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CG-friendly gel in b/w Herbal Essences Curl Scrunching & Set Me Up gel

I love herbal essences set me up gel because it gives me great curl definition, but has a bit too much hold (too much crunch!:) ). Herbal essences curl scrunching gel, on the other hand, gives me good results but doesn't have enough hold and leaves my hair a bit poofy. Can anyone recommend a gel that falls in between these two? I've tried LA sports gel and it's too heavy for my fine hair. I'm a 2b/2c and LOTS of it! I use gel to encourage and hold the curl but am not a huge fan of volume if that makes sense.

Thank you all!

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  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    Have you tried using a leave-in under a hard hold gel? That should help with the too-much-crunch situation.

    You can also do something like using a jelly gel (FSG, Okra, Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic) under a hard hold gel, and use less of the hard hold gel.
    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
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Agree use more leave in conditioner: it's useful for clumping the curl, softening the crunch, if you can use one rich in hydrolysed protein that encourages curl.

    Otherwise you might try flaxseed gel or okra gel, extra hold and curl boosting to taste with xanthan gum. Can make your own or purchase from Sweet Curls Elixirs on Etsy.
    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
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I use the Umberto Scrunching jelly and like how that holds my hair!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users
    I use the set me up gel as well, but always over a leave in, as well as a curl cream in winter. There's some crunch while it's drying, but that goes away once it's dry. I once used the gel without a leave in, and got the excessive crunch you describe.
    3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
    Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
    Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
    R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
    L I: KCKT, gvpcb
    Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
    Oils: coconut, argan
    Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
  • DCWavyLadyDCWavyLady Posts: 373Registered Users
    What is a jelly? I stay away from leave ins because my hair gets easily over moisturized.:(
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It's a gel, but instead of having a thick consistency, it's more jelly-like. The consistency is just lighter, so it distributes easier and doesn't weigh curls down!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright: