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s.temple 06-18-2005 12:13 PM

gel problems
 
OK this is what i do... after i take a shower, to style my hair i brush it and get the part i want in it, then i take hair gel and apply a quarter sized amount on my hands and rub it so it covers my hands and then i run my hands through my hair trying to evenly cover all my hair with a tiny bit of gel. but after my hair dries, i find that i covered some strands with gel and left others totally untouched. :roll: :( any suggestions on how to avoid this? or even suggestions on products that wont do this? thanks!

DominicanaHeat 06-18-2005 12:27 PM

No-Poo and One Condish or just One Condish.

Giovanni Leave-in Conditioner

Freeze It! hair gel.

Sometimes I use shea butter oil, if its humid and I feel like my hair may dry out or frizz up.

curly_princess 06-18-2005 12:29 PM

Double post

curly_princess 06-18-2005 12:30 PM

I find that I can distribute gel easiest when my hair is dripping wet right after my shower. I rake a little gel into my top layer (but try to finger comb each section only once or my hair starts getting stringy), then flip my head over and scrunch more gel in. I usually don't have problems with missing spots then.

Maybe I'm way off (since I haven't tried it), but I think that if I brushed my hair, and then applied product, the brushing would have seperated all my hairs so it's harder to cover all of them. I'm not sure that makes sense, but it's a thought. Have you tried instead to not brush, and apply products while combing with a wide tooth comb? Why do you brush? To get tangles out?

eccentric_kurlz 06-18-2005 12:33 PM

Maybe you can apply the gel to sections of your hair. When I apply gel, I section into four parts, and apply product to each section. Then at the end, I lightly run the shower over my hair for a few seconds to make sure that each strand is saturated. My hair type is different, but you don't have to do 4 sections. You can maybe do two, and apply a quarter size to both sides(or adjust it based on how it feels). Sectioning may help you out a bit. It really depends on how thick your hair is, and how easily weighed down it can get when applying gel.

If I haven't helped, I'm sure there are some other curlies here who can.

SuZen 06-18-2005 01:47 PM

I have often had that problem of getting even distribution, especially with thicker products. I found the answer -- combing through the products with a wide-toothed comb, then scrunching to restore the curl pattern. I thought combing would pull out a lot of curl (I'm a 3a), but to my surprise that didn't happen.

I never could get good results with products like Re:coil or Angell until I tried this technique.

shrinkster 06-18-2005 01:53 PM

I section my hair (across my head) starting from the nape, apply product, then section another part and do the same until I reach the crown. I would say I end up doing about 4 sections. This is the way they teach you how to apply gel at Ouidad. It really helps evenly distribute the gel.

shrinkster 06-18-2005 01:55 PM

I agree with Suzen, combing in the product also helps or raking which is what I do.

SherryL 06-18-2005 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by SuZen
I have often had that problem of getting even distribution, especially with thicker products. I found the answer -- combing through the products with a wide-toothed comb, then scrunching to restore the curl pattern. I thought combing would pull out a lot of curl (I'm a 3a), but to my surprise that didn't happen.

I never could get good results with products like Re:coil or Angell until I tried this technique.

This is exactly what I do. Also, you might want to try using more gel. One quarters worth for your whole head doesn't sound like a lot (unless your hair is very short).

CelticMoonDance 06-18-2005 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shrinkster30
I agree with Suzen, combing in the product also helps or raking which is what I do.

I rake the product through dripping wet hair and then scrunch more in after. I never used enough product until Jess instructed me on how much to use of her products. I never brush.

HTH,

Kimberly

cunninghamair 06-18-2005 10:11 PM

Aloe vera gel with Jessicurl gelebration on top. I see you just joined! Welcome :D Ditch the brush :shock:

kimmyc 06-19-2005 09:11 AM

I never use a brush on my hair (I'm a wavy with some curls). I only comb with conditioner through my hair and most days I just use my fingers to detangle and comb.

