Gel vs. Pomade: Which Should You Use?

2014-07-30 16:53:26

Gel vs. Pomade: Which Should You Use?

Can't seem to keep the flyaways down when you use gel? Here's why.

I had programmed myself to believe that certain products are not for me, especially when the models on the package did not look like me. I am learning to at least consider the qualities and attributes of products that I might be unfamiliar with before completely writing them off. As of late, I am actively getting familiar with pomades and gels.

What is the difference between these wonderful concoctions? We solicit the hair care company CURLS  to compare the CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste and CURLS Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle.

According to their creator, Mahisha Dellinger, “Gels are great for defining, defrizzing, and styling curls in place and are used from root to tip. Pomades are ideal for sculpting and slicking straight or curly hair in place. They are generally used for the first 3-4” of hair.  For example, our customers use CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste to smooth down their edges and for slicking back their ponytails, buns, chignons, or any other protective styles. They use our CURLS Goddess Curls Gelle on freshly cleansed and/or conditioned hair to define and defrizz their hair. They allow the hair to air dry to create a wet, defined look or diffuse for a naturally defined look.


The purpose of any gel is to enhance curl definition and hold the hair together from root to tip.  A good gel will leave the hair defined and shiny with adequate hold. This particular gel has a strong hold without a stiff feel. Its unique quality is the botanicals, which means it uses natural, organic ingredients that rinse off easily with water and do not require a heavy shampoo.

The Tester: CURLS Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle

Like most gels, Curls Goddess Curls Gelle protects the hair from humidity to enhance and sustain curl definition. It provides all day protection and soft, touchable curls. The hold is created through styling polymers that cause the hair to attract to itself, forming clusters of softer curls. However, just because a gel is hard does not mean it is a bad formulation. The crunchy or smooth texture of the hair is simply a personal preference. Below you will see the purpose of the key ingredients in the CURLS Goddess Curls Gelle.

  • Water, Sorbitol, Polyacrylate-14, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 20, Fruit Certified Organic Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1 - emulsifier
  • Carbomer - polymer
  • Certified Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) - conditioning and viscosity agent
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - moisturizer
  • Aminomethyl Propanol - pH Balancer
  • Tetrasodium EDTA - preservative
  • Phenoxyethano - conditioning preservative
  • DMDM Hydantoin - preservative

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Janelle Sands

Janelle Sands

Put me in a box? What size? I am an artist, teacher, writer, lover of women, and image consultant. Hired and trained at 12 years old on hair and beauty, many women have poured their gifts into me and now I choose to do that for other women through the Secret Curl Society.