Well, I suppose I am thinking too mathematically here, but when I see "and" I think both conditions must apply.
- So, I suppose you can use a sticky gel as long as it doesn't contain plastic resins.
Or, you if have a gel with plastic resins, it needs to be NOT sticky.
Yes, I am mincing words here and being silly. I guess my whole point here in this word game (which I am sure is logically unsound) is to look at the broader picture. The whole point behind the gel discussion in that short TV segment was to remind us that it is gel that is normally in our hair the longest, so we need to be careful what we put in our hair for this extended time.
To say "don't use a gel with plastic resin" is ludicrous. Even her gel has PVP and while I don't think she's a chemist, I don't think she is stupid, either. What exactly did she mean? I'm not sure. It was a short TV segment, she was being moved along quickly, and she appeared nervous to me. However, I cannot believe that she really meant to tell all of us curlies to not use gels with plastic resins. Maybe I am over-rationalizing here so that it will make sense to me.
I think with CG, we need to follow the spirit of the law and not the letter of the law. To me, the "spirit" of CG is to treat your hair gently and learn to accept your curls. I think it's when we begin to make hard, inflexbile rules that we get into problems.
I haven't read every article or transcript or interview about/by LM. I've never spoken to her in person. I am mostly going by her book. In her book, p. 48, she states, "The information that follows [regarding hair products] is meant to help guide you through the product jungle, but ultimately you're the only one
who can decide what keeps your curls happy and well nourished." (emphasis added.)
I think her explanation of why she put the a-cone in her conditioner is a very plausible one, i.e. she has done more research and come to a different conclusion on that particular cone. Her book, to me, does not portray her as an "anti-cone" zealot. She states on p. 49, "I suggest
that you avoid conditioners with silicones. Although they do add temporary shine to the hair, I find they weigh down curly hair." (emphasis added.) That is advice -- not a do-or-die mandate. It also does not state that silcones will "kill" your hair.
Maybe she does contradict herself in the book. I haven't gone back and re-read it all. I just remember those parts because they stuck in my head.
I guess I am coming off here as very pro-LM, and maybe I am. However, she's never cut my hair. I've never met her. While I have tried her products, I think they are too expensive for me to use with regularity. I also find that her conditioner builds up on my hair after a while, and the no-poo is not strong enough to get the buildup out.
She also states in her book we only need two products: a conditioner & a gel, but she has also gotten into the product hype of using numerous products.
It seems I recall some of the folks that met her in Texas said she commented that even a shampoo every 4 weeks at the salon when you got your hair colored was too much and destroyed all the good that had been done over the 4 weeks prior. Personally, if she said that, I think that is a bit over-kill.
I guess this long post just boils down to what I said before: It's just advice. Take it or leave it. She's not perfect. She's not infallible.