Ecostyler gels

1st question; can these gels be used on fine thin 3a/b hair? or are they too heavy?

If they can be used for this texture, density etc, which one has hard hold and lots of protein, I get confused when I see them all on the shelf and I end up leaving w/o any of them.
shoulder length inverted bob; fine; 3A-3B; med-thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity- my hair loves keratin, ACV, silk protein ,Curlkeeper and AG:Recoil ; seems to hate moisturizing products and oils except mineral oil; CG- Jan/'09-mod CG Sept/'09;CG again Jan/'10/mod CG from Mar'10

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I bought the Eco Styler Argon Oil Styling Gel the other day and used it on my 3A/B curls and it was all fine I think it elongated my curls slightly BUT that might be because I did a baptism rinse before hand with a deep conditioner. I'm going to try it again with just normal conditioner next week.

Anyway, my hair didn't feel heavy or weighed down and the hold was great! I've only tried that one though, so I can't recommend on any of the others from the line.

You should give it a go anyway - it's a massive tub and it's only a couple of pound, so even if you don't like it, it's not like it's an expensive product.
Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: FiN Raspberry and Cranberry, or FiN Chocolate
D/C: For now it's Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity, or
Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly

UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
A little goes a long way. It does dry on my hands while I'm applying it. A splash of water in my palms then rubbing hands together refreshes the gel. I use it while my hair is soaking wet. Works nicely.
Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
I've used the Krystal several times, but while it givs me great clumps and curls at first, it just pulls them out too much over time. It might work better if you can get away with using less product, but if I use less I get a lot of frizz.
3a/b, F, normal porosity

Wash with either Suave Tropical Coconut, As I Am, or CJ Daily Fix
Condition with STC or Yes to Blueberries and detangle with Denman, rinse very lightly (baptismal rinse)
Add LAL gel, either Sport or Wet Look, scrunch with flour sack towel, and plop
Diffuse 5 minutes, then air dry
I really like the EcoStyler gels. I love the Olive Oil (green tub) in particular. They have a good medium to hard hold for me, but its easy to scrunch out. I think all of the EcoSyler gels have protein in it and Super Protein (black jar) has even more.

I don't find the protein to be a problem, but if you are protein sensitive, walk away. Same advice if you are glycerin sensitive.

When using the product, a little goes a long way and I try to smooth the gel on to my hair rather than rake it through. I get the least amount of frizz this way. I also use it with Curl Junkie's Curls in a Bottle as a finisher. They play well together.

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!
I've used the Ecostyler a couple of times now and I have to say ... I'm not liking it! At first I thought it was good, definitely worth a try, but now I'm not loving how my curls look.
I feel like it pulls them down quite a lot and I prefer my curls to have some bounce (I'm not scared of shrinkage, in fact, I like it). With the Ecostyler my curls turn into waves, which I don't like. And I know I'm not using too much as I barely use a pea-size amount for each side of my hair. I actually think it's just too strong a hold for me (which I didn't think was possible lol).
Plus, I've noticed it doesn't do much in the way of frizz. On my first use it wasn't too bad, but now I've used it a couple of times I've noticed second day hair is super frizzy and generally not good.
It's a shame, because my initial reaction was quite positive. Unfortunately it all went down hill!
Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: FiN Raspberry and Cranberry, or FiN Chocolate
D/C: For now it's Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity, or
Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly

UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I really like the EcoStyler gels. I love the Olive Oil (green tub) in particular. They have a good medium to hard hold for me, but its easy to scrunch out. I think all of the EcoSyler gels have protein in it and Super Protein (black jar) has even more.

I don't find the protein to be a problem, but if you are protein sensitive, walk away. Same advice if you are glycerin sensitive.

When using the product, a little goes a long way and I try to smooth the gel on to my hair rather than rake it through. I get the least amount of frizz this way. I also use it with Curl Junkie's Curls in a Bottle as a finisher. They play well together.
Originally Posted by CurlsNCrass
My hair loves protein and hates moisture, so I'm always looking for good protein products. Since there are some cons to these products, I'll probably not try until I feel really brave.
shoulder length inverted bob; fine; 3A-3B; med-thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity- my hair loves keratin, ACV, silk protein ,Curlkeeper and AG:Recoil ; seems to hate moisturizing products and oils except mineral oil; CG- Jan/'09-mod CG Sept/'09;CG again Jan/'10/mod CG from Mar'10

receive $10 off 1st order of $40 & up, or $5 off on smaller orders, when using iHERB code: GIK909
Ladies,

EcoStyler Gels can be used on all hair types; light, fine, coarse, ALL hair types.

Any questions, please refer to:

Dmadscientist
I really like the EcoStyler gels. I love the Olive Oil (green tub) in particular. They have a good medium to hard hold for me, but its easy to scrunch out. I think all of the EcoSyler gels have protein in it and Super Protein (black jar) has even more.

I don't find the protein to be a problem, but if you are protein sensitive, walk away. Same advice if you are glycerin sensitive.

When using the product, a little goes a long way and I try to smooth the gel on to my hair rather than rake it through. I get the least amount of frizz this way. I also use it with Curl Junkie's Curls in a Bottle as a finisher. They play well together.
Originally Posted by CurlsNCrass
My hair loves protein and hates moisture, so I'm always looking for good protein products. Since there are some cons to these products, I'll probably not try until I feel really brave.
Originally Posted by Ondulee
If your hair loves protein, then EcoStyler should not be a problem, just don't OD, but do not under do it either. Gotta find that balance which with Eco can be quite tricky for a lot of people.

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!
I'm not the biggest fan of gels I tried a little of the olive oil ecostyler after a wash and it was flaky when it dried. I have tried the Shea moisture curling souffle and that worked better for me. So it just depends on your hair I guess.

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