, and see what happens!

    Wurly and proud!
    Modified CG since 2008.
  • CrystalRainCrystalRain Posts: 170Registered Users
    I scrunch out all the excess moisture (so it's not dripping at all) with a T-shirt before putting in my gel, because HESMU holds moisture really well, so if I put it in while my hair's really wet, it'll take forever to dry and it doesn't look as good. But that's just me.
    Thick, mostly 2c with some 3a; fine texture, medium/high porosity, and a very strange curl & wave pattern.

    Started CG (properly) as of 6/31/2009.

    Cowash | Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze or Juicy Green Apple
    Rinse-out | Burt's Bees Super Shiny
    Leave-in | Live Clean Intense Moisturizing
    Gel | HESMU

    Right now: growing hair past shoulder-length, looking to take decent hair picture (my avatar is my first day of CG).
  • jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users
    This is totally not a stupid question.

    Especially since on this site, see step 8 -- it suggests that for wavy to medium curly hair, you wait a few minutes before applying gel. I think the idea is to let curl patterns that are less pronounced "find themselves" before setting them with gel. I've tried this (I'm a 3a) and do see a small difference with this method.

    But some gels just encourage curls more than others, I think. And of course, this varies from person to person, just to keep things interesting.
    3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
    CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
    CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
    CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
    GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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  • botticelli_girl922botticelli_girl922 Posts: 896Registered Users
    So should I apply my two products first (curl activator and frizz-control products) and then wait a little while and then apply my gel? Because it seems as if a lot of you are talking about applying just gel. But I think I get what you all are saying...I'll apply my first products to my dripping-wet hair, wait a little while for curls to form, and then add some gel to keep them in place :)
    Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
    Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
    Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
    Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
    Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

    Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
  • jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users
    Yes, that sounds like a good approach.
    3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
    CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
    CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
    CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
    GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


    Fotki password: chuckle
    Blog: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fjillipoo.blogspot.com%2F" class="Popup
    Twitter: nopoojillipoo
  • botticelli_girl922botticelli_girl922 Posts: 896Registered Users
    Thank you everyone :) You all cleared up some confusion.
    Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
    Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
    Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
    Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
    Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

    Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?