Is it better to apply styling products when your hair is sopping wet?

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Ladies who apply product when hair is not very wet, how in the world are you distributing it through your hair? Can you section and comb it when it's not superwet? It seems like this would flatten the hair. Or are you somehow managing to scrunch in stuff after it's not very wet? It seems like it wouldn't distribute very well without the water to squoosh it around.

Please reveal your secrets!
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
i can only apply a select few products to dry/damp hair. here is what i do - i leave just about all of my conditioner for leave in, then scrunch out water, then scrunch more with two pairs of hand dry gloves. i let it air dry for maybe 2 hours, sometimes less, then scrunch it with the product massaging some directly into the scalp area without raking my hair, then more product scrunching the hair. when i flip my head up i see if any spots seem to look unhappy, then i lightly scrunch to those spots.
i used deva set up and above this way, and am now just using cj smoothing lotion this way. it probably helps that you can use these products on dry hair.
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Ladies who apply product when hair is not very wet, how in the world are you distributing it through your hair? Can you section and comb it when it's not superwet? It seems like this would flatten the hair. Or are you somehow managing to scrunch in stuff after it's not very wet? It seems like it wouldn't distribute very well without the water to squoosh it around.

Please reveal your secrets!
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
My hair is still wet, it's just not soaking wet. It's very damp. Some products I rake through and other products I scrunch in using the mysteryflavored method. I get a LOT more volume and bounce, I still get plenty of clumps, and I'm not wasting product. My hair t-shirt used to be stiff in 2 days when I used to scrunch out excess water *after* applying product. I'm also able to use a lot less product than I used to with better, more consistent results. Hope that helps!
2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.
This is a really good thread -- I always heard that curlies were supposed to scrunch in product while their hair was soaking wet and wavy hair could wait until their hair was damp, but I now know otherwise!

I like applying my product while my hair is pretty wet. I scrunch in my products after I have scrunched a lot of water out of my hair (which isn't saying much, because my hair is thick and holds water very well) and then plop. I tried doing it after I plop, and it just doesn't turn out as well. Slightly damp hair + gel = one big mess for me!
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This is an interesting thread for sure.

I just wonder, I read many of you start by scrunching the water out of your hair with your hands and follow up with scrunching with a towel or tshirt...

But how do you scrunch water out of your hair with your bare hands if I may ask?
This is an interesting thread for sure.

I just wonder, I read many of you start by scrunching the water out of your hair with your hands and follow up with scrunching with a towel or tshirt...

But how do you scrunch water out of your hair with your bare hands if I may ask?
Originally Posted by MVP_
I just stand in the shower, turn my head upside down, and...scrunch? It's almost as if I'm lifting up a chunk of hair, holding it close to my scalp, and squeezing it. I hold my hand out, push up on the hair until it's close to the scalp, and squeeze all the hair that falls into my hand. Does that make sense?
2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

This is an interesting thread for sure.

I just wonder, I read many of you start by scrunching the water out of your hair with your hands and follow up with scrunching with a towel or tshirt...

But how do you scrunch water out of your hair with your bare hands if I may ask?
Originally Posted by MVP_
I just stand in the shower, turn my head upside down, and...scrunch? It's almost as if I'm lifting up a chunk of hair, holding it close to my scalp, and squeezing it. I hold my hand out, push up on the hair until it's close to the scalp, and squeeze all the hair that falls into my hand. Does that make sense?
Originally Posted by porque_pig
Yes that does make sense, it's the same as I do but then without a towel?

Whats the advantage of starting scrunching water out with your bare hands? I may try it tomorrow!
I squeeze some water out in the shower with my hands, but it is still pretty wet. I add my curl enhancers and scrunch which gets some water out on it's own but I scrunch in water a la super soak, then scrunch more by hand and plop. After 15-20 minute plop, I scrunch my gel in, though I'm playing with mousse right now, and then diffuse. I'll plop a little more or scrunch a little more if I still think I am too wet before diffusing. That said, I'm looking to increase volume but still keep definition.


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I comb hair while condish is on in the shower and rinse well. Then I come out of the shower and shake my head a few good times. Then I apply styling gel/creams, then plop in a microfiber towel.

Ive tried scrunching with the towel before applying - sometimes i get the same result as applying to sopping wet hair, sometimes not. I think a lot depends on the weather - humidity, rain etc. No matter what the product, my hair will act differently with weather variants.
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I'm going to try a two prong approach by applying REcoil to dripping hair in the shower to get better distribution, then plop for 5-10 as usual and then apply my CK and diffuse.
well, so I tried and got so-so results. My hair was soft and had very little crunch to scrunch out but it also had some frizz and lost volume and structure throughout the day.

