Ugh parabens

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I was reading Ashleynicol's thread about products and didn't realize my LA Looks had parabens in it. I've been using it since I started my CG journey and at the time just looking for CG products, since then I've also gone a more healthy route and trying to quit using products with other ingredients, like parabens. I never thought to check my old stuff (UGH again).
Any recommendations for other gels that hold like LA Looks without parabens or silicones? I've tried ECO and didn't have much luck with it. BRHG is a little too hard holding for my taste.
mostly 3a/fine/high porosity/low density
Cleanse: Bosley shampoo and conditioner
Stylers: Boots Curl Cream, Uncle Funky's Daughter, Curl Keeper
Gels: Volumax, Biolage, EcoStyler, BRHG
Shea butter to scrunch out the crunch and seal
Modified CG since Feb 2008
I was reading Ashleynicol's thread about products and didn't realize my LA Looks had parabens in it. I've been using it since I started my CG journey and at the time just looking for CG products, since then I've also gone a more healthy route and trying to quit using products with other ingredients, like parabens. I never thought to check my old stuff (UGH again).
Any recommendations for other gels that hold like LA Looks without parabens or silicones? I've tried ECO and didn't have much luck with it. BRHG is a little too hard holding for my taste.
Originally Posted by amy51373
Have you tried Kinky Curly Curling Custard? Many people love that jelly. Some use a small amount of BRHG over top to enhance the hold. Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha is also a natural soft/medium hold gel. I haven't tried Curl Junkie Curl Queen gel but I'm planning on it!!

I use BRHG and find it great for holding my hair, but have you tried diluting it or using a bit less to modify how hard holding it is? Also, I find personally the wetter my hair is when I use gel, or if I diffuse, that takes some of the hardness out of the gel. Technique changes how things work in my hair.

I'm not sure if Aussie Instant Freeze or HESMU have parabens...
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I hadn't thought about adding some water to lessen the hardness of the BRHG and may try that. KCCC isn't hard enough hold for me. I work as a nurse and play outside often with the kids I take care of, so I need something with a little bit of hold in the Missouri humidity. I picked up a couple to try at Sallys' tonight. I know I used Biolage so I grabbed their knock off and the Volumax which I hear is being discontinued. Next time I'm somewhere with the BRHG I'll grab some and try adding some water to it.
mostly 3a/fine/high porosity/low density
Cleanse: Bosley shampoo and conditioner
Stylers: Boots Curl Cream, Uncle Funky's Daughter, Curl Keeper
Gels: Volumax, Biolage, EcoStyler, BRHG
Shea butter to scrunch out the crunch and seal
Modified CG since Feb 2008
Absolutely just dilute BRHG with water. Works great. No parabens in the new formal.
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2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
Why does the Volumax Mega gel have to be discontinued...I really like it! Of course I know the BRHG will work, but the Volumax is so much cheaper. I may buy up their stock!
mostly 3a/fine/high porosity/low density
Cleanse: Bosley shampoo and conditioner
Stylers: Boots Curl Cream, Uncle Funky's Daughter, Curl Keeper
Gels: Volumax, Biolage, EcoStyler, BRHG
Shea butter to scrunch out the crunch and seal
Modified CG since Feb 2008
I use a TON of ecostyler and I carry a small tub in my nursing bag to touch up if I frizz throughout the day.
This was me halfway into my 12 hour shift. Ugh parabens-uploadfromtaptalk1435010390542.jpg
This is from just now winding down my work day. A little frizz and separating in the front because im always pushing it back, but i dont like the way it looks when i clip it. I'm still searching for a hard hold gel that doesn't flake. I use ecostyler clear.

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I'm trying to get Ecostyler to work for me. I have some, but I end up not having enough hold and end up with frizz later. I could put a drop of the BRHG with it and see how that holds...I used to do that with some other gel when I started CG. I did get some shea butter yesterday to scrunch out the crunch and help seal my hair but haven't used it yet.
mostly 3a/fine/high porosity/low density
Cleanse: Bosley shampoo and conditioner
Stylers: Boots Curl Cream, Uncle Funky's Daughter, Curl Keeper
Gels: Volumax, Biolage, EcoStyler, BRHG
Shea butter to scrunch out the crunch and seal
Modified CG since Feb 2008
Garnier fructise pure clean gel is very hard hold but I find it impossible to scrunch out stays hard all day. But it works and holds reaally well. I just dont like hard feeling hair.
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This is from just now winding down my work day. A little frizz and separating in the front because im always pushing it back, but i dont like the way it looks when i clip it. I'm still searching for a hard hold gel that doesn't flake. I use ecostyler clear.

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Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
Your hair is gorgeous and I don't see any frizz.
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I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
Thanks my cell phone hides it well! Its all in the angles. Lol
Absolutely just dilute BRHG with water. Works great. No parabens in the new formal.
Originally Posted by chupie
Chupie,

Where can one get the new formula of BRHG?
2c/3a in the canopy 3b everywhere else ~ Normal to High Porosity~ Fine but A LOT of hair ( So high density?)

Poo: Nizoral for SD, Elucence Moisture Benefits
RO/LI/DC: Aussie Moist/Elucence Moisture Balancing/DB Pumpkin Seed
Styling: CJ CIAB, AIF, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam
I think it should be out at all the stores that carry. I buy mine at Ulta. Online might still be old stock though.
2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
I think it should be out at all the stores that carry. I buy mine at Ulta. Online might still be old stock though.
Originally Posted by chupie
Ok thanks! I'll be stateside in a few weeks so I I'll wait to go into an actual store to get some. The ones online still have the parabens in it.
2c/3a in the canopy 3b everywhere else ~ Normal to High Porosity~ Fine but A LOT of hair ( So high density?)

Poo: Nizoral for SD, Elucence Moisture Benefits
RO/LI/DC: Aussie Moist/Elucence Moisture Balancing/DB Pumpkin Seed
Styling: CJ CIAB, AIF, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam

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