Share your product application methods and techniques, please!

I'm new to wearing my hair wavy and am really curious what methods everyone likes. I've already purchased a plethora of products and while my results are better than when I started there is definitely room for improvement!

If you could share your hair properties, climate (I find a HUGE difference between when I'm in a humid or dry climate), and your technique for product application (raking, scrunching, combing, wet or damp hair, plopping etc) and styling that would be great and super helpful!

Ill start... Mine can serve as an example and maybe someone could give suggestions?

I shampoo and condition (sulfate and cone free!) and then rake my leave in through wet hair. I then comb it through with a wide tooth comb and plop in a microfiber or t shirt for 30 mins. I then take it down and scrunch in a gel. Sometimes ill plop again but usually I just air dry.

The issue I am having is stringy waves and not great clumps. I have tried detangling with conditioner in and only scrunching in product but I think my hair is too dense. I did get better curl and clumps but my hair was so frizzy, there were spots that didn't have product, and it just looked wonky. Raking and combing (followed by plopping and scrunching in gel) seem to help with frizz and and product distribution but my waves are lazier and not well clumped. Thoughts?
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.



Last edited by kaykre; 06-08-2013 at 01:07 PM.
The issue I am having is stringy waves and not great clumps. I have tried detangling with conditioner in and only scrunching in product but I think my hair is too dense. I did get better curl and clumps but my hair was so frizzy, there were spots that didn't have product, and it just looked wonky. Raking and combing (followed by plopping and scrunching in gel) seem to help with frizz and and product distribution but my waves are lazier and not well clumped. Thoughts?
Originally Posted by kaykre
Our properties are completely different but I maybe can help with this part

The clumps have to be formed before you plop; I do a mod-supersoaker method to encourage clumps. Basically I put in LI and comb thru then I quick rinse to smooth out the tine lines. Once I'm out, etc I shift my hair to one side and scrunch water back into my hair over the sink until big clumps form, then I repeat on the other side. I have actually started scrunching in my gel at this point and using it to help form clumps, then I scrunch my hair all the way against my scalp with a flour sack towel to blot out excess water. I am experimenting with plopping versus immediately diffusing at this step, you'll have to experiment to see what's best for you.

There is a thread on super soaking with a video.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
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I'm a wavy too. I figured out that a lot of the standard "no-nos" actually work better for me. After washing and conditioning i squeeze out xs water and apply KCKT as leave in. I comb it in. Then smooth in KCCC and comb that in too. Part my hair and comb as if it was straight. Then i push up on the areas near my part so they are not flat. Scrunch with curl ease towel and paper towels and diffuse dry. Scrunch crunch when all dry.
2B/2C wavy
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Don't know how much help I'll be but here is what I'm doing these days: Cowash every other day-sometimes put in a leave in depending on how dry my hair feels-squeeze out some water-put in a quarter size amount of curl cream in, work it thru, scrunch it in-scrunch squeeze with microfiber towel-place waves where I want them to be and leave my hair alone-get my daughter ready for school, put on make up and then diffuse a bit (I like the pixie method) Let it sit till completely dry then shake it out-this gets inconvenient for me-the other day I had to do a shake out in a Target dressing room! Oh well-it's where I was at the time...
I'm going to go ahead and say 3a
fine/medium texture and a bit porous-I color
Spring routine: Renpure luxurious argan oil shampoo/Loreal Advanced Care Color conditioner , HETT gel
Microfiber towel/diffuse
Trying KKCC
I'm with Lynaea and my properties are different from yours but here are my thoughts
If I comb my products in without supersoaking, I get small stringy clumps too. I rake in my LI and if I am using KCCC I add it in the shower on soaking wet hair and then do a quick cold rinse to form clumps. When I get out of the shower I scrunch out excess water and plop while I get ready. I add gel and then diffuse until partially dry. The supersoak step made the biggest difference in my clumps and helps with product distribution. HTH
Fine texture
Low/ Med porosity
Med density

Wash: SM MR, GTTT
RO: SM MR, GTTT
LI: SM CSM or SM MR
Styling:AVG, KCCC, Volumax MEGA (HG), Joico Curl Definer
I am a high porosity wavy, UK climate but TBH I don't notice a massive difference much of the year other than the speed at which my hair dries.

Conditioner only wash, a product that is lightweight and leaves my hair 'squeaky' clean but not stripped, I don't expect my CO-wash to moisturise. All shampoos I have tried to date make my hair pouf and refuse to clump and very sensitive to the weather.

Everything from washing onwards happens upside down, flipping over breaks up clumps. I need to apply everything to wet hair to avoid straight pouf. Combing and raking pull out the curl for me, I scrunch and pump everything section by section even rinse out conditioner. Use loads of product, far more than I think I need and close to the roots, extra attention at the crown because that is what I seem to miss.

All products go in before plopping or, more recently, scrunching with a flour sack towel which does seem to be better for frizz and clumping. Never plop for as long as thirty minutes, I'd have no definition in the underlayers. they dry out too easily. For me touching hair after plopping means fluff, loss of curl or stringiness.

Mostly air dry, partially diffuse for a night out to get more curl but risk more frizz if I dry too much.
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
TY all so much! I have lots of new things to try
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


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