How did I not know about Alba Strong Hold Gel?? WOW!!

I am really intrigued by this Alba gel!

Has anyone who has used the Alba gel previously tried Max Green Alchemy Sculpting Gel (in the tube, not the one in the pump bottle)? I love MGASG but it's pricey. Wondering if Alba is a similar hold. Heck for that price, I need to try it anyway. But I am still curious if anyone can compare them at this point.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Serf- That's what I get when I use curl creams...it looks okay for a while, and then it feels kind of weird that's why I've decided to most gels all alone.

Janet- Holy bangs batman! Those are spirally!! They look freaking awesome. I love the way you have it clipped up too!

Spiralli- I have never used the Max Green, but I've been eyeballing it lately..

Mountaincurl, your hair looks great!! Very frizz free, and I love the height you have on the top!
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
ITA! I have issues with height at my part and the back of the crown (sort of the top of the back of my head). I can never get the height I want. Yours is gorgeous, Mountaincurl!
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
Thank youuuu! Getting it to stay that way is the hard part.
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl

Mountaincurl:
Are you clipping the roots? If so, we want pics! You have the best hairline in the front too. I love the way your hair shapes your face in the front. You must share your secrets...
Hair type: 2c/3a ii, medium/coarse, desert hair
Cleansers: CJ Daily Fix
Conditioners: CJ Beauticurls Argan Oil, Tresemme
Leave-In Conditioners: CJ BCLI
Deep Conditioners: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Deep Fix, SS DDMT

Stylers:
KCCC

Holding Gels: CJ Curl Queen
Pomade: Jane Carter N&S
Hair Likes: agave nectar, oils of any kind


This definitely works better for me than the MGASG, which didn't have much hold for me. HTH.
Update: It held up all day! Yay! I might even get second day hair out of this....woot woot!
I am really intrigued by this Alba gel!

Has anyone who has used the Alba gel previously tried Max Green Alchemy Sculpting Gel (in the tube, not the one in the pump bottle)? I love MGASG but it's pricey. Wondering if Alba is a similar hold. Heck for that price, I need to try it anyway. But I am still curious if anyone can compare them at this point.
Originally Posted by Spiralli
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Last edited by curlykey; 12-10-2010 at 10:49 PM.
ok this is my secret, lol.

The only way I can ever get any kind of volume is clipping. I used a big octopus clip on top for basically my whole canopy (i don't have a ton of hair). Then I used two little inch-long jaw clips on each side of my head, one for my "bangs" and then one closer to the crown on the left side.

Keep in mind this is the best volume i've ever had, so my hair may never do it again but i hope!
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Growing out
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Serf- That's what I get when I use curl creams...it looks okay for a while, and then it feels kind of weird that's why I've decided to most gels all alone.

Janet- Holy bangs batman! Those are spirally!! They look freaking awesome. I love the way you have it clipped up too!

Spiralli- I have never used the Max Green, but I've been eyeballing it lately..
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
Thank you!!! I loved how they came out all spirally like that! My hair, although fine, is heavy because there's so much of it. And because it curls towards my face (does everyone's curl toward their face like that???), it gets heavy in the bangs area and starts to look weird. I really think that's part of my bangs issue. But, that's why I ended up clipping some of it back off my forehead.




ITA! I have issues with height at my part and the back of the crown (sort of the top of the back of my head). I can never get the height I want. Yours is gorgeous, Mountaincurl!
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
Thank youuuu! Getting it to stay that way is the hard part.
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl

Mountaincurl:
Are you clipping the roots? If so, we want pics! You have the best hairline in the front too. I love the way your hair shapes your face in the front. You must share your secrets...
Originally Posted by CurlyLinZee
ok this is my secret, lol.

The only way I can ever get any kind of volume is clipping. I used a big octopus clip on top for basically my whole canopy (i don't have a ton of hair). Then I used two little inch-long jaw clips on each side of my head, one for my "bangs" and then one closer to the crown on the left side.

Keep in mind this is the best volume i've ever had, so my hair may never do it again but i hope!
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl
Hmmm... I wonder (2) things here: (1) with the massive amount of hair I have would I be able to do that? and (2) would it mess with my curl and make it look weird?.... IDK, but it looks great on you!

