Post-shower routine question

Hi all! Long time lurker here, posting with my first question...

I've finally decided to abandon my old post-shower routine (which was basically applying gel to towel-dried hair) in favor of applying the gel to soaking wet hair, like many have you suggested. Yesterday was the first time and the results were so-so. I was hoping for moist looking (not wet, but shiny and moist, does that make sense?), defined waves and curls but ended up with a very flat crown and poofy, fluffy, too-soft, undefined curls. I'm thinking maybe I didn't use enough gel?

Also, do you comb the gel through your soaking wet hair? If so, do you use your fingers or an actual comb? I'm hesitant to do it since that's likely to pull all my waves/curls out.

Thanks in advance... I've learned so much from you all!
After reading all the great advice, I put my leave in and gel into soaking wet hair yesterday and had the best hair day ever. Too bad I was home and couldn't show it off
3b, modified CG, short inverted bob living in Central Jersey
Current faves: no poo, HE Hello Hydration, ck, Shea Moisture, Mixed Chicks
PW colombia
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Ooo! Congrats CurlyClaudia!

Did you apply the products and then wrap it in a towel or just leave it down to dry? Did you comb the products through or anything?
Type: Course & thick. According to everyone's input, 2c w/ 3a potential.
Color: Brown w/ highlights & annoying grays which I color.
Length: Past shoulders w/ layers.
Issues: Dryness, knots & more dryness!
Poo: Deva Lo-Poo 1 x week, Clarify 1-2 x month
CO Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut (but looking for something else b/c I suspect protein issues)
Condish: GVPCB, LVPNG
Leave-Ins: Was loving KBB Milk & Nectar, but overused them. Usually just leave-in some of what I CO with.
Styling: Biolage Gelee
I raked the products in with my hands and clipped the roots for some added lift and left it down. My hair is still pretty short to be wrapped, pineappled, or plopped like most of the girls. I am trying to grow it out. Good luck
3b, modified CG, short inverted bob living in Central Jersey
Current faves: no poo, HE Hello Hydration, ck, Shea Moisture, Mixed Chicks
PW colombia
http://public.fotki.com/curlyclaudia/



I apply mine to wet hair. Not damp but not soaking.
3b-3c CG
I rinse upside down, and scrunch gel into soaking wet hair. I rinse my hair upside down, and then turn away from the shower stream, and while still upside down, I scrunch gel into my hair - so I keep the gel close to, or inside the shower. After I dry myself off, I'll take a towel and lightly scrunch the water out of my hair. Sometimes I'll scrunch in a leave in cream too, but I change up whether I do this on soaking wet hair as well, or wait until it dries a bit. Either way, once I've scrunched the water out I shake my curls forward, and leave it alone for the curls to form, and for it to dry.
~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

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Thanks everyone... I think I need to look into doing the clip-thing to combat the flatness on top. And I'm going to try using a bit more gel too.
Type: Course & thick. According to everyone's input, 2c w/ 3a potential.
Color: Brown w/ highlights & annoying grays which I color.
Length: Past shoulders w/ layers.
Issues: Dryness, knots & more dryness!
Poo: Deva Lo-Poo 1 x week, Clarify 1-2 x month
CO Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut (but looking for something else b/c I suspect protein issues)
Condish: GVPCB, LVPNG
Leave-Ins: Was loving KBB Milk & Nectar, but overused them. Usually just leave-in some of what I CO with.
Styling: Biolage Gelee
Alot of us use a wide-tooth comb to help distribute the gel (or mousse) through the hair while it's soaking wet. I use it to help distribute my leave-in conditioner as well.
CG-modified since 4/05
2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB
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Last edited by brandym22; 01-26-2010 at 06:57 PM.
What is "pineapple"-ing?
Originally Posted by brandym22
Wearing your hair in a ponytail on top of your head .
CG-modified since 4/05
2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB

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