LA Gels

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How many of you wavies use the LA Looks gels? I hear a lot about the Sports gel.. I currently use the Wet Look gel and I love it. But am curious about the Sports.

I know a lot of people complain about the "crunch" but I actually prefer the crunch because it's the only way the curls will hold in my hair all day.

It has too much hold for me. My daughter loves it though. Her favorite LA gel is L.A. Looks Perfect Polish Anti-Frizz Shine Gel, Mega Hold 8 - 20 oz.

I must say, it makes her hair look tons better than the level 10.
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Kosher Curls
mostly 3b curls
Low Porosity
fine, medium, coarse
medium to high density
Products: Giovanni direct leave in and olive or argan oil eco styler.

LONG: 10"+ (armpit to waist length)

Last edited by Tehliurd; 04-25-2014 at 04:55 PM. Reason: spelling
I'm not sure if it is exactly LA looks, but maybe an off-brand, but there used to be a bright pink one just for curls. I'll look into it more.
2c/3a mix and very fine, normal porosity
Shampoo: Loreal EverSleek Sulfate-free (Only 1 or 2x a week)

CoWash Suave Naturals Coconut or VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze

Rinse Out: Giovanni 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil or GVPCB


Leave in: More Suave Naturals Coconut or GVPCB Always diluted with water/epsom salt spray

Products: AG Re:coil with EcoStyler Olive Oil gel or HETT gel


I often use the Sports gel and it's among my top 3 products, along with Condition 3 in 1 Mousse. I use just a small amount with wet hands in damp to wet hair and it gives me a lot of shine and bounce. The low price is a huge plus too. I just can't bring myself to buy super expensive products for my hair when something that costs less than 3 dollars literally works just as well or better. So yeah...I love it
The sports gel is one of my faves. Right now I'm experimenting with going without any styler at all (just co washing and air drying). But if I want real curl definition that lasts a few days I will go to the LA sports gel most often. I use 2 or 3 dollops on very wet hair, then diffuse dry. It's inexpensive, has great hold, and scrunches out nicely. I've tried the BRHG and found it leaves my hair too stringy even after scrunching, plus its very expensive.

I think gels can be tricky for us wavies but this one works well for me. Having said that, my day one hair with gel is my least favorite even though the curl definition is the strongest. I much prefer second/third day hair as it softens up enough for good volume and still maintains the defined curls and spirals throughout (with the LA gel). I have better volume on first day hair using mousse or even no styler but the curls fade and frizz sets in by day two. Gel is my long term strategy for multiple day hair.
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2b/2c ( weather permitting - 3a), fine texture but lots of it, colored and highlights, BSL.
Experimenting w CG since Oct 2012

Current rotation:
cowash= TN
AG Gel Mousse, LA Gel,
DT = Coconut oil (love)
I'm not sure if it is exactly LA looks, but maybe an off-brand, but there used to be a bright pink one just for curls. I'll look into it more.
Originally Posted by tengoRizos

Found it! It's called La Bella. I bought their blue sports gel because Target was out of LA Looks. But they did have a bright pink one. I haven't used it in a while, but I did like it.
2c/3a mix and very fine, normal porosity
Shampoo: Loreal EverSleek Sulfate-free (Only 1 or 2x a week)

CoWash Suave Naturals Coconut or VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze

Rinse Out: Giovanni 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil or GVPCB


Leave in: More Suave Naturals Coconut or GVPCB Always diluted with water/epsom salt spray

Products: AG Re:coil with EcoStyler Olive Oil gel or HETT gel


I like the la looks wet look gel better than the sport. I get better hold with the wet look than the sport get. My hair will poof out more with the sport gel.
I've been a fan of LA Looks gels for many years now, starting with their old light green Mega Gel(there was a trial size tube in my landlady's bathroom while we were taking care of her house while we were living in New Mexico, and I fell in love with the product). Then I used their bright turquoise Curl Look gel until it was discontinued. That was so good, and the replacement, the Nutra-Curl wasn't as good. So I moved up further to the Sports one(dark royal blue) - easy to find, cheap, and works GREAT on my hair. Since have dense plentiful hair, I have to go cheap with my products! No sense spending big $$ if one is going to go through a tube of expensive styler in just a few uses. As far as the crunch and the hard hold, I need the hard hold initially to set things up. Then I scrunch out the crunch anyway, so no problem.
Is there a specific way to apply the gel? I can totally say I have waves, some people has speculated that I might be a 2b ...

I got the LA blue gel and used it a couple of times ... but my hair gets super stringy (maybe too much product) the first day... If I don't use any product, you can see some waves, but they don't last and become super frizzy.

