Super-Soaker Method for Promoting Clumps

2012-10-01 14:11:46

Super-Soaker Method for Promoting Clumps

NaturallyCurly member Rudeechick from the CurlTalk message boards has a new method for getting hair to clump

My kids call this the "Super Soaker" because they are dying for me to let them do it to my hair with their water guns.

At this point my hair is more soaked than it would normally be when I step out of the shower, so it is kind of drippy. I scrunch in my gel of choice and plop. I guess you could towel scrunch, instead. I don't plop long (5 - 10 minutes), but that's just me. Then, I either air-dry for a few and then diffuse or diffuse straight away.

I find that the base coat I use affects my success. Please remember that I have A LOT of hair and can afford to uber-clump; this might overly clump those looking for volume.

The best base coats for me are those that provide light emollience. I have tried NO basecoat, I have tried heavy (I.E. butters), I have tried my gel as a base coat. While my hair WILL initially clump upon soaking with those, these clumps break up by or before drying, resulting in frizz of stringy/broken up curls. My greatest success has come with basecoats that are creamy yet light (think CJSG or CJCCC).

For those who find their hair gets so wet that it increases drying time: I have played with a double plop with great success. I saturated my hair excessively (after CJCCC) and then went into a plop without scrunching in gel (thereby not squeezing out a DOT of water). I plopped for 5 minutes then came out, got a dry Curlease and went into a plop again. Plopped for another 5 then came out; my hair was no worse for the wear and much drier. My next trial will be applying a gel between plops.

I have found that certain areas of my hair, like the underside, that have always tended to clump on their own and can get overly clumpy with this method. I avoid this by gently running my hands thru those few areas before I diffuse (while still wet!) But the best part is that I am getting consistent canopy clumps which I have never had before!

My kids call this the "Super Soaker" because they are dying for me to let them do it to my hair with their water guns.

Not happening...

I hope this was semi-clear. And I hope this helps someone!

— rudeechick

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I appreciate the making of this video. it was very informative! Unfortunately, the person shooting the video was all over the place zooming in & out unnecessarily. I wish they would have just kept the camera stationary. It definitely took away from what she was trying to show! thanks for the tut all the same!
Great article and video. Kinda silly that everyone commented on the water, use your own discretion at home when running your watee. She was making a videp to help other curlies out!! Love it! I dont own a brush though, is that totally necessary? I have a lot more hair (3b) , super thick.
Jeez, Rudeechick takes the time to make a video to help her fellow curlies out, and half of you snip at her for the running water. I'm sure she had alot going on in her mind trying to get this video right for YOU. I really doubt she wastes that much water every day. I at least will say, thank you for taking the time to make the video, Rudee, without qualifying my thankyou with a complaint.
LOVE it! Thank you :) I will try this! Curl Keeper product would be perfect for this method as well. Product really is the key once you get techniques down and that is totally trial and error since nobody is exactly the same (which is the awesome thing about us curlie heads!) I would also use the duckbill clips around the crown. I find that clumping is better with air dry than diffusing but this time of year maybe not so realistic. Also, took no offense and was not distracted by the running water. Please.
ABOUT THE VIDEO: 1. Why was water running when applying base coats and combing?! Useless and wasteful! 2. Method shows potential, will try after next cleansing. ADVICE REQUEST: 1. "Plopping" is wrapping hair in a curl-friendly towel and letting it sit on top of your head (like with the Aquis Mimi's Diva Dryer Hair Turban), right? Sorry, still young to the curly life. 2. Does it matter if I plop longer (i.e. 20-30 mins.)? I do not diffuse but like my hair to be as dry as possible when left to air-dry and I have LOTS of 3b hair. 3. I've heard plopping frizzes hair, fact or myth? My hair is frizzy as it is, does not need a boost so please enlighten me on this... Thanks!
I actually feel offended by the wreckless waste of water in this video. What a shame.
LILSOCKMONKEY: "NaturallyCurly member Rudeechick from the CurlTalk message boards has a new method for getting hair to clump" So clearly yes, they say it's a new technique. Glad that it's getting more exposure though to those who never visit the boards- you should! There's a ton of great advice over there all the time :-). INFINITY12: I also have thin hair, and I've had that problem too. What I do is not necessarily add as much water as Rudee does- I don't cup my hands under running water- just get my hands wet with droplets of water rather than puddles, and scrunch it in this way. So I add less water, and when done water scrunching, you try raking out the clumps just a little bit and separating them. I CANNOT PLOP at all because my hair can't handle it- way too clumpy and weird formation, so instead I use a flour sack towel and use that to scrunch out excess moisture- this will keep clumps looking nice, but also breaks them up some and keeps it bouncy by taking away more of the excess moisture that can weigh us wavies down :-). Try it!
I must be doing something wrong! I got too mant clumps. My hair is extremly thin, so I should only wind up with 12 clumps tops....not 100. I now look like Roseanne Rosnnadana. How would you work with getting very sparse (I'm going bald) 2b hair to clump?
Thanks so much Rudee, It was really nice of you to takethe time out to demo this. I have been trying it in different ways (using different products, plopping/not plopping, etc...) and I have to say that this is transformational!!! A few years back when I was in Devachan in NY for a cut, the assistant who washed my hair used a similar method while she was rinsing. I was never fullable to replicate b/c I lost the connection with the dowsing of water. It really makes the clumps happen but you have to "let it be" after that. I have had some of the best curly days of my life since trying this. All I can say is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
great technique but I agree w some of the others who commented on the amount of water - I found it hard to focus at times because all I could hear was the water running! Thank you for the tips!
hmm... did they say it's a "new" technique? actually i'm really glad that this was posted in an article because otherwise i wouldn't have known about it since i don't really frequent the boards. i like hearing about new techniques but i'm not really much of a message-board person...
I think it's hilarious how this is considered a "new" method! Rudee came up with this AGES ago, like, years if I'm correct? I know because it's how I've gotten so much success with my hair and I've been doing this method (via Rudee!) for at LEAST a year to two years. I guess when writers get desperate for topics they turn to the boards! Could you guys write a new article on all the new CJ products and how that's going and plans for future products? That'd be a nice article! ;-)
I like your hair. I think it can be achieved easier and with less waste....when you put in your leave in conditioners and your gell, just allow your hair to naturally section (or pull together several little sections) itself off and run your fingers from the roots to the ends of each section and you can even just twist it a little, then allow it to dry. They'll stay in clumps with nice spirals. Also, I agree, please shut off the water until you really need to use it.
a list of the products you're using (including the towel) would be SO helpful. additionally was anyone else bothered by how much water was wasted in this video? maybe i'm just a crazy environmentalist but letting the tap run and run and run while you're squeezing gel and talking and NOT using any water = really wasteful!
I love your video and thorough instructions. I have surrendered to my curly hair and am anxious to learn curly hair care. I have never heard of the products you use or the "plop". Thanks for the great info!!!!
I've been blowing and straightening my hair for two years. I am now going curly again. I thank you for this video. Very helpful. I want to try this method. I have NEVER plopped my hair before. I think you need to demo how you wrap the hair! Hair wrapping for dummies if you will!
I really love your method and I think I'll give it a shot! Your hair is absolutely gorgeous. The only thing I don't like is the running water lol! I think filling up the sink would be just as effective and less wasteful. Thank you so much for sharing this!
love your hair!! i have one question though.. is the plopping and diffusing necessary for this method? you see, i have shoulder length 3a/b curls a little more b than a, and my hair loves plopping just that it later looks shorter than normal.
Ruddeechic, Thanks for showing us how your get your gorgeous curls!! I'm curious to know how often do you cleanse and with what? and do you always use the leave in condtioner every day when you condtion? thanks again! I'm jealous of those big clumps of curls. Tracy