After I wash/condition wash or just condition, I finger comb the tangles out, flip my head upside down, rinse, apply my Rockin Ringlets curl enhancer or spray Gelebration into soaking wet hair. I'll rake that through once or twice with my fingers to get it evenly distributed then scrunch the drips out with my microfiber towel. Then I scrunch a few puddles of gel into my hair all over.

I plop into a t-shirt after that. Then I diffuse a bit or clip my roots up and air dry.

Ladydncing 06-19-2005 10:50 AM

I never apply my products in sections. I am too lazy for that.

Usually what I do is appy the products to soaking wet hair for easier distribution. I am not a very big fan of layering products either.
The less I put in my hair the better. I voted 2, but sometimes
it can be 2-3.

Maudie 06-19-2005 07:02 PM

I used to have this sort of poufy, undefined section in the back of my hair, but I think it was due to poor distribution. I now smooth gel over the canopy (one blob), then rake it in upside down through the back and center sort of combing with my fingers (one blob), then scrunch the ends and back still upside down (one blob), then plop in a t-shirt for about 20 minutes. This seems to get the gel throughout my hair better.

Maudie

*Holly, I edited this for clarity.

hollyp 06-19-2005 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maudie
I used to have this sort of poufy, undefined section in the back of my hair, but I think it was due to poor distribution. I now smooth gel over the canopy, then rake it in upside down through the back, then scrunch the ends, then plop in a t-shirt. This seems to get the gel throughout my hair better.

Maudie

I have the same problem with the back of my hair. I'll have to try your method!

mayim 06-19-2005 08:16 PM

I like to make a spray gel out of water and a strong hold gel (about 2:1 - boil the water, stir in the gel til it dissolves, let cool, pour into spray bottle). I have very thick hair and this is the only way I can get gel to distribute properly in my hair.

M

PixieCurl 06-19-2005 08:51 PM

most days just conditioner and gel. after a quick rinse upside down in the shower, i don't rake anymore. i scrunch in gel (amount varies depending on which gel) and plop in a microfiber towel.

some days are more if i wash (about once a week - with condish, no poo, or HCC) and some days i use RR under my gel (but not most days).

Athena's Owl 06-19-2005 11:14 PM

Re: gel problems
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by s.temple
OK this is what i do... after i take a shower, to style my hair i brush it and get the part i want in it, then i take hair gel and apply a quarter sized amount on my hands and rub it so it covers my hands and then i run my hands through my hair trying to evenly cover all my hair with a tiny bit of gel. but after my hair dries, i find that i covered some strands with gel and left others totally untouched. :roll: :( any suggestions on how to avoid this? or even suggestions on products that wont do this? thanks!

I didn't answer your poll because I don't have a "daily routine." I do what my hair needs me to do from day to day, and sometimes that's just leave it be. I wash my hair when it's dirty. somethime that's in three days, sometimes that's a week, sometimes that's two days in a row - it depends on what I've been doing and how my hair feels.

I never use a brush on my hair. I don't ever recommend it to curly girls, either. It's not a good method for detangling and curly hair is more porous than straight, so it can't take the ripping and tugging damage a brush does.

I finger comb and manipulate tangles out with my fingers when dry, and comb it with a wide toothed comb when my hair is saturated with conditioner and wet.

you have curly hair. a *tiny bit* of gel isn't going to do it. I have hair past my shoulders. I divide my soaking wet hair into three sections, and each section gets a glop of gel that's bigger than a quarter sized amount... and I can *still* miss strands. it is tres annoying! I'd rec that you section into three sections, apply gel to each section (while soaking wet) then bend over so your hair is hanging upside down and work ANOTHER quarter-sized amount in a "scrunching" motion.

You could try "plopping" and see if it helps you.

Leave-in conditioners can be quite nice.

Canocurls 06-20-2005 10:24 AM

Mayim What a good Idea :D I can't wait to try this!

Do you use 2 gel: 1 water or 2 water: 1 gel?


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