So, now I have a new gel to try (I already have if, of course) and a new way of clipping the crown... Hmmm... Off to the shower for me! LOL!
Janet ~ Northern NJ
Properties: Dense, Fine, Low Porosity, Low Elasticity
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What I used in this photo:
Cleansing: Suave Tropical Coconut Condish
Conditioner: CJ Smoothing Condish
Styling: CJCQ
Serf- That's what I get when I use curl creams...it looks okay for a while, and then it feels kind of weird that's why I've decided to most gels all alone.

Janet- Holy bangs batman! Those are spirally!! They look freaking awesome. I love the way you have it clipped up too!

Spiralli- I have never used the Max Green, but I've been eyeballing it lately..
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
Thank you!!! I loved how they came out all spirally like that! My hair, although fine, is heavy because there's so much of it. And because it curls towards my face (does everyone's curl toward their face like that???), it gets heavy in the bangs area and starts to look weird. I really think that's part of my bangs issue. But, that's why I ended up clipping some of it back off my forehead.





Mountaincurl:
Are you clipping the roots? If so, we want pics! You have the best hairline in the front too. I love the way your hair shapes your face in the front. You must share your secrets...
Originally Posted by CurlyLinZee
ok this is my secret, lol.

The only way I can ever get any kind of volume is clipping. I used a big octopus clip on top for basically my whole canopy (i don't have a ton of hair). Then I used two little inch-long jaw clips on each side of my head, one for my "bangs" and then one closer to the crown on the left side.

Keep in mind this is the best volume i've ever had, so my hair may never do it again but i hope!
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl
Hmmm... I wonder (2) things here: (1) with the massive amount of hair I have would I be able to do that? and (2) would it mess with my curl and make it look weird?.... IDK, but it looks great on you!

So, now I have a new gel to try (I already have if, of course) and a new way of clipping the crown... Hmmm... Off to the shower for me! LOL!
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
Honestly i'm not sure how this would work for someone with a stronger curl pattern. I have a weak pattern and I am willing to sacrifice definition for volume, so I don't know. I hope it doesn't make your curls all weird.

Also, Racerwife, I am in love with your curly bangs! They look so awesome and perfect in your photos
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
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LOL! Thanks - they didn't come out NEARLY as well today. :*( I wish I could get consistent results.
Janet ~ Northern NJ
Properties: Dense, Fine, Low Porosity, Low Elasticity
My Picasa Album
What I used in this photo:
Cleansing: Suave Tropical Coconut Condish
Conditioner: CJ Smoothing Condish
Styling: CJCQ
Thanks for starting this thread! I have the Alba Leave in which I love, the soft curl cream which I like, and now I love the gel! Great price at either Vitacost or iHerb. I use it on wet hair, try not to mess with it, then diffuse a little before dry, and great!
I'm sad to report, my hair absolutely hated the Alba gel. It totally dried me out. My hair looked awful the day I used it. I used it over MOP c-curl defining cream, which I usually get great results from. Bummer.
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Mountaincurl:
Thanks for posting your pic and sharing your clipping secrets. I'm going to try that. I think I have one octopus clip in my bathroom arsenal. I have tons of the little ones...but I'm having problems figuring out how to style the crown hair before I clip it.

It's such a work-in-progress for me! I know once I finally find how I WANT to position my hair on top, then how to get it to stay where I want it, I'll have a routine I can do daily....but I'm still in the struggle/experiment mode.

I am making progress, though! My hair used to look pretty straight for the first few inches from the roots, and I'm getting a lot of curl up top now.

