For those who can't rake when styling

When my hair was longer I could get away with raking and scrunching, but now if I rake and scrunch my hair drys stringy and it really looks awful.

Are there any of you who absolutely can not rake or scrunch?
3a/3b & fine
CG since 3/2010
Low sulphate shampoo once a week:
Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Rinse Out Conditioner - used only when needed - Elucence Moisture Benefits, & KCKT

Leave-in - used only when needed - KCKT

Co-wash- Elucence Moisture Benefits Conditioner (about 1-2 a week).

Stylers: KCKT, Eco-Styler Gel, AG:Recoil, FSG.

Styling: Raking and smoothing product throughout hair and then the Super Soaker Method without the Denman.
Me! I will rake in my RO conditioner but cannot rake in any styling products. My waves are far too weak to do that and still have some semblance of waves. I have to scrunch in all my products.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Thanks asianrunner....


I am growing my hair out, and on top of it being really wonky (I haven't perfected a styling routine ever since I had to chop my hair off after a bad Devacut)

The under of my hair was cut too short, but the top was left longer... Patiently waiting for it to grow out. Haven't cut it in six months....


Right now raking and scrunching is not working.
3a/3b & fine
CG since 3/2010
Low sulphate shampoo once a week:
Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Rinse Out Conditioner - used only when needed - Elucence Moisture Benefits, & KCKT

Leave-in - used only when needed - KCKT

Co-wash- Elucence Moisture Benefits Conditioner (about 1-2 a week).

Stylers: KCKT, Eco-Styler Gel, AG:Recoil, FSG.

Styling: Raking and smoothing product throughout hair and then the Super Soaker Method without the Denman.
If raking and scrunching don't work you could always try smoothing the product down the length of your hair. Make sure to work in sections to distribute the product evenly. Hope this helps!
High porosity. 3C.
Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
Hair hates: Plopping.
Thanks curlisland....!
3a/3b & fine
CG since 3/2010
Low sulphate shampoo once a week:
Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Rinse Out Conditioner - used only when needed - Elucence Moisture Benefits, & KCKT

Leave-in - used only when needed - KCKT

Co-wash- Elucence Moisture Benefits Conditioner (about 1-2 a week).

Stylers: KCKT, Eco-Styler Gel, AG:Recoil, FSG.

Styling: Raking and smoothing product throughout hair and then the Super Soaker Method without the Denman.
I've tried raking in products and it just makes my hair look like a stringy, greasy mess that looks like a bird's nest. It kills my wave pattern. It gets even worse if I rake and scrunch, cuz it just adds frizz. I do rake my conditioner, but no raking after that.

I've found that smoothing the product on by sections is the way for me. In addition, I "scrunch" by ploppping my hair and pixie-diffusing. For me (don't know if it happens to anybody else), the more I touch my hair during the drying process, the more frizz I get.
I can't simply because it wrecks the curl pattern. I mean, it doesn't look bad per se, but it results in the very ends of my hair going straight, which gives me beachy waves sort of like Kesha's, when I prefer actual curls.
Hair type 2A, fine texture but very very dense (TONS of hair)!
Products: Suave Naturals coconut co-wash, L'Oreal EverCreme Moisturizing rinse-out
LA Looks Sports Gel (on the hunt for a better gel!)
I've tried raking but my hair hates it. My curls break up and get stringy. I'd have to rake, comb through, then spray again with tons of water. But, scrunching is my best friend, if I do it carefully, but getting even product distribution is hard with my long hair.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
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