Best HG of gel/ curl definer combo for 2b hair

annie mayannie may Posts: 87Registered Users
Hey...I need a definer / gel to hold and enhance curl, but my hair weighs down and droops easily. I use a leave in too.....I get so frizzy.
What do ya'll use & recommend?
ps: new pics too
Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
http://public.fotki.com/anniemay123/hair-982007/

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  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    I'm going to be eager to hear the responses, too, because I'm suffering from cooler weather hair blues!

    BTW - What are you currently using?
    2b/3a.
  • LavenderCurlsLavenderCurls Posts: 1,478Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I got the Alagio Crazy Curl Balm in a swap and it works pretty good. Also had to try the Aussie Volumizing Texture Gel (darn PJ monster :laughing9: ) and it works pretty darn good, too!

    My cooler weather gel is Graham Webb Making Waves gel and for me it works well with any leave-in or conditioner. I used it on my Italy trip last week (weather was cold over there) and my hair held up quite nicely!
    CG-modified since 4/05
    2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
    Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets. :roll:
    Best definition winner: KCCC
    Best volume winner: LOOB
  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    Welcome back LavenderCurls! Hope you enjoyed your trip!
    2b/3a.
  • annie mayannie may Posts: 87Registered Users
    I am such a PJ and I search endlessly for the perfect combo to raise my roots, cause pretty ringlets in my canopy and a "walk away" that looks lowing and pretty.
    Currently I am CG:
    Twice a month: scalp massage with a scalp oil, leave overnight & shampoo in the A.M. sometimes I use a gentle sulfated shampoo here.
    DT w/ heat once a week (or more) w/ [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Too-Shea-Extra-Moisturizing-Conditioner-p-105.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-too-shea-extra-moisturizing-conditioner]Too Shea[/buylink]
    Shampoo twice a week w/ Ana Banana by Circle of Friends (sulfate free)
    here is the mix up and where stymied
    I like CK, but I have trouble using the proper amount; either flat 'n noodly or selected pretty ringlets with puffy patches between....not great.
    I like Jessicurl RR & [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Confident-Coils-Styling-Solution-p-116.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-confident-coils-styling-solution]CCSS[/buylink], but my hair seems to weight down too much for these & still looks fizzy.
    My hairstylist, Leo Freeman, used Devacurl B'leavin, Angell & Set it free and my hair aways looks amazing under her hands. I bought the products, I already had C1 and although I really like Set it free, I use too much and my hair gets gummy but looks wonderful! I think I like B'leavin, but the jelly texture takes some getting used to and I'm not sure I am getting the best product disbursment. I work it through my wet hands to break down all the jelly blobs and then with my head flipped I puddle my long hair upward with my hands. I do this with 2 nickel jelly blobs.
    I am about to replace my CK w/ liter #2. I will be needing gel too and wanted to test other waters and remain CG true.
    Thanks in advance for your help
    Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
    http://public.fotki.com/anniemay123/hair-982007/
  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    I'm a pj, too!
    Do you plop? Have you tried it?
    2b/3a.
  • annie mayannie may Posts: 87Registered Users
    My goodness yes, I plop. After I have all my product in I plop for 10 to however many minutes. Then I do my Set it free spritz.
    Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
    http://public.fotki.com/anniemay123/hair-982007/
  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    I use CK as a defrizzer, under Sebastion Hi Contrast or Circle of Friends Erik Shaping gel.
    If I use it alone, I get stringy curls. Angell on top of CK and in general just causes my hair to poof - good volume tho.

    Jessicurl stylers are my go to products, but despite shiny, nice hair, I get loose waves and not much volume - the oils weigh my hair down.

    Other hard holding gels are BRHG, Abba Weightless and I've heard the Alagio curl creme is hard, too.

    HTH
    2b/3a.
  • annie mayannie may Posts: 87Registered Users
    Colorado: I think that is what my problem is w/ my Jessicurl, I just don't have enough power curl to hold up the oils. I can get my hair straight *really* easily. It's the damnest thing really....it I want it straight it has too much curl & if I want if curly, it goes flat.
    Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
    http://public.fotki.com/anniemay123/hair-982007/
  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    can't tell from your pics, do you have layers? Long ones help boost curls a bit.
    2b/3a.
  • annie mayannie may Posts: 87Registered Users
    yes oh yes, lots of little layers that fall without shelves :flower:
    I just wish they were all curly spirals like after my hairstylist does them, sigh.
    Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
    http://public.fotki.com/anniemay123/hair-982007/
  • missy60missy60 Posts: 351Registered Users
    I use Jessicurl products but I have found that I use a normal amount of RR the half that much CCSC mixed with another harder holding gel. I have better hold and less frizz, but I still get the soft non producty curls.
  • Kasey314Kasey314 Posts: 308Registered Users
    Have you guys tried LOOB? I have been using it and have had consistently more curl definition. I use it under any kind of gel - I've found that cheap suave gel works just as well as Angell.

