Question about Fantasia IC gel

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I'm a newbie here that's learning to care for my ever evolving natural do. I have a question about gels namely Fantasia IC and Ecostyler. My hair works really well with these products when I use them to slick my hair into a ponytail. My hair while staying in place seems kinda dry but soft and workable. Is it the protein and the glycerin in them? What do they do and are they good for your hair? Also does anyone mix gel with creme or oil to get rid of the dryness?
I'm a newbie here that's learning to care for my ever evolving natural do. I have a question about gels namely Fantasia IC and Ecostyler. My hair works really well with these products when I use them to slick my hair into a ponytail. My hair while staying in place seems kinda dry but soft and workable. Is it the protein and the glycerin in them? What do they do and are they good for your hair? Also does anyone mix gel with creme or oil to get rid of the dryness?
Originally Posted by theoriginalmgirl
I kinda have a little dryness with fantasia when I use too much, but not nearly as much when I used ecostyler a couple times in the past. I just started using fantasia ic gel and the green one (olive) is very moisturizing. I use the Paul Mitchell: The conditioner underneath it (and over it in btwn days) to add moisture. It helps with dryness for me.
When I use fantasia, I use it with Long Aid Curl Activator gel which is very moisturizing, if not, then the Fantasia just gets really hard in my hair.
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when I use fantasia ic gel i make sure to use a moisturizer first...then layer the gel over it...its important to moisturize and seal in moisture before using a gel or you will experience more dryness and it may not necessarily be from the gel but instead because you didnt moisturize

**Updated 2.23.09**
when I use fantasia ic gel i make sure to use a moisturizer first...then layer the gel over it...its important to moisturize and seal in moisture before using a gel or you will experience more dryness and it may not necessarily be from the gel but instead because you didnt moisturize
Originally Posted by brownshugahgirl

Exactly! You explained it perfectly!
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i always use my leave in and some oil before i use fantasia ic gel. like brownshugahgirl said, its important to moisturize hair regardless of what gel you use.
i always use my leave in and some oil before i use fantasia ic gel. like brownshugahgirl said, its important to moisturize hair regardless of what gel you use.
Originally Posted by subbrock

what type of oil do you use. I want to use almond oil, but don't know what process is the best way or how often.
i use an oil blend that has olive, almond and safflower oil in it.
i just put it in my hands and apply it to my hair. i typically add some oil to my hair on a daily basis, even if i dont wet it. my hair gets to be like tumbleweed if i dont keep it moisturized.
Fantasia gel always makes my hair hard and crunchy on the first day....but my second day hair is perfectly soft.

I agree with the other ladies...you definitely have to moisturize first.
4a: Combo of tight coils and waves; Last relaxer - 11/05 (LC - 4/07) - http://public.fotki.com/missmonie/ - updates as of Mar '09

Products: Trader Joe's condish * Giovanni Direct Leave in * Fantasia Gel or KCCC for curl definition * Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Cream as moisturizer


Fantasia gel always makes my hair hard and crunchy on the first day....but my second day hair is perfectly soft.

I agree with the other ladies...you definitely have to moisturize first.
Originally Posted by missmonie
how much do you use? i use a dollup (yes, that is my technical term for "i stick my finger in the jar and whatever is on my finger is what goes on my head!") and ive never had crunchiness or hardness.
Fantasia gel always makes my hair hard and crunchy on the first day....but my second day hair is perfectly soft.

I agree with the other ladies...you definitely have to moisturize first.
Originally Posted by missmonie
how much do you use? i use a dollup (yes, that is my technical term for "i stick my finger in the jar and whatever is on my finger is what goes on my head!") and ive never had crunchiness or hardness.
Originally Posted by subbrock
girl...i wish i could use a dollap. my hair would never do anything with a dollop of anything! i use that much if i just want to brush it back into a pontytail....but if I want to define my curls....i have to use way more than that. about 5 times that since i have to section my hair to apply it. i've tried less and then i have nothing but frizz. it seems like there is so much hair and i need all the product i can get. my curl pattern isn't very defined without a lot of product. i can't imagine how hard this will be if i didn't have the ouidad haircut!

the good thing is that this gel never flakes and my hair never looks producty.
4a: Combo of tight coils and waves; Last relaxer - 11/05 (LC - 4/07) - http://public.fotki.com/missmonie/ - updates as of Mar '09

