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What are the hot drugstore gels these days?

PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
I rarely visit the hair boards so I don't know what people are loving these days. I'm a 3A/2C and looking for a strong-hold drugstore gel, preferrably something I can buy at Target. I need strong hold because lately I've been washing at night and letting my hair airdry while I sleep, so something like Angell (one of my old standbys) won't cut it.

Thanks in advance for any replies.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:

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  • ResRes Posts: 2,911Registered Users
    I use:
    Herbal Essence Set Me Up Gel
    Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (at some drugstores)
    LA Looks Mega Mega Hold (yellow) and LA Looks Curls (aqua) - but most people like LA Looks Sports (dark blue)

    All have pretty good hold. BRHG has the most but is also the most expensive.

    HTH
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • heartofcurlsheartofcurls Posts: 215Registered Users
    I was using BHRG, but it made my hair feel dry. I just started using LA Looks sport and I love it.
    Co wash: GTTT Conditioner
    Rinse out: G 50:50 or GVPCB
    Leave In: GDLI
    Gel: KCCC and LA Looks Sport
    My HG is Pink Boots!
  • ellageorginaellageorgina Posts: 1,511Registered Users
    I like BRHG, LA Looks Sport Gel, LaBella Lots of Curls, and LA Looks Cashmere Curls.
    3b-med texture-med porosity
    CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
    Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
    Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
    Gel: Lavera Organic

    My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3 :love10:
    www.fotki.com/loopyloops.

  • CurlyCassieRoCurlyCassieRo Posts: 94Registered Users
    I'd go with HE Set Me Up. It's inexpensive, at Target and the hold is great.
    cowash: VO5 kiwi lime
    condition: Say Yes to Carrots (also leave in a smidge)
    styling: Marc Anthony Strictly Curls and Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted and DevaCurl Set it Free
    I am finally embracing my crazy curls! :happy2:
    modified CG since Jan. 2009 I am a Jersey Girl!
    CG was the best thing I ever did for my hair. Ever. :love4:
  • ellageorginaellageorgina Posts: 1,511Registered Users
    I wish they had HE styling products in the UK but they don't :(
    3b-med texture-med porosity
    CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
    Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
    Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
    Gel: Lavera Organic

    My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3 :love10:
    www.fotki.com/loopyloops.

  • nicoletinicoleti Posts: 15Registered Users
    Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel and Glaze is another good one. You can get it at Target (I think) and it it comes in a huge bottle for under $5.
    3a F/M ii low/normal porosity
    dark brown/slightly past shoulder length hair

  • pilateschickpilateschick Posts: 222Registered Users
    I really like LaBella Lots of Curls. It is easy to apply and is not a crunchies fest after drying.

    Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee is a fav on NC but it is such a thick gel. I had a hard time feeling like I applied it evenly. I got frustrated and swapped it away. It is pretty much the go to gel for curlies in high dew point areas of the country.
    modified CG, since January 09
    As I am Coconut Cowash, low poo. Clarify once a month
    RO: Elucence moisture Bal.
    DT: CJ Rehab
    LI: Marie Dean Red Clover honey (in low dews only)
    Jelly/Gelly products: As I am curl enhancing jelly-near HG status
    KCCC- Classic but fickle

    HGs: Aloe Fix alone or over Boots Curl Cream

    PJ cabinet full of failed combos
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    Thanks for all the replies. I've used and liked Biosilk RHG in the past but it's too crunchy when I air-dry, even overnight, plus I'm looking for more drugstore prices if possible. I have plenty of more expensive gels that I know I like :lol:

    Maybe I'll try the HE Set Me Up. I need something a little crunchy if I'm airdrying overnight.
    Faith, 3Aish redhead
    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:
  • SweetpeasSweetpeas Posts: 58Registered Users
    I love using the LaBella Lots of Curls Gel (pink kind) and LA Looks Sports (blue).
    Currently Transitioning!!!
    Co-Wash 2x per week: PM The Detangler
    Scalp Cleanser 1x per month: V05 Con mixed w/ Brown Sugar
    Leave-In: PM The Conditioner Leave-In
    Styling Gel Staple: PM Spray Gel
  • CurlyHairedFarmerCurlyHairedFarmer Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    LA Looks sport gel is a good one to try. Its very cheap for a lot of it.
    Currently Loving:
    Shampoo: Giovanni 50:50

    Conditioners - CJ Strengthening, CJ Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil, CJ Rehab, CJ Curl Fix

