GF Pure Clean Gel

guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
So I thought I would love this gel, GF Pure Clean, but as soon as I put it on my hair, my hair turns to this weird awkward texture. It is kind of like straw, and it just feels like it is drying my hair out. I either use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or KCKT under my gel, but I don't quite know what is up with this product. Do any of you experience this same thing? If not, how do you apply it? Or do you think I should just ditch the product?
3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel

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  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I actually use this as a base gel, and then use a harder hold over it. It gives me great clumps, but I need more hold.

    I use it when I travel in place of my FSG, actually. I can see it not mixing well with some other products, however. I use it with over LI (SM condish), and under another gel. No other curl creams or anything like that.

    Hth
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Cuban-curl-ECuban-curl-E Posts: 476Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I had the same experience. It felt weird -- dry and hard when wet. I didn't like it alone (over LI as sole gel). Left my hair kind of waxy and hard. I've since used it mixed with AIF or HESMU and liked it that way. Gave me good clumps BUT I can only use it in moderate dews (40-60) because of glycerin content.

    I wouldn't ditch it yet. Try mixing it or use small glob as curl enhancer/clump maker and then layer your regular gel over it.
    3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

    Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
    CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
    Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
    LOOB for second day hair


    Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
  • Mec1976Mec1976 Posts: 210Registered Users
    I love GF Pure Clean. Seems to enhance my curls. I'm a mad scientist/Product Junkie, so please don't laugh :) Right now my magic potion is KCKT as my leave in. Then maybe a nickel size blob of KCCC as my curl enhancer. Then I mix the Pure Clean with homemade FSG (thins out the Pure Clean so it is easier to distribute). I finish with a pea size amount of BRHG mixed with a bit more FSG. Plop and diffuse.

    I've had great waves/curls & very little frizz. If I get too much crunch I SOTC. But no matter what this combo always gives me nice shine :)
    Finally have a routine that works :toothy5:

    Low Poo - 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo
    Co-Wash - V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner
    RO - Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cure Care, GVPCB
    LI - KCNT
    Stylers - GF Pure Clean Gel, BTZ Noodle Head, LA Looks Sports Gel, Eco Styler Krystal, KCCC (I am a product junkie ;-) )

    Wash at night, add products, plop in a t-shirt overnight, then diffuse in the morning!! It is great finally getting to sleep in :sleepy2:
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
    Sounds like using it as a base is the way to go; I will have to give it a try
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel
  • jaclyn15jaclyn15 Posts: 227Registered Users
    Pure clean is very high in glycerin which is a humectant. Some people find it drying, especially in low dew points. This might be the issue for you.
    My hair: 3b, corkicelli, medium porosity, medium texture, medium/thick density

    Co-wash: DevaCurl NoPoo
    Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: KCKT, Suave Naturals Coconut, or my rinse-out!
    Gel: SS FHG (my new HG!!)... I also like HESMU, AIF, CJ CQ, BRHG, CJ PP and the occasional LALSG

    Likes: Plopping!
    Dislikes: Glycerin

    CG and loving it! :hello1:
  • bonitafritabonitafrita Posts: 65Registered Users
    The same thing happened to me! The minute I put it on, my hair felt super dry and straw-like. We had dews in the upper 40's yesterday...so I don't think it was a low dew issue. It did the same thing with my daughter's hair so I immediately rinsed it out of her hair and used HESMU.

    I didn't rinse mine out though- thought i'd see how it turned out once dry. I did top it with a little brhg. I had a horrible time sotc and my hair felt producty and nasty! Lol

    I think I'll try it again without the brhg....and maybe mixing it with stuff, too, before I give up on it!
    3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
    Products I'm currently using:
    Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
    Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
    Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

    Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
  • kimmidawnkimmidawn Posts: 900Registered Users
    I used mine this morning after having washed my hair and scrunched in AVG last night; so far, no issues. It did make my hair feel somewhat dry, but nothing too bad. I'm gonna see how it is to scrunch out.
    2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

    Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
    Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
    RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
    PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
    LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
    Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


    http://public.fotki.com/kdawn12/

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    ^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
  • Mec1976Mec1976 Posts: 210Registered Users
    Funny how the same product can be so different!! I love PC --- seems like I get good results consistently :)

    (now recoil is a whole different story!! Everyone loves it but it leaves my hair flat, soft, & producty - go figure!)
    Finally have a routine that works :toothy5:

    Low Poo - 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo
    Co-Wash - V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner
    RO - Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cure Care, GVPCB
    LI - KCNT
    Stylers - GF Pure Clean Gel, BTZ Noodle Head, LA Looks Sports Gel, Eco Styler Krystal, KCCC (I am a product junkie ;-) )

    Wash at night, add products, plop in a t-shirt overnight, then diffuse in the morning!! It is great finally getting to sleep in :sleepy2:
  • bonitafritabonitafrita Posts: 65Registered Users
    I tried the PC alone today and it's much better! But it still feels a little product-y to me....but i used a lot. It's definitely holding all my curls though! I think I will mix it with some Aussie IF next time and see how that goes...
    3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
    Products I'm currently using:
    Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
    Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
    Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

    Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
    I tried using the gel as a base, using a pea sized amount on two sections, and I got great ringlets. I had little bit the drying feeling as I was putting it on, but the feeling didn't last and my curls stayed moisturized.
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel
  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I finally caved and bought the PC cream and gel today. I used a LI (SN Sunshine), just a tad though, then I applied the cream and then the gel. I didn't really get a weird producty feeling like many have said. This could possibly work for me since it's pretty much summer here (Alabama). I do have some frizz, but this could possibly be due to uneven product coverage or because I kept touching it when wet to see how it felt ( I know, big no no). I SOTC and my hair is soft and doesn't feel too producty.
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
    beeduh wrote: »
    I finally caved and bought the PC cream and gel today.

    So I haven't heard much about the cream... Have you tried using it alone? or as a curl enhancer? I ended up giving the gel away because I could not get it to work, but I think a cream would be nice.
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel
  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    guthak01 wrote: »
    beeduh wrote: »
    I finally caved and bought the PC cream and gel today.

    So I haven't heard much about the cream... Have you tried using it alone? or as a curl enhancer? I ended up giving the gel away because I could not get it to work, but I think a cream would be nice.

    I haven't used either since my first experiment with them. I will give the cream another try and see how it does on it's own and report back. :]
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
    please do!! :)
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    Hate it! It is drying like whoa! It also smells blech! I have nearly a whole tube though, so I might look at it again when the weather changes, try using it with a leave in or other cream, and use less of it. I also plan to try sealing with some of the products that dry me out.


    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1252125&postcount=59

  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Last night I tried just the creme with a LI. I used KCKT and then applied some creme, scrunched, blotted excess water...I had surface frizz when my hair was still wet which was really weird. I attempted to diffuse a bit because it was really late. I'm going to attempt this again when I have more time. I ended up going to bed with slightly damp hair. It was not a pretty site this moring.
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
    yikes sounds like the creme may not be all that easy to use either.
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel

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