To gel or not to gel that is the question

I've heard some people find great success with gel and others don't.

Does it make your hair hard?

Does it control frizz well?

Can it damage your hair?

I'd appreciate any information thanks.
I use BRHG combined with another gel.
Since BRHG is a hard hold gel, it does make my hair hard before SOTC. After I SOTC it isn't hard anymore though.

BRHG definitely controls frizz (although I still have frizz, but that's because we have some bad weather with a lot of wind and rain going on, without BRHG it would be frizzcity).

I don't think "gel" could damage your hair, not more than any other styler or product would do. You do have to check ingredients though. I wouldn't recommend products with drying alcohols and since I'm CG I wouldn't recommend anything with sulfates or silicones either, but that's with every product, not just with gel.

I don't see any problem why you wouldn't use gel.
Some people like it, other people prefer mousse, conditionerstylingonly, curl cream, ...

Anyway: using gel wouldn't hurt your hair, so just try one (maybe first try a cheap one before you try an expensive one if you aren't sure yet).
I can't really recommend you gelbrands (except for Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee) since I live in Europe, but probably other curlies here can.

HTH!
2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume


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I'm another BRHG fan. It does dry crunchy and it then soft after SOTC. It helps control my frizz.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

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I really have to use gel if I want my hair curly, because I live in a windy area. No gel, and my hair is a tangled, poofy mess. I really like BRHG in combination with another product. BRHG + KCCC is great. Currently I'm experimenting with FSG in combination with BRHG and/or KCCC. Today I used all three and so far the results have been pretty good, but I'm still waiting for it to dry all the way. If this can hold up in the rain and wind (summer rain in California, eek) and not be a complete mess by tonight, I'm sold.
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
Gel gives great definition, and most make hair hard, and for me it makes my hair very dry and tangled

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Weekly Poo/Low Poo: some Shea M Poo.
Weekly Deep Treat-Dermorganic Intensive Hair Masque
Bi-Weekly RO:Tresseme Naturals - V.Smooth/N.Moisture
Daily Leave in:Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler
Daily Oil: Olive Oil & Conut Oil Mix
Daily Styler: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
KiraSavannah: what gel are you using? Did you already try a lot of gels? Are you sure it is "gel" that is making your hair very dry and tangled and not just one (or several) ingredients in it your hair doesn't like?

If the ingredients are good, gel shouldn't make your hair very dry and tangled.
2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume


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I've heard some people find great success with gel and others don't.

Does it make your hair hard?

Does it control frizz well?

Can it damage your hair?

I'd appreciate any information thanks.
Originally Posted by GoTLover
The answer is that it depends on the specific gel, the rest of your routine, your hair type and dew points. You are much less likely to get hardness if you use plenty of leave in conditioner underneath, less likely to get frizz if you use products containing humectants (attract water, eg, glycerin) in the right dew points. Gels containing certain ingredients such as drying alcohols can damage hair.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
It can damage hair, if it has bad ingredients, but not "because it is gel". Not every gel damages hair, just like not every conditioner damages hair...
2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume


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Just choose the gel that has the great ingredients because some gel can damage hair.
KiraSavannah: what gel are you using? Did you already try a lot of gels? Are you sure it is "gel" that is making your hair very dry and tangled and not just one (or several) ingredients in it your hair doesn't like?

If the ingredients are good, gel shouldn't make your hair very dry and tangled.
Originally Posted by Neleke
I've used Tresemme Natural' s as my leave in, and eco styler and aloe vera gel.and attempted to make an eco styler custard.


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Weekly Deep Treat-Dermorganic Intensive Hair Masque
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Daily Leave in:Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler
Daily Oil: Olive Oil & Conut Oil Mix
Daily Styler: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
KiraSavannah: have you already tried not using aloe vera? some people's hair doesn't like aloe vera
2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume


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KiraSavannah: have you already tried not using aloe vera? some people's hair doesn't like aloe vera
Originally Posted by Neleke
Yes, I've also just tried eco styler olive oil gel


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Weekly Deep Treat-Dermorganic Intensive Hair Masque
Bi-Weekly RO:Tresseme Naturals - V.Smooth/N.Moisture
Daily Leave in:Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler
Daily Oil: Olive Oil & Conut Oil Mix
Daily Styler: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
I'm still experimenting with products and such but gel seems to make my hair frizzier for some reason. So far I don't like it and I intend to start experimenting with mousse soon, so we'll see.

You definitely should try gel out for a while though, just to see how your hair responds.
2B/2C hair....I think.
Fairly thick and dense.
Currently using Suave Naturals Hypoallergenic Shampoo & Conditioner.
Bruh, gel broke my edges off. Never again. It's not worth it...


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I'm currently using la looks sports gel. No alcohol & so far so good. In the past, I've used Softee conditioning gel. That was good & left my hair soft/fluffy. Ampro olive oil is good too. It's moisturizing. None of these have alcohol & give great hold.
Different gels do different things. The way the gel is used does different things. Whether you use a leave-in means different things. Generally, if you want more volume mousses are the way to go. However, you can get big hair with gels too. What works for me is using gel on sopping wet hair in the shower. I rake my gel in over my leave-in and then scrunch. Next I plop my hair in a towel for 30 minutes to an hour. Next I let it airdry once removed from a towel. Next DO NOT TOUCH. This is most important. Don't touch it until completely dry, your hair usually looks crispy/still wet. Next scrunch out the crunch by flipping your head upside down. Now step back and play "I don't care about my frizzy hair" by shameless maya and admire your accomplishments.
Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
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BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
Love gel, wouldn't trust my hair to not poof up without it.
Because I've seen so many curly girls gone wrong using gel,which just made their hair crunch, I was always too afraid to use it, thought it wasn't for curlies. But then my sister bought Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls for herself(so of course I snuck some) and I've gotten hooked on it! As long as I don't use too much, it defines my curls really nicely, takes care of the frizz, and makes my hair soooo soft.Gel is the answer!

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