curl creams?

hi everyone! so I'm really new to CG - I've been doing it for a couple weeks. I'm 2B - I'm using a prescription shampoo (dry scalp issues, so I can't drop it), Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut as my cowash & leave-in, and Organix Coconut condish as my rinse-out. I've been going back and forth from HETT gel and Pantene Curl-Defining Mousse, and I'm getting frustrated. ): today I used the mousse and it worked great, but then in the afternoon it was all frizz. :l the same goes with the gel, it'll be styled well but with lots of flyaways and frizz. pre-CG I used to use Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel, which worked really well, but dimethicone is the 2nd ingredient. ):
so does anyone have any (preferably affordable drugstore) recommendations on anything like the cream gel, but is CG-friendly or close to it?
I don't really know what your price range is but have you tried DevaCurl? Also, L'oreal has a mousse and a gel that are alcohol free but idk about 'cones or anything like that.
I actually mix my Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Curling Creme with gel (I use ecostyler) and it works great to give me definition without the frizz. I mean there are some days where it's going to frizz no matter what. I live in a hot place where the dews can get high but this is probably the best combo for me that i've used yet and its CG friendly. ^_^

Edited: I want to add that Pantene also makes a great spray gel. I think it's called "Curly" curl enhancing spray gel. It's completely CG friendly and I use this on my hair a couple of ways. It's great on dry hair as a sort of refresher and also to wet hair if you want a light hold or on top of gel to get more hold . It leaves my hair soft and takes a lot of the frizz away. They also have a curl defining no crunch whip that is really great and adds great definition, but I do use it on top of second day hair after I spritz it with a little water, it doesn't have a lot of hold, very light so it's good for refreshing hair in the morning. I know the two of these are CG friendly, not sure about their regular curly mousse though.
2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)

Last edited by txwvy32; 10-31-2012 at 11:07 AM.
I know that I was initially very wary of putting gel into my long curly hair (80's flashback, anyone?), but nothing has worked better to keep my curls defined with minimal frizz. Some days I use curl creams or enhancers, but other days I just use gel over a leave-in conditioner. If you know your hair properties (texture, porosity, etc), it will help you narrow down products, since certain ingredients seem to play better with some types of hair and not others.

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3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
hi everyone! so I'm really new to CG - I've been doing it for a couple weeks. I'm 2B - I'm using a prescription shampoo (dry scalp issues, so I can't drop it), Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut as my cowash & leave-in, and Organix Coconut condish as my rinse-out. I've been going back and forth from HETT gel and Pantene Curl-Defining Mousse, and I'm getting frustrated. ): today I used the mousse and it worked great, but then in the afternoon it was all frizz. :l the same goes with the gel, it'll be styled well but with lots of flyaways and frizz. pre-CG I used to use Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel, which worked really well, but dimethicone is the 2nd ingredient. ):
so does anyone have any (preferably affordable drugstore) recommendations on anything like the cream gel, but is CG-friendly or close to it?
Originally Posted by curlygirlamy
I don't know if this would even be an issue for you since you're using a prescription shampoo (which may have sulfates?), but I'm pretty sure most of the Organix conditioners have 'cones in them, which could be causing frizz, I think? I had a horrible time a few months ago (pre-CG) with a different flavor of Organix conditioner and build-up (it was BAD. Thank goodness for this site!)

An another note, I had a pretty dry scalp as well (I live in a dry climate), but I've noticed some great improvement now that I'm CG and not using a harsh shampoo (and massaging my scalp properly, which I never did before, oops!) Yours may get better too (CG definitely gives your hair more moisture)
2b/2c--Dry climate
Medium texture/Normal Elasticity/Normal Porosity
High density

Current Routine:
Cleanser/Co-wash: VO5/AIA Coconut Co-wash
RO: GVPCB
LI: Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner

Super Soaker
Styler: Homemade FSG with a small bit of coconut oil and LALSG
DT/PT: CJCR, GVP Hair Reconstructor or Ion Reconstructor


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