I haven't tried a ton of gels or products but the only thing that has been giving me reliable 2nd day hair is the SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. The name is so annoyingly long.
I do conditioner-only styling so I don't top it with gel. When I style, my waves last all day but not through the night. That means second day, they are huge, much more 2a than 2b. They get smooshed and become much looser. I don't pineapple because I haven't figured out how to do it without it falling off my head.
With other products (gels, LI's w/ no protein) I've found that my waves have a tendency to be unevenly smooshed during the night, so second day = 2a+ 2b +2c mixture. I don't really love how this looks on me, kinda unkempt. I've had okay but not great luck rewetting second day.
Anywhoo, the curl & style milk is making my waves looser but more evenly so through the night. So the next day I have loose waves but no frizz, and no touchups needed. I'll take this any day.
I'm fine, normal, normal, medium density... I think this is important to consider.
fine - low porosity - medium density - normal elasticity
Hot & humid tropical climate. Soft water.
Cowash: CJ Daily Fix
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni 2chic BK&AO
RO: JMO Bare detangler, Giovanni SaS, SheScentit Okra
Styler: FSG with CNPF, CJ Pattern Pusha, Volumax Mega, Ouidad Climate Control
PT: IAgirl's gelatine, CJ Repair Me
Experimenting with: reincorporating cones
iherb discount code: CFN646
Last edited by wavydaze; 06-24-2013 at 08:45 AM.