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Old 10-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
 
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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?
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
 
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In general, CG approved gels are not damaging.
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It depends on the gel (ingredients). Using gel is considered part of the CG method.
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It depends on the gel (ingredients). Using gel is considered part of the CG method.
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.
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It depends on the gel (ingredients). Using gel is considered part of the CG method.
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.
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.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
 
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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.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:43 AM   #7
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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