Super-Soaker Method for Promoting Clumps -UPDATED/Video Link

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I gave this a bit of a go yesterday and got some great and defined curls at my ends. My roots were really straight and stuck flat to my haid though though. I did use a wide tooth comb and not a brush though so may have to try that again. Be nice if I could get it to work so I'll give it a go properly tomorrow.

The icequeen method gave me more volume at the crown but wonky looking roots. Bah.

My other problem is whilst I seem to have nice clumps when my hair is soaking wet, as soon as I touch it with my hands (e.g. to scrunch in gel) or my comb or a towel, the curls break up into stringier ones. I don't think there's a way to get product in or to get hair from sopping wet to damp-wet without touching it with something though

More experiemnting needed!!
Originally Posted by sexyjacksparrow
Two things: If you must use a comb make it a very toothed one.

Also, feel free to brush thru you base coat AND your gel. Or to brush thru the base coat, scrunch in the gel, then soak. Play with it. SCrunch will break up clumps.....
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I would love to try this method! I have had terrible hair days the last 2 days
Anywho, I am a visual learner so a video would be really helpful! *wink wink*
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I tried this again today. I realized I did the soaker method yesterday. Today I did the SUPER soaker method. Much better. Now I also tried forgoing gel for the first time too. So I'm not sure which was the bigger impact. For now.... I like my hair . I haven't said that in years... I still have mostly skinny curls, but that's what I've been dealt....


I'll see how it holds up over the next few hours. Luckily our dew points are moderate today (50's)
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ii, 2c/3a?, med/course, porous (I think), normal elasticity
co-wash: Suave green apple, Deva no-poo, Giovanni TTTT, occasional Deva low-poo
condish: playing with NatPathAV, AOHR,
leave-in: KCNT
styling: HE set me up, curl keeper, KCCC, and BRHG
I tried this again today. I realized I did the soaker method yesterday. Today I did the SUPER soaker method. Much better. Now I also tried forgoing gel for the first time too. So I'm not sure which was the bigger impact. For now.... I like my hair . I haven't said that in years... I still have mostly skinny curls, but that's what I've been dealt....


I'll see how it holds up over the next few hours. Luckily our dew points are moderate today (50's)
Originally Posted by FTFE
There is NO QUESTION that dripping sopping SOAKING wet is the protocol here
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I gave this a bit of a go yesterday and got some great and defined curls at my ends. My roots were really straight and stuck flat to my haid though though. I did use a wide tooth comb and not a brush though so may have to try that again. Be nice if I could get it to work so I'll give it a go properly tomorrow.

The icequeen method gave me more volume at the crown but wonky looking roots. Bah.

My other problem is whilst I seem to have nice clumps when my hair is soaking wet, as soon as I touch it with my hands (e.g. to scrunch in gel) or my comb or a towel, the curls break up into stringier ones. I don't think there's a way to get product in or to get hair from sopping wet to damp-wet without touching it with something though

More experiemnting needed!!
Originally Posted by sexyjacksparrow
Two things: If you must use a comb make it a very toothed one.

Also, feel free to brush thru you base coat AND your gel. Or to brush thru the base coat, scrunch in the gel, then soak. Play with it. SCrunch will break up clumps.....
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Thanks Rudee! I know I shouldn't use a widetoothed comb but it was what I had to hand. Also didn't help I hadn't washed my hair in a couple of days so I had greasy roots any way (I just conditioned to detangle). I'll give it a go with the gel in first and then soak.

I realise as I'm more of a wavy I may never get fabulous clumps but I do definitely have some nice curls going on near the bottom of my hair. I'm definitely going to play more with this method

Oh, and I'm looking forward to the video too
UK curly - mostly 2c
  • Going back to basics!
  • Happily using a mixture of sulphates, cones and CG products.
  • Permanently undecided whether to cut or grow!
Currently loving:
Lush I Love Juicy shampoo
Charles Worthington frizz smoothing conditioner

Superdrug coconut & almond intensive conditioner
Montagne Jeunesse avocado & cherry bark mask
Umberto Giannini curl gel
Boots 'pink' curl creme
As I was knee deep in water in my bathroom the first time I tried the Super-Soaker, this thought came to mind:
there are curly girl's hubby's all across the land putting up with us & this !

Then a couple days later, after I had put a bucket out during a storm to catch rainwater for a hair rinse, and then my hubby helped pour it over as a final rinse, (totally self-voluntary, on his part), I thought again of all our hubby's and laughed out loud and thanked my lucky stars for my ever-so-patient better half. He has never batted an eye when walking into our shared bath to come upon the latest curly solution in progress, and ever quite curious & serious, asked for specifics on both methodology & hoped-for results.
As I was knee deep in water in my bathroom the first time I tried the Super-Soaker, this thought came to mind:
there are curly girl's hubby's all across the land putting up with us & this !

