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Curl Activator and Gel That Won't Dry Out Hair

akilamoniqueakilamonique Posts: 302Registered Users
Does anyone know of a good gel and curl activator that won't dry out my hair??

I've already tried Care Free Curl and Fantacia IC Gel. After awhile they both dried out my hair.
ACV Rinse 2-3 times a week
Nature's Gate Biotin Conditioner
Curly Kinks: Satin Root, Coil Jam
Castor oil on scalp

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  • KitathenaKitathena Posts: 1,666Registered Users
    Long Aid Curl Activator is good for moisture. I think a few other ladies here like it too.
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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    Long Aid is good...but my absolute FAVORITE is smooth and shine.

    Slightly offtopic...are u using a leave in under your gel? I find i get better moisture retention if I use a leave in under the CAG. Also, if you are in a dry climate (which most places are in the winter) then no matter what kind of CAG you use, it will leave your hair dry because of the glycerine.

    Just a thought.
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  • HoneycombHoneycomb Posts: 400Registered Users
    Long Aid Curl Activator gel gets my vote, moisturizing and will not dry your hair.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    Also, if you are in a dry climate (which most places are in the winter) then no matter what kind of CAG you use, it will leave your hair dry because of the glycerine.

    Just a thought.

    This has been my experience so far so I've been using Aloe Vera gel.
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  • nikkidanniellnikkidanniell Posts: 235Registered Users
    Long Aid is good...but my absolute FAVORITE is smooth and shine.

    Slightly offtopic...are u using a leave in under your gel? I find i get better moisture retention if I use a leave in under the CAG. Also, if you are in a dry climate (which most places are in the winter) then no matter what kind of CAG you use, it will leave your hair dry because of the glycerine.

    Just a thought.

    Nappy Curly Crown u ain't never lied.. I LOVE Smooth & Shine CAG -for normal hair (the one for extra dry hair has wheat protein:angry3:)
  • akilamoniqueakilamonique Posts: 302Registered Users
    Long Aid is good...but my absolute FAVORITE is smooth and shine.

    Slightly offtopic...are u using a leave in under your gel? I find i get better moisture retention if I use a leave in under the CAG. Also, if you are in a dry climate (which most places are in the winter) then no matter what kind of CAG you use, it will leave your hair dry because of the glycerine.

    Just a thought.


    Right now, i'm not using anything other then my homemade curl cream(FOTE, Condish, & Castor). Which leaves my hair feeling great, frizz free, and curly. My PJism is kicking in and i'm just looking for other options. Plus sometimes you just need a good gel to "hold down" your hair depending on how you're wearing it that day, and curl cream just doesn't cut it.
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  • CammybCammyb Posts: 576Registered Users
    I too love long aid but can't use it in the winter because of the high glycerin content.
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  • vkb247vkb247 Posts: 266Registered Users
    I also love love love aloe vera gel. I also use Elasta QP Feels Like Silk and Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel. But I know exactly what you mean by a good gel to hold it down. I have found some good alcohol free gels at the dollar store and I also use the commercial aloe vera gel that is sold for sunburns when I need something good and thick to make this suiff lay down.

    Lately nothing was working on my edges so I started using a bit of honey (over everything else) and it definitely did the trick but I found I had to be really careful with honey on dry hair (can create a sticky mess). I am gonna try to make a gel with fruit pectin, FOTE, glycern and/or grapeseed oil, and some honey. I love the aloe vera gels but I am in search of some way to make it thicker. Saw some videos with xanthum gum as a thickener and I have heard some suggestions to use unflavored gelatin....
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  • curlygirlbeautifulcurlygirlbeautiful Posts: 320Registered Users
    try mixing the ic fantasia with melted shea butter and coconut oil (a few tb) and whipping it by hand. the oil may keep it from crunching. i loooooove this mix. great for curly leave out styles and slicking back a puff/pony
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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    Elasta QP Feels like Silk is my all time FAVORITE gel!!!! I use it on top of blended beauty [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Blended-Cutie-Butter-Me-Up-p-472.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=blended-cutie-butter-me-up]butter me up[/buylink] for awesome hair days!!!