    Leave-in: CJ Smoothing

    Deep Conditioner: CJ Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix

    Stylers - Tigi Curls Rock Amplifier, AG:Recoil, KCCC, Mop-C Curling Cream, Paul Mitchell Sculpting foam
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I like LA Looks much better than the HESMU. They're both cheap enough to get both and try them.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • kellygreen49kellygreen49 Posts: 625Registered Users
    Where is everyone finding LaBella Lots of Curls Gel? I'm in the U.S.
    3A~fine texture
    Cleanser: GiovanniTTTT, Deva Low Poo
    Condish: Deva One C, GiovanniTTTT, GVP Balm
    Styler: Deva ArcANGELL, HESMU, AG Mousse Gel
    Want to try: CJ Gellie, Hand Dry Hair Glove, BRHG
    I <3 second day hair :iconbiggrin:
    Call me a Curltalk Otaku. ~MirCurls
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    The color of the LA looks gels freaks me out.:sad3:
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
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  • sassette726sassette726 Posts: 694Registered Users
    Right now I'm using the LA Looks Curl gel. I air dry, then pineapple overnight once it's dry and crunchy, and it's working beautifully. When I scrunch it out the next day I have soft, shiny, well-defined curls. It smells sort of candy-like, but the smell fades really quickly.
    2b copper penny red
    "While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats."

    CURRENTLY USING:
    Renpure Moisturizing Shampoo, Body Shop Banana Conditioner, Ouidad Tress Effects GelMy fashion blog:
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  • ellageorginaellageorgina Posts: 1,511Registered Users
    I really like LaBella Lots of Curls. It is easy to apply and is not a crunchies fest after drying.

    Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee is a fav on NC but it is such a thick gel. I had a hard time feeling like I applied it evenly. I got frustrated and swapped it away. It is pretty much the go to gel for curlies in high dew point areas of the country.

    YAY pilates chick, you like sent me my fave gels and not to mention my HG's thank you :)
    3b-med texture-med porosity
    CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
    Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
    Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
    Gel: Lavera Organic

    My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3 :love10:
    www.fotki.com/loopyloops.

  • ellageorginaellageorgina Posts: 1,511Registered Users
    Also, I find it really difficult to SOTC w/ LALSG. I don't know why, maybe I applied too much - I'll try it again.
    3b-med texture-med porosity
    CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
    Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
    Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
    Gel: Lavera Organic

    My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3 :love10:
    www.fotki.com/loopyloops.

  • pilateschickpilateschick Posts: 222Registered Users
    Welcome:toothy4:
    I never would have tried the La Bella Curls without the motivation of an overseas HG search. I am loving the Boots Curl Cream.
    modified CG, since January 09
    As I am Coconut Cowash, low poo. Clarify once a month
    RO: Elucence moisture Bal.
    DT: CJ Rehab
    LI: Marie Dean Red Clover honey (in low dews only)
    Jelly/Gelly products: As I am curl enhancing jelly-near HG status
    KCCC- Classic but fickle

    HGs: Aloe Fix alone or over Boots Curl Cream

    PJ cabinet full of failed combos
  • pilateschickpilateschick Posts: 222Registered Users
    I found the LaBella Lots of Curls at 3 local WalMarts and 1 Walgreens Drug Store. I did not see it at Target or Krogers in my area.
    modified CG, since January 09
    As I am Coconut Cowash, low poo. Clarify once a month
    RO: Elucence moisture Bal.
    DT: CJ Rehab
    LI: Marie Dean Red Clover honey (in low dews only)
    Jelly/Gelly products: As I am curl enhancing jelly-near HG status
    KCCC- Classic but fickle

    HGs: Aloe Fix alone or over Boots Curl Cream

    PJ cabinet full of failed combos
  • ellageorginaellageorgina Posts: 1,511Registered Users
    Welcome:toothy4:
    I never would have tried the La Bella Curls without the motivation of an overseas HG search. I am loving the Boots Curl Cream.

    :D A bit guano, sorry but I also loved the aquage sample you gave me.
    3b-med texture-med porosity
    CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
    Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
    Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
    Gel: Lavera Organic

    My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3 :love10:
    www.fotki.com/loopyloops.

  • claire cobraclaire cobra Posts: 25Registered Users
    Another drugstore gel that I've had good luck with in the past is FX Curl Booster Fixative Gel... it's in a yellow bottle, and it's CG.
    If you'd like a spray gel, L'oreal now has a vive pro glossy styling line. The spray gel for curly hair is CG, it's called
    L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Style Glossy Curls Spray Gel

    (in a gold spray bottle)
    It has PEG-modified castor oil, and I had no trouble with buildup.
    Queer by nature, proud by choice! :color:

    CG since June 2008 / 3A

    Shampoo: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo
    Oil: 100% pure Tea Tree Oil (massage into scalp before shampooing to relieve itching and flaking)
    Conditioner: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner
    DT: AOHR with Honey and Olive Oil
    Leave-in: Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner
    Products: AG re:coil, L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Curls Spray Gel, MOP C-System Shaping Serum
  • ellageorginaellageorgina Posts: 1,511Registered Users
    Another drugstore gel that I've had good luck with in the past is FX Curl Booster Fixative Gel... it's in a yellow bottle, and it's CG.
    If you'd like a spray gel, L'oreal now has a vive pro glossy styling line. The spray gel for curly hair is CG, it's called
    L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Style Glossy Curls Spray Gel

    (in a gold spray bottle)
    It has PEG-modified castor oil, and I had no trouble with buildup.