Products: Trader Joe's condish * Giovanni Direct Leave in * Fantasia Gel or KCCC for curl definition * Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Cream as moisturizer


i use an oil blend that has olive, almond and safflower oil in it.
i just put it in my hands and apply it to my hair. i typically add some oil to my hair on a daily basis, even if i dont wet it. my hair gets to be like tumbleweed if i dont keep it moisturized.
Originally Posted by subbrock

Thank you.
See, I don't know whether my hair resents oil or not, but I tried the almond oil thing and my hair got completely dull all of a sudden. I have to wash my hair again later.
I spray BB silkshake or Kick For Curls before I add the Fantasia IC gel (The one in the clear tub) this is usually enough for me but sometimes I need to add a little more, in which case I add a natural oil like coconut or sweet almond oil.

Fantasia IC gel (The one in the clear tub): Sorta dried out my hair a lil - I think I may have used too much.
I tried using less but didnt get it evenly distributed so I had parts of my head looking/acting all crazy and other parts were nice with some crunch.
Maybe I didnt use enough leave-in or my leave-in is too light ...maybe I 'll try it again later.
3B/C ; Suave Coconut Co-wash/LA Looks Gel or KCCC w/ KCKT (during the cooler months); I use Coconut &/or EVOO (Olive Oil) for Deep Conditioning.
Fantasia IC gel (The one in the clear tub): Sorta dried out my hair a lil - I think I may have used too much.
I tried using less but didnt get it evenly distributed so I had parts of my head looking/acting all crazy and other parts were nice with some crunch.
Maybe I didnt use enough leave-in or my leave-in is too light ...maybe I 'll try it again later.
Originally Posted by CurlyVee
This happens to me occassionly when I'm in a rush and am not paying much attention to what I'm doing to my hair, (uni mornings ). It's sometimes so bad that I end up putting a head scarf on, which defeated the whole purpose of me washing my hair.

when I use fantasia ic gel i make sure to use a moisturizer first...then layer the gel over it...its important to moisturize and seal in moisture before using a gel or you will experience more dryness and it may not necessarily be from the gel but instead because you didnt moisturize
Originally Posted by brownshugahgirl
I do the exact same thing.

I like Fantasia Gel and use it every now and then.
Do any of you know the ingredients for fantasia? I tried to look it up on the web, but they didn't list them. TIA
3c still searching for my HG...
IC Hair Gel Ingredients

Purified Water Aqua , Glycerin , Carbomer , Triethanolamine , Aloe Vera Gel , Dimethicone Copolyol , Tocopherol Acetate , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Polysorbate-20 , Benzopehonoe-4 , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Disodiium EDTA , Fragrance

I love this stuff, seem like I have more definition when I use it.
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My Fav's
Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Nextimage Curl & Wavy Curl Defining Conditioner & Detangler (never leave home w/o it)
Fantasia IC Sparklelites Gel
Bed Head TIGI Moisture Maniac
Suave Healthy Curls Curl Creme
Hi=).At the time when I didn't know how to apply gel,I put allot of the fantasia ic clear gel all over my wet hair at once instead of applying it in sections.I had well defined curls all over and my hair was white.Before my hair dry I rinse it off b/c of the whiteness.I didn't wait to see if it would disappear.Now i'm going to buy it(olive kind) again b/c it clumps my curls all over better than the eco gel I just bought.The eco didn't really clump curls at my nap area,and I would have puffy curls at the sides of the front if I apply gel to 4 sections above my ears instead of 2 big sections.
Natural since Jan 2,07
I did a BC
Hair type:3C\3B
Multi-racial hair
Hair length:Started at neck and ears(in its curly state).In Dec 08 (2 years natural) My hair was somewhere near armpit length with bentonite clay in my hair.

Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

Hair products:homemade products.....


I am so sold on this Fantasia Olive styling gel (green). The hold is soft and yet my hair doesn't frizz out. It's really nice for a cheap gel. I'm so surprised and it's NOT drying.
Currently using:

Poo: CON Sulfate Free poo
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave-in: CJAOO Daily Cond
Styler: KCCC sparingly and Ampro Olive Oil Gel where needed
DT: KBB Lucious Locks Mask + EVOO/Avocado

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