Long hair, scrunching, and gel

My hair is wavy/curly BS length, and I want to grow it a lot longer. However, the longer it gets, the harder it is to do the CG accordion scrunch. So, that leads me to a few questions:

1. How do those of you with long hair scrunch?

2. Do you find that you need more gel as your hair gets longer?

3. Do you wet, gel, and scrunch your hair every day?
Hairtype: 3a/b Botticelli
Thickness: fine-medium
Current length: touching shoulders wet/chin-length dry
Aubrey Organics products
When I finish my final rinse, I lean to one side a littl and scrunch some water out. Then I do the same on the other side. Then I flip upside down, scrunch in my leave in, scrunch out a little more water then scrunch in a good sized blob of my gel and a bit more water out. Then I put my Turbie Twist towel on top of the toilet lid and plop into that. Twist it up and do my moisturizer, lotion, brush my teeth, etc. After that I flip my head upside down again and remove the towel. I scrunch just a tad more (but no more product), flip back over, scrunch the sides to find my part and let it air dry. Lately I've added one more step. I spray a little gel in my hands and use my lightly gelled fingers to lift the front a bit for more volume in the front. I don't mess with any other part of it but I do carefully relift that part a few more times as it dries (no more product).

To revive I just wet my hands and scrunch the ends to reactivate the gel.
Or leave it dry, flip over, insert my fingers at the roots, wiggle to fluff em up a bit, scrunch a couple times (but not too much) then flip back over. Depends on whether I'm losing curl or volume.
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Thanks, Meriellyn -- I appreciate your thorough answer. When you scrunch, do you do it "accordion style" (as described in the CG Handbook) by collecting the ends of your hair in your palm and the moving the hair up toward the scalp (like an accordion) or do you scrunch another way (such as squeezing your hands up or down sections of your hair)?
Hairtype: 3a/b Botticelli
Thickness: fine-medium
Current length: touching shoulders wet/chin-length dry
Aubrey Organics products
I actually smooth products on before I scrunch. I first scrunch a little water from my hair, apply the products then flip upside down and scrunch my hair with a Curl-Ease towel.

I need more of pretty much everything as my hair grows... a lot of people have remarked that they need a stronger gel as well. Also, if I want to wear my hair down and look presentable, I condition and style daily.
Brooklyn, NY

Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
HG products:
Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

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Thanks, Gemini13. So you smooth on gel over the canopy of your hair or underneath, too (when you flip it upside down)? Also, how does the Curl-Ease towel differ from the Aquis towel?

P.S. Loved your hair and slideshow!
Hairtype: 3a/b Botticelli
Thickness: fine-medium
Current length: touching shoulders wet/chin-length dry
Aubrey Organics products
My hair is a couple of inches above bsl in the back (layers so the length varies) I still accordian scrunch, I just do it leaning from side to side and upside down.
When my gel is dry though sometimes I don't accordian scrunch. I just take my hair midway down the length if needed and make a fist with the hair in my hands to break up the crunch. The accordian style while wet helps the curl recurl after washing, raking gel etc. My hair doesn't curl as well without it. But I don't have to go all the way to the roots necessarily.

I use a stronger hold gel the longer my hair gets, enough to cover the length and rake through to the inside hairs. The only way it's more gel is that it takes more to cover my hair.

I either redo my hair daily or just wet my hands and smooth them over my hair (frizz from my pillow and tossing and turning) and then scrunch the ends if they need it with slightly wet hands.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
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Thanks much, Medusahair!
Hairtype: 3a/b Botticelli
Thickness: fine-medium
Current length: touching shoulders wet/chin-length dry
Aubrey Organics products
Thanks, Gemini13. So you smooth on gel over the canopy of your hair or underneath, too (when you flip it upside down)? Also, how does the Curl-Ease towel differ from the Aquis towel?

P.S. Loved your hair and slideshow!
Originally Posted by Pixna
Thank you!

I don't appy anything on after I've flipped upside down. I apply product on in three sections, first I smooth it on the canopy on the top of my head and then I split my hair into two pigtails and kind of slide my hands down either side. I get both the canopy and the underlayer of my hair that way.
Brooklyn, NY

Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
HG products:
Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

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I don't appy anything on after I've flipped upside down. I apply product on in three sections, first I smooth it on the canopy on the top of my head and then I split my hair into two pigtails and kind of slide my hands down either side. I get both the canopy and the underlayer of my hair that way.
Originally Posted by Gemini13
Interesting, Gemini13. I'm going to try that technique next for sure! Thanks!
Hairtype: 3a/b Botticelli
Thickness: fine-medium
Current length: touching shoulders wet/chin-length dry
Aubrey Organics products
My hair is now an inch or two from my brastrap. I shampoo twice a week. I still rinse out my conditioner upside-down and scrunch gel into very wet hair. (I just run my hand over it lightly to get out enough water so it doesn't drip, but it's still soaked.) I then put it up in a towel for 1/2 an hour. I do this on my day off or when I don't have to be anywhere early, so it works for me. That's really all the scrunching I need. The curl stays in pretty well, so on non-wash days I really only need to deal with the canopy. I "dry clean" it with an alcohol/water mist. I just spray on and don't even need to scrunch. It will curl up. Lots of curlies go when I mentiion alcohol, but my avatar was taken on "dry-cleaned" hair. If I do get a bit of frizz, I use a cream or hand lotion or whatever is on hand. My hair does not get dried out because there are moisturizers and oils in my gel that get reactivated.
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Thanks for your reply, Modegrrl. Your method certainly does sound a bit "unorthodox," but whatever works is what you should use. Your hair certainly looks soft and healthy, so the alcohol doesn't seem to have any drying effects on it. I appreciate your input!
Hairtype: 3a/b Botticelli
Thickness: fine-medium
Current length: touching shoulders wet/chin-length dry
Aubrey Organics products

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