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Is hair gel necessary?

Does anyone have success with not using gel?

I am new to this and until the last couple of days I haven’t had much success. My hair looked stringy instead of wavy. Then I read about the super soaker method and a light bulb went off. I realized I needed a base to get my curls to form. So I’ve been applying LI and Crème Brulee in the shower while my hair is soaking wet. I then plop while it is soaking and then after about 10 minutes, I plop again for 15-20 minutes. Then I let it air dry. When it is almost dry I scrunch it and the volume picks up. I can even mist it and get more volume.
When my hair dried, it was soft and full of volume and pretty waves. Since I am still experimenting, I decided to try the gel today. Maybe I used too much, put it looks like it broke up the clumping.
I am still having some experimenting to do. I have to figure out whether to comb or not, how long to plop, to double plop, etc.
I may try again with a little bit less gel but I am thinking gel may not work for me. Or maybe I need to apply gel after I plop? I would love to hear what works for you.


  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    i dont use it daily, i might use it if im going out and i want somthing more defined, but apart from that, i dont use it. my hair looks fine with out it i think.

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
  • SempathSempath Posts: 22Registered Users
    That depends on your hair type. I use a lot of gel, but I have 3c/4a hair. To make it more curly than soft and bushy, I have to use a lot of gel.

    If you can get nice curls without gel, then don't use it. It's one more thing you don't have to buy, but gel is definitely necessary for some of us curlies.
  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
    in my first month of going CG I didn't use any gel, and thought my hair was better w/o it, since it kept getting stringy. My curls w/o gel are just fluffier, and some of the fine hair around my face won curl at all. So, if you don't think you need it then don't use it. You'll save some $$$ too!
    CG Birthday: 7/25/11
    Type 3a/2c
    Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
    Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave In: ^^^^
    Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
    *Desert Curly*
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    I usually alternate between gel and curl cream. I usually prefer the more polished look less frizz look. Plus for me stylers help my hair hold up to the weather a little better. However there have been times I just used leave in and a little oil.

    Some curlies use mousse but I don't like it.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • oh.hi.its.stephoh.hi.its.steph Posts: 640Registered Users
    I only use a curl cream! SheaMoisture Curl Milk. It gives me big, soft waves that I love. My hair likes gel, too, but I'm more into the soft look right now. Gel doesn't need to be part of your routine, I vote stick with what works best!
    whurly girly (2C/3A).
    thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
    hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

    LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
    CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
    RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
    LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
    Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    I'd love to find a curl cream that works on my little curls, but for now it's gel. :)

    Jen :D

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