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Recommend a good, cheap gel

Hello!
Can someone recommend a hair gel that's inexpensive but good for fine, limp hair? Or possibly a web site that offers samples? I was using Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, but we moved recently and my mother-in-law packed it in a box, and I can't find it. I don't want to buy anything expensive since I'm sure my BRHG will turn up eventually. But in the meantime, I have constant frizz no matter what I do.

Help!
Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:

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  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    Herbal essense set me up is good. It's probably not as much hold as BRHG but it's good hold still. You can get it at most grocery stores, drugstores and walmarts etc.
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
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  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Thank you so much for the suggestion! I'll look for it when I go to Target. As long as it will help my frizz problem, that will make me happy.
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • wildsheepchasewildsheepchase Posts: 161Registered Users
    The brand I use is L.A. Looks. They have a clear gel that is maximum hold, and works really well for my hair. It says "wet look" but if you use sparingly, it won't give you a wet look. Anyway, it comes in a huge container (20 oz) for about $2-2.50. I estimate that it will take at least a year to get through the bottle, if not longer.

    My grandmother used to use DEP, and I've seen it mentioned a couple of times on the boards here too, but I haven't seen it in stores in my area for a long time.

    Recently I tried a Dove gel that claimed to have good hold, and I've had good luck with other Dove products, but not this one. It was as if I hadn't put any gel in my hair at all, and it was almost $4 for a regular-sized tube.
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Thanks--I'll check out the LA Looks also. That's an awesome price for a huge container. I've tried Dep in the past and wasn't impressed with it.
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    I like the HE body envy gel.
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  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Sorry--what's HE?
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    Sorry--what's HE?

    herbal essences
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    Frizz Happens!
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    3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Oh-duh! :lol: Thanks!
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    Brio wrote:
    I like the HE body envy gel.
    I second this over the Set Me Up. I used this quite a bit last summer.
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  • rubyloxxrubyloxx Posts: 88Registered Users
    Paul Mitchel Super Sculpt (Apple Glaze). It's like $6 and you can find it at Rite Aid. The bottle should last you about 4-5 months.
    3 b/c curls with bangs.
  • Aries_jbAries_jb Posts: 1,556Registered Users
    I agree with the reccommendation of LA Looks. I use the one for curly hair, but I've used my SO's sport formula with really great results. I remember once I went on a trip with him and the expensive gel I was using crapped out on me. The sports gel I borrowed from my SO saved my hair and gave me awesome hair days for the remainder of the trip.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Another LA Looks user here. I use the Sport (blue, hold #10).
    I haven't found anything that my hair likes as much.
    I use a ton of gel so in addition to it working well, I also like the cheap pricetag.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    The brand I use is L.A. Looks. They have a clear gel that is maximum hold, and works really well for my hair. It says "wet look" but if you use sparingly, it won't give you a wet look. Anyway, it comes in a huge container (20 oz) for about $2-2.50. I estimate that it will take at least a year to get through the bottle, if not longer.
    Do you have the ingredients for this? I want to try it.
    3b-3c CG
  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    I like the HE Set me Up as well, I don't spray it directly on the hair, I add to my palms and scrunch it in, good for refreshing curls on second day, too.

    The first time I used it I didn't like the results, so ended up playing with my curls too much (bad, bad), now, I just scrunch it in and leave it alone, looks great when it dries.
    2b/3a.
  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    If you'd be willing to try a little more flexible hold, L'oreal Studio Tightly Wound is awesome (it's a spray but I use it like a regular gel instead). Stops my frizz dead and really great shine. Feels like light hold but is really like a decent medium. Refreshes well with a little wet-handed scrunch too.
    Seriously handles my frizz. :D
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  • wildsheepchasewildsheepchase Posts: 161Registered Users
    blush wrote:
    Do you have the ingredients for this? I want to try it.

    INGREDIENTS:
    Aqua (water), glycerin, vp/va copolymer, pvp, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, keratin amino acids, panthenyl ethyl ether, carbomer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, aminomethyl propanol, propylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, rahnella/soy protein ferment, glyceryl polymethacrylate, PEG-8, disodium EDTA, benzophenone 4, methylparaben, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parum (fragrance), butylphenyl methylpropional, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, benzyl salicylate, cintronellol.

    Phew! That was possibly the hardest test of my typing skills EVER.

    Hope that's helpful. It also smells good, in a cheap producty kinda way.
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    blush wrote:
    Do you have the ingredients for this? I want to try it.

