I too apply the gel on soaking wet, then scrunch some of the excess water out afterwards. I get the best results when I really scrunch the gel in very liberally
Thanks, Jackie

Type - 3A fine and thin
my routine is a work in progress

low poo - Giovanni Smooth as Silk
co wash - Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave in - Curl-it-up or same as co-wash
Stylers - CK, ecostyler, ISO bouncy creme, HETT, Bioterra curl creme