1- Raking: Applying the product and brushing it through with your fingers.
2- Scrunching: Squeezing your hair from the bottom upwards.
3- Praying Hands Method: Placing a section of your hair between the palm of your hands and smoothing it from the top to the bottom.
Some of the things to figure out:
1- Does your hair need to be sectioned? The more dense your hair, the more sections it needs.
2- Does your hair like to be styled on super wet or slightly wet hair? The more saturated the hair is with water, the less frizz you will get but the heavier the weight will be on your hair. Finer hair textures, low density & low porosity types may or may not like this.
3- Does your hair like it if you removed the excess water before or after applying your styling gel?
4- What do you prefer, volume or definition?
5- Does your hair look better if styled with or without a certain brush? (Ex. Denman Brush)