The second time I used it, it left a white residue....

I must be doing something wrong....
Is there a specific way to apply the gel? I can totally say I have waves, some people has speculated that I might be a 2b ...

I got the LA blue gel and used it a couple of times ... but my hair gets super stringy (maybe too much product) the first day... If I don't use any product, you can see some waves, but they don't last and become super frizzy.

The second time I used it, it left a white residue....

I must be doing something wrong....
Originally Posted by arel
There are several ways you can apply gel, but you'll have to experiment to see which one or which combo works for you. You can rake it in, scrunch it in, rake then scrunch. You can try the Super Soaker method. Some like to apply upside down, while others prefer right side up. Many get best results on soaking wet hair after they apply their leave-in, but others find they prefer lightly t-shirt scrunching before adding leave-in and gel. If LA Looks Sport gel is too thick /heavy for you, you can even try diluting with water before applying.

If you find you don't have much volume once your hair has dried and you've SOTC'd (scrunched out the crunch), you can slide your fingers in underneath the surface of your hair and do a root shuffle to increase volume without creating surface frizz. You can also try clipping at the crown while hair is wet, which helps give root lift.

I don't know what your hair properties are (porosity, texture, density, elasticity), but for my fine 2C /3A hair, I get best results applying gel to soaking wet hair. I apply my leave-in if I'm using one, then rake my gel in upside down. Then flip right side up to be sure I get adequate coverage in the crown area, and scrunch gently to help reactivate curls.
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CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Autumn Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 KLS, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, L'Oreal Studio Clean gel, Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's as needed
Is there a specific way to apply the gel? I can totally say I have waves, some people has speculated that I might be a 2b ...

I got the LA blue gel and used it a couple of times ... but my hair gets super stringy (maybe too much product) the first day... If I don't use any product, you can see some waves, but they don't last and become super frizzy.

The second time I used it, it left a white residue....

I must be doing something wrong....
Originally Posted by arel
There are several ways you can apply gel, but you'll have to experiment to see which one or which combo works for you. You can rake it in, scrunch it in, rake then scrunch. You can try the Super Soaker method. Some like to apply upside down, while others prefer right side up. Many get best results on soaking wet hair after they apply their leave-in, but others find they prefer lightly t-shirt scrunching before adding leave-in and gel. If LA Looks Sport gel is too thick /heavy for you, you can even try diluting with water before applying.

If you find you don't have much volume once your hair has dried and you've SOTC'd (scrunched out the crunch), you can slide your fingers in underneath the surface of your hair and do a root shuffle to increase volume without creating surface frizz. You can also try clipping at the crown while hair is wet, which helps give root lift.

I don't know what your hair properties are (porosity, texture, density, elasticity), but for my fine 2C /3A hair, I get best results applying gel to soaking wet hair. I apply my leave-in if I'm using one, then rake my gel in upside down. Then flip right side up to be sure I get adequate coverage in the crown area, and scrunch gently to help reactivate curls.
Originally Posted by Geek_Chic
Thanks so much for the reply. I am not sure about the properties. I just know that my hair is coarse, loves protein, and when I used to go to the hairstylists they would say 'wow, you have a lot of hair' ....

I will try applying the gel diluted... should I just get little gel and add water to it? or another product?
if your hair is truly coarse it would not love protein at all. many stylists tell curlies they have coarse hair but in reality it's most likely just dry. i was told that for many years and my hair texture is normal.
most curlies have fine hair, some have normal, and a few have coarse hair.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine


Thanks for your comment rbb... I am not curly curly... at least not yet... I am a wavy (I think)... with lots of hair...

I am really confused then... I would do a full pack of gelatin every week and sometimes I feel like I need to do it more often, because my hair absorbs it like nothing! ... I have mostly virgin hair... and my strands are rough and thick... that is why I said it's coarse...

Anyway, I will experiment diluting the gel with water first... and see how that goes...

See pics below... right after a protein treatment, air dried and no products in it...



it's difficult for me to guess texture. two sites that might help you:

Curl Junkie - Natural Hair Care for all types of Curly Hair! -- go to the february 2010 blog, it even has a picture that is helpful.

other website is livingcurlylivingfree.com.

and, hopefully others here will give you more info.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
La sort gel will leave you stringy but I diffuse using a blow dryer on a cool setting. That gets rid of the stringy for me once dry.


Thanks for your comment rbb... I am not curly curly... at least not yet... I am a wavy (I think)... with lots of hair...

I am really confused then... I would do a full pack of gelatin every week and sometimes I feel like I need to do it more often, because my hair absorbs it like nothing! ... I have mostly virgin hair... and my strands are rough and thick... that is why I said it's coarse...

