Question about gel...

Okay, I'm totally making a fool out of myself by asking this dumb question. Sigh...okay, here it goes.

When should I apply my gel? I just bought some new products that are coming soon and I also bought a gel to hold my style in place. Should I apply my gel directly after applying my other products, or should I wait a few minutes (until it's damp or so)?

Yeah. Dumb question; I know. But could someone please respond? Thanx!
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
When I use gel, I apply it last, over any other leave ins.
^Okay So directly after you apply your other stuff...or do you wait a minute or so?
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
^Okay So directly after you apply your other stuff...or do you wait a minute or so?
Originally Posted by botticelli_girl922
Not a dumb question, and there is no one right answer. I think some people apply the gel right away, while the hair is still dripping wet. Others might dry the hair just a touch before adding gel -- perhaps by letting it sit a few minutes, like you said, but or by scrunching out moisture with a t-shirt or microfiber towel. I've seen people describe all different options. You may just have to try different things, and see what happens!

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Modified CG since 2008.
I scrunch out all the excess moisture (so it's not dripping at all) with a T-shirt before putting in my gel, because HESMU holds moisture really well, so if I put it in while my hair's really wet, it'll take forever to dry and it doesn't look as good. But that's just me.
Thick, mostly 2c with some 3a; fine texture, medium/high porosity, and a very strange curl & wave pattern.

Started CG (properly) as of 6/31/2009.

Cowash | Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze or Juicy Green Apple
Rinse-out | Burt's Bees Super Shiny
Leave-in | Live Clean Intense Moisturizing
Gel | HESMU

Right now: growing hair past shoulder-length, looking to take decent hair picture (my avatar is my first day of CG).
This is totally not a stupid question.

Especially since on this site, see step 8 -- it suggests that for wavy to medium curly hair, you wait a few minutes before applying gel. I think the idea is to let curl patterns that are less pronounced "find themselves" before setting them with gel. I've tried this (I'm a 3a) and do see a small difference with this method.

But some gels just encourage curls more than others, I think. And of course, this varies from person to person, just to keep things interesting.
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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So should I apply my two products first (curl activator and frizz-control products) and then wait a little while and then apply my gel? Because it seems as if a lot of you are talking about applying just gel. But I think I get what you all are saying...I'll apply my first products to my dripping-wet hair, wait a little while for curls to form, and then add some gel to keep them in place
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
Yes, that sounds like a good approach.
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


Fotki password: chuckle
Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
Twitter: nopoojillipoo
Thank you everyone You all cleared up some confusion.
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?

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