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Light Gel Recommendations?

So, I've found that thicker gels DO NOT work in my hair. I have tried "harder, thicker" gels including LA Looks Sport Gel and Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee. They DO NOT WORK. I ALWAYS end up with string, very stuff curls that are very hard to scrunch out. Right now I am using La Bella Lots of Curls and it is working well... but I'm sort of afraid that it might dry my hair out after awhile. Any recommendations? :help:

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  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    By "light" do you mean light hold or thinner?

    Sallys has the GVP liquid sculpting gel (knockoff of Sebastian wet), medium hold.
    Volumax styling gel (medium thickness, medium hold),
    Biotera gel (not real thick, sort of runny, medium hold)

    Curly hair solutions sells Curlkeeper (can be ordered online).
  • ChocolateSwirlsChocolateSwirls Posts: 63Registered Users
    By "light" do you mean light hold or thinner?

    Sallys has the GVP liquid sculpting gel (knockoff of Sebastian wet), medium hold.
    Volumax styling gel (medium thickness, medium hold),
    Biotera gel (not real thick, sort of runny, medium hold)

    Curly hair solutions sells Curlkeeper (can be ordered online).

    I'm thinking less hold/less crunchy. :bunny:
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users
    Curlsnswirls beat me to recommending the GVP liquid gel. I haven't used it but someone mentioned it in the Sally's (beauty supply) thread and it sounds like what you're asking about.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • RytokaRytoka Posts: 309Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I just bought the gvp gel today while making my inner pj happy :) giving it a shot tomorrow. May mix it into my FSG if I like it. It is protein heavy but smells nice kinda like apples
    Katie
    2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
    Co Wash: As I am
    RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
    LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
    Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
    Color: Henna
    Tools: Diffusing
    :thumright:
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    I'm thinking less hold/less crunchy. :bunny:

    I find gels are less crunchy and I get better clumps if I layer enough leave in conditioner underneath, use less and/ or dilute in the hand with water on application so they spread more easily. Otherwise anything with a lot of humectants such as propylene glycol (eg. Curl Keeper) but you need the right humidity/ dew points for that type to work for you. Or try aloe vera gel, flaxseed gel or okra gel.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    My sister just convinced me to try ecostyler (I got the argan oil one) fr Sally's. I am a pretty loyal biosilk user, but this ecostyler was completely different and amazing! The gel itself is very thick and goopy feeling, and I could feel it clumping/grabbing my hair. I was afraid, it felt like I was going to end up with a very goopy head. However, it dried completely soft, no crunch and big thick curls. I realized that biosilk might be my whole problem, giving me stringier curls. I'd recommend giving this a try.
    Curly work in progress
    2C with some 3A if all the stars align
    Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
    No sulfates since 2009
    CG since 2013

    In my stash:
    Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
    Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
    Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    CJ CIAB is working really well for me as a light gel.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density

    :love5:MoistureMoistureMoisture:love5:

    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
    Kiss My Face Upper Management grapefruit styling gel is light hold. You can buy it on iherb.com.
    4-2.png
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    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
  • curlylifestylecurlylifestyle Posts: 77Registered Users
    Maybe devacurl angel
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I find layering 2 light to medium hold gels works for giving good hold without (too much) crunch. Like FSG or okra gel + GVP liq. Gel, or you could use curl creams instead- they give pretty good hold with no crunch. I have figured out through trial and error that almost all gels give some crunch, but the less thick/ heavy gels are much easier to scrunch out. I tried LALSG the other day for the 1st time (it's my hubby's), and was alarmed by how hard it was to SOTC compared to my others. BRHG is the same way. Ideally I like be able to SOTC with a very light hand. If you want little to no crunch, you could try CJ CIAB, Curl Keeper.
    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!
  • mermaidwavesmermaidwaves Posts: 41Registered Users
    I don't use gel right now, but I've always loved Jessicurl RR. It's basically FSG, but with mag sulfate so it enhances your curls.

    Chloe, you're really making me want to try some okra gel now!
    Just starting CG! 5-13

    2A, fine, dense, high porosity, highlighted

    low-poo: Leonor Greyl bain vitalisant b*
    co-wash: CJ smoothing*
    RO: ^, SS Caitlin's*
    DT: CJ rehab
    LI: CJ rehab
    stylers: CJ CCCC*
    oils: coconut


    *experimenting
    HG

    loves: aloe, oils, esp. coconut :love10:
    hates: acv, baking soda
    on the fence about polyquats
  • ChocolateSwirlsChocolateSwirls Posts: 63Registered Users
    I think I might try some curl creams. I may post a thread for curl cream recommends. :flower:
  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I really like the MopTop light hold gel. I've used it for years
    Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
    Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
  • RytokaRytoka Posts: 309Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Tried the gvp liquid gel today and am pleased! It was crunchy at first but really easy to SOTC! Good hold and really easy application since its liquid. Going to mix it straight into my next batch of FSG and see how it goes
    Katie
    2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
    Co Wash: As I am
    RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
    LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
    Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
    Color: Henna
    Tools: Diffusing
    :thumright:
  • ChocolateSwirlsChocolateSwirls Posts: 63Registered Users
    I used Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam today since it was raining. My hair looks way better with it than any of my gels... Maybe mousses would work better for me?
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Rytoka wrote: »
    Tried the gvp liquid gel today and am pleased! It was crunchy at first but really easy to SOTC! Good hold and really easy application since its liquid. Going to mix it straight into my next batch of FSG and see how it goes

    Please let us know how that works out for you. Tonight I made more FSG and used it along with the GVP liquid gel, leave in + fsg+ GVPLSG. So far it looks good. I will see how it holds up tomorrow. :)
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Rytoka wrote: »
    Tried the gvp liquid gel today and am pleased! It was crunchy at first but really easy to SOTC! Good hold and really easy application since its liquid. Going to mix it straight into my next batch of FSG and see how it goes

    Please let us know how that works out for you. Tonight I made more FSG and used it along with the GVP liquid gel, leave in + fsg+ GVPLSG. So far it looks good. I will see how it holds up tomorrow. :)

    That's one of my favorite combos!
    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!

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