Anyway, I will experiment diluting the gel with water first... and see how that goes...

See pics below... right after a protein treatment, air dried and no products in it...



Originally Posted by arel
Your curls are freaking gorgeous!!! Is your hair all one length or do you have layers too?
2B-2C
Density-Medium/High
Width-medium
Length-Medium

Shampoo-Onesta Hydrating Shampoo
Conditioner-Onesta Hydrating Conditioner
Deep conditioner- Coconut Oil
Styling- Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume & Moisture
Leave in- Living Proof Restore Targeted Repair Cream
Sealer: The Body Shop Olive Beautifying Oil

Supplements: 50 mg of keratin, 15 mg of biotin

My hair loves: Coconut Oil, Protein (Keratin)
My hair hates: co-washing, gel, mousse, and curl creams


Thanks for your comment rbb... I am not curly curly... at least not yet... I am a wavy (I think)... with lots of hair...

I am really confused then... I would do a full pack of gelatin every week and sometimes I feel like I need to do it more often, because my hair absorbs it like nothing! ... I have mostly virgin hair... and my strands are rough and thick... that is why I said it's coarse...

Anyway, I will experiment diluting the gel with water first... and see how that goes...

See pics below... right after a protein treatment, air dried and no products in it...



Originally Posted by arel
Your curls are freaking gorgeous!!! Is your hair all one length or do you have layers too?
Originally Posted by CurlyShorty3405
Thank you so much.... I don't think anyone has ever said that to me ever.... I really appreciate it....

Not layers - layers... last time I had a haircut was in 2011... since then I micro trim my hair from time to time... the shorter parts (on the sides) are my bangs... lol... or my old layer catching up...

This is where I started:


Thanks for your comment rbb... I am not curly curly... at least not yet... I am a wavy (I think)... with lots of hair...

I am really confused then... I would do a full pack of gelatin every week and sometimes I feel like I need to do it more often, because my hair absorbs it like nothing! ... I have mostly virgin hair... and my strands are rough and thick... that is why I said it's coarse...

Anyway, I will experiment diluting the gel with water first... and see how that goes...

See pics below... right after a protein treatment, air dried and no products in it...



Originally Posted by arel
Your curls are freaking gorgeous!!! Is your hair all one length or do you have layers too?
Originally Posted by CurlyShorty3405
Thank you so much.... I don't think anyone has ever said that to me ever.... I really appreciate it....

Not layers - layers... last time I had a haircut was in 2011... since then I micro trim my hair from time to time... the shorter parts (on the sides) are my bangs... lol... or my old layer catching up...

This is where I started:
Originally Posted by arel

When I get my hair trimmed, I only get taken off what needs to be taken off (I'm trying to grow my hair out). I used to have all one length, and now I have layers because I feel that layers are a lot easier to manage. My hair is shorter in the front too cause I'm growing out the bangs that I had. I feel like you and I have similar hair type.
2B-2C
Density-Medium/High
Width-medium
Length-Medium

Shampoo-Onesta Hydrating Shampoo
Conditioner-Onesta Hydrating Conditioner
Deep conditioner- Coconut Oil
Styling- Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume & Moisture
Leave in- Living Proof Restore Targeted Repair Cream
Sealer: The Body Shop Olive Beautifying Oil

Supplements: 50 mg of keratin, 15 mg of biotin

My hair loves: Coconut Oil, Protein (Keratin)
My hair hates: co-washing, gel, mousse, and curl creams

Your curls are freaking gorgeous!!! Is your hair all one length or do you have layers too?
Originally Posted by CurlyShorty3405
Thank you so much.... I don't think anyone has ever said that to me ever.... I really appreciate it....

Not layers - layers... last time I had a haircut was in 2011... since then I micro trim my hair from time to time... the shorter parts (on the sides) are my bangs... lol... or my old layer catching up...

This is where I started:
Originally Posted by arel

When I get my hair trimmed, I only get taken off what needs to be taken off (I'm trying to grow my hair out). I used to have all one length, and now I have layers because I feel that layers are a lot easier to manage. My hair is shorter in the front too cause I'm growing out the bangs that I had. I feel like you and I have similar hair type.
Originally Posted by CurlyShorty3405
The last pic was a 'trim' I got from a hairstylist... I had BSL hair back then...

Reading your description, I also think we might have similar hair types... I don't know much about hair properties, since even when I stopped using shampoo a while ago, I still have too much to learn ... Just very recently learned my hair loves protein (at the beginning of this month)...

My next step is to learn how to use gel...

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