(I found I wasn't scrunching that section or getting much product in it--that's why it wasn't curling as much as the rest of my hair. DUH. I thought I just didn't have any curl potential in that hair. Not so.)
Hair type: 2c/3a ii, medium/coarse, desert hair
Cleansers: CJ Daily Fix
Conditioners: CJ Beauticurls Argan Oil, Tresemme
Leave-In Conditioners: CJ BCLI
Deep Conditioners: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Deep Fix, SS DDMT

Stylers:
KCCC

Holding Gels: CJ Curl Queen
Pomade: Jane Carter N&S
Hair Likes: agave nectar, oils of any kind


I also sometimes put strong hold gel on my crown, and it usually helps but i have a sensitive scalp so i don't do it often. And sometimes I get really weird pieces of hair after clipping like that, so you have to be careful where you put the clips. But if i have a few odd pieces of hair it's not a big deal.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
http://public.fotki.com/Mountaincurl/
pw: mountaincurl
I finally found some of this when I went to visit my daughter in California. They don't have any here in Georgia. I really like it! I hate having to buy things online though, but I guess I will have to after this runs out.
Recently discovered my curly hair and nc.com

CG since 5/2010

2c/3a, Fine, Color treated, porous, low-elasticity, low density


Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, TJ's TTT
Low-Poo: Shea Moisture-Moisture Retention Shampoo
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioning Milk, LaCoupe Shine & Smooth, GVP Biolage Conditioning Balm
Leave In: GDLI
Style: Deva Arc Angel, KCCC, BRHG, Alba Botanical Strong Hold Gel
I just ordered my first tube since I finally got around to placing my vitacost order. Looking forward to trying it!
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
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3a/3b, Fine, low porosity.

Last edited by Ruslan1; 03-29-2011 at 10:55 AM.
It is a little thick, but I don't find it hard to distribute like other thick gels. I really love this gel.

I'm impressed with this gel! Does it make your hair hard, though? The gels I've recenlty purchased all seem to make my hair feel like there is tons of hair spray in it. Not liking that too much.
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Cowash: Suave Strawberry, Tresseme Naturals Moisture
Lopoo: L'Oreal EverSleek
Style: Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Gel, Aussie Instant Freeze Gel, sometimes Alba
Techniques: Just use ShamWow after I put product in damp hair and crunch. Works well for me, my hair holds a good wave all day. 2nd day hair is even better.

I LOVE my Alba SHG. It's definitely a HG product! I ordered two bottles of it so I won't run out...I can't get it in stores near me.

I also have the Alba curl creme but I've never tried it. I'm a little scared to because I don't have really great luck with creams.

I do have to be careful with the gel...if I put it in and let it dry too much before diffusing, it gets a little wonky...but I have wonky curls anyway!
3a/b, fine hair (just lots of it!), average porosity, high elasticity, fragile curls

No Poo and loving it! Gave up my hair dryer and never looked back!

Favorite Condishs: Suave Naturals (cowash) or TRESemme Naturals
Leave-In: CJ Curl Assurance Leave-in or KCKT
Curl Creme: AG re:coil or SS Hair Butter
Gel: HETT, GF Gel

Product Junkie...Swap board addict!
How does it compare to BRHG?

Thats the only hard hold gel I have tried so far - I do like it. But I have nothing to compare it with lol. My curls need a strong hold but I hate build up or feeling weighed down/slightly greasy with product.

This one is actually available here, unlike a lot of the gels talked about on here
How does it compare to BRHG?

Thats the only hard hold gel I have tried so far - I do like it. But I have nothing to compare it with lol. My curls need a strong hold but I hate build up or feeling weighed down/slightly greasy with product.

This one is actually available here, unlike a lot of the gels talked about on here
Originally Posted by kat180
I tried Alba yesterday; wanted to love it, but didn't really. I usually use BRHG. For me (very fine, nonporous hair), the Alba was a little sticky, and I felt like my ends were kind of stuck together and tangled even after I SOTC.

With BRHG, no matter how much I use, my hair is always soft, never sticky or tangly. I always comb out or pick out my waves after my hair dries. This was hard with the Alba.

I'm going to try the Alba again, but for me, the BRHG was much better!


Hair type: 2b
Texture: Fine
Density: Medium (yet crazy-huge volume)
Porosity: Normal
Elasticity: Normal (I think....)
Oily scalp
Low-poos: CJ Daily Fix; AO Green Tea Clarifying
Co-washing: Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
Conditioner: As needed
Styling: FSG; KCCC (winter favorite); CJ Curl Fix; CJ Coffee Coco Curl Cream Lite; BSRHG (a MUST)

Current obsession: Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner

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