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Old 04-28-2008, 11:37 PM   #1
 
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Has anyone used & can recommend a gel that is truly moisturizing & not drying? My hair seems to really like Long Aid curl activator but I'm looking for a gel for definition to maybe alternate it with.
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I discovered the great Garnier Fructis gel. Here a link to a similar gel http://www.garnierusa.com/_en/_us/our_products/products_styling.aspx?tpcode=OUR_PRODUCTS^PRD_STYL ING^FRUCTIS_STYLE^FRUCTIS_STYLE_DISCOVER^STYLE_BRI LLIANT&prdcode=P60006 denat. (very important). My hair feels great, very soft and definately not crunchy.

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I use the giovanni gel and love it.
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I use Aubrey B-5. It's all natural with no alcohol.
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Maybe you are just looking for something already on the shelf, but here is the gel concoction I made myself. It gives me nice curl definition and my hair is really soft. The ingredients are curly girl, and supposedly non-comodegenic too

(I am thinking I need to find a more moisturizing conditioner, cause I noticed a difference when I sampled one. And, I'm thinking I need to also jump on the henna bandwagon too. I'm still on the search for my HG product line up, but I do like this gel concoction.)

1. Kiss My Face Upper Management medium hold styling gel
Ingredients: Water of Utrica Dioica (Certified Organic), Calendula Officinalis, Athemis Nobilis, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid derived), Faex Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Grandis
2. Equate Personal Lubricant Jelly (generic KY)
Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, chlorhexidine gluconate, glucono delta lactone, methylparaben, sodium hydroxide
3. Flaxseed gel (from the nc.com recipe) (mine is kind of runny)
Ingredients: 1-teaspoon whole, fresh flaxseeds, cup water, cup grain alcohol or vodka
4. Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel
5. Jojoba oil


The order I listed them in, doesn't reflect the amount of each I put in. I read this simile in another post, and said gross!!! But it is so accurate, and I can't think of anything better... I mix them all together 'til they are sinus infection snot consistency.

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nina514, that is an interesting recipe... I've read threads about people using KY in their hair but was afraid to try it. However,. KY mixed in with gel might give good results.

So you just put in equal amounts of each ingredient?
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nina514, that is an interesting recipe... I've read threads about people using KY in their hair but was afraid to try it. However,. KY mixed in with gel might give good results.

So you just put in equal amounts of each ingredient?
Hi Natasha,

I read some threads about the KY too, and jumped on the bandwagon. I read that some women just use the KY. My hair is a little frizzy, but I think it is cause I don't condition it enough. My hair is frizzy when its still sopping wet, (I am talking, I rinse my conditioner out, and the hose is still in my hand, the water is just not aimed at my head... 10 seconds). I must admit, I didn't have this problem when I used silicone conditioners.

Even with my rocky start with a mediocre conditioner, my curls are defined and I can wear my hair down when I put this concoction over my Giovanni Direct Leave In and Jojoba oil mix. I'm not kidding when I say learning about beauty products and reading nc.com could be a partime job.

Don't be scared to try the KY! (That's almost a poem)) Think about it, even if it doesn't work for you, it won't hurt I mean, we women definitely try products on our heads and bodies that contain chemicals that warn us, "remove after 2 minutes OR ELSE!!!..." (The obgyn uses the KY for the most fragile of places and no worries.) The biggest risk is 2 bucks out your wallet and a bad hair day.

The KY is comparable to Curlisto's Curl Keeper. If you look at the ingredients list, they are the same (or defined as serving the same function). The only ingredient that Curlisto has that KY doesn't is the laureth 23. I think I should ask what does that ingredient really do in a general hair thread, cause I'm not really sure. But I did read that it is comodegenic.

CK ingredients: DI Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, LAURETH 23, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 10.

So, the only tough part about the KY is when you go to the store and buy your tubes in bulk, lol. But it is A LOT cheaper than the Curl Keeper.

I am not really sure how much of each product I put in my concoction. It's pretty much squirt, squirt, squirt with each bottle.

A much better analogy just occurred to me for the results of my potion making. The concoction is the consistency of rubber cement. I add the flaxseed gel and the jojoba oil to make it not as thick, cause with just the first three ingredients it is like rubber cement that you didn't shut up tight and you go to pull out the brush and you get a big glob. The end result is stlil pretty thick, it's not runny at all. It just isn't so thick that it all lifts out of the cup with the fork I use to stir it.

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Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Olive Styling Gel...this is just some great stuff (thanks lynnieB). Also, Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic jelly and KCCC are both moisturizing gels that are great.
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Elasta QP Feels Like Silk is VERY moisturizing and softening, with absolutely no crunch or flaking. However, it is a soft hold gel.
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Fantasia IC gel, the clear one
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I have to agree with those that reccomended Fantasia IC. Also a little goes a long way with this product.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:27 PM   #12
 
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I'm noticing that a lot of people use gels. How can you tell if a gel is moisturizing? I used to use a gel and it gave me great definition (at first), but it started to try my hair out after several weeks. Are there certain ingredients in gels to look out for that are drying? Or is it just that my hair is weird?
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I look for water, aloe vera gel, glycerin and/or flax seed as major ingredients (within the first three ingredients). Oils being added to the gels also help make it a more attractive choice.

I've tried lots of gels that perform very well, but the ones that have humectants in them tend to be the ones that don't cause any dryness for me.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:48 AM   #14
 
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PVP in the ingredients is very drying.
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PVP in the ingredients is very drying.
While I like a lot of gels I have found this to be true, (overtime, not now and again). Overall, natural gels, that are not carbomer-based (this is the thickener and it usually provides some degree of hold, too), tend to be more gentle, add more shine, and are less prone to flaking in my hair, at least.

But definitely, the most important ingredient to avoid is alcohol, usually listed as "alcohol denat." and "isopropyl alcohol."
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But definitely, the most important ingredient to avoid is alcohol, usually listed as "alcohol denat." and "isopropyl alcohol."
Is all alcohol drying, or just those? I've noticed a lot of products have some alcohol. Even the nice creamy products that my hair loves have some! Maybe I need to go re-read the ingredients...
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Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Olive Styling Gel...this is just some great stuff (thanks lynnieB). Also, Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic jelly and KCCC are both moisturizing gels that are great.
Ditto on the Fantasia. Never dries me out or leaves me with the crunchies.
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Is all alcohol drying, or just those? I've noticed a lot of products have some alcohol. Even the nice creamy products that my hair loves have some! Maybe I need to go re-read the ingredients...
Nope, not all alcohols are drying. Fatty alcohols, like cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, are beneficial to the hair. I found this link that gives a great explanation of the "good" alcohols:
http://hairbraider.spaces.live.com/B...3116!293.entry

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I'm noticing that a lot of people use gels. How can you tell if a gel is moisturizing? I used to use a gel and it gave me great definition (at first), but it started to try my hair out after several weeks. Are there certain ingredients in gels to look out for that are drying? Or is it just that my hair is weird?
A gel with protein can dry you rhair out like that.
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Nope, not all alcohols are drying. Fatty alcohols, like cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, are beneficial to the hair. I found this link that gives a great explanation of the "good" alcohols:
http://hairbraider.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!A674357A1D0F3116!293.entry

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Wow! Thank you so much for that link! That is extremely helpful!

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A gel with protein can dry you rhair out like that.
Oh... I have heard people talk about protein being bad for some types of hair. Does anyone happen to know where I can find info on various forms of protein and how to know if you're sensitive? I'm sure there's a discussion (or 20) on it somewhere, but I haven't found it yet. If someone just wants to direct me to the link, I'd appreciate it!
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