I love, love, love La Bella Lots of Curls styling gel. It's awesome! The gel cast breaks up easily after the hair is dry, and my hair doesn't feel stiff or producty. It's the perfect gel for my baby-fine 2c/3a curls.
Thanks for the rec!! I'll have to check that out!!
CJ Curls In A Bottle has a lighter cast. You may want to try that if you're not happy with the others. I love CIAB over CCCC.
KCCC has a strong cast (but, I love that, too).
All this being said, I had to "get over" my issues with crunchy hair when I first went CG. I never wanted crunch. So, inevitably, I ended up using WAY too little product on my thick hair. The end result of that was: frizzy, unruly hair that didn't do what I wanted it to do. Once I started using enough (a LOT MORE) gel, my hair behaved much better. And, for the most part, all the gels I have are good with SOTC. Once they're scrunched out, the hold is still there, but the cast is gone.
My go-to gels are: Anything CJ (CJAFL, CIAB, CJCQ)
CIAB is probably the easiest to get a nice soft curl out of.
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
If you don't want a lot of crunch try Sprial Solutions Jelly, I love it. It has some crunch but you can scrunch it right out and the hold is medium.
I love KCCC but it's stronger.
I've been wanting to try Darcy's Botanicals Gel but I can't b/c of the glycerine. I did order the cream gel from the actual site and that is nice; very moisturizing, not too much crunch, yet nice hold. I always put it in after I swim and get great results--be careful not to use too much b/c it does have oils in it.
Hair Type-3b Location: Florida
Poo: Jessicurl HCC, As I Am
Conditioners: Aubrey Organics, KCKT, CJ HBDT, Darcy's Botanicals
Leave In/Styling: KCCC, Darcy's Botanicals, SS
Favorites (HG): KCCC; spiral solutions jelly; darcy's botanicals, FSG
No-No's: castor oil, beeswax, glycerine, silicones
LOVE: aloe vera, agave nectar, shea butter, flax seed gel; good DT's once a week http://public.fotki.com/discobug71/
sounds like biotera would fit the bill completely. It's by naturalle @ Sally's and its supposed to be a dupe for biolage, I belive.
I use a leave in before it (lately it's the Silk Elements Mega Silk also @ Sally's) and I get great hold and no crunch. If I do get a little crunch, it's easily scrunced out, but I get way less crunch with this then I do with LA Looks Sport.
My second is the LA Looks curl gel, the blue one, but I hear it's being DC'd and I have been having a hard time finding it lately.
3b/corkicelli, color treated, loves moisture, s-wavies on top, tight cork screws underneath and on the sides
Modified CG, on hard/well water