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The LA Looks gels?

Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
I don't know which one to get TT_TT
I told my mom to buy one, but I realized there is like 5.

I wanted to get the hair I have right after I t-shirt dry my hair. It has less volume and does not go into a triangle. So, I thought I should get the Wet looks one, but people say that it flakes! Now I think I should go to the sports gel (blue) one, but I don't know if that INCREASES my volume (which I don't want). What should I do??

I should show the temps in my area:
Highest (summer) - 90s or 91
Lowest (winters) -40s- 50s
Fall- 50s- 60s
Spring - 60s or 70s

Also, I can't really afford to buy KCCC. I really want to try it, but if it does work, I can't buy it again :(

I have 2c- 3a hair that is BEAUTIFUL when it's wet (weird huh?). Not too thick, not too thin (in my opinion). I really want to put hair down for the first time in my life!
2c - 3a hair
High Porosity
High Density
Coarse hair
Blasian: Japanese and African American

Wish list:
Put hair down with my shower hair!

:wav:
ありがとうございました 

Comments

  • Tripgirl3aTripgirl3a Posts: 201Registered Users
    My hair sounds like yours! 2c/3a and looks amazing when wet! I use the sport gel and I find that it does not give me any volume at all. I think that one would be your best option since it has the best hold
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    The blue is firm hold. I find it controls my hair more than anything
  • xocandiixocandii Posts: 93Registered Users
    The light blue curl one I used to use all the time and got beautiful curls. I stopped curling my hair for a while and flat ironed it. Trying to revive my hair 4 years later, I don't think it's on the market anymore :(. I tried the sports gel, the green (nutra curl?), and the yellow and they all haven't lived up to expectations. It could also be because my hair is damaged but I use other gels now like KCCC which give better results.
  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    I would say get the sports one. It didn't have enough hold for me, but definitely kept my volume down and I thought had a nice feel to it.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I really like the Sports gel/blue one. It's a staple for me now, using it 2-3 times per week.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
    Tripgirl3a wrote: »
    My hair sounds like yours! 2c/3a and looks amazing when wet! I use the sport gel and I find that it does not give me any volume at all. I think that one would be your best option since it has the best hold

    Does it have a good enough hold for school.. all day? It's summer right now so it's experiment time! XD
    I also live in the Northwest of the USA so it's usually either raining or windy.
    Temps:
    Highest (summer) - 90s or 91
    Lowest (winters) -40s- 50s
    Fall- 50s- 60s
    Spring - 60s or 70s
    Thanks ^__^
    2c - 3a hair
    High Porosity
    High Density
    Coarse hair
    Blasian: Japanese and African American

    Wish list:
    Put hair down with my shower hair!

    :wav:
    ありがとうございました 
  • Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
    I would say get the sports one. It didn't have enough hold for me, but definitely kept my volume down and I thought had a nice feel to it.

    Temps:
    Highest (summer) - 90s or 91
    Lowest (winters) -40s- 50s
    Fall- 50s- 60s
    Spring - 60s or 70s

    Should I risk it? I actually used Herbal Essence set me up before and my hair expanded (as usual). I wonder if the sports one will have a greater hold than this..
    2c - 3a hair
    High Porosity
    High Density
    Coarse hair
    Blasian: Japanese and African American

    Wish list:
    Put hair down with my shower hair!

    :wav:
    ありがとうございました 
  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    Hmmm. I don't know where you are (I'm in north SF Bay Area), but your climate sounds similar to mine. Do you know what your average dew points are? Dews will affect poof. Anyway, wind wind wind here, rain in the winter, so I need hard hold. The sports gel was OK, but didn't hold up to the wind enough for me. I use a mix of Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC) and Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (BRHG). I use enough to give me a really crunchy look and feel, but once I scrunch it all out I have great hair for at least two days. It won't hold up great to something like an afternoon gardening in wind, but nothing will. In those cases I just cover up with a Buff and squash my hair, lol.

    I would try the sport gel first, and see if it works for you, because it's cheap. Use quite a bit. If it's too much, you can always go lighter.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel
  • Tripgirl3aTripgirl3a Posts: 201Registered Users
    Wavy2Curly wrote: »
    Tripgirl3a wrote: »
    My hair sounds like yours! 2c/3a and looks amazing when wet! I use the sport gel and I find that it does not give me any volume at all. I think that one would be your best option since it has the best hold

    Does it have a good enough hold for school.. all day? It's summer right now so it's experiment time! XD
    I also live in the Northwest of the USA so it's usually either raining or windy.
    Temps:
    Highest (summer) - 90s or 91
    Lowest (winters) -40s- 50s
    Fall- 50s- 60s
    Spring - 60s or 70s
    Thanks ^__^