I think I prefer applying Re:coil and CK to damp hair and SOTC after about 10 min diffusing then air dry 100% and SOTC the rest of the way...
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Scrunch the excess water out of your hair with your bare fists. Your hair will still be wet, and the products you apply will be better distributed. I let it all sit on my hair for a few minutes before scrunching more water out of my hair with a FST, and by the time I do, it usually feels like I just have water on it.
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Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Wow! Finding this has been really good! I asked this very same question just yesterday myself. SO torn still about whether it's better for my particular hair to apply products while it's sopping wet or to get some of the water out before. I feel like a broken record, but my mission is to get even product distribution, which happens best for me, by way of raking, BUT, raking pulls out my clumps and leaves my hair in strings. Ugh. It's SO confusing at times to know what's best to do.

Thanks for listening to me vent.....
Robin
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I am curious if for some people it does work better if it is damp as opposed to soaking wet. does anyone have a theory why that would work? This is my second day of plopping. Next volume, texture but still stringy.
I use a Turbie Twist right after I get out of the shower and by the time I'm dressed and ready to style my hair, it is just damp and the twist is soaking wet. Therefore, I apply my products when my hair is wet. I've tried applying them to soaking wet hair, but it didn't work out too well. Hope that helps!


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I am curious if for some people it does work better if it is damp as opposed to soaking wet. does anyone have a theory why that would work? This is my second day of plopping. Next volume, texture but still stringy.
Originally Posted by mermaidewaves
ironically, today i did that. haven't done that in quite a while, and it looks like it's going to be a great hair day. still drying, but my hair is already very curly. i put leave in (cj beauticurls leave in) and sealant (jane carter nourish & shine) in on wet hair in shower, then blotted it with curl ease towel, then ran gel (cj pattern pusha) through my hair with fingers, then scrunched with damp curl ease towel.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
I add products to soaking wet hair, then scrunch with a flour sack towel and plop. I don't get good distribution on hair that's drier, and it seems to mess up my curls anyway.
3a/b, F, normal porosity

Wash with either Suave Tropical Coconut, As I Am, or CJ Daily Fix
Condition with STC or Yes to Blueberries and detangle with Denman, rinse very lightly (baptismal rinse)
Add LAL gel, either Sport or Wet Look, scrunch with flour sack towel, and plop
Diffuse 5 minutes, then air dry
I apply my products to soaking wet hair after applying my leave in, then scrunch out excess.
I know I always wait until "Towel dried" because of time. But maybe what I really should be trying is application when wet followed by plopping of some variety.
Fine 3B/C curls.
Currently growing out damage caused by straightening and coloring.
Yes. You will get the best product distribution if you apply your styler(s) to wet hair. You will get your best curls when you scrunch squish them in, rather than rake. And if you need to cut down your drying time, plopping is a good way to go. However, scrunch drying with a smooth surfaced towel after your product application (and, for my low porosity hair, after giving my hair a chance to take them up) works too.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I always squeeze out as much water as I can with my hands and then use a microfiber towel, but still leave it wet enough to rake the product through. I used to apply products to soaking wet hair but it would take all day to dry and my hair would be weighed down and limp.
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I'm conditioner styling (mixed with glycerin gel) on first day hair so that goes in mostly wringed out (with my hands) hair. I use a lot of conditioner so it's pretty soggy at that point. When I was using a traditional gel or creme they went in right after. If I put gel, oil, or creme on my damp or dry hair it just sticks in clumps, my hair loves to "grab" onto things. It has to be wet to distribute evenly. Then I loosely turban with my microfiber towel, let sit until I'm dressed/makeup done, let it out, arrange, and leave it be. From the time I wring it out and put in the product, to the time it is dry, the less I touch it the better it is so no scrunching. For second day hair I section it into 12 sections (that is how many clips I have ) dampen each section with a spray bottle of water, apply spray gel, and scrunch/squish extensively, starting from the bottom and working my way up. Basically shingling but opposite since instead of combing out I'm scrunching up. On third day I do the same but only with water, or I put it in an updo if I'm lazy. My first day hair and second day hair look quite different.. big fat curls all the way to the root on first day, longer/thinner curls on the second... I prefer the first but I'm not willing to wait for it to dry every day.
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Multi day: section, mist/squeeze in water, rake and scrunch.

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