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What's the difference btween activator gel and styling gel?

tinahtinah Posts: 1,195Registered Users Curl Neophyte
When I do a search for a "moisturizing gel" I get a lot of recs for curl activating gels. What is the difference between that and a styling gel? Does an activator gel leave your hair with a greasy feel to it? Does it dry like a styling gel does?
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG


  • tinahtinah Posts: 1,195Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    So does this mean I'm not alone in not knowing what the difference is? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
    CG - 3/27/09
    3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
    Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
    Styling: lube and BRHG
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    This question did have me pondering, because I don't know off the top of my head.

    I'd have to go look at the ingredients of a popular activator gel to see if there is much of a difference.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think people name the products something they think is catchy--that's why we have curl cream/cremes, puddings, custards, etc. Some consistencies are the same some are different. Most act in the same fashion, they provide moisture--which enhances curls.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • DEL2CDEL2C Posts: 6,418Registered Users
    I wasn't sure myself without dissecting ingredients, I know for myself personally I use a curl activator/enhancer then a gel on top for hold. So to me the difference is that a curl activator may not necessarily hold your style but it will enhance your curl and you may still need the holding properties that a gel provides. They seem to provide 2 different functions although some can get away with a curl activator/gel as their only styler such as [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] because their curl pattern supports it or because the weather is either cooperative/uncooperative :dontknow:
    Discovered CG 2007

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    Link-Spritz & Condish Washing:glasses7:

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    My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars :tongue6:

    CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
  • curlicarlycurlicarly Posts: 242Registered Users
    I don't know the difference, but if you're looking for a moisturizing gel, FOTE is great. It doesn't have much hold (barely any..or maybe none. haha) but it's amazingly moisturizing and defining-y!
    3b/c coarse, porous (I think), and THICK! Mod CG since: 10/11/08
    Avoiding humectants and protein!
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Activator gels (or curl activator gels) typically have a high glycerin content. Many gels don't have glycerin at all.
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  • tinahtinah Posts: 1,195Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks SBB!! So if I use an activator gel it won't make my hair feel like a jehri curl, right? It'll dry and i'll be able to scrunch it if I need to?
    CG - 3/27/09
    3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
    Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
    Styling: lube and BRHG

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