Have you ever thought about adding gel to your curl care routine, but aren't sure how to go about it? If so, you're certainly not alone. Gel has really got a bad rap over the last few decades, due to its history of being a crunchy, sticky product. However, would you believe that gel is actually getting a bad name due to how its applied, and now how it actually works? It's true! Here's everything you want to know about gel, so you can figure out if using this underdog product is right for you.
Will gel flake?
If you apply your gel correctly, wait for it to completely dry, and then completely break the cast it should not flake. The gel will have absorbed into your curls, and then won't leave stickiness or flakes behind.
Can you feel gel in your curls?
After removing the cast, there should be no sticky flakes or any feeling of gel left behind in your curls. If you choose a gel that has a lot of fragrance, you'll most likely still be able to smell it after breaking the cast.
How long does a cast form?
After applying your gel, you should start feeling a cast form relatively quickly. Casts should start coming together in about ten minutes or so. This means you'll really want to move quickly to apply your gel throughout your curls and make sure your strands have as much as it needs before the cast begins to form. If your hair tends to dry quickly before you can get through your entire head, you can spritz your curls to wet them again. Don't be afraid to wet strands that have been gelled already if you need to apply more product, or form your curls.
Can you layer gel?
For sure! If you have other products you love to use in your curls, you can definitely use them in conjunction with gels. Apply your other products first, and then layer the gel on top. This will allow you to get the most out of your products, keeping your curls in line. Start with your lightest products, then work your way up to heavier products as necessary.