Light Gel Recommendations?

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So, I've found that thicker gels DO NOT work in my hair. I have tried "harder, thicker" gels including LA Looks Sport Gel and Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee. They DO NOT WORK. I ALWAYS end up with string, very stuff curls that are very hard to scrunch out. Right now I am using La Bella Lots of Curls and it is working well... but I'm sort of afraid that it might dry my hair out after awhile. Any recommendations?
By "light" do you mean light hold or thinner?

Sallys has the GVP liquid sculpting gel (knockoff of Sebastian wet), medium hold.
Volumax styling gel (medium thickness, medium hold),
Biotera gel (not real thick, sort of runny, medium hold)

Curly hair solutions sells Curlkeeper (can be ordered online).
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

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By "light" do you mean light hold or thinner?

Sallys has the GVP liquid sculpting gel (knockoff of Sebastian wet), medium hold.
Volumax styling gel (medium thickness, medium hold),
Biotera gel (not real thick, sort of runny, medium hold)

Curly hair solutions sells Curlkeeper (can be ordered online).
Originally Posted by Curlsnswirls
I'm thinking less hold/less crunchy.
Curlsnswirls beat me to recommending the GVP liquid gel. I haven't used it but someone mentioned it in the Sally's (beauty supply) thread and it sounds like what you're asking about.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
I just bought the gvp gel today while making my inner pj happy giving it a shot tomorrow. May mix it into my FSG if I like it. It is protein heavy but smells nice kinda like apples
Katie
2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
Color: Henna
Tools: Diffusing
I'm thinking less hold/less crunchy.
Originally Posted by ChocolateSwirls
I find gels are less crunchy and I get better clumps if I layer enough leave in conditioner underneath, use less and/ or dilute in the hand with water on application so they spread more easily. Otherwise anything with a lot of humectants such as propylene glycol (eg. Curl Keeper) but you need the right humidity/ dew points for that type to work for you. Or try aloe vera gel, flaxseed gel or okra gel.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
My sister just convinced me to try ecostyler (I got the argan oil one) fr Sally's. I am a pretty loyal biosilk user, but this ecostyler was completely different and amazing! The gel itself is very thick and goopy feeling, and I could feel it clumping/grabbing my hair. I was afraid, it felt like I was going to end up with a very goopy head. However, it dried completely soft, no crunch and big thick curls. I realized that biosilk might be my whole problem, giving me stringier curls. I'd recommend giving this a try.
Curly work in progress
2C with some 3A if all the stars align
Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
No sulfates since 2009
CG since 2013

In my stash:
Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 939
CJ CIAB is working really well for me as a light gel.
Kiss My Face Upper Management grapefruit styling gel is light hold. You can buy it on iherb.com.

At hip length, going for mid-thigh!
3A/2C M iii med porosity, high elasticity

HGs:
Clarify: Nivea IR
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate CR
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: TBS Rainforest Moisture, etc

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


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I find layering 2 light to medium hold gels works for giving good hold without (too much) crunch. Like FSG or okra gel + GVP liq. Gel, or you could use curl creams instead- they give pretty good hold with no crunch. I have figured out through trial and error that almost all gels give some crunch, but the less thick/ heavy gels are much easier to scrunch out. I tried LALSG the other day for the 1st time (it's my hubby's), and was alarmed by how hard it was to SOTC compared to my others. BRHG is the same way. Ideally I like be able to SOTC with a very light hand. If you want little to no crunch, you could try CJ CIAB, Curl Keeper.
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 don't use gel right now, but I've always loved Jessicurl RR. It's basically FSG, but with mag sulfate so it enhances your curls.

Chloe, you're really making me want to try some okra gel now!
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Just starting CG! 5-13

2A, fine, dense, high porosity, highlighted

low-poo: Leonor Greyl bain vitalisant b*
co-wash: CJ smoothing*
RO: ^, SS Caitlin's*
DT: CJ rehab
LI: CJ rehab
stylers: CJ CCCC*
oils: coconut


*experimenting
HG

loves: aloe, oils, esp. coconut
hates: acv, baking soda
on the fence about polyquats
I think I might try some curl creams. I may post a thread for curl cream recommends.
I really like the MopTop light hold gel. I've used it for years
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
Tried the gvp liquid gel today and am pleased! It was crunchy at first but really easy to SOTC! Good hold and really easy application since its liquid. Going to mix it straight into my next batch of FSG and see how it goes
Katie
2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
Color: Henna
Tools: Diffusing
I used Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam today since it was raining. My hair looks way better with it than any of my gels... Maybe mousses would work better for me?
Tried the gvp liquid gel today and am pleased! It was crunchy at first but really easy to SOTC! Good hold and really easy application since its liquid. Going to mix it straight into my next batch of FSG and see how it goes
Originally Posted by Rytoka
Please let us know how that works out for you. Tonight I made more FSG and used it along with the GVP liquid gel, leave in + fsg+ GVPLSG. So far it looks good. I will see how it holds up tomorrow.
3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, FSG, SSCEJ

$5 off 1st order under $40, $10 off over $40...at iherb use code KEY066
Tried the gvp liquid gel today and am pleased! It was crunchy at first but really easy to SOTC! Good hold and really easy application since its liquid. Going to mix it straight into my next batch of FSG and see how it goes
Originally Posted by Rytoka
Please let us know how that works out for you. Tonight I made more FSG and used it along with the GVP liquid gel, leave in + fsg+ GVPLSG. So far it looks good. I will see how it holds up tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Curlsnswirls
That's one of my favorite combos!
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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