So I'm loving this new gel so far *knock on wood*...with my luck it will give me a rash or really bad build up
It's the Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze. I picked mine up at Rite Aid for $3 something. I think it's only sold there and online. I was was searching the ingredients I noticed it has this:
Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Nonoxynol-9, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Ext. D&C Violet #2 (CI #60730)
It's listed as a surfectant. Now this is where you all pat me on the head and tell me that it's not going to dry my hair out where it is and stop being cray cray. TIA.
What I really like about this gel is that your hair is together, but it's not crunchy. It's like invisible gel. It also doesn't dull your hair. You also get 20oz. I don't even think Ecostyler can beat that. (This gel is protein free so I'm not trying to make any comparisons! I've never tried Ecostyler.)
What I hate about it is that it smells like dish soap. I mean, what genius have they hired to run the fragrance department? Luckily, while it's noticeable sniffing it in the bottle, it completely fades on your hair...that could've been a deal breaker for me.
I honestly haven't liked anything this much since CIAB. I feel like I'm on this quest to achieve the CIAB look without the CIAB polyquat build up. I really hope this works in the long run. Looking isn't fun anymore...if it ever was.
Oh if you're wondering about the Free & Clear Gel, it was a total fail. If I used enough to get good clumps and frizz control, it was incredibly incredibly crunchy (though I did get a hair compliment...by someone who obviously did not touch my hair). If I used less it wasn't crunchy, but it was also pointless as I had frizz and poor clumping. It was probably actually worse than conditioner only, because I spent all that extra time touching my hair. Oh and it doesn't play well with leave-ins...more time spent smoothing out lumps. On the upside it didn't dry my hair out or irritate my skin.