    Yep! Sometimes even for 2nd day! I might get a little frizz but nothin too bad
  • Tripgirl3aTripgirl3a Posts: 201Registered Users
    My styling routine is this: use yes to carrots conditioner as my ro, and usually use Shea moisture restorative conditioner as a leave in.(very little or I just use the ytc) then I scrunch in a lot of lalsg, then herbal essences totally twisted mousse and then finally a little of Aussie instant freeze. Then if I have high dew points I will go ahead an add a little Shea moisture on top. I know you didn't ask for this but I think it will help.
  • Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
    Tripgirl3a wrote: »
    My styling routine is this: use yes to carrots conditioner as my ro, and usually use Shea moisture restorative conditioner as a leave in.(very little or I just use the ytc) then I scrunch in a lot of lalsg, then herbal essences totally twisted mousse and then finally a little of Aussie instant freeze. Then if I have high dew points I will go ahead an add a little Shea moisture on top. I know you didn't ask for this but I think it will help.

    Thanks, I will see if I can persuade my mom with this stuff. I don't think my mom will buy another gel if I fail with one (she has straight hair and doesn't understand the struggles curly/ wavy girls have).
    2c - 3a hair
    High Porosity
    High Density
    Coarse hair
    Blasian: Japanese and African American

    Wish list:
    Put hair down with my shower hair!

    :wav:
    ありがとうございました 
  • Tripgirl3aTripgirl3a Posts: 201Registered Users
    Thanks, I will see if I can persuade my mom with this stuff. I don't think my mom will buy another gel if I fail with one (she has straight hair and doesn't understand the struggles curly/ wavy girls have).[/QUOTE]

    My mom doesn't understand ether! Whenever I tried to ask for her to but some gel, she would tell me that I'm buying stuff for African hair... Then I started to bike to the store and get the stuff with my own money. Now I can only get my mom to buy me conditioner.
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    If I may, I think KCCC is good, but honestly, not for $17. A little goes a long way so that sort of makes it worth the money. For myself, I will not buy again. I prefer to get cheaper gels. IMO SM Curling souffle gives me very similar results and is cheaper ($10 at some places).

    I do want to try LA Looks sometime though :icescream:
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    The sports gel is great, and cheap. Your mom should be okay as it's only $3, and some places sell the travel size tube for $1. Dep sport gel is another good, cheap gel. They're essentially the same, but the Dep gel has no glycerin.
    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!
  • Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
    [/QUOTE] My mom doesn't understand ether! Whenever I tried to ask for her to but some gel, she would tell me that I'm buying stuff for African hair... Then I started to bike to the store and get the stuff with my own money. Now I can only get my mom to buy me conditioner.[/QUOTE]

    Opposite with me. I don't usually get African hair products, but my mom complains if I don't. I think I'm paying for this sports gel because I'm the one who wants to try it. She's betting, along with my sister, that it will not work :( Hopefully it does. I could come out of the bathroom with nice hair and it will feel awesome! :hello1:
    2c - 3a hair
    High Porosity
    High Density
    Coarse hair
    Blasian: Japanese and African American

    Wish list:
    Put hair down with my shower hair!

    :wav:
    ありがとうございました 
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Wouldn't you guys make sure there is a good leave in under it?
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    chupie wrote: »
    Wouldn't you guys make sure there is a good leave in under it?

    Possibly, lol. I think it depends on porosity- if the hair needs more moisture or not. For some, simply doing a RO is enough moisture. I would suggest, if you wanted to put some sort of leave in before the gel, would be CO. It's obviously an oil, but it penetrates and has such great benefits!
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    chupie wrote: »
    Wouldn't you guys make sure there is a good leave in under it?

    Depends on her hair properties. If your hair is dry and needs all the moisture/ conditioning you can get, by all means use a leave in!

    I've all but stopped using leave-ins in the summer. I do weekly overnite DTs with coco oil, and use CJ curl rehab as a RO a few times a week (letting it sit in the shower for 10 mins or so each time), And very good RO the remainder of days. My hair just doesn't seem to need additional conditioning beyond what I'm doing.

    Anything "moisturizing" or conditioning that I leave-in, tends to diminish the hold of my gels. In the extreme high dews, wind, rain, etc of the summer, I need hold more than anything else.
    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!
  • Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
    chloe92us wrote: »
    chupie wrote: »
    Wouldn't you guys make sure there is a good leave in under it?

    Depends on her hair properties. If your hair is dry and needs all the moisture/ conditioning you can get, by all means use a leave in!

    I've all but stopped using leave-ins in the summer. I do weekly overnite DTs with coco oil, and use CJ curl rehab as a RO a few times a week (letting it sit in the shower for 10 mins or so each time), And very good RO the remainder of days. My hair just doesn't seem to need additional conditioning beyond what I'm doing.

    Anything "moisturizing" or conditioning that I leave-in, tends to diminish the hold of my gels. In the extreme high dews, wind, rain, etc of the summer, I need hold more than anything else.

