Welcome. I don't think I saw you on the long hair forum.
(short hair joke). Anyway, I answered this while doing other things, so it is a bit disjointed. But, you'll get the idea.
BRHG scores a 7 out of 10 on the skin deep website scale of badness. Definitely not natural.
The Etsy store Spiral Solutions has a hard hold gel that I've seen compared to BRHG in hold. It is a new store and she can't keep up with demand at this point. Click on the right hand side where is says "number" sales for a description and ingredients. If you decide you want it, check back every day because she sells out almost as soon as she restocks.
I always check CVS or drugstore.com for ingredients. Drugstore.com ingredients are not always current and accurate.
Aloe vera gel has a very soft hold adds moisture for most people. It actually dries my hair out. Most people use Fruit of the earth aloe. You can find it at walmart.
Flax seed gel also has a light to medium hold. Here is a thread. It is easy to make and you can freeze the excess. Here is a video on how to make it.
here are some other gels off the top of my head. I can't really speak to the scent or naturalness. Chi gel has a hard hold. HE set me up gel has a harder hold then HETT. LAL SG has a hard hold, Got 2B spiked up, beyond the zone from sally's.
HETT gel ingredients from CVS.com
Water, PVP, Laureth-23, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf Stem Extract, Jade Plant (Crassula Argentea) Extract, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Triisopropanolamine, Carbomer, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA.
Biosilk rock hard gelle ingredients from drugstore.com
Rose Water, PVP, Acrylates/Steareth 20 Itaconate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidiny Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Silk, Octylmethoxycinnamate, Parfum
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2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers