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Residue + Curls in a Bottle (CJ)

I am currently experimenting with some new gels. I got a sample of Curl Junkie's curls in a bottle and decided to play around with it. I wanted to see if it would provide a bit more hold in my hair compared to my trusty Curl Keeper. What I noticed is that it left a weird kind of residue on my hair. Kind of like a clear stretchy glue that had broken into pieces and coated bits of my hair. Is this normal? I haven't heard ANYONE say this about this gel so I'm wondering what happened? I shampooed with Curly Haired Solutions Treatment Shampoo and then used their silk shampoo. I used the Curl Junkie gel on my hair afterwards. What went wrong?


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  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Which CJ Gel did you use? It sounds like a product reaction. It could also be your leave-in.
    Have several allergies and sensitivities.
    Current products
    Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
    Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
    Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
    Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


    2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
  • CalamityMCalamityM Posts: 540Registered Users
    I wasn't using any leave in conditioner or detangler. The Gel was by Curl Junkie and it's called "Curls in a bottle".
  • CalamityMCalamityM Posts: 540Registered Users
    Update. I tried experimenting with "Curls in a Bottle" again. This time I rinsed off a clumb of hair, applied the gel, scrunched the curl and let it dry. Sure enough, once the curl had tried there was weird looking residue all over that section of hair. The hold was awesome and my curl was nice and frizz free...but I can't bear the look of it up close. :( I don't know what's happening...but this stuff definitely doesn't like being on my hair.
  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sorry I read this wrong. You know, I think its the hydroxyethylcellulose that is causing your issues. CIAB doesn't do it as bad but I used another gel that was just hydroxyethylcellulose and aloe and it had the worst flaking and white residue I've ever seen. Pattern Pusha was pretty bad, too, but I kind of expected it given the ingredients.
    Have several allergies and sensitivities.
    Current products
    Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
    Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
    Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
    Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


    2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
  • NocurlB4babiesNocurlB4babies Posts: 179Registered Users
    Sorry you are having that trouble....I do use CIAB and have never noticed any sort of flaking or residue. Could it be a bad batch? I've used it alone/ and also in combination with a stronger hold gel/ also with AVG and have had no problems. Hope you figure out what the problem is. It's a good products from all I know of it.

    CalamityM...your hair is absolutely gorgeous! Sure wish I had those kind of ringlets, but I'm more curly/whirly/wavy so far.
    2b/3a fine/med-hi density/high porosity (I think)/ highlight-no silicones/sulfates
    Lo-poo - ABBA Gentle Shampoo/ Shea Moisture Curl & Shine
    Conditioner: GVCB (love it!)/ Regis OO
    Leave in
    : As I Am
    Co-Wash: Tresemme or DevaCurl NoPoo
    Stylers: As I Am Curling Jelly/GF Pure Clean/ LALCurl gel - all with BRHG added
    Style: scrunch/ diffuse, then air dry. I don't Have much frizz at all
  • ClaritaClarita Posts: 198Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    riotkitty wrote: »
    Sorry I read this wrong. You know, I think its the hydroxyethylcellulose that is causing your issues. CIAB doesn't do it as bad but I used another gel that was just hydroxyethylcellulose and aloe and it had the worst flaking and white residue I've ever seen. Pattern Pusha was pretty bad, too, but I kind of expected it given the ingredients.

    I experienced this too with both CIAB and the new Pattern Pusha but I couldn't figure out why.
    Texture: Fine
    Porosity: Low
    Elasticity: Low
    Density: Medium/High...I think


    ~~Lots of Little S-Curls and Corkscrews~~
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,205Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i think many of us use curls in a bottle as a serum so just a small amount on top, rather than as a gel. i also think it could be due to what leave in and how much. i only once had residue, not with ciab tho, and i had changed my leave in that day to ss dd, was not a good combo.
    i've been using pattern pusha for over two weeks and have not had any problems, no matter what leave in i use with it.
    so if you are looking for a gel, you might want to try cjpp. try using the curls in a bottle as a serum.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It might be technique, at least in my case. After my hair is dry I like to shake it out at the roots for volume and this breaks up the cast any gel makes. the flaking is worse when the weather is dry, and I think leave ins might contribute to the problem as they mimimize absoption.

    Sent from my SGH-T959V using CurlTalk App
    Have several allergies and sensitivities.
    Current products
    Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
    Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
    Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
    Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


    2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
  • CalamityMCalamityM Posts: 540Registered Users
    Thanks so much for the feedback everyone! Yesterday I made a HUGE list of all the products I have used in my hair including the ingredients. Comparing ingredients I think the only new one is the hydroxyethylcellulose. That's probably what is causing my hair the problem. It's too bad because the Curls in a Bottle was awesome...except for the yucky residue. I use Curl Keeper and it's perfect in my hair...except doesn't always have the hold I'm after so I'm on a quest to find something light weight (but with more hold) that I can add when I need it. I appreciate everyone's help!
  • CalamityMCalamityM Posts: 540Registered Users
    riotkitty wrote: »
    Sorry I read this wrong. You know, I think its the hydroxyethylcellulose that is causing your issues. CIAB doesn't do it as bad but I used another gel that was just hydroxyethylcellulose and aloe and it had the worst flaking and white residue I've ever seen. Pattern Pusha was pretty bad, too, but I kind of expected it given the ingredients.

    I agree! I'm sorry that it didn't work for me, but I'm glad that I was able to figure out why. Now I know to avoid hydroxyethylcellulose in the future. :)

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