View Poll Results: Do you like it? and how do you apply it?
Gel is great and I use the watered down method 2 7.69%
Gel is great and I apply it straight to my hair, without adding water first 10 38.46%
Gel is great and I don't mind crunchies 0 0%
Gel is great and I scrunch 11 42.31%
Gel is OK and I don't pay much attention to how I apply it 0 0%
My hair is indifferent to gel - I can take it or leave it 0 0%
I hate gel, and so does my hair! 2 7.69%
Gel has never worked for me, but I am curious to try it again! 1 3.85%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

How do you like your gel?

This is a spin-off of a discussion started (guano-style) on the Carlos Method thread... As I've posted in that thread and others, I am a strong supporter of the WATERED DOWN METHOD to prevent crunch since I use gel routinely, for hold, curl formation and sometimes shine.

What do all of you think Also, please share your gel application pointers and tips too!

PS. If it matters, I recently changed my name from Eyestrain to curltopia...
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I chose "I apply gel straight to hair" but I think I do a couple of those options.

I get best results when I apply my gel almost straight out of the shower. I finger comb in a little gel on my top layer, trying only to finger comb once or twice over each part, otherwise I get stringy hair. Then I flip my head upside down and scrunch in the rest of the gel. I don't add any water to my gel.

I've been liking Suave Firm Control gel which doesn't give me much crunch but has a lot of hold, so I don't really have to worry about the crunchies, but if I have any, I either just leave them or GENTLY scunch them out. I have to be careful or I create more frizz.
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Curltopia, although I don't always use gel I selected watered down gel.

I put gel in hand first then squirt water (I use distilled or purified) with sprayer until its watered down enuf, then apply to hair. I've been doing this lately when I use gel and really like this method. I don't know if it helps any with less scrunch, but watered down definitely helps the gel distribute better thru hair.
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I voted that gel is great & I scrunch, both when I apply & gently once it is dry to get rid of crunchies.

I apply my gel to wet hair over a bit of leave-in co, usually Elucence.

The funny thing is that I NEVER used gel until I found nc.com. I always used mousse & hairspray I was 'tupid & didn't know the damage that I was doing to my hair
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The funny thing is that I NEVER used gel until I found nc.com. I always used mousse & hairspray I was 'tupid & didn't know the damage that I was doing to my hair
Originally Posted by skywatcher
Same with me! I didn't like gel but it was probably because I was trying bad gels that are full of cones, like Pantene. Yuck.
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AWESOME replies ladies!!! And thanks for voting and posting too Also, I am learning new tricks! like Curlitresses's spray bottle idea.

CP - Since you apply gel to very wet hair, I will claim you

Skywatcher - I've been known to scrunch too! (usually when I don't use water with gel). Scrunching does give great hold and curl formation... But I still prefer my own method :P
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CP - Since you apply gel to very wet hair, I will claim you
Originally Posted by curltopia
Whew!
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I apply my gel straight-up, without watering it down, on my hair after I've scrunched out the excess water with a microfiber towel.

Like Skywatcher, I was a mousse and hair spray girl until I found this site!!
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Originally Posted by GuardianB
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I apply my gel straight-up, without watering it down, on my hair after I've scrunched out the excess water with a microfiber towel.

Like Skywatcher, I was a mousse and hair spray girl until I found this site!!
Originally Posted by Poopsie
Same here to both of these replies!
I may try the watered down method with B&A as I have to be so careful only to use a very small amount or it is too crunchy, I really just coat my hands with a small puddle then rake in. Ive tried the Gelebration but that doesn't have enough hold.
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I apply gel full strength to very wet hair, then again when it's still damp, then I scrunch. I do everything (wash, add product, plop, scrunch) with my hair flipped over my head upside down.
Many years ago, before NC.com, I tried gel a couple times and absolutely hated it because I didn't know enough to use it on wet hair. Now I use it every single day. Love the stuff.
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When I use gel, I scrunch a bunch into towel-blotted wet hair, or just a little in misted-damp hair. Applying it to dry hair causes a hair-wreck for me.
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I apply gel full strength to very wet hair, then again when it's still damp, then I scrunch. I do everything (wash, add product, plop, scrunch) with my hair flipped over my head upside down.
Many years ago, before NC.com, I tried gel a couple times and absolutely hated it because I didn't know enough to use it on wet hair. Now I use it every single day. Love the stuff.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
See, to me, this counts as CP's take on the watered down method

But it's all good!
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."

"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
- Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

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CP - Since you apply gel to very wet hair, I will claim you
Originally Posted by curltopia
Whew!
Originally Posted by curly_princess
:P
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."

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