ISO gel without polyquats or protein

MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I use a small amount of gel with my CK, but I would like to find a gel with no protein or polyquats. I have been using Biotera, but I see it has polyquat 4 in in.


  • misbehavemisbehave Posts: 115Registered Users
    Hi Myrna!

    I just purchased 4 Naturals Spring Back Curling Custard...haven't tried it yet but I was also looking for something protein & polyquat free. I actually wish I could find a mousse that's protein & polyquat & paraben free but no luck there. :(

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    CG since 3/1/13
    3B; Low porosity, Coarse, & Extremely Protein Sensitive
    Very high density, waist length

    Co wash: Suave Clarifying or Sun Ripened Strawberry
    RO: Sun Ripened Strawberry, TN, or TN w/ veg glycerin
    Sealer: apricot oil
    Styler: 4 Naturals Spring Back Custard, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, or BB "Mudd"
    Using a hard water filter, microfiber towel, & silk head scarves & pillowcases

    Avoiding: protein, coconut, & parabens
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hi, Misbehave:

    That looks like a good one. Although actually, I cant really complain about Biotera gel. I wonder if Sally has a no- quat no protein gel...but you are right about mousse - they all have polyquats, and also, usually, some kind of protein. Even Deva foam has polyquats- polyquat 60 in fact, whatever that is. Although I dont know that they are harmful. I shampoo daily so I doubt anything builds up on my hair.
  • RizosMioRizosMio Posts: 141Registered Users
    Jane Carter's Wrap & Roll doesn't have quats or protein. It does have a slew of plant hair has never reacted to them in this formulation somehow.

    Ingredients: DDeionized Water, Anthemis Noblis Flower (Camomile), Symphytum Officinal Leaf (Comfrey), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Certified Organic Essential Oils: Lemon, Grapefruit, Coco-Sultaine, Glycerine, Phenoxyethanol.

    This is a light and airy mousse, not gel though.
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    The Garnier Pure Clean gel has no polyquats or protein. Have you tried any jelly type products? I don't think Kinky Curly Curling Custard or Curly Kinks Coil Jam has polyquats or proteins.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • LadyPlymdaleLadyPlymdale Posts: 24Registered Users
    Recommendations will vary depending on the type of product you want (jelly, gel, liquid) & the level of hold you need, as well as your specific hair properties.

    I avoid all 'quats & most proteins on a regular basis & I love gel, so I'm always looking for something new.

    I have tried the Garnier Pure & Clean, but I found the "extra hold" pretty wimpy & it gave me spider-web frizz.

    My current favorite is Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz. It has aloe, horsetail & nettle extracts, which bother some protein sensitive folks, but seem okay for me. On my hair it gives great hold & very little frizz, but I can't use too much.

    Aubrey Organics B-5 gel is another option, although it is runnier & doesn't have hard hold. It just "sat" on my hair, but I know some folks love it.

    Kiss My Face Upper Management gel gives great hold, but the hops make it a no-go for me. Frizz city.

    KCCC & the like (jellies) seem to be more about curl elongation/enhancement, rather than hold & for that reason I consider them stylers, not true gels. Two separate product categories, at least for me.

    Good luck with your search!

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    2C/3A--med-coarse, slightly porous (highlighted), very dry & protein sensitive

    No-Poo: Naturally Amari Berry No-Poo (w/o Aloe & Horsetail)

    Condition: Suave Daily Clarifying & Sun-Ripened Strawberry

    Stylers: 4Naturals Spring Back, L'oreal Everstyle Curl Defining Gel

    Avoiding: sulfates, ‘cones, parabens, polyquats/cationics (except stearamidopropyl dimethylamine), most proteins/extracts.