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

Do you use this product??

I returned KCCC to Whole Foods last night. When will I learn that if a product has aloe high on the list that for me it better have some polymers to go along? My hair is just too soft and not a solid enough curl to support aloe. Anyway...

I had been reading around about other top rated firmer hold gels and found info about Alba Botanica Strong Hold Styling Gel. Whole Foods had it on sale last night, $6.99 for 7 oz.

Here is a link to the product so that you can see it:
http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-21876-...rong-hold-7-oz

Here is the ingredient deck:
Purified water, VP/VA copolymer, vegetable glycerin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, biotin, panthenol, niacin, extracts of camellia sinensis (green tea) and serenoa serrulata (saw palmetto), certified organic extracts of salvia officinalis (sage), aloe barbadensis leaf, lavandula angustifolia (lavender), melissa officinalis, calendula officinalis and chamomilla recutita (matricaria), sodium hydroxide, carbomer, phenoxyethanol.

• Fragrance free
• No sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate
•No paraben preservatives or phthalates
•No artificial colors or Silicones
•100% vegetarian ingredients and No animal testing
•EU Cosmetics Directive Compliant.

A LOT of protein if your hair can handle. Granted, I just tried this morning on hair I sort of did last night (when I am not going anywhere, I do not add as much jazz) but I am impressed. The true test will be tomorrow when I use it fom scratch but I have root lift and some actual curl in my top layers!!

They also had an Alba soft curl cream but it looked too moisturizing for my hair. Had coconut oil near the top.

I also bought their hairspray. I still have to spray my bangs which do not curl. It was CG as well!

Oh-and I also like that this has no fragrance. That can be an issue for me.

Have you use this? Any drawbacks?
I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
CG since 7/1/2010

Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
Condition: DevaCurl OC
LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
Curl Enhancer:
CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler,CJRM
Sorry, don't know about the gel (I don't do well with gels at all) but would appreciate it if you could let us know how you go with the hairspray. I'm a fringe sprayer too and would like to find something cg that works.
TIA.
3b in South Australia.
Interesting. I've looked at the spray and the gel at Vitacost.com several times and almost purchased. I do have the curl cream and although I've only tried it a couple of times, it works for me. What do you think about the spray? I may have to purchase these after all.
$5 off first order at iherb use code KEY066
I'm interested in your results with the hair spray also.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelryCreations
Hair Type: 3A/3B, Texture Fine, Thin, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity
Shampoo: DevaCurl NoPoo, CJ DF
Conditioner: DevaCurl OneC, CJ CF, CJ BSC, CJAO
Leave-In: CJ BCLI, CJ Hubiscus & Banana Honey Butta
Styling: CIAB, AG:recoil, CJ CCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG, DevaCurl AnGel, BRHG, CJ CQG, Komaza Coconut products, Curls products
Finishing: CHS Tweek, SS Emollience
DT & PT: DevaCurl Heaven in Hair, SS DD, CJ RM!
I'd love to know how the gel is working for you.
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!
Interesting that this works for you, given your hair's aversion to aloe. Maybe it is low enough down the list?


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

It worked GREAT!

PB-Yes to your question. Polymers first on the list means aloe can be down the deck and I am fine.

I was scared at first because my hair was very hard but it scrunched out beautifully. Big, fat curls. I like to use things by themselves the first time but did not do that today. Since I will be off work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I will have time to play with this alone to really get a feel for it. So far, so good!!

Also got nice hold with the hair spray. It is holding but is still soft. It is a winner!
I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
CG since 7/1/2010

Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
Condition: DevaCurl OC
LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
Curl Enhancer:
CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler,CJRM
I used this gel today over CJ smoothing gellie and then some CIAB as a serum. I was a little leary to begin with because my hair felt a little odd while still wet......but it may be due to the CJSG which makes my hair feel odd when wet. So, I used a tiny bit of leave-in (Toadstool from Etsy), CJSG (SSM), Alba strong hold gel and CIAB. I used probably a quarter size blob....diffused and waited to SOTC for a little while. I didn't have a lot of crunch per se, but some. Results=Soft and shiny curls . The true test will be at the end of the day. I'm hoping this holds out well.....so for a first impression, I like it .
$5 off first order at iherb use code KEY066
It's also available here: Alba Botanica, Strong Hold Style Gel, Fragrance Free, 7 oz (198 g) - iHerb.com

You can get it for .46 (Yes - that's 46-CENTS) if you use my coupon code for $5 off! (plus, shipping, of course) - if you don't have a store that carries it near you.
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
It's also available here: Alba Botanica, Strong Hold Style Gel, Fragrance Free, 7 oz (198 g) - iHerb.com

You can get it for .46 (Yes - that's 46-CENTS) if you use my coupon code for $5 off! (plus, shipping, of course) - if you don't have a store that carries it near you.
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
Thank you ma'am!!! That made it $3.33 ground shipping to TX. (I have it close to me, but why not save $5.00)
Awesome!

