sorry i was actually trying to think how i can explain without being confusing.
to lay my hair instead of trying to smooth hair toward the scalp i smooth it away from the scalp.
i find that a fine toothed comb is the best for this but a denman like brush can work also.
only the top layer of the layer needs to be done this way so first i comb the majority of the hair back.
then i slap on the gel and comb outwards, away from the scalp. this produces a large wavy layer or hair.
then i smooth the layer down with a light pressure. too little pressure cause the layer to lift and too much pressure cause it to beome flat.
also if i use too much gel it will become flat. when it becomes flat because of too much gel i cannot fix it without washing it and starting all over.
for some reason i cannot do this with wet hair. the hair had to be on the drier side of damp from really good results. i think this is why i use so much gel.
my gel of choice for this is wet line xtreme gel. it always gives me consistent results when i use this technique.
i also got good results with using petroleum jelly but i found it to be hard to find the right balance between good hold and greasiness.
im sorry if this sounds confusing. i plan on doing a pictorial of this next month.
this is when i 1st bced
this is with grease and conditioner