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jennyfurrens 12-28-2006 05:43 AM

can ANY gel dry out your hair...?
 
no matter what the ingredients are? my hair does get dried out with proteins and alcohol denat. but i now have a gel that is entirely cone free, protein free and alcohol free. (two types of gel in fact) and i find my hair does still feel dry even though it's well conditioned with a leave-in underneath. so is gel inherently drying?

medusahair 12-28-2006 07:08 AM

My hair feels dry when the gel is on it sometimes but if I conditioner and don't put gel in my hair feels fine.
Now coloring dried out my hair. I used to be red, I had to fight to keep my hair from getting too dry with the color in there.

tinabcurly 12-28-2006 08:25 AM

Gel makes my hair feel dry too. It's not really dried out, but it just feels that way. Gel isn't really moisturizing by itself. Maybe a cream styler instead of or with gel?

This is my first winter without cones so I'm still figuring out what I can & can't do. For the last week, I'm putting Boots under my gel & it feels much softer. Boots by itself didn't control frizz though.

SYB 12-28-2006 08:38 AM

Gels with PVP, dry my hair out as well as the other ingredients that have been mentioned.

linda_m 12-28-2006 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by tinabcurly
Gel makes my hair feel dry too. It's not really dried out, but it just feels that way.

I think that's what happens to me, too. I've started using a tiny bit of leave in conditioner every day. It seems to be working fine - much softer hair, not much frizz, but still very good curl. I like the Garnier Fructis leave-in, but I'll bet anything will work well. The key seems to be adequate conditioning, particularly now that the air is colder and much drier.

SmallFry 12-28-2006 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by tinabcurly
Gel makes my hair feel dry too. It's not really dried out, but it just feels that way.


Same here. I did find that wearing a leave-in underneath helps but I am going to try to stop using gel so much. Or at least the ones with hard hold. I just started using ORS Lock and Twist gel- haven't decided if I'll stick to it, I've only used it once. That gel doesn't even seem like gel and the ingredients are minimal and seem moisturizing. I don't wear my hair in locks or twists; I just apply and "style as usual." My hair didn't feel dry and hard. I also wore it over Suave coconut conditioner (as a leave-in).

I'll report back later for a review. I'd like to use it a few more times.


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