    I also have the same issues w/ Jessicurl stylers - I love the way they make my hair feel, but it gets really weighed down. No matter how I use them, it just never seems to work.

    I think that's why I like LOOB so much; a lot of people find it drying, but I think that may actually be a GOOD thing for me... It's like if everything I use is moisturizing my hair just goes limp and *gasp* straight, so I need something a little drying in there for balance.

    Anyway, try LOOB! :laughing8:
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  • annie mayannie may Posts: 87Registered Users
    In my reorder of CK I got a sample of Alagio Crazy Curl (defines and enhances curls).....WOW! whatta big buncha curls I got today! I used B'leavin under and Angell over.
    Anybody esle try this?
    I only got enough for one application, wish I had two to see for certain. but I'm super impressed.
    Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
    http://public.fotki.com/anniemay123/hair-982007/
  • bostonwavesbostonwaves Posts: 727Registered Users
    I use CK and Angell - My HG and only products I use now.
    "What's the good of having naturally curly hair if nobody's jealous?" Freida - Peanuts

    ~CG 8/06 ~
    fine, wavy - 2b/3a
    KCNT and KKCC
  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    annie may wrote:
    In my reorder of CK I got a sample of Alagio Crazy Curl (defines and enhances curls).....WOW! whatta big buncha curls I got today! I used B'leavin under and Angell over.
    Anybody esle try this?
    I only got enough for one application, wish I had two to see for certain. but I'm super impressed.

    The Alagio Crazy Curl Balm is quite popular here. Here's one of the threads that was about it:

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/viewtopic.php?t=113346&highlight=alagio
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  • A-Slave-2-The-WaveA-Slave-2-The-Wave Posts: 47Registered Users
    annie may wrote:
    Hey...I need a definer / gel to hold and enhance curl, but my hair weighs down and droops easily. I use a leave in too.....I get so frizzy.
    What do ya'll use & recommend?
    ps: new pics too

    Hey annie may,

    May I suggest the one I'm using... it's called L'anza "Zero weight styling gel" it's a great hold and it very light - just as it says on the tin. It's alcohol-free too so could help the frizz?

    Here's a website, but if you are from the US maybe googling it might come up some good results...

    http://www.beautybay.com/haircare/lanza/volumeformulazeroweightgel/
  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    annie may, I've been having tons of luck for almost two weeks with Shea Moisture Shea Butter leave in with Sebastian Hi Contrast gel layered on top. I scrunch the crunch with pink boots but I think one can use almost any creme curl enhancer, i.e. innersense, recoil, alagio, etc.

    PS: I also think my hair is behaving well because I've scheduled a much needed hair cut.
    2b/3a.
  • agoldenloveragoldenlover Posts: 64Registered Users
    Hi!
    For years I didn't even realize what nice wavy hair I have because I always used a blow dryer and a brush- or I wore a hat!

    Now I love using Jessicurl products! My hair is soft, shiny and bouncy. It has waves and curls! Here's what I do: After washing and conditioning my hair with Gentle Lather shampoo and TooShea extra moisturing cond. (sometimes I use the aloba daily condish but I just switched to the more moisturing one), I use a wide tooth comb on dripping wet hair. I apply Rocking Ringlets (about three nickel sized puddles) scrunching,scrunching, then I apply [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Confident-Coils-Styling-Solution-p-116.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-confident-coils-styling-solution]Confident coils[/buylink] (about one nickel and two dime sized puddles)

    Scrunch, scrunch.. then Scrunch with a micro towel, plop in a big micro fiber towel for about 20-30 minutes while I finish getting ready... take the towel off and voila! Ringlets and waves! Adjust it slightly then don't touch it until I get to work (hour long commute in toasty warm car) and when it's completely dry, I use a very wide toothed pick to fluff up a little bit and get rid of the wet look. It looks great all day! No frizz, no droop! One thing I discovered is that no matter how soft and nice it feels, I have to keep my hands off! It looks better through the day if I don't touch it.

    I occasionally switch out the Rocking Ringlets for [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]Re:coil[/buylink] which works really great for making even more curls!

    I hope this helps,
    Linda from Illinois
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    2B-3A fine hair with waves and ringlets
    co-wash with Suave Coconut or Vo5 Vanilla Mint Tea, condition with AOHR, HE BE or TT gel, and once a week Jessicurl WDT

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