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Old 06-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
 
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Default 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.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
 
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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.

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Old 06-25-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
 
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I'm another BRHG fan. It does dry crunchy and it then soft after SOTC. It helps control my frizz.
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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.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #5
 
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Gel gives great definition, and most make hair hard, and for me it makes my hair very dry and tangled

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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.
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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.
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.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #8
 
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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...
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Just choose the gel that has the great ingredients because some gel can damage hair.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:33 AM   #10
 
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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.
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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Old 06-27-2013, 03:43 AM   #11
 
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KiraSavannah: have you already tried not using aloe vera? some people's hair doesn't like aloe vera
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:36 PM   #12
 
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KiraSavannah: have you already tried not using aloe vera? some people's hair doesn't like aloe vera
Yes, I've also just tried eco styler olive oil gel


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Old 06-30-2013, 10:23 PM   #13
 
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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.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:20 PM   #14
 
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Bruh, gel broke my edges off. Never again. It's not worth it...


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Old 07-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #15
 
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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.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:56 PM   #16
 
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Default Is it THE gel or not THE gel that is the question... lol

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.
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Love gel, wouldn't trust my hair to not poof up without it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #18
 
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Default I never thought I'd use gel, but I do!

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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