    Akilamonique...try this gel...it works well also and will define your hair like WHOA! It is very moisturizing (one lady on another board uses it as a leave in) and mixes well with other products.

    vkb247 wrote: »
    I also love love love aloe vera gel. I also use Elasta QP Feels Like Silk and Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel. But I know exactly what you mean by a good gel to hold it down. I have found some good alcohol free gels at the dollar store and I also use the commercial aloe vera gel that is sold for sunburns when I need something good and thick to make this suiff lay down.

    Lately nothing was working on my edges so I started using a bit of honey (over everything else) and it definitely did the trick but I found I had to be really careful with honey on dry hair (can create a sticky mess). I am gonna try to make a gel with fruit pectin, FOTE, glycern and/or grapeseed oil, and some honey. I love the aloe vera gels but I am in search of some way to make it thicker. Saw some videos with xanthum gum as a thickener and I have heard some suggestions to use unflavored gelatin....
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  • akilamoniqueakilamonique Posts: 302Registered Users
    Elasta QP Feels like Silk is my all time FAVORITE gel!!!! I use it on top of blended beauty [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Blended-Cutie-Butter-Me-Up-p-472.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=blended-cutie-butter-me-up]butter me up[/buylink] for awesome hair days!!!

    Akilamonique...try this gel...it works well also and will define your hair like WHOA! It is very moisturizing (one lady on another board uses it as a leave in) and mixes well with other products.


    I think I will give this a try, maybe over my homemade curl cream if it won't dry out my hair.
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    Castor oil on scalp
  • DSTurbinglysoulfulDSTurbinglysoulful Posts: 38Registered Users
    Long Aid is good...but my absolute FAVORITE is smooth and shine.

    Slightly offtopic...are u using a leave in under your gel? I find i get better moisture retention if I use a leave in under the CAG. Also, if you are in a dry climate (which most places are in the winter) then no matter what kind of CAG you use, it will leave your hair dry because of the glycerine.

    Just a thought.
    What kind of leave in are you using under the the CAG? I'm in need of a new one!
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  • .patience..patience. Posts: 537Registered Users
    thanks so much for posting this! this was the bane of my hairs existence when i first bc'd. i never thought to use a leave-in under my gel!
    boy boy boy..if only i knew this years ago. :banghead:

    thanks for tip the Nappy_curly_crown!
  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    I've used a lot of leave ins that all give good results depending on what your moisture levels are. Also...I ALWAYS use a leave in...no matter how "moisturizing" the styler is, I still use a leave in. It's a MUST!

    Good Leave ins

    1. Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave in...this is my HG leave in. I usually take 1/2 of a bottle, mix with a little distilled water and rice bran oil to increase the slip. This stuff is AMAZING I tell you. If you are having problems with dryness, then this is the leave in for you!!!

    2. [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Blended-Cutie-Butter-Me-Up-p-472.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=blended-cutie-butter-me-up]Blended Cutie Butter me up[/buylink]

    3. Paul Mitchell the conditioner....i use this in the summer...its a nice lighter leave in, but still works well. Lately, I've been mixing it with the Blended Beauty Butter me not and getting GREAT results.

    4. [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Balancing-Conditioner-p-39.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-balancing-conditioner]Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner[/buylink] (mixed with a little distilled water and oil)

    As you can see, my hair LOVES creamy leave ins. I rarely do a watery leave in. My hair is usually on the dryer side, so the creamy leave ins work wonders on my hair.

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  • nikkidanniellnikkidanniell Posts: 235Registered Users
    I've used a lot of leave ins that all give good results depending on what your moisture levels are. Also...I ALWAYS use a leave in...no matter how "moisturizing" the styler is, I still use a leave in. It's a MUST!

    Good Leave ins

    1. Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave in...this is my HG leave in. I usually take 1/2 of a bottle, mix with a little distilled water and rice bran oil to increase the slip. This stuff is AMAZING I tell you. If you are having problems with dryness, then this is the leave in for you!!!

    2. [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Blended-Cutie-Butter-Me-Up-p-472.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=blended-cutie-butter-me-up]Blended Cutie Butter me up[/buylink]

    3. Paul Mitchell the conditioner....i use this in the summer...its a nice lighter leave in, but still works well. Lately, I've been mixing it with the Blended Beauty Butter me not and getting GREAT results.

