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Drugstore alcohol-free styling products?

ChikyuuChikyuu Posts: 268Registered Users
I just got an appointment with a hairstylist who goes to my school and has come in from California. She said that the alcohols in my gel (LA sport) are drying out my hair. I was thinking of trying SheaM Curl Milk or Herbal Essences Twisted mousse instead, but are there any others I could take a look at?
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2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


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  • SegBSegB Posts: 692Registered Users
    I didn't think there were any bad alcohols in LALSG...?
    2b/3a, normal/high porosity, fine/medium texture, medium density, low elasticity

    Low Poo- Tigi Colour Goddess, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT (clarify 1X/week)
    Condish- CJ Curl Rehab, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT
    Leave In- Slip Detangler, KCKT, Redken Curl Refiner
    Style- KCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG
    Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

    Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
  • Geek_ChicGeek_Chic Posts: 1,269Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The back of my LALSG bottle says it's alcohol free, but if something else in it is drying your hair out... I believe BRHG is alcohol free, and L'oreal has a new alcohol free EverStyle gel.
    CG since 11/2011
    2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

    Go To Products /Routine:
    Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
    Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
    CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
    Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
    PT: IAGirl's as needed
  • SegBSegB Posts: 692Registered Users
    There is protein in LALSG which is what dried me out when using it...
    2b/3a, normal/high porosity, fine/medium texture, medium density, low elasticity

    Low Poo- Tigi Colour Goddess, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT (clarify 1X/week)
    Condish- CJ Curl Rehab, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT
    Leave In- Slip Detangler, KCKT, Redken Curl Refiner
    Style- KCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG
    Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

    Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
  • jaclyn15jaclyn15 Posts: 227Registered Users
    There is also glycerin which many have an issue with. It dries me out so I only use it once in awhile.
    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:
  • ChikyuuChikyuu Posts: 268Registered Users
    Yeah I just checked, LALSG is free of alcohols. Maybe the protein or glycerin is drying out my hair? If so, any other ideas for a replacement styling product? My local walmart sells Loreal Out of bed, loreal's new everstyle gels, the garnier pure clean styling product line (cream, gel and paste), suave captivating curls spray gel, and HETT gel and mousse. My routine is basically cleansing (low-poo or co-wash), condition, and super soaker with a leave-in and a single styling product before plopping and a little diffusing.
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    2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
    New May 20th Routine
    Low-poo:SheaM
    Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
    LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
    Styler: LALSG
    Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


  • ChikyuuChikyuu Posts: 268Registered Users
    So I just heard that glycerin is drying for hair in dry environments. That must've been what was drying my hair from the LALSG! Now I should find a styling product without glycerin. Stupid stupid stupid!
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    2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
    New May 20th Routine
    Low-poo:SheaM
    Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
    LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
    Styler: LALSG
    Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


  • Geek_ChicGeek_Chic Posts: 1,269Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Yup, glycerin is a humectant and will steal moisture from whatever is wettest in an attempt to hydrate whatever is driest. So in hair products, in low dews (below 40, or 30 for some) or dry air, it steals moisture from hair while trying to hydrate the air. It's a good thing in dews between about 40-60 because it's pulling moisture out of the air and adding it to hair. In dews above 60-ish, hair can get overhydrated (read: poofy /frizzy) because the air is too moist. Glycerin's a common culprit for dewpoint induced dryness. Aloe vera, honey, and agave are other humectants, and you can check here for others. It's hard to find humectant free products, and glycerin and aloe are the most common culprits I've seen people mention here. You might try for a product with humectants lower on the ingredient list, or perhaps try sealing after gel.

    That said, humectants may not cause problems for you in everything. I used a condish with fairly high glycerin content as a RO /LI all winter here and had no issues with dryness in dews down to 11. I do watch it in gels, and you might try layering LALSG over another, glycerin free gel. I did that sometimes this past winter when I wanted the increased hold of LALSG without the drying effects of using it as my only gel.

    HETT didn't have the hold I wanted. It's more a medium /flexible hold than a firm /hard holding gel. I'm liking Aussie's Instant Freeze gel, which does have Benzyl Alcohol (a safe one, I believe). Comparable hold to HESMU which was my go to glycerin free gel before it was reformulated. Check the ingredients, but Herbal Essences spray gels were CG friendly and alcohol free last I checked.

    Also, I believe SaraNoH lives in the desert, so maybe scope her siggy for product recs.
    CG since 11/2011
    2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

    Go To Products /Routine:
    Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
    Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
    CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
    Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
    PT: IAGirl's as needed

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