Applying Products while Wet or Damp?

So, curlies, I don't know if my hair should be wet (not sopping) or damp before applying products. I know my hair cannot be SOPPING wet, because my hair gets crazy weighed down. I look better when my hair has more volume.

My hair's properties might help.

Type: 3a
Porosity: low
Width: med
Density: med.

Please reply!
I think every head is different. I've changed my technique over the past several months, but this what I'm doing now and having the most consistent hair days to date.

I rake in my leave in while still in the shower
Then I take my Aquis towel and drape it over my head and gently press down all over which absorbs any excess water
Then I dry my body
Then I rake in my products upside down and go immediately into a plop with a micro turban
After 10-15 mins, diffuse til dry
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
I like damp cos wet my hair just drips the product out and weighs my hair down
So, curlies, I don't know if my hair should be wet (not sopping) or damp before applying products. I know my hair cannot be SOPPING wet, because my hair gets crazy weighed down. I look better when my hair has more volume.

My hair's properties might help.

Type: 3a
Porosity: low
Width: med
Density: med.

Please reply!
Originally Posted by ChocolateSwirls
Classic Curly Girl technique is wet to sopping, that is what encourages clumping and discourages frizz. You can then scrunch the excess water out with your hands so your hair is not super weighed down, and can immediately follow that with gently scrunching even more out with a towel if you wish. Watch YouTube videos from Devachan salon or Jessicurl to see what I mean.

To get more volume do all your washing and product application and scrunching out water upside down, even lightly comb the roots when upside down so they face 'up' before you apply products. If you do all that whilst upside down by the time you turn right way up you won't be weighed down. Clipping is also useful for volume.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
So, curlies, I don't know if my hair should be wet (not sopping) or damp before applying products. I know my hair cannot be SOPPING wet, because my hair gets crazy weighed down. I look better when my hair has more volume.

My hair's properties might help.

Type: 3a
Porosity: low
Width: med
Density: med.

Please reply!
Originally Posted by ChocolateSwirls
Classic Curly Girl technique is wet to sopping, that is what encourages clumping and discourages frizz. You can then scrunch the excess water out with your hands so your hair is not super weighed down, and can immediately follow that with gently scrunching even more out with a towel if you wish. Watch YouTube videos from Devachan salon or Jessicurl to see what I mean.

To get more volume do all your washing and product application and scrunching out water upside down, even lightly comb the roots when upside down so they face 'up' before you apply products. If you do all that whilst upside down by the time you turn right way up you won't be weighed down. Clipping is also useful for volume.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Thanks, FireFox! Very helpful!
I rake in my leave in and sealer on sopping wet hair. Then I plop it while I'm getting dressed, and scrunch gel in it when it's wet but not dripping.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
I scrunch with leave in and plop with a normal towel for a about 10mins before scrunching in styling product and plopping with a micro fibre towel...

I seem to loose curl if I add styling product when wet...
I styled my hair while wet instead of damp today... not too pleased. I had even more halo frizz. Fortunately, I had time to fix it today. Going back to my old routine.
I put gel in sopping wet hair, scrunch, plop in a turban towel for about 30 min, air dry for about 30 min with claw clips on top to give lift, diffuser dry for a few min and scrunch for volume.

It takes some experimenting to find what works. Hope you find it soon!
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Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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