Gel has become kind of a taboo topic in the natural curl care world. This is because a lot of gels can leave curls feeling sticky, crunchy, or heavy. However, this is often due to user error and not to the gel itself. Before you toss your gel from your curl care toolbox, you can learn about getting gel to work in your curly hair. If these tips work for you, make sure you let us know.
Getting Gel To Work In Your Curly Hair
When getting out of the shower, apply gel throughout your strands. Coat your palm, and squeeze upwards so each curl gets coated. Once the gel is applied, squeeze excess water from your curls with a microfiber towel or t-shirt.
Apply a half dollar sized amount of product to your hands, and apply it to the ends of your curls. Gently scrunch upwards, to encourage your curls to take form. You can also use the prayer method to smooth gel into the shaft of your curls.
After applying gel and scrunching, it's time to let your curls wait. The strands will need to be completely dry. It's best to allow your strands to air dry, but if you're crunched for time you can use a diffuser. Once curls are completely dried with no wet or sticky spots, scrunch your strands.
As you scrunch your individual curls, you'll begin to feel the gel cast release. If you need to, you can get your diffuser back out to warm up curls. This will allow the gel cast to break, and this will release the curls without leaving behind a sticky or tacky feeling. You can also use your t-shirt or towel to gently scrunch your curls. This will release the cast and collect any extra product.
Finally, flip your head upside down and run your fingers through your strands, focusing on your scalp. This will lift any of the gel cast on your roots and provide volume.