    I have coarse and high porous hair.
    What is your view on glycerin on my hair?
    2c - 3a hair
    High Porosity
    High Density
    Coarse hair
    Blasian: Japanese and African American

    Wish list:
    Put hair down with my shower hair!

    :wav:
    ありがとうございました 
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    What is the climate like right now where you live? Have you checked the frizz forecast to see what your dew points are? Porous hair tends to be more affected by humidity, so if frizz or "growing pouf" is a problem, glycerin may be contributing to it. I avoid glycerin in my leave-ins (when I use them) and styling products.

    The LAL sports gel does have glycerin, but it's very far down in the list and works for me. The LAL power spikes gel does not have glycerin. I haven't tried that one, though, so can't comment.

    The other important thing is to make sure you're getting really good coverage- application technique is very important, I rake everything in and then scrunch and pump. Also, I use quite a bit of product.
    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!
  • Wavy2CurlyWavy2Curly Posts: 22Registered Users
    chloe92us wrote: »
    What is the climate like right now where you live? Have you checked the frizz forecast to see what your dew points are? Porous hair tends to be more affected by humidity, so if frizz or "growing pouf" is a problem, glycerin may be contributing to it. I avoid glycerin in my leave-ins (when I use them) and styling products.

    The LAL sports gel does have glycerin, but it's very far down in the list and works for me. The LAL power spikes gel does not have glycerin. I haven't tried that one, though, so can't comment.

    The other important thing is to make sure you're getting really good coverage- application technique is very important, I rake everything in and then scrunch and pump. Also, I use quite a bit of product.

    Wow! Thank you so much!
    I have tried the wet looks (*cough* no hold).
    But anyways, this helped a lot. I'll be using the frizz forecast from now on! :D
    2c - 3a hair
    High Porosity
    High Density
    Coarse hair
    Blasian: Japanese and African American

    Wish list:
    Put hair down with my shower hair!

    :wav:
    ありがとうございました 
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    Triangle hair is largely caused by the way the hair is cut. I've had the best success with what are called Deva cuts, in which the hair is cut dry, and in relation to the hair around it. They tend to be expensive, but you can also learn to trim your hair yourself. There are good instructions, illustrations, and videos in the book
    Curly Girl: The Handbook
    , and the accompanying DVD. It costs about $10 on Amazon, but you might also be able to get it at your local library. I've done this a few times, and it's worked really well for me.

    There's a lot of other really helpful information in Curly Girl; and there are life stories of what it's like to grow up and live with naturally curly hair, which include how the particular curly girls came to terms with their hair, and the often unwanted attention it drew.

    I like the LA Looks Wet Look gel, and have never had any problems with it flaking. Another really good gel which isn't expensive, but can be harder to find, is Kiss My Face Upper Management, which many people think is quite similar to Kinky Curly Curling Custard in the way it works. Before I found out about Upper Management, or could get my hands on any KCCC, I read something someone here had posted to the effect that if you combine aloe vera gel with a few drops of jojoba oil (just mix them up in your hands), you'll get something similar. I tried that, and liked it, so I got KCCC, which I do find works similarly, but I also use the AVG with jojoba oil sometimes. I also find that it works well to preserve my curls if I smooth it over dry hair and scrunch well prior to going to bed, so I don't get bedhead. (I also sweep my hair up so that most of it is lying on my pillow above my head.)
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • tedinthejungletedinthejungle Posts: 1Registered Users
    Sorry for the lack of personal information, I'm new! I have 2c 3a hair that is bleached and tends to get very dry. The NutraCurl gel with avocado oil is fantastic and it does not get crispy I can use tons and my curls are defined and shiny without any crunch. Its great and has a light scent that disappears and I get second and third day hair. its easy to cowash and works amazing with moisturizer, I personally use the Hair Milk from Carol's Daughter.
  • PuertoricangirlPuertoricangirl Posts: 428Registered Users
    I personally love the sports gel 💕
    3A/3B Fine/Medium curly, Low Porosity, Medium density, long length.

    *Shampoo & Conditioner: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and shine
    *Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today and GVP Condtioning Balm
    *Cream Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie, Coconut and hibiscus styling milk
    Gels: L.A Looks Sports Gel, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    *Serum: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper

    :blob7:
  • caramix3acaramix3a Posts: 460Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I used to use the turquoise "Curl Look" one(until it was discontinued) for years and loved it. Then I tried the Nutra-Curl one and didn't like that nearly as well, so moved onto the Sports version that many others love here. It's been a staple for me - good and cheap too, for my 2c-3a hair. What makes it even better is applying some Suave Captivating Curls Mousse first, and then some of the gel, as the mousse doesn't have enough hold by itself for me. It does enhance curl though, and the Sports Gel holds it all:) I'm in SF too, so I understand CurlyInTheFog's needs for harder-hold products. I have fine-to-medium texture hair but a LOT of it, even though it's in an angled bob, so I need that hold LOL!