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When do you apply your gel?

I've been experimenting with different gelling techniques and wondered what others are doing.

At first, I used to apply my leave-in and then put my gel right over that.

Then I saw a post on here where someone said her hair needed to find its curl before she gelled it, otherwise it came out straighter. So I started scrunching my hair after applying leave-in, and when it was getting nice and springy then applying gel.

I'm not the sort to leave well enough alone, so the other night it occurred to me that gelling before plopping might be removing some of the gel, along with the water. So I took my microfiber towel and scrunched, scrunched, scrunched until it was towel-dry, THEN gelled. My hair got super-crunchy as it dried, and I put it in a crunchy pineapple (no SOTC) and went to bed.

The next morning it was STILL kind of crunchy; I SOTCed and had awesome curls. I even got 2nd day hair out of it with only minimal misting/re-scrunching (usually I have to totally wet it almost soaking wet for 2nd day).
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

Comments

  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    I put my leave in, curl enhancer, and gel in soaking wet - raking first, then scrunching. Let it sit for a few minutes while I brush my teeth, etc. Scrunch with a curls towel to get out the excess water, then diffuse dry.
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  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    How do you distribute the gel if the hair is not very wet and you don't comb it through?
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

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  • goobernutgoobernut Posts: 2,317Registered Users
    I tried what you did Salamander -- because I had the same thought process you did heh -- and it didn't work for me. My hair was TOO crunchy. In fact it didn't SOTC and my hair ended up looking stringy in parts. It was nice and curly, but it still looked wet and I couldn't get rid of those crunchy parts.

    However, my hair is much finer and thinner than yours, so that's prolly the difference.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,236Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I always put gel into soaking wet hair, then squeeze and scrunch. Then I plop in a terry cloth turban towel for 20 min or so, then air and diffuse dry.

    Raking doesn't work for me and my hair hates having anything applied to it when damp or dry.
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    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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  • wookiemousewookiemouse Posts: 295Registered Users
    My hair doesn't care for damp or dry either.

    I use a leave-in, then a serum, then a curl creme, then rake in the gel (and wad it all up on the top of my head until it gets good and squishy). Then I plop for about an hour. I use a LOT of product, so I've never had an issue with loss on the towel. And I've been getting bouncy, clumpy curls.

    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!
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I have recently started applying my gel right after my leave-in. Getting great results with that. Previously, it would be leave-in, then curl enhancer, then gel. Gel is always last for me, on wet hair.

    Sometimes I will use AV gel to revive curls on dry hair; then it's the only product I use.
    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!
  • marinacurlzmarinacurlz Posts: 1,720Registered Users
    Salamander wrote: »
    I've been experimenting with different gelling techniques and wondered what others are doing.

    At first, I used to apply my leave-in and then put my gel right over that.

    Then I saw a post on here where someone said her hair needed to find its curl before she gelled it, otherwise it came out straighter. So I started scrunching my hair after applying leave-in, and when it was getting nice and springy then applying gel.

    I'm not the sort to leave well enough alone, so the other night it occurred to me that gelling before plopping might be removing some of the gel, along with the water. So I took my microfiber towel and scrunched, scrunched, scrunched until it was towel-dry, THEN gelled. My hair got super-crunchy as it dried, and I put it in a crunchy pineapple (no SOTC) and went to bed.
    .

    This is what I started doing as well. Works sooo much better. Plus I don't have to deal with slippery, slimey, sticky gel all over my hands, neck etc.
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    3B w/3A underneath

    Medium texture
    Average porosity

    Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

    Current products-
    Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
    Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
    Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz