Trying to find product that gives more hold

I have 3a-3b curls medium-long hairand I use Jessicurl Spiralicious, which I really like. However, I am still trying to find something to use on the front of my hair for times when I don't want to wear clips or other accessories to keep the hair out of my face and help keep it directed off my face. I don't find that hairspray works all that well. I have wondered if something like Tigi Bed Head Hair Stick or something else would work? Anyone have suggestions?
I have 3a-3b curls medium-long hairand I use Jessicurl Spiralicious, which I really like. However, I am still trying to find something to use on the front of my hair for times when I don't want to wear clips or other accessories to keep the hair out of my face and help keep it directed off my face. I don't find that hairspray works all that well. I have wondered if something like Tigi Bed Head Hair Stick or something else would work? Anyone have suggestions?
Originally Posted by cowgal
Have you ever tried Ecostyler gel before? They offer a variety of versions, with the most popular ones being the Olive oil and Argan Oil versions. They both give a Maximum hold of 10. The hold that they provide really lasts all day. You can readily find them in a variety of stores such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Sally's, and even beauty supply stores.

LA Looks offers gels with great hold to them as well. They offer a variety of gels within their line,but the ones that I chose to mention are the ones with the highest level of hold. They offer a gel called Extreme Sport and it has a Level 10 hold. They also offer a gel called Extreme Spikes that it offers a Level 12+ hold. And, they offer a gel called Wet Look, and it provides a Level 10 hold. The LA Looks gels can be found in Walmart, CVS, Target, KMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Winn Dixie, just to name a few places.

Hope you find this information to be of great help. Also, i wish you a happy and safe 4th of July as well!
3B natural hair

Currently Using All Natural Products:

Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam to DC with)
100% Pure Marula Oil (from Sally's Marula Collection)
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

Last edited by Reservechic; 07-04-2014 at 07:18 AM.
I used to use Herbal Essences Spray Gel, which was CG, but I can't find it any more. So I switched to the hair spray in the same line....not the aerosol can, but the regular spray. It's not CG, but I kind of listen to my hair and not follow standards. Anyway, my hair is actually too soft to hold its own curl, so I use a gel and a conditioner from the Shea Moisture line, diffuse, scrunch out crunch, then spray the hairspray lightly around. Diffuse without heat to dry it faster then scrunch out the crunch again. This usually works for me.

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
I have an extremely hard time finding gels that hold my hair enough.

I have been liking Aquage Molding Megagel.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of water.
If you're in the UK, the Umberto Giannini gel is good and I'm also liking Ouidad. Ecostyler is pretty poplar around here too
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Crme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner:
ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I've had the best luck re: hold with Giovanni Hairspray. I don't know why so many hairsprays don't work on my hair.

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You can make your own spray gel. If you have a gel you really like that is. I'm sure you can find the recipe somewhere on the forums!

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
My 3 fave firm hold gels are LALSG, Max Green Alchemy Sculpting Gel, and BRHG -- that's in order from least hold to most hold that I've experienced with them. I am going to check out the other LA gels to see if those work for me, but I'm hesitant to change since these 3 have served me well for years.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
I likes the LA looks wet look gel. Gives great hold and defines my curls. The sport gel is ok but I couldn't ever get a gel cast with it. The hold of both gels are great.
Hardest hold gel I know is BRHG. A little goes a long way, and you can mix it with other gels if it's too stiff. LAL gels (sport or wet look) are also pretty hard hold, but not like BRHG.
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 tried the Ecostyler Olive oil and my wave/curls were limp within an hour.
I currently use V05 Megahold and Joico Firm Gel.
Pre Shampoo: Olive Oil, Wilko Kids Detangle Spray
Low Shampoo: Redken Curvaceous Cream Shampoo
Conditioner: Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner
Leave in/Oil: Olive Oil/Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner
Styling: AG Recoil Curl Activator, V05 Mega Hold, Cornstarch
Refresh: Redken Fresh Curls Curl Boost


Waist Length, 2B with 2C ends
If you're feeling adventurous, and want to try your own homemade stuff, gelatin hair gel can be customized to whatever hold you want. If your hair hates protein you can use alternatives like agar agar, kudzu, xanthan gum, arrowroot, cornstarch, pectin, or any other thickeners. There is sugar hairspray but I personally found it to be greasy. But then again most products give me grease so don't go by me.

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