Styling help!!!

So I have just started cg and have to use gel now. I have 3a/3b curls that go an inch below my shoulders. The thing is that I don't really like the crunchiness or stickiness from the gel. So a few questions.

1. How much gel should I use?
2. Any good drugstore gels without the stickiness?
3. What's better liquid gel (spray type) or normal gel
4. something to use instead of gel (brands too)

Thanks for the help

Curly Girl since October 10, 2011
My hair doesn't like the chemicals in what most people call gel, so I use the more natural products that I call jelly. You should be able to scrunch out the crunch (SOTC) of the gel when it's completely dry. If you do it too soon, it will cause frizz. Just gently bend over and put your fingers in your hair from underneath and scrunch. Release the hair from your scalp. If you need to do it on top, just be gentle and don't "pull" too much. Some people use a little butter or richer product emulsified on their hands to SOTC.

I can't recommend any drugstore brands, I just don't use them. Curl Junkie, Spiral Solutions (which I understand will be up and running again soon), Donna Marie, Uncle Funky's Daughter, Kinky Curly, Aubrey Organics and a host of others make good "jelly" products.
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I use Curl Keeper. It's a liquid runny gel. I put a few palms of it in my hair after a shower, dry my hair and then scrunch out the crunch. I love how it smooths down your curls, provides crazy shine, and holds a style.



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Have you tried mousse? I don't like gel either - just doesn't work for me. Can't really recommend any drugstore brands as I'm not in the US, but Joiwhip and Paul Mitchell are ones I Iike.
3b in South Australia.
I would recommend the gel from the Pure Clean line of Fructis products or the Aussie Aussome volume gel. Lately i've been mixing the aussie gel with Loreal Out Of Bed Styling putty. This helps with curl formation and keeps the gel from getting too crunchy. I was not a big fan of the crunchy hair at first either, but once you SOTC, the results are well worth it, trust me!

Also, you may wan to check out the "scrunch and pump" method of applying product.

Best of luck.
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Last edited by .AmyP.; 10-20-2011 at 09:54 AM.
So now I was wondering how much gel I should use in my hair. Its an inch past my shoulders. Please help...

Curly Girl since October 10, 2011
Some people use a little butter or richer product emulsified on their hands to SOTC.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Couldn't help it ... laughed at this because I always wonder if someone (probably a newbie) will take this kind or recommendation seriously and grab a stick of 'Land O Lakes' and rub
3b/c?

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ummmm....what do you mean it's not butter? Land of Lakes is great for providing SHINE.
Ha!! Speaking of foodstuff and hair, just today I busied myself making Jamaican beef patties (YUM!) and the recipe I found calls for Crisco. Hadn't seen a tub of Crisco in years so had to get some. Oh my. That stuff has a lot of character and a lot of "slip". Automatically thought of what it might do for curls. Am afraid mine would wilt under the weight but ... who knows
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