Looking for Hair Gel

lovinmylocslovinmylocs Posts: 137Registered Users
Ok so I have a problem and I hope that I can get some help. I need to use hair gel to get some definition that lasts. Right now I'm wearing a baa (ok not so big...but hey) because I didn't use any gel. I have two gels at home that I am over...Fantasia IC - it doesn't play nice with my leave ins. I have gotten cottage cheese hair too many mornings. I'm over it. I also have Ampro brown gel and that is just a hot brown mess for me. It flakes something terrible.

What I am looking for is a gel that doesn't flake, works well with most conditioners, and will give me some good definition with decent hold. Does anyone have any suggestions?

(I'm going to Ricky's after work...I have to control my pjism while I'm there)
http://public.fotki.com/lovinmylocs/
pass: nappy
Scared of the big chop...nah - I chopped it off on 12.21.07
I think I've found my HG and routine but I'm still looking for my hair twin.
Hey twin are you out there...
HG: Elucence MBS, VO5 Vitaburst - Grapefruit Mandarin Splash, Tigi Control Serum
Products up for Audition: Jessicurl Too Shea, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and Re:Coil

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  • preciousjewel76preciousjewel76 Posts: 679Registered Users Curl Novice
    I've found that Herbal Essences Set Me Up works well. It doesn't dry out my hair, and it mixes well with leave-ins (I use SheaMoisture and [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Whipped-Cream-p-883.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Whipped-Cream]Curls Whipped Cream[/buylink]). However, the hold is a little firmer than I would like. I sometimes "cut" it with SheaM and apply it to 2nd day hair to give my curls a little more pop.

    I've also been experimenting with Aura Hypoallergenic Gel from Sallys. I like it, but it's pretty runny. It also mixes well with my leave-ins and it leaves my coils shiny:). It also dries really fast (well, at least on my hair anyway).
    4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

    :love7:YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
  • lovinmylocslovinmylocs Posts: 137Registered Users
    Thanks - this is the information I need! I'm going to give it a try - what's the worse that can happen. (I did have a dream that I went completely bald the other day. Not cute LOL.)
    http://public.fotki.com/lovinmylocs/
    pass: nappy
    Scared of the big chop...nah - I chopped it off on 12.21.07
    I think I've found my HG and routine but I'm still looking for my hair twin.
    Hey twin are you out there...
    HG: Elucence MBS, VO5 Vitaburst - Grapefruit Mandarin Splash, Tigi Control Serum
    Products up for Audition: Jessicurl Too Shea, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and Re:Coil
  • preciousjewel76preciousjewel76 Posts: 679Registered Users Curl Novice
    No prob! Let us know how it goes!
    4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

    :love7:YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
  • jcurladyjcurlady Posts: 626Registered Users Curl Novice
    I just did my BC in November, but I swear by Kinky-Curly products. I'm probably all wrong but I think the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]Knot Today[/buylink] is like a leave in and the Curling Custard is a gel. I was using Giovanni LA Looks and I still like it but I love the KC stuff.
    if luvin KCKT and KCCC is wrong I don't wanna b right

    sell crazy somewhere else...we're all stocked up here.
  • lovinmylocslovinmylocs Posts: 137Registered Users
    jcurlady wrote: »
    I just did my BC in November, but I swear by Kinky-Curly products. I'm probably all wrong but I think the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]Knot Today[/buylink] is like a leave in and the Curling Custard is a gel. I was using Giovanni LA Looks and I still like it but I love the KC stuff.

    I like the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] and the KT - it gives me some great hair. But it takes forever to dry and I can't get consistent results. When I use to little it's a hot mess, lol, and when I use to much I get defined curls but they are sticky. I like to touch my hair and play in it all day long.
    http://public.fotki.com/lovinmylocs/
    pass: nappy
    Scared of the big chop...nah - I chopped it off on 12.21.07
    I think I've found my HG and routine but I'm still looking for my hair twin.
    Hey twin are you out there...
    HG: Elucence MBS, VO5 Vitaburst - Grapefruit Mandarin Splash, Tigi Control Serum
    Products up for Audition: Jessicurl Too Shea, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and Re:Coil
  • LadyJAHLadyJAH Posts: 81Registered Users
    I can still buy Smooth and Shine Curl Activator Gel with Aloe for Extra Dry hair for about $4.00 a jar. It is has glycerin in it.

    I love it because I can use it alone and it does what my hair needs - curl definition and it leaves my hair really soft.

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Ok so I have a problem and I hope that I can get some help. I need to use hair gel to get some definition that lasts. Right now I'm wearing a baa (ok not so big...but hey) because I didn't use any gel. I have two gels at home that I am over...Fantasia IC - it doesn't play nice with my leave ins. I have gotten cottage cheese hair too many mornings. I'm over it. I also have Ampro brown gel and that is just a hot brown mess for me. It flakes something terrible.

    What I am looking for is a gel that doesn't flake, works well with most conditioners, and will give me some good definition with decent hold. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    (I'm going to Ricky's after work...I have to control my pjism while I'm there)


    Ahh! How neat! I am going to Ricky's tomorrow on Miami Beach. Yay! I am excited!

    As far as gel, I use Eco styler gel. Actually there is a good fotki site that displays various gels and it's uses. PM me if you want the link.!
  • lovinmylocslovinmylocs Posts: 137Registered Users
    I'm auditioning gels...I picked up the EcoStyler, HE SMU and some Tigi Control Serum. (I couldn't help myself). What I don't like I will return. Today is the Tigi...not in love with the results but I don't have any other gels on top of it. I need a routine....
    http://public.fotki.com/lovinmylocs/
    pass: nappy
    Scared of the big chop...nah - I chopped it off on 12.21.07
    I think I've found my HG and routine but I'm still looking for my hair twin.
    Hey twin are you out there...
    HG: Elucence MBS, VO5 Vitaburst - Grapefruit Mandarin Splash, Tigi Control Serum
    Products up for Audition: Jessicurl Too Shea, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and Re:Coil
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    http://members.fotki.com/Kinkerbelle/about/

    The above link is a lady that has sampled various hair gels.
    Some of you might have seen it before. I found her site helpful.
  • kurlikinkiklassickurlikinkiklassic Posts: 117Registered Users Curl Novice
    lovin: i'm a broken record but i have to testify in favor of Smooth n Shine Activator gel. I use it with my leave-in, I can use it alone, or with a hot-oil treatment ..it doesn't matter the look is right everytime.
    Someone mentioned the glycerin content: it's funny b/c i heard that it's drying (glycerin) then someone else said it's used to moisturize..??? All i know is that it works for me and I make sure I do plenty DT and Hot-oil treatments just in case.

    Oh and did I mention that's like $3 or $4 -that's also a major incentive.
    Can we just be ourselves?? Embrace who you are completely --God doesn't make mistakes
  • lovinmylocslovinmylocs Posts: 137Registered Users
    Thanks. I've been using the EcoSyler with decent results but I'd love to try this one. The ES leaves me a little crunchy which is ok. The HE SMU is not really a winner for me (I don't think it's a great value for the size IMO). I hate using gel and I want to get a good sized amount for cheap.
    http://public.fotki.com/lovinmylocs/
    pass: nappy
    Scared of the big chop...nah - I chopped it off on 12.21.07
    I think I've found my HG and routine but I'm still looking for my hair twin.
    Hey twin are you out there...
    HG: Elucence MBS, VO5 Vitaburst - Grapefruit Mandarin Splash, Tigi Control Serum
    Products up for Audition: Jessicurl Too Shea, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and Re:Coil
  • missmoniemissmonie Posts: 920Registered Users
    I'm auditioning gels...I picked up the EcoStyler, HE SMU and some Tigi Control Serum. (I couldn't help myself). What I don't like I will return. Today is the Tigi...not in love with the results but I don't have any other gels on top of it. I need a routine....

    i've had good results with the Tigi Serum...but i have to use it with a gel and usually that's Fantasia IC gel. It helps soften, elongate and define my curls (even the parts of my hair that are not very textured). when you have time to experiment again, try it with a gel.
    4a: Combo of tight coils and waves; Last relaxer - 11/05 (LC - 4/07) - http://public.fotki.com/missmonie/ - updates as of Mar '09

    Products: Trader Joe's condish * Giovanni Direct Leave in * Fantasia Gel or KCCC for curl definition * Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Cream as moisturizer

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