Then a couple days later, after I had put a bucket out during a storm to catch rainwater for a hair rinse, and then my hubby helped pour it over as a final rinse, (totally self-voluntary, on his part), I thought again of all our hubby's and laughed out loud and thanked my lucky stars for my ever-so-patient better half. He has never batted an eye when walking into our shared bath to come upon the latest curly solution in progress, and ever quite curious & serious, asked for specifics on both methodology & hoped-for results.
Originally Posted by AcurlOr2
He sounds sweet! He deserves hip-waders for your next anniversary!
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I am finding some products work better than others with this method. I really think the key to this method is brushing the products through. I am getting alot less frizz even on the high dew point days.
I am finding some products work better than others with this method. I really think the key to this method is brushing the products through. I am getting alot less frizz even on the high dew point days.
Originally Posted by crazywaves
Brushing thru, with the correct base coats is major for clumping. But try it once without soaking; you will still clump, but not nearly as thoroughly or consistently.
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How do you ladies get your hair to dry using this method? My hair will take about 4 hours to dry completely...about 2.5 hours to be 'presentable'. I have tried diffusing, but maybe it's the gel I'm using...the curls have a hard cast on them and it doesn't seem like the diffuser does much to dry them. And my hair is too short to plop (but now I can't remember if plopping is part of the SSM or not...)

Maybe I don't have my technique down yet...I'll go back and read the original instructions but if someone has a tip I would love it! School starts in two weeks and I can't show up at the hospital with wet hair....no way, no how...my clinical isntructor would look at me like this !

Thanks,
Mo

Thanks!
My hair's quite different, but I will definitely try this. Thanks.
How do you ladies get your hair to dry using this method? My hair will take about 4 hours to dry completely...about 2.5 hours to be 'presentable'. I have tried diffusing, but maybe it's the gel I'm using...the curls have a hard cast on them and it doesn't seem like the diffuser does much to dry them. And my hair is too short to plop (but now I can't remember if plopping is part of the SSM or not...)

Maybe I don't have my technique down yet...I'll go back and read the original instructions but if someone has a tip I would love it! School starts in two weeks and I can't show up at the hospital with wet hair....no way, no how...my clinical isntructor would look at me like this !

Thanks,
Mo

Thanks!
Originally Posted by mosuna
What kind of gel are you using? Maybe its that? I do find that with the butters or super emoillient stuff (like cjcccc), if my hair is super clumpy the center of the clumps take forever to dry. Otherwise I am getting the same drying time as normal.
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OK, so I had my second go at this today. I used my brush (it's a Tangle Teezer though, so maybe a Denman would be better). I got better results though my roots are still a lot straighter than the rest of my hair and not much volume.

I brushed though Boots Curl Creme as a base coat, soaked, added gel, scruched, soaked again and then plopped while I got dressed (maybe 15 mins) before leaving it to air dry the rest of the way.

Over all though I am fairly pleased with results. Here are some pics (sorry I blanked out my face but I had a weird expression)

Front:



Back:


Looking forward to experimenting further....

Oh and the one good thing is I have a pretty big sink in my bathroom so not too much mess!
UK curly - mostly 2c
  • Going back to basics!
  • Happily using a mixture of sulphates, cones and CG products.
  • Permanently undecided whether to cut or grow!
Currently loving:
Lush I Love Juicy shampoo
Charles Worthington frizz smoothing conditioner

Superdrug coconut & almond intensive conditioner
Montagne Jeunesse avocado & cherry bark mask
Umberto Giannini curl gel
Boots 'pink' curl creme
I experimented with this method last night. I supersoaked and then plopped overnight (disaster!).

I could definitely see some major clumps forming during the supersoaking phase and think that if I'd air dried (instead of plopping overnight), my hair would have looked rocking!

Thanks for sharing this method Rudee!
Ok. SO my son has the day off from work today, PLUS we are stuck home cause the little one is sick.

We are trying for a reshoot this afternoon!
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Yeah!!! A reshoot!!! I really think I need the video. I tried this day 3. My hair is still drying so the jury is out on day 3, but today was my first day with the Denman brush. I was using a Goody brush before. I tried plopping, but that seems to flaten my top a bit. I tried it yesterday too, but I must have done something different today since I think I'm flatter today. My hair is fairly short. Does that matter for plopping?
CG (modified) since 6/18/2009
ii, 2c/3a?, med/course, porous (I think), normal elasticity
co-wash: Suave green apple, Deva no-poo, Giovanni TTTT, occasional Deva low-poo
condish: playing with NatPathAV, AOHR,
leave-in: KCNT
styling: HE set me up, curl keeper, KCCC, and BRHG
How do you ladies get your hair to dry using this method? My hair will take about 4 hours to dry completely...about 2.5 hours to be 'presentable'. I have tried diffusing, but maybe it's the gel I'm using...the curls have a hard cast on them and it doesn't seem like the diffuser does much to dry them. And my hair is too short to plop (but now I can't remember if plopping is part of the SSM or not...)

Maybe I don't have my technique down yet...I'll go back and read the original instructions but if someone has a tip I would love it! School starts in two weeks and I can't show up at the hospital with wet hair....no way, no how...my clinical isntructor would look at me like this !

Thanks,
Mo

Thanks!
Originally Posted by mosuna
Try scrunch/blotting gently but thoroughly to soak up as much water as you can after rewetting but before diffusing - at the point most with longer hair would plop. Gently so as not to break up the clumps.

When I don't want or don't have time to plop, I do mine upside down like this with a flour sack or Curlease for a couple of minutes, diffuse about 5 minutes, clip the top, maybe diffuse 5 more if time allows, then air dry. It's usually dry in 1-2 hours, especially if I turn the heat and blower on high in the car on the way to work. If I can stand to keep the heat on most of the way, it's usually dry so that I can SOTC as soon as I get there. Takes a bit longer otherwise.
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HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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OK. We shot it. I hate myself on film!!!

He is editing it now.....
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OK. We shot it. I hate myself on film!!!

He is editing it now.....
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Rudee, this is for the greater good of the curly society )
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