Anyone tried puting product partially dry hair?

it take 7+ hrs for my hair to completely dry and that's with diffusing it for about 30min. my hair doesn't look good until it's 100% dry because i can scrunch out the crunch then. until then it's flat and looks producty. HOWEVER when i don't have gel in my hair it only takes about 1hr but i also have absolutely no definition. so i know the gel is the cause but i'm wondering if maybe it's just putting gel on wet hair that's the real issue.

tonight i think i may let my hair get almost dry then put the gel on it define it. think it will work or will it just be a sticky, ugly, mess? oh and so you won't wast your time typing: plopping, long difusing, nor squeasing out the excess water before adding the gel helps with the drying time. i diffused for over an hour last night and yes i did get it dry but it also looked horrid. imput would be greatly appreciated.
hair properties: low porosity, coarse, dense and predominantly 3b I guess

current products:
conditioner - suave professionals
leave in - suave naturals
stylers - shea moisture smoothie and xtreme gel
I dont know how helpful this is going to be to you, but I actually do get away with putting gel on partially dry hair. The results tend to be a little less "clumpy" and a bit more "stringy curls" though... its not a bad look... but it really depends on what youre aiming for.

My default routine is to co-wash my hair before bedtime, apply my leavein and KCCC throughout, then wrap in a microfibre towel for 30mins-1hour, take it off, put a wee bit of boots gel on, scrunch, sleep, snore, wake up, curls are nooormally dry and defined.

this is of course barring the occasional "OMG HAIR, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!!" day, which we all get from time to time no matter what the heck we do! lol
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Boots essentials range - Co-wash
Aussie Miracle Moist - Conditioner
Any non-cone Leavein I can find (its not easy)
Boots essentials - Gel

Always brush with a comb. and wrap in a microfibre towel to dry.
You may want to look at this thread:

R2D2/Hard Hat Dryer Help I'm Having A PJ Attack!!!!!!!!

You don't have to read the whole thing! My hair prefers the hard bonnet dryer--less manipulation. I don't have a lot of hair, but it would take three or four hours to dry on it's own. This is eight minutes on medium or fifteen on low. It's easy to set up and use. I do it every day and take it with me if I travel by car.

I put all products on soaking wet hair. The wetter, the better the clumps. If I put in my leave in and curl enhancer and wrap it in curl towel while I do make up (I don't really plop, my hair is too short) and put gel in when I take the towel off, my hair is funny and no where near as curly.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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I read on a thread yesterday how someone put their hair in a satin bonnet and then blowdried their hair with a regular blowdryer without a diffuser. She does this because diffusing gives her frizzy hair. Wish I could remember who. Anyway, I tried it last night since I have your exact problem and it worked. I couldn't believe it. I just need to buy an XL Bonnet (which I did order off ebay for yesterday for a total of $3.9 and it would be perfect. I had mad shrinkage because my hair is WL straight and just about BSL when dry. I think if I had a larger one I wouldn't get as much shrinkage. Curls were awesome though!! Here's the link to the bonnet I bought off ebay. I already have the regular sized. Oh, it may be at Sally's (they didn't have the XL when I went). I couldn't find one and I wanted that brand.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SPARTAN-STAY...4.c0.m14.l1262

I believe other ladies on the board use this at night.
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I read on a thread yesterday how someone put their hair in a satin bonnet and then blowdried their hair with a regular blowdryer without a diffuser. She does this because diffusing gives her frizzy hair. Wish I could remember who. Anyway, I tried it last night since I have your exact problem and it worked. I couldn't believe it. I just need to buy an XL Bonnet (which I did order off ebay for yesterday for a total of $3.9 and it would be perfect. I had mad shrinkage because my hair is WL straight and just about BSL when dry. I think if I had a larger one I wouldn't get as much shrinkage. Curls were awesome though!! Here's the link to the bonnet I bought off ebay. I already have the regular sized. Oh, it may be at Sally's (they didn't have the XL when I went). I couldn't find one and I wanted that brand.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SPARTAN-STAY...4.c0.m14.l1262

I believe other ladies on the board use this at night.
Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
I think that drying method is from MisfitCurls, and there is a looong thread about it somewhere. A lot of people had great results with it. I can't quite get it to work for me, unfortunately. With long hair, I did first loosely pineapple, then plop into the bonnet, otherwise I can't get my hair to go into the bonnet.

I've been having luck lately *refreshing* my hair by adding product. This never worked when I first went CG -- anything I did to dry hair just caused more frizz, be it spray, aloe vera, gel, anything. Now I can dampen my hair with handfuls of water, leaning over the tub (lots of hair, so this works better for me than spraying, then smoothing & scrunching in first some condish, then the same with gel. I just started using the EcoStyler Krystal gel, and I'm having very good luck with this method for good 2nd & even 3rd day hair.
Otherwise, my hair also takes forever to dry esp with gel in it, and it looks like CRAP until I can scrunch it out. It's a problem, I hear ya.
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
RC color
Thanks for the recommendations ladies!

NCE - i'm definitely going to try that this w-end. my hair isn't as long as yours (elbow length when straight) so maybe a regular bonnet will work for me. wish me luck

when i actually have time to let my hair completely dry i can get 2nd day hair but that doesn't happen very often not to mention it will soon be freezing over here so walking around with wet hair for 7+ hrs is a definite no no.

Also around the end of the month i think i'm going to invest in a few curl creams. all i need is something for definition. my hair is going to be big and fluffy regardless of what i use but as long as the curls are defined it looks awesome.
hair properties: low porosity, coarse, dense and predominantly 3b I guess

current products:
conditioner - suave professionals
leave in - suave naturals
stylers - shea moisture smoothie and xtreme gel
You might consider getting a Curls Like Us Towel (http://www.curlslikeus.com). They are a little pricey (but so gosh darn cute!) but they REALLY soak up water from my hair. Here's how I use it: Cowash, rinse out, products into soaking wet hair, let it sit for like 5 minutes while I get dressed, then scrunch to one side with the Curls Like Us, then scrunch to the other side with the Curls Like Us, then scrunch totally upside down with the Curls Like Us. It literally cut my drying time in half. Just a recommendation
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