Gel amounts- let's review

tycho19tycho19 Registered Users Posts: 805
I am a 2b with shoulder length hair. I usually only use leave-in + gel. I think I may be overdoing the gel, so someone bring me back to reality. I have been using about a teaspoon on the top, then I flip and use a teaspoon raked into the back and scrunched to the ends. So, 2 teasp total. Sometimes it just feel dry and coated, esp on the second day. I'm going to try less tomorrow, but how much do you all use? My hair is medium thickness and relatively coarse. Thanks!
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  • msgibletmsgiblet Registered Users Posts: 5,825
    I have fine, thick & a little longer than shoulder length hair and I use between a nickel to a quarter-sized amount, depending on the gel. I scrunch that in and then use maybe another dime-sized amount and scrunch again making sure to get the sides and top. I still struggle with the amounts myself. If I don't get enough, I don't have enough hold. If I use enough or a little too much, it looks good, but sometimes I feel like I'm scrunching crunch out all day. It's getting a little better since I'm experimenting more with leave-ins and creams/curl enhancers underneath my gels.
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  • SoaringSirenSoaringSiren Registered Users Posts: 765
    I have thick/coarse shoulder length hair as well. I use about two small puddles of gel. One puddle to scrunch on my sides, and the other one to get the back of my head and my ends.

    There is some crunch when dry, but I just scrunch it out, of course.

    I also use a curl creme underneath it which also helps. I think I would need more gel if I didn't use the curl creme first.
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    jillipoo wrote: »
    Boy, it really depends on the gel (and the weather, and the position of the stars, and what kind of mischief Britney Spears has gotten into).
  • brown_eyedgal20brown_eyedgal20 Registered Users Posts: 412
    I use a lot. I use about 4 good size palm puddles, but my hair is also past shoulder length. I get too much frizz and not enough hold if I use less...
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  • jillipoojillipoo Registered Users Posts: 3,795 Curl Neophyte
    Boy, it really depends on the gel (and the weather, and the position of the stars, and what kind of mischief Britney Spears has gotten into).

    My hair is between jaw and shoulder length and isn't thick. Here's what I use:

    Biotera: A nickel size scrunched into towel-dried hair on one side, another nickel size on the other side. About a dime size scrunched into the top.

    F/X Curl Booster Fixative: A quarter size -- same procedure -- and dime size on top

    Aveda Flax Seed: One quarter size rubbed between my hands and scrunched into entire head.

    I always have some kind of leave-in or curl creme or [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Rockin-Ringlets-Styling-Potion-p-100.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-rockin-ringlets]Rockin' Ringlets[/buylink] under any gel.

    Are these amounts always right for me? Not always but most of the time.
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  • SoaringSirenSoaringSiren Registered Users Posts: 765
    jillipoo wrote: »
    Boy, it really depends on the gel (and the weather, and the position of the stars, and what kind of mischief Britney Spears has gotten into).

    :laughing7::laughing7::laughing7:

    I hope my hair's needs does not depend on the shenanigans of some celebrity!!

    I'm totally adding this into my signature!
    3a locks!
    Daily Products!: Suave Naturals Coconut, Jessicurl WDT, MOP-C, Biotera Curl Creme, & LA Looks Sports Gel!
    ^^^Proof that you can be CG without spending tons of money! =) ^^^

    CG since April 5th, 2008!

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    pw: lotsofcurls
    jillipoo wrote: »
    Boy, it really depends on the gel (and the weather, and the position of the stars, and what kind of mischief Britney Spears has gotten into).
  • jillipoojillipoo Registered Users Posts: 3,795 Curl Neophyte
    I am honored. :salut:
    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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    Twitter: nopoojillipoo
  • Auburn SunsetAuburn Sunset Registered Users Posts: 160
    I guess I use about a quarter size of HE gel and that's usually enough for me. I work it in while the hair is wet, pretty much on the ends and my edges.
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  • brown_eyedgal20brown_eyedgal20 Registered Users Posts: 412
    I probably have to leave in a little more leave in. Hair has been super dry since I used the Chagrin shampoo bar last weekend. Dry hair sucks.
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  • KitaraKitara Registered Users Posts: 1,224
    Oh gosh I use a lot. My hair is so pourus (sp?) that a little does nothing. It depends on the gel, but if it's thick and sticky like La Bella then I use less, but if it's thinner I use more. Maybe 3-5 large puddles.
  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Registered Users Posts: 4,940 Curl Neophyte
    I think that since you use a leave-in, you probably need less gel. I find leave-ins help with the distribution of styling products and can act as a mild styling product in and of itself.
    That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

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  • NottyNotty Registered Users Posts: 1,456
    Kitara wrote: »
    Oh gosh I use a lot. My hair is so pourus (sp?) that a little does nothing. It depends on the gel, but if it's thick and sticky like La Bella then I use less, but if it's thinner I use more. Maybe 3-5 large puddles.

    Me too! I have such coarse, porous hair I think it knows whats coming and sucks everything in site. I use tons of it. If not I would get little frizzies mostly underneath. Definately wouldn't get anything close to 2nd day hair!
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  • CurlyBratCurlyBrat Registered Users Posts: 445
    I actually use what I consider a LOT. I have very fine hair that just barely touches my shoulders, but I use about 2 quarter sized puddles of Biotera, or 2 nickel sized blobs of FX which is thicker.

    I figured out fairly quickly that my hair loves lots of product, as long as it's GOOD product.
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    don't even HAVE a "routine" at the moment...
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  • jillipoojillipoo Registered Users Posts: 3,795 Curl Neophyte
    Boomygrrl wrote: »
    I think that since you use a leave-in, you probably need less gel. I find leave-ins help with the distribution of styling products and can act as a mild styling product in and of itself.

    ITA!
    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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