Why Can't I Use This Gel?!?

I have no idea why I tried gel today. In middle school I tried gelling my curls but they always came up dry and crunchy. Once I discovered curl creams I swore I wouldn't go back.

But this huge @$$ tub of EcoStyler Krystal was staring at me from the shelves of CVS last week, so I decided to get it after reading the reviews on the forums and noting the tips.

Two days ago I got all 4 wisdom teeth extracted, and today was the only day I could get up to shower without fainting. I added leave-in and then I scooped up some gel. It felt super gummy, so I used some water to thin it out and applied to damp hair. Then I plopped with a towel and waited.

My hair has no hold whatsoever! My waves do not exist. My hair, according to my sister, looks greasy. Luckily I'm on break and noone's going to see me except family. How do I use this without having it pull out the curl? This seemed like the one gel that gel haters loved, but I am having trouble with it.

Help a gum-achy girl out
Everyone likes and expects different things. I used it once and gave it away.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Oh boy I'm with you, I'm going to get 2 wisdom teeth removed at 930.

I find ecostyler works on hair that can take heavy things. If you don't need a heavy gel to shellac your hair into place, then it's going to be too heavy for you.
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Oh boy I'm with you, I'm going to get 2 wisdom teeth removed at 930.

I find ecostyler works on hair that can take heavy things. If you don't need a heavy gel to shellac your hair into place, then it's going to be too heavy for you.
Originally Posted by empressri
Oh boy good luck with the theeth pulling!!

Normally I can't take a thick gel into my hair either. I've tried watering with water... it doesn't work for me. I just go with light weight holding products. If it doesn't work for your hair then maybe find a friend who will like the product.

I also find that most products for me will only work in my hair when it is sopping wet. If my hair is even just "damp" or dry my hair looks stringy, greasy, or that wet look.
CG Since 2010
Hair Attributes: Mixed 2 with 3A undergrowth & no root curl.
Fine, Thin, Easily Manipulated, Easily Styled, Easy to Frizz, and Easy to damage.

Favorites: CJ Daily Fix, CJ Rehab, Anything Spiral Solutions, Darcy Botanicals Pumpkin Seed

New Goals To restore my hair after dying it twice in two weeks. Learning more about products found in the stores to fit my tight budget. I'm still working on trying to grow out my hair.
I hope your teeth are feeling better.

I've had really mixed results with this gel myself. I find if I don't mix it with a lot of water or if I use too much it really pulls out my curl. I also need another gel over it. If you really want to make it work, try using just a little bit mixed with a lot of water and use something else with it for hold.
Shannon - 3a, color treated, medium texture, low/medium porosity

Currently loving homemade FSG, protein and more protein!
Sometimes love KCKT+KCCC, Ecostyler

I saw somewhere (I believe it was a video on ecostyler vs. one of the HE gels) that the ecostyler did not do well over a leave in.

I personally am a mousse user, so I have never tried ecostyler.
2b/3b Cii using Fia system
It pulled out all my curl. Not for me.

However I gifted it to a coarse wavy with super super thick hair at my work and her hair is smokin' when she uses it...just gorgeous!
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Done experimenting! Loving Spiral Solutions products!

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I asked this question on the product review boards, but I'm watching it slowly sink to the bottom so I thought I'd ask it here:

I really like the way Ecostyler makes my hair look. I'm getting a lot of shine and definition. I can usually take very heavy products with no problem. However, I'm finding I'm having a lot of problems rinsing it out of my hair. I know it's CG, but I find it hard to believe when my hair feels gummy even after a cowash. Does anyone else have this same problem? Have you guys found a solution for this?

Once I SOTC with this stuff, my hair feels fine, but then the gummy feeling comes back the moment water hits my hair. I've been trying to not use this stuff every day for that reason, but it's still annoying because I can feel the effects the next day no matter what product I use.

Is Ecostyler just not for me? Here's how I've been using it: I rake some through mixed with water after my leave-in, then scrunch some in to get the ends, then scrunch in a tiny bit of BRHG for extra hold on top of that.
Oh boy I'm with you, I'm going to get 2 wisdom teeth removed at 930.

I find ecostyler works on hair that can take heavy things. If you don't need a heavy gel to shellac your hair into place, then it's going to be too heavy for you.
Originally Posted by empressri
Oh boy good luck with the theeth pulling!!

Normally I can't take a thick gel into my hair either. I've tried watering with water... it doesn't work for me. I just go with light weight holding products. If it doesn't work for your hair then maybe find a friend who will like the product.

I also find that most products for me will only work in my hair when it is sopping wet. If my hair is even just "damp" or dry my hair looks stringy, greasy, or that wet look.
Originally Posted by SusieQin
Thanks! jaw is aching now. Angular had 4 and I only have two, if my jaw aches like this I shudder to think how she feels
Lady Hasytal in the Land of Product in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

"Trust is knowing your SO would do the right thing in the face of strange vagina." Nej
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I asked this question on the product review boards, but I'm watching it slowly sink to the bottom so I thought I'd ask it here:

I really like the way Ecostyler makes my hair look. I'm getting a lot of shine and definition. I can usually take very heavy products with no problem. However, I'm finding I'm having a lot of problems rinsing it out of my hair. I know it's CG, but I find it hard to believe when my hair feels gummy even after a cowash. Does anyone else have this same problem? Have you guys found a solution for this?

Once I SOTC with this stuff, my hair feels fine, but then the gummy feeling comes back the moment water hits my hair. I've been trying to not use this stuff every day for that reason, but it's still annoying because I can feel the effects the next day no matter what product I use.

Is Ecostyler just not for me? Here's how I've been using it: I rake some through mixed with water after my leave-in, then scrunch some in to get the ends, then scrunch in a tiny bit of BRHG for extra hold on top of that.
Originally Posted by lizzlebelizzle
I know exactly the gummy/producty feeling you are talking about but once I co-wash or even just run conditioner through my hair that feeling goes away. I use the Ecostyler on top of a leave-in and Biotera gel.
3b. Normal porosity. Medium texture. Low elasticity.

CONDITIONERS: GVP The Detangler, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta, Suave Pomegranate Splash, KC Knot Today

LEAVE-IN: Shea Moisture Shea Butter (LOVE!)

STYLERS: CJ Curl Queen (LOVE!), Biotera Gel, LA Looks Sports Gel, AOMM
Oh boy I'm with you, I'm going to get 2 wisdom teeth removed at 930.

I find ecostyler works on hair that can take heavy things. If you don't need a heavy gel to shellac your hair into place, then it's going to be too heavy for you.
Originally Posted by empressri
Oh boy good luck with the theeth pulling!!

Normally I can't take a thick gel into my hair either. I've tried watering with water... it doesn't work for me. I just go with light weight holding products. If it doesn't work for your hair then maybe find a friend who will like the product.

I also find that most products for me will only work in my hair when it is sopping wet. If my hair is even just "damp" or dry my hair looks stringy, greasy, or that wet look.
Originally Posted by SusieQin
Thanks! jaw is aching now. Angular had 4 and I only have two, if my jaw aches like this I shudder to think how she feels
Originally Posted by empressri
This is a bit late, but how are your teeth doing empressri? Hope you're feeling better--I feel so much better now, thanks for the well wishes, everybody (<-- That's me smiling, -4 teeth, lol).

I thought I should do an update, since I've been trying it a few different ways. I think I've stumbled on one way to use it that works for me. Instead of diluting it with water, I just allow my hair to be a little more damp than usual before de-toweling it. Then I add the leave-in, and I apply small amounts of gel straight to the hair in little sections on top of that. I brush my hair to distribute the product.

I've pretty much given up on root curl, so I just try to maximize my bottom waves. I like pulling my hair into a loose bun until it dries, and then I spritz with a detangler to get rid of the crunch or I scrunch leave-in cream to break the clumps/reactivate 2nd day curl/get rid of surface frizz. This method results in looser but more bouncy curls. Another option that I am really diggin' is just allowing hair to airdry in a ponytail. The spring weather allows my hair to dry faster, w/o that moldy smell that usually occurs when I do this. I can wear my hair down the second day, and I get soft yet defined waves with little frizz.

I'm not sure why applying the gel straight w/o diluting it in water makes hair less greasy than when it is diluted with water. I don't think it has to do with the amount of gel I use because I'm pretty consistent about those things.

I'm not CG, but I did also notice lizzlebelizzle's removal issue. Even with my sulfate-y shampoo, it was a bit difficult to remove. However, I noticed that doing a pre-wash coconut oil treatment as well as a lemon rinse after shampooing/before conditioning (for CGs, this would be after CO, before regular conditioning) removes the gunk from my hair and scalp pretty well.

I am quite shocked that a product category I hated since middle school actually is working for me! And now I don't feel like I wasted money on that huge tub.

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