    I think I've tried this. I used it on dry hair and it really got rid of the frizz!
    3b-med texture-med porosity
    CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
    Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
    Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
    Gel: Lavera Organic

    My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3 :love10:
    www.fotki.com/loopyloops.

  • crystal tipscrystal tips Posts: 240Registered Users
    Hi everyone:sunny:

    UK newbie here - trying to get together products to begin a cg routine.

    Finding it v difficult to get a firm(ish) hold gel to layer with a creme. I have been looking for the Biosilk rock hard and la looks sports and have had problems finding both. Sally's in London told me that they have discontinued the biosilk from all of their UK stores and uk amazon site lists a different looking/packaged gel to the ones I've seen elsewhere so I don't know if they are the same?!?! Amazon calls it :L.A. Looks Sport Activity Proof Power Gel Mega X-treme Hold Level 296 ml + 118 m


    Bloody long name if you ask me! lol

    Could someone familiar with UK products please help me find these gels - in the UK?

    I can't start a routine without a decent (alcolhol free and preferbly protein free/light) gel.

    I have posted on another thread also.

    Thanks so much everyone :happy8:
    UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
    Currently in my rotation:
    Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
    Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
    Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
    Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
    Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
    Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
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  • tendrillytendrilly Posts: 183Registered Users
    I really like LaBella Lots of Curls. It is easy to apply and is not a crunchies fest after drying.

    I was intrigued by these different gels! So I looked up the ingredients.

    For LaBella Lots of Curls:

    INGREDIENTS:
    Deionized Water, Sorbitol, Glycerin, PVP, Propylene Glycol, Carbopol, Cocus Nucifera Oil Coconut, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Hemp, Lanolin, Triethanolamine, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Polysorbate-20, Benzophenone-4, Isosteareth-20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Menthol, D&C Red No. 33.

    And here are the ingredients to the L'oreal Vive Pro Glossy Style Glossy Curls Spray Gel:

    Ingredients

    Water - Aqua , PVP , Propylene Glycol , Phenoxyethanol , PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil , Triethanolamine , Fragrance - Parfum , Polyacrylate-3 , Methylparaben , Disodium EDTA , Hexyl Cinnamal , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Linalool , Amyl Cinnamal , Limonene , Citronellol , Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone , Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
    Dry climate
    2C/3A, fine texture, high porosity, medium-low density

    For me, desert climate+porous hair+CG=inconsistent results! :-(
  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    Another drugstore gel that I've had good luck with in the past is FX Curl Booster Fixative Gel... it's in a yellow bottle, and it's CG.

    Thumbs up-- that's a good one!

    I also use the LA looks blue one (for curls), HE Set me Up, and Totally Twisted.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I'm still an LA Looks Sport gel fan. I've used it nearly every day for 5 years now.

    Here's info --
    Contains sunscreen
    Alcohol-free, non-flaky
    X-treme hold
    Safe for color-treated hair
    Not tested on animals
    Made in USA

    Water , PVP , Sorbitol , Carbomer , Keratin Amino Acids , Panthenyl Ethyl Ether , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Propylene Glycol , Glycerin , Fragrance , Oleth-20 , Rahnella/Soy Protein Ferment , Aminomethyl Propanol , PEG-8 , Potassium Sorbate , Methylparaben , Tetrasodium EDTA , Diazolidinyl Urea , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Benzophenone-4 , Blue 1 , Ext. Violet 2
    --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
  • crystal tipscrystal tips Posts: 240Registered Users
    I think I may be posting on the wrong thread as nobody has responded to my post :sad7:

    I will try another thread - :colors:
    UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
    Currently in my rotation:
    Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
    Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
    Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
    Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
    Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
    Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
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  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users
    I use the cheapy Suave 8 flexible hold gel. How the hell do you air dry while you sleep? I just get frizzies and no volume? :)

    I think the LaBella green smells like watermelon candy and vomit. Terrible!
  • onethousandcurlsonethousandcurls Posts: 1,118Registered Users
    Has anyone tried the Aussie Tizz No Frizz Gel? I have it, and used it once so far, but I don't know what to expect from it, really.
    3b/c, CG 9/18/08
    Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
    Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
  • CriskaCriska Posts: 101Registered Users
    I was using BHRG, but it made my hair feel dry. I just started using LA Looks sport and I love it.

    I think I am in the same boat as you... it feels dry. Do you have any idea what ingredient is causing this for you?
    Mod CG - 6/12/09
    3a - medium texture - medium porosity
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    Wash: JC Hair Cleansing Cream
    Rinse out: JC Too Shea
    Leave ins: KCKT in the Winter and Pink Boots in the Summer
    Styling Combos: Pink Boots/KCCC & Gel (summer) or KCKT, KCCC & Gel (winter)
    Currently Testing: JC's RR and CC
    DT's: Whatever I have on hand.

    HATE CK!