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Recs for a gel for low porosity hair in high dewpoint area?

I live in the south and the humid is killer right now with dewpoints around 70 to 80. I'm in the process of pulling every glycerin product from my rotation to see if that helps, but that honestly doesn't leave me with much.

Looking at Pattern Pusha from Curl Junkie or perhaps CIAB, but I'd love to know of other gels...perhaps cheaper gels since I'm a long haired curly to keep this weather at bay.



  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The best way to select ingredients/products is by hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Curly Hair Basics | Live Curly Live Free

    My hair is fine/low porosity. Prefers the more natural products without the chemicals, especially polyquats. I find that protein really helps when the dewpoints get higher. Most of the year, I do one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein. In the summer, I usually do 2 PTs a week. I also use minute amounts of really rich products (my low porosity hair doesn't care for straight oil/butter) to "seal" my hair--and top with a jelly product.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • Fluffy01Fluffy01 Posts: 271Registered Users
    Interesting...I know my hair doesn't like protein very much, but I am low porous. I always heard it constricts the cuticle even further, which can dry out the hair. Maybe I need to give protein another try, though. Perhaps my hair has changed after pregnancy. Thanks again!
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It's interesting. The only place I've read about low porosity hair not liking protein is on nc.com, which is why I never give out that link. My hair is fine and low porosity and never met a protein it didn't like.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    I actually discovered my hair hated protein long before I went CG or knew I was low porosity. Someone explained to me that just because my hair was dry didn't mean it was damaged and the reason I was getting bad results was because I was using products for damaged hair. Dry and damaged hair is a common product group. I started reading ingredients and noticed proteins were consistently in there in large amounts.
    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
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    Kathymack... it makes sense what you're saying about porosity. I always thought I was high porosity because my hair liked protein. (I can't really tell by the slip and slide test, sometimes I think I feel bumps but they may just be kinks in my hair. My hair floated in the water test but I know that test can be unreliable.) Anyway, now I'm thinking it's actually low or normal... it seems to fit better with the other descriptions.
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    I love using both KCCC and SM Soufflé together. My hair lasts up to 4-6 days and barely any frizz.
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users
    Volumax Mega Gel from Sally's is a great hard hold gel
    :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!

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