How do you apply your stylers?

Do you rake? Scrunch? "Rake and shake"? "Supersoak"? "Scrunch n pump"? Towel blot ever? Drip dry?

Just wondering what gets the best results without diffusing. Thanks!
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12

Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
I scrunch in a curl creme, scrunch in KCCC, and then scrunch and pump a gel and then I scrunch with a towel before plopping. I've tried raking but scrunching gives me better clumps
2c/3a, fine texture, normal porosity, medium-to-thick
Co wash: Vo5 Extra Body
Conditioners: Deva One Condition, GVP CB, Loreal Evercurl
Stylers: Devacurl ArcAngel, KCCC, AG Recoil, Iso Bouncy Creme, Ecostyler Krystal, CCCCL, KCKT
Low Poo: Devacurl NoPoo, GTTT
Hair likes: plopping, diffusing, SMaster's, coconut and argan oil, honey, protein
"What makes a woman unforgettable? Her mind...surrounded by lots of naturally curly hair"
i rake my first layer products then super soak then scrunch in gel on top. i find raking and combing gives better distribution, but the last layer has to be scrunched or the clumps get messed up. i've been diffusing a lot in the winter, but in the summer i air dry.
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
I scrunch and plop

Current length: tailbone
Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

Clarify: Nivea
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO 5-10$ discount code:
VHT541 Many natural hair products!
Rake in leave in, scrunch in gel or curl cream. Then diffuse for about 5 minutes and then air dry.
3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
RO: Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Aussie Instant Freeze or LALSG
I 'scrunch n squeeze' gel into soaking wet hair, plop, scrunch, air dry, diffuse a few minutes, scrunch.
--I'm located in Western PA.
--I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
--My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
--My CG and grey hair progress --
I gently stroke or "pet" my mousse/gel onto my outer layer to make sure it has coverage (I can't rake or my fingers pull out some of the curl) and then I scrunch some more in from the bottom.

I used to flip my head upside down and then scrunch it in that way, but the under layers ended up getting most of the product and they don't really cooperate anyway, so it didn't make sense.

2c/3a, fine, low porosity.

Poo: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean (yes, it has A Sulfate!!, but I have Teflon hair)
Co-wash (when I feel so inclined, which isn't often!): VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
same for both -- whatever I have in the shower at the time (I experiment a lot)
Style: EcoStyler Olive Oil <3
Dry: Diffuse or air dry, or both...depends on my mood

I rake in my conditioner and gel then skip curl to get perfect ringlets.
3c Hair
Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
CG since August 2011
Loving my hair!!!
Well, I often diffuse to at least 50%, especially this time of year.

But, I comb out in the shower, put in LI, scrunch in handfuls of water ("super soak", in a way), then scrunch until it stops dripping.

Then I add more LI if needed, seal with oil, then apply gel. Technique is a mix - I smooth sections with product, then scrunch. Sometimes a "scrunch and pump" type of action, or a scrunch and squeeze.

Then I will MF towel scrunch it- gently. (i slowly lift it with the towel, squeeze ad hold for a few seconds, the slowly release it.) If I'm not planning on diffusing, I do this more thoroughly.

Then I put just a tiny bit of gel in my hands, mix it with a little oil or condish, and gently scrunch it into the ends. Then I plop.

Sounds long and involved, but it takes just a few minutes. (less than 5 from it of shower to plop.). I'm just being thorough in description!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Oh! Will be experimenting with using a super absorbent shammy under a flour sack towel soon, too! I'll let you know how that goes when not diffusing!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I do my final rinse in the shower bending over with my head upside down. Then, I rake in my leave-in and my curl cream with my head still upside down.

To dry it, I scrunch it a little bit while still upside down. I take my plopping t-shirt and use the edges of it to scrunch out a little water. Then I plop into the center of the t-shirt. When I plop, I don't set my t-shirt on anything because I spend a lot of time using a communal dorm shower where I can't just do it on the toilet or whatever. So, I hold my t-shirt stretched out on my arms from wrist to elbow, and I bring my head down on it. Then I pull the edges around my head and bunch it together in the back with a ponytail holder. I think it works the same as normal plopping.

I leave my hair in a plop for a couple minutes while I get dressed. Then I take it down. I divide it into two sides by bringing it to the front of each shoulder, I scrunch gel to each side.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse

Last edited by rainboe; 12-21-2012 at 08:52 PM.
I do my final rinse upside down...then smooth in LI and gel..then semi SS...put gloves on and scrunch and pump more gel til hair is no longer dripping...then S&P my curl enhancer...plop 15-30mins...then smasters with more gel.(gloves on again)..and air dry/diffuse...rhe multiple layers of gel will get me 2-3 days....

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2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews
Rake through quarter sized dollop of LI(mixed with oil), wide tooth comb, rake another dollop with oil, run hair lightly under shower stream (variation of super soaker, I guess), finger comb to one side then squeeze out access water/product...flip...finger comb then squeeze to the other side. I dont use any true stylers, just LI+Oil. I really wanna try raking in product upside down for the volume! Won't I get dizzy?
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)

"To much is given, much is expected"
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 939
I rake. My hair is entirely to thick to scrunch in product. I will scrunch with water after, if I feel I have over raked.
Air dry, no towels of any kind allowed!
I just squish everything in. It's easy and it doesn't disrupt my curl pattern.

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I always diffuse, usually for less than 10 minutes. I have a lot of hair. When wet it is BSL.
  • tip my head over when wet, scrunch and then rake in my leave-in conditioner
  • tip head over and scrunch in curl enhancer (normally jelly-type product, cream or pudding
  • stand up and rake in the middle back of my head (otherwise I get a frizzy strip in the back of my head
  • tip back over and scrunch in some gel for hold
  • plop hair in a curlease towel
  • leave it in the towel while I put my makeup on
  • take out towel and scrunch in a serum type product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c
  • tip my head over and diffuse until my curls feel firm
  • stand up and continue diffusing until curls are formed
  • bobbypin
  • diffuse for another minute max
  • all done. It takes me longer to do my makeup than it does to diffuse my hair
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!

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