Hair Gel that doesn't dry out hair

Cristy_amkCristy_amk Posts: 171Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I'm transitioning into the Curly Girl world. I've tried to read through the threads and have tried some of the products that are being used by other members as a kind of guide. I lean towards drug store brands, but am willing to try online/higher end products if they don't cost and absolute fortune! LOL!

Here's my problem. I use hair gel at night (or that morning if I do my hair) and when I take my hair out of the pineapple buy hair is generally pretty soft. Next day though my hair is absolute straw! I add water, try to gentle comb through using and extra wide toothed comb but it still feels awful. Last gel I used was totally twisted. I've also tried adding conditioner (Jessicurl-Curl Cream) but seems like I'm adding more product and still not getting softness.

Can anyone recommend a gel, combo, or technique that will stop this? Thanks!


  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,251Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    if the dew points are mid to high, then i use curl junkie aloe fix gel!! sometimes with a leave in, sometimes not. it never dries out my hair. unfortunately because glycerin is towards top of ingredient list, this does not work for me in low dew points.

    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
  • raindearraindear Posts: 356Registered Users
    I would advise that you check your product ingredients and eliminate any products containing protein for a few days to see if there is any difference. Often an overdose of protein can cause the problems you describe.

    Also, I suggest using conditioner on your second day hair. You can mix up a half conditioner half water combo in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair. Adding more moisture more often may help. And, sealing with a dab of oil can help to hold more moisture in your hair.
    Be Happy!


    Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning. :happy6:
  • fefe912fefe912 Posts: 570Registered Users
    I'm in love with the olive oil eco styler gel and if I want a softer hold I use shea moisture curling souffle or shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie under it.
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    pure clean gel garnier
  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users
    Gel can be very drying, even if it's "CG". Are you using a leave-in conditioner before you apply gel? That can help protect your hair from getting too dried out :D

    SSFHG, KCCC, UFDCM and homemade FSG are nice, non-drying gels.
    Upper Michigan Dews
    3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

    NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
    Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
    Detangler: KCKT
    Leave-in: CJ Repair me
    Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I never use gel without a leave in. You said you used a curl cream. That may not be moisturizing enough.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    Koils by Nature Herbal Peppermint Curl Defining Gel is great for not drying hair, and it really keeps curls in place. I like it when I want clumpy curls!
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:

    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
  • Cristy_amkCristy_amk Posts: 171Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Oh my I got so many great replies! I too have thought I have protein overload. I have very thick hair, used to think I was a 3a, but seems like the last time I was here there are more hair types now??? and I'm thinking I'm 2c (due to the thickness). It's not really resistant to styling though (as described on the site). So confused! Maybe I should post a pic!

    I think I do need more moisture. My hair seems to "drink" it up. I can add straight up olive oil and it just seems to soak in and not get oily (in moderation of course LOL!)

    I'm going to try some of your recommendations. Sometimes I think I want the impossible...well defined curls that "hold" but are also touch-ably soft :) I'm testing the waters and just haven't quite found the right combos for me.
  • Cristy_amkCristy_amk Posts: 171Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Koils by Nature Herbal Peppermint Curl Defining Gel is great for not drying hair, and it really keeps curls in place. I like it when I want clumpy curls!

    I went to the website to check Koils out and it sounds perfect! A lot of the people commenting on it are 2c's and mention thick hair too so that's a double plus!
  • Y3ssi88Y3ssi88 Posts: 132Registered Users
    Curl goddess curl gel is cool. It doesn't dry my hair out.
  • Cristy_amkCristy_amk Posts: 171Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Y3ssi88 wrote: »
    Curl goddess curl gel is cool. It doesn't dry my hair out.

    I notice they sell this at Target and it's actually in stock at my store! I'm really open to trying new products until I hit on the ones that work :)
  • kurlygurlykurlygurly Posts: 644Registered Users
    I like Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic works like a gel without the crunch and it doesn't dry my hair out.

    Sent from my Droid Razr using CurlTalk App
    3B Live Curly Live Free Analysis: Texture = Medium Porosity = Normal Elasticity = Normal
    3b-ish... normal to low texture
    Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
    Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
    Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
    LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
    STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
    hemp oil, jojoba oil
  • seamelody14seamelody14 Posts: 282Registered Users
    I've been liking curl queen and batia and aleeza. I usually use curl cremes though because I find them more moisturizing.
    high porosity (from coloring)

    Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
    Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
    RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
    LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
    DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
    PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
    Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
    Oils: caudalie, sweet almond

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