Rec's for curl enhancers, properties inside!

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My hair has gotten curlier since the weather has warmed up and it's been great, except frizz. In a BIG way. I had read glycerin can make it worse, which my products have. I usually use fsg, sm smoothie, and the KCCC On top.
So, I dropped the smoothie and my clumps fell apart. I tried the deva curl gel and my hair liked that, but it has glycerin, too, and on high dew days my hair FREAKED!

So, any recs for no glycerin curl enhancers?
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
I'm waiting for answers on this too.... but I'm not sure there are any. Boo for us.
3a/b fine, high porosity, medium density. Mod- CG

Sulfate-free Shampoo: SheaMoisture Curl and Shine shampoo with Epsom salts.
Co-wash: TRESemme Naturals,
Leave in: TN Radiant volume, KCKT, YTC pampering conditioner
Summer styler: LA Looks Spiked Gel(summer only)
Seal: Argan Oil/Macademia Oil
Winter styler: KCCC, AIF, Beyond the Zone Noodlehead curling creme(not CG)
DT: GVPCB, coconut oil
PT: GVP Hair Reconstructor
Embracing my curls.
What do you put in your FSG now? I'd say take out the glycerin if you do put it in there and replace it with something moisturizing to help seal and combat frizz. I add vitamin E oil, AVG, and marshmallow root to my FSG. You could also add, mix or just plain use the shea moisture curl & style milk which contains a lot of the ingredients that the smoothie has but doesn't have the glycerin.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I dont see your sig. I'm on the app.

Have you tried sealing in the moisture to help prevent frizz and moisture seeping in? You also want to make sure your hair is moisturized well and providing enough protein if your hair needs it.
Here's what I do
After cleansing and a rinse out condish, apply a leave in and then use some oil to seal in the moisture. Apply product and finish with a hard hold gel. Then sotc with more oil as necessary.
I cant use KCCC without using a gel on top. My hair gets too puffy. Try using a gel over the top and see if that helps. I use LA Looks sports gel.
Thanks! I cowash with TJ's TTT, then condition with the generic GVP CB or the Generic KPac. Daily stresses my hair out too much with the protein so it's every other day. Then I do tresemee as a leave in with jojoba oil to seal. I put straight fsg in, and then KCCC. Diffuse, add a but more KCCC if needed and that it. But then I got to thinking, I add plain gelatin in the fsg the last few times...is that causing my issue?!
I do need a harder hold gel. I need to just buy some la looks. I mean, they have a 97 cent tube at Walmart in the travel section. I just always assume it won't work du it's cheap. I know, I'm a snob.
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
You might want to try the LALPS (power spikes) instead if glycerin is a big concern!

I really love AIF and HESMU - they are basically the same thing. I can't remember if they are glycerin free, but they can't be glycerin heavy, I don't think.

And for frizz control and moisture retention... Nothing beats MO!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Have you tried AG Recoil? Spiral Solutions CEJ? Tigi Curls Rock (has a cone)? I find all of those to be very enhancing and are glycerin free.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
I've read harder hold gels are a must in the summer to help prevent frizz when the dews are high. So it might be a two fold problem of glycerin + not enough hold. And since you're fine haired you don't have to be too afraid of protein so you have a wider selection, don't you? I've tried AIF and it's pretty hard. Too hard for me in an arid climate but I bet it would keep your curls intact in a more humid one.
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3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I tried AG Recoil and didn't love it, returned it to Ulta.
I havent tried any of the others! I will look into those! Thanks!
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
Good luck! I just remembered this thread:

Calling all curlies in super humid locations...lets share high dew tips!
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I tried AG Recoil and didn't love it, returned it to Ulta.
I havent tried any of the others! I will look into those! Thanks!
Originally Posted by Houseofcurls
I didn't love recoil in the winter but love it in the high dews!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip

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