Oils and gel

Will adding oils to gel stop the hair from getting hard once the gel dries?

I love twisting with ORS Lock & Twist Gel because of the hold and definition, but gels always leave my hair so hard. And I know I could twist with shea butter (or a butter mix) or something like that, but such homemade mixes usually offer weak hold and poor definition for my hair, so I'm wondering if adding oils to gels will prevent that hardness that often comes with commercial gels. Anyone?

actually, have you tried adding shea butter to the gel? or at least, something that is moisturizing? it's moisture that will keep the hair soft. oil is usually used as more of a sealant than a hair softener. maybe try using a moisturizer over the gel to make it less hard. hope that helped!
Will adding oils to gel stop the hair from getting hard once the gel dries?

I love twisting with ORS Lock & Twist Gel because of the hold and definition, but gels always leave my hair so hard. And I know I could twist with shea butter (or a butter mix) or something like that, but such homemade mixes usually offer weak hold and poor definition for my hair, so I'm wondering if adding oils to gels will prevent that hardness that often comes with commercial gels. Anyone?
Originally Posted by SummerRuby
Yes, it will reduce the hard hold. Marah may chime in on this one. She doesn't use gel regularly I don't think, but she's a huge believer in oil and has used it under gel with great results.
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using an oil will reduce the hardness from gels . I use extra virgin olive oil with an eco styler gel or whatever gel im using from my two strand twists . it works well with my hair but im guessing an essential oil of your choice will work well
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Will adding oils to gel stop the hair from getting hard once the gel dries?

I love twisting with ORS Lock & Twist Gel because of the hold and definition, but gels always leave my hair so hard. And I know I could twist with shea butter (or a butter mix) or something like that, but such homemade mixes usually offer weak hold and poor definition for my hair, so I'm wondering if adding oils to gels will prevent that hardness that often comes with commercial gels. Anyone?
Originally Posted by SummerRuby
I've tried oils, conditioners, & whatever else you can name under gel. Gel just makes my hair hard. That's just how my hair reacts to it. The only gel that doesn't make my hair hard is aloe vera gel.
Once my hair is dry I scrunch out the crunch with some kind of light oil. My favorites are jojoba or camellia.

Gels with PVP or PVA Copolymer always make my hair sahara dry so I stay away from products that have it.
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