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KMF Upper Management - Want to love, but...

So... I bought Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel because I am looking for a low protein, glycerin/humectant-free gel. I conditioned with Tress Naturals (as usual), used a small amount of SM Curl Milk as leave-in (as usual), and then applied the new gel.

My hair seized up and felt dry and crunchy. It's a feeling similar to my hair's reaction to certain types of proteins, which I now avoid. The gel does have Panthenol, but my research is unclear about whether this is a protein. I also read that hyaluronic acid may cause that "instant dry when wet" feeling. Can anyone offer insight on what ingredients might cause this reaction?

I didn't rinse it out because I want to see what it looks and feels like when dry. If it dries okay, I'm wondering if I need to worry about the reaction when applied. Is it really sucking all the moisture from my hair?

I really want to like this product, but it's not lookin' good.

KMFUMG Ingredients:

Water, Utrica Dioica (Nettle Leaf Extract), Calendula Officinalis, Chamomile Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Yeast Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Grapefruit Extract


  • anonymous_133347anonymous_133347 Posts: 1,426Registered Users
    Keep us posted. Sometimes hair can look a frightful mess wet and they dry into a work of art.
    3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

    CG since Nov. 2012

    Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
    Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
    Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
    Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

    * = HG

  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    Well if you were looking for a humectant free product, you missed the mark.

    Hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient in topical beauty products, such as moisturizers and makeup, as well. One of the substance's features is that it draws moisture from the air and is said to hold up to 1, 000 times its weight in water.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density


    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Pathenol is a humectant.

    Some people react badly on citrus fruits extracts. It can be drying for some people but not for others. I don't why. It's no problem for me, I use this gel and my hair loves it.

    Btw I think yeast extract MIGHT be a protein... but I'm not sure. I know brewer's yeast is a protein!
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO

    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D
  • frizzinflafrizzinfla Posts: 190Registered Users
    Thanks, all. I learn something new every day! My hair looked so awful when it dried that I took another shower. Guess this product was a fail for me. I was trying to find a less expensive alternative to Aquage Moulding Mega Gel. I'll just suck it up & spend the money.
  • frizzinflafrizzinfla Posts: 190Registered Users
    p.s. Don't know what I'd do without my fellow curlies and their knowledge. Thanks for sharing!

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