To gel or not to gel

I've heard from a lot of people that gel is bad for curly hair. That it can really damage it. However, I often feel like I can't get the look I desire unless I use gel. How do you all feel about gel?
3b
Porosity: normal (i think)
Density: high
Width: medium
Length: long

Fav Products
AIA Cowash
AIA CCS
AIA LI
SMECS
SMCS
KCCC

In general, CG approved gels are not damaging.
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
It depends on the gel (ingredients). Using gel is considered part of the CG method.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
It depends on the gel (ingredients). Using gel is considered part of the CG method.
Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock
I've used Kinky Curly Curling Custard which I like and I have been thinking about using the Shea Moisture curl soufflé. Are those good gels? I usually try to use a leave in conditioner before I gel and I like to thoroughly comb the gel through my hair.
3b
Porosity: normal (i think)
Density: high
Width: medium
Length: long

Fav Products
AIA Cowash
AIA CCS
AIA LI
SMECS
SMCS
KCCC

It depends on the gel (ingredients). Using gel is considered part of the CG method.
Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock
I've used Kinky Curly Curling Custard which I like and I have been thinking about using the Shea Moisture curl soufflé. Are those good gels? I usually try to use a leave in conditioner before I gel and I like to thoroughly comb the gel through my hair.
Originally Posted by SashaC
Many gels contain drying alcohols, which aren't good for curly hair.

However many gels on the market today are more curl-friendly, not containing drying alcohols whether they be CG-friendly or not.

KCCC and SMCS are both fine... will not be damaging to your hair and are compatible with the CG method.
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots/normal po. shaft. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash, CeraVe Foaming
[/B]Cowash: Cure Care + water
RO: Cure Care, V05 KL, G SAS
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF, DE Shine & Refine, AB Strong Hold gel, SM C&S milk
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
Yes lots of gels now don't have drying alcohols (like isopropyl) in them and quite a few can even help with moisture retention. You just have to look at the ingredients for the gels you want before you buy.

I have tried KCCC and I think it has a really hard hold (due to the pectin) and if you do buy it you should use a light hand. If you OD on KCCC you can have a hard time scrunching out the crunch.

3A/B/C-MD-MT-APL (straight)-NL(curly)-N/HP

Total PJ #NoShame
COW: TN, As I Am Coconut CoWash
SF Poos: CD Chocolat, SM Yucca and Baobab
RO: OH Honey Hemp Conditioner, AG Re:Coil, AO HSR, AO GPB, CJ BSC, Aussie Moist
LI: OH Honey Dew, SM CES, CJ BA&OO, AG Fast Food
Stylers: EcoStyler Gel (Olive Oil or Super Protein), KMF Upper Management Gel, UFD CM, CJ CQ
DT: NHIH&TM, CD Manoi Mask
LPT: AO GPB, CJ BSC
PRT: CJ Repair Me!
Personally, I'd be lost without my gel! I don't think a curl cream would give me enough hold or definition. I'd be interested to try one sometime, but for now I'm cool with my gel.

As long as there aren't a lot of dying alcohols in the ingredients, I can't see why gel would be damaging to use.
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
It's the alcohol in some gels that are damaging. CG friendly gels are not damaging. I only use gel because creams don't do it for me.
FroZen
I haven't ever used the Shea Moisture Curl Soufflé. Kinky Curly Curling Custard was already an HG for me well before that came out, and I still love it.

I would caution, however, that if you're trying to do CG, combing gel through your hair is counter to the method, which specifically restricts combing to when your hair is wet and coated with conditioner. (I strongly encourage people who want to do CG to get the book, Curly Girl: The Handbook, by Lorraine Massey, available here and here.) I also think it would be nigh on to impossible to do with KCCC on your hair, as it's thick and really assists with clumping.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Personally, I'd be lost without my gel! I don't think a curl cream would give me enough hold or definition. I'd be interested to try one sometime, but for now I'm cool with my gel.

As long as there aren't a lot of dying alcohols in the ingredients, I can't see why gel would be damaging to use.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
It's the alcohol in some gels that are damaging. CG friendly gels are not damaging. I only use gel because creams don't do it for me.
Originally Posted by BlackAngelPlayah

I thought the same thing. When someone suggested cream instead of gel. So I made sure I tried it on a day I had nothing planned. I was pleased with the outcome but not ecstatic. I've been trying different regimens using similar products (my fiance thinks I'm going overboard with my hair product purchases) trying to find the perfect combination. So far today I used the As I Am Conconut Co-Wash, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, SM Gel Souffle and I used my blowdryer diffuser (I only recently started diffusing within the last week). I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome.

I'm still working on learning the abbreviations/acronyms

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