Iherb is super duper fast with shipping. I like to order from them when I only have one or two items because the shipping is usually less expensive then vitacost.com, but when I have a large order, I go with vitacost. I also went ahead and ordered a full size bottle of the Alba strong hold gel from iherb...it's here!
$5 off first order at iherb use code KEY066
It's also available here: Alba Botanica, Strong Hold Style Gel, Fragrance Free, 7 oz (198 g) - iHerb.com

You can get it for .46 (Yes - that's 46-CENTS) if you use my coupon code for $5 off! (plus, shipping, of course) - if you don't have a store that carries it near you.
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
Thank you ma'am!!! That made it $3.33 ground shipping to TX. (I have it close to me, but why not save $5.00)
Awesome!
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
You're very welcome! Glad to help! - BTW, when you get home tonight, check out my Picasa album - I have today's pics in there. My bangs are CRAZY curly today!... even though I pulled back SOME of my hair. I left some of my bangs down because they're just too cute to pull up.

Iherb is super duper fast with shipping. I like to order from them when I only have one or two items because the shipping is usually less expensive then vitacost.com, but when I have a large order, I go with vitacost. I also went ahead and ordered a full size bottle of the Alba strong hold gel from iherb...it's here!
Originally Posted by curlykey
I saw after I posted that you're an iHerb-junkie, too! I LOVE them. But, like you, I do shop around and see who, in the end, has the best price overall. I agree - iHerb is great for the smaller stuff and DEFINITELY super duper fast!
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
It's also available here: Alba Botanica, Strong Hold Style Gel, Fragrance Free, 7 oz (198 g) - iHerb.com

You can get it for .46 (Yes - that's 46-CENTS) if you use my coupon code for $5 off! (plus, shipping, of course) - if you don't have a store that carries it near you.
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
Thank you ma'am!!! That made it $3.33 ground shipping to TX. (I have it close to me, but why not save $5.00)
Awesome!
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
You're very welcome! Glad to help! - BTW, when you get home tonight, check out my Picasa album - I have today's pics in there. My bangs are CRAZY curly today!... even though I pulled back SOME of my hair. I left some of my bangs down because they're just too cute to pull up.

Iherb is super duper fast with shipping. I like to order from them when I only have one or two items because the shipping is usually less expensive then vitacost.com, but when I have a large order, I go with vitacost. I also went ahead and ordered a full size bottle of the Alba strong hold gel from iherb...it's here!
Originally Posted by curlykey
I saw after I posted that you're an iHerb-junkie, too! I LOVE them. But, like you, I do shop around and see who, in the end, has the best price overall. I agree - iHerb is great for the smaller stuff and DEFINITELY super duper fast!
Originally Posted by RacerWife7
OMG, I was going to say that your avatar bangs are super curly!! I will definitely check out your album tonight. Did you ever think you'd say "they're just too cute to (not clip or straighten) ??

OMG, I was going to say that your avatar bangs are super curly!! I will definitely check out your album tonight. Did you ever think you'd say "they're just too cute to (not clip or straighten) ??
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
NEVER in a MILLION years.
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
I tried this today, and... love. Love the hold and the mostly natural ingredients and that it has no fragrance.

this is my hair with it today:
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Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
http://public.fotki.com/Mountaincurl/
pw: mountaincurl
Mountaincurl, your hair looks great!! Very frizz free, and I love the height you have on the top!

thank you! It's kind of a bad quality photo but it gets the point across I guess I love this gel. I'm allergic to everything it seems, so the no-fragrance thing is also a great deal for me.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
http://public.fotki.com/Mountaincurl/
pw: mountaincurl

Last edited by Mountaincurl; 12-10-2010 at 03:50 PM.
Here's mine today using it with Biotera Curl Cream under it. My hair is a little dry and frizzy, but I didn't use a leave-in, so I think that may be it. I'm still playing with the best combos, but this is definitely a keeper!
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Kerri

2?/3a ??? ; fine; high density; normal porosity and elasticity
color treated

CURRENTLY USING:
cleanse:Organix Vanilla Silk, Use Me Cleansing Cream
rinse out/li:Ion Effective Care, Tresseme Naturals Radiant Volume (both with NPF added)
stylers:Curl Keeper, UFD Curly Magic, & Alba Botanicals Strong Hold Gel
PT:CJ Repair Me

mod CG since August 2010
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!
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
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.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
http://public.fotki.com/Mountaincurl/
pw: mountaincurl

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