    4. [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Balancing-Conditioner-p-39.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-balancing-conditioner]Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner[/buylink] (mixed with a little distilled water and oil)

    As you can see, my hair LOVES creamy leave ins. I rarely do a watery leave in. My hair is usually on the dryer side, so the creamy leave ins work wonders on my hair.

    5.


    OHHH this is my HG combo.. Sheamoisture leave-in underneath Smooth & Shine CAG with some oil to seal the ends! THis is a lifesaver in the winter for Dry hair...
  • .patience..patience. Posts: 537Registered Users
    I've used a lot of leave ins that all give good results depending on what your moisture levels are. Also...I ALWAYS use a leave in...no matter how "moisturizing" the styler is, I still use a leave in. It's a MUST!

    Good Leave ins

    1. Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave in...this is my HG leave in. I usually take 1/2 of a bottle, mix with a little distilled water and rice bran oil to increase the slip. This stuff is AMAZING I tell you. If you are having problems with dryness, then this is the leave in for you!!!


    4. [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Balancing-Conditioner-p-39.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-balancing-conditioner]Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner[/buylink] (mixed with a little distilled water and oil)

    I've tried the first one and liked it, but didn't love it. I guess because I always had a hard time getting it out of the bottle! I hear a lot of people raving about this Leave in, maybe I should give it another try.

    I'm currently using the Elucence MB mixed with water. What oil do you suggest using with it?
  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    I'm a huge fan of rice bran oil...it absorbs really quickly and isn't "greasy" like most oils.

    Other oils I've tried and liked (mixed with leave ins)

    castor oil (this is a MUST in the winter time)
    olive oil
    grapeseed oil
    coconut oil
    safflower oil
    soybean oil

    I usually mix varying amounts of all of these oils and add to leave ins and mixes. If you would rather buy an already mixed oil blend, I HIGHLY recommend Africa's Best Herbal oil. I get it a Wal-mart for $2 and it is the ish for real!!!
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  • .patience..patience. Posts: 537Registered Users
    Thank you again, ma'am!

    I'm going to start off using Africa's Best Herbal oil and then progress to mixing my own oils. I can't wait to see the results!
  • 1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users
    I used to LOVE Long aid (blue label) and Smooth n Shine. When I lived in the midwest (climate) it was a perfect match for my hair.
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  • akilamoniqueakilamonique Posts: 302Registered Users
    I bought the QP Feels Like Silk liquid gel. Tomorrow will be the first time using it. I'm going to put it on over my Giovonni Deep Moisture Conditioner.
    We'll see how it goes.
    Just a note. I don't like the way it smells.
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  • KinkycoilylileeKinkycoilylilee Posts: 26Registered Users
    I'm pretty new to this site, but I also use fantasia gel mixed with some olive oil hair lotion and that takes out the crunch for me and gives me shiny coils and lots of definition
  • akilamoniqueakilamonique Posts: 302Registered Users
    but since i'm a little heavy handed, I think I got a little carried away. So, i'm anticipating crunchy hair today.
    ACV Rinse 2-3 times a week
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    Curly Kinks: Satin Root, Coil Jam
    Castor oil on scalp
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  • hippychichippychic Posts: 4,673Registered Users
    I think I am going to give curl activator a whirl after reading this. :evil3:
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  • l.deonl.deon Posts: 235Registered Users
    I bought the QP Feels Like Silk liquid gel. Tomorrow will be the first time using it. I'm going to put it on over my Giovonni Deep Moisture Conditioner.
    We'll see how it goes.
    Just a note. I don't like the way it smells.

    LOL!!! it's a great gel, but the smell reminds me of Old Spice!
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  • CheleighCheleigh Posts: 552Registered Users
    For those of us in drier climates (California)...I can still use a CAG, but I have to use it in this order:

    1. On very damp hair
    2. Leave-in conditioner (with a little silicone is fine if that's your bag)
    3. CAG
    4. Either a grease (I happen to have MHC Sophia Hair Grease) or Aveda Humectant Pomade (or both) to finish
    5. For added hold a little regular gel or Jane Carter Condition and Sculpt if desired

    Basically, I use the leave-in with a little silicone to seal in the moisture, and then the grease/pomade to seal in the CAG. I don't have to do this in the (much more humid) winter and early spring.
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