    INGREDIENTS:
    Aqua (water), glycerin, vp/va copolymer, pvp, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, keratin amino acids, panthenyl ethyl ether, carbomer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, aminomethyl propanol, propylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, rahnella/soy protein ferment, glyceryl polymethacrylate, PEG-8, disodium EDTA, benzophenone 4, methylparaben, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parum (fragrance), butylphenyl methylpropional, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, benzyl salicylate, cintronellol.

    Phew! That was possibly the hardest test of my typing skills EVER.

    Hope that's helpful. It also smells good, in a cheap producty kinda way.
    Thanks! :D
    3b-3c CG
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Thanks for all the great suggestions. The only brand I found at Target was Herbal Essences, so I went with that (Body Envy). Sad to say, it didn't help!! It was still as frizzy as ever! So I decided it must be my method. Today I did everything differently, and my hair is a little better.

    Here's what I did today:

    1. Water wash with baking soda
    2. Rake two huge handfuls of gel into sopping wet hair
    3. Plop with a t-shirt for five minutes
    4. Define my part with a wide-tooth comb
    5. Let air dry for one hour
    6. Finish drying with a diffuser for about three minutes
    7. Then it was frizzy on top, so I put a nickel-size amount of BRHG (I finally found it!) on the top
    8. Scrunch, turn head upside down and loosen curls

    I usually dry with a regular towel, put the gel in after I take the towel off, comb all of my hair to detangle, and don't air dry. Obviously that's not working.

    I decided if I'm going to use a whole lot of gel, I should stick with the cheaper gels and just use the more expensive BRHG to touch up. It's better than before, but it still frizzes when I diffuse or after I go outside. During the week, I don't have time to let it air dry.

    Suggestions, please? Thanks again!!
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
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  • wildsheepchasewildsheepchase Posts: 161Registered Users
    Here's what I did today:

    1. Water wash with baking soda
    2. Rake two huge handfuls of gel into sopping wet hair
    3. Plop with a t-shirt for five minutes
    4. Define my part with a wide-tooth comb
    5. Let air dry for one hour
    6. Finish drying with a diffuser for about three minutes
    7. Then it was frizzy on top, so I put a nickel-size amount of BRHG (I finally found it!) on the top
    8. Scrunch, turn head upside down and loosen curls

    I usually dry with a regular towel, put the gel in after I take the towel off, comb all of my hair to detangle, and don't air dry. Obviously that's not working.

    I decided if I'm going to use a whole lot of gel, I should stick with the cheaper gels and just use the more expensive BRHG to touch up. It's better than before, but it still frizzes when I diffuse or after I go outside. During the week, I don't have time to let it air dry.

    Suggestions, please? Thanks again!!

    Here are my suggestions, based on what has worked for me (although I realize your results may vary!):
    -Try not using a wide-toothed comb at all. I was using one in the shower after rinsing, and I liked the results when I decided to go without one day. I've been going without ever since.
    -Diffuse dry for a short amount of time before air drying.
    -Scrunch the gel into your hair rather than raking it in.

    Hope you start finding what works best for you, soon!
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    How often do you wash with baking soda? Because it is very harsh and drying.

    I just started using baking soda a couple of weeks ago. I've been using it about 5 or 6 days a week. Someone on this site posted an article that recommended it. What should I do instead? Harsh and drying is exactly what I don't need! Here's the link to that article:

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    I tried just water washing, but my head itched terribly, and that's when I tried the baking soda.

    wiildsheepchase, thanks for your ideas. I hope I find a good solution soon too; I'm about to go crazy with this frizz, especially since I just started a new job and want to look professional. It's so frustrating. Grrr. :x
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
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  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    Thank you for telling me that; I had no idea! I was just following the advice on that article I posted. I don't recall it saying not to use the baking soda often. I've only been doing it for a week or two, and I'm taking a break. Yes, my hair is dull and lackluster and frizzy, but it was before I started the baking soda wash.

    So do you do the lemon rinse every day, and wash with the Jessicurl once a week every other week? Did I understand that right? And that's all you do as far as washing goes? Maybe I'll try a lemon rinse and see if that's a better solution. Is there a recipe for the lemon rinse on this site?

    I've been following wildsheepchase's recommendations this week, and my hair is looking better. I washed with regular shampoo, though, because I don't know what else to do. I can't do a co-wash because it weighs my hair down, and I can't do a water-only wash because my head itches.

    My husband did notice a difference, though, and said my hair was less frizzy yesterday.

    Thanks a million to you all for your help!
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • wildsheepchasewildsheepchase Posts: 161Registered Users
    If conditioner weighs your hair down, try diluting it by adding some water. Except don't dilute it in the original bottle, in case you water it down too much. Or maybe try another conditioner?

    Hmm, we seem to have "guano-ed" here.
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