Smoothing vs Raking?

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  • 1 Post By bosanbo
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I've been reading tons of threads lately and I'm a bit confused. Some of you say you "rake" products into your hair and others say they only "smooth" the products into the hair. What's the difference? Which method have you had the most luck with? Does it do anything with clumps?
smooth is like when you smooth the product in you hands and smooth it down your hair from roots to ends. raking is like using your fingers to comb the product through your hair. I do both. I smooth my stuff in and then rake so all my hair gets it all.
Raking is raking product throught the length of your hair with your fingers and smoothing is rubing product in a downward motion on the length of your hair with your palms.

I also do both, since my hair is very thick and to ensure the product was distributed evenly.
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I, on the other hand, only smooth (well, and squish!). I have fine hair and loose curls, and raking totally separates them into tiny, less curly sections.
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I, on the other hand, only smooth (well, and squish!). I have fine hair and loose curls, and raking totally separates them into tiny, less curly sections.
Originally Posted by bosanbo
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I squish too!

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I've struggled with this too! I have 2c hair and find due to the delicate nature of my curl that "smoothing" works better for me. I have a process. First I "scrunch" in CK and plop then I "smooth" in Pantene curling mousse and air dry. I think anyone who has a strong curl can rake with lots of success and get good product distribution and separation of curl (if needed). All I end up doing is pulling out what little curl/wave I have!
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Have you watched the DVD on the newer version of the CG book?? It really taught me a lot about how to handle my hair. I could never use the copious amount of product that they use, but the technique they show is helpful.

The finger combing is really gentle. I smooth product on canopy, bend over and smooth on under layers, GENTLY finger comb and then squish (or crunch.) My hair is shorter, so that may make a difference. I'm not pulling out the curl.

If you haven't watched the DVD, I highly recommend it.
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