Recommend a good, cheap gel

Hello!
Can someone recommend a hair gel that's inexpensive but good for fine, limp hair? Or possibly a web site that offers samples? I was using Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, but we moved recently and my mother-in-law packed it in a box, and I can't find it. I don't want to buy anything expensive since I'm sure my BRHG will turn up eventually. But in the meantime, I have constant frizz no matter what I do.

Help!
Herbal essense set me up is good. It's probably not as much hold as BRHG but it's good hold still. You can get it at most grocery stores, drugstores and walmarts etc.
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Thank you so much for the suggestion! I'll look for it when I go to Target. As long as it will help my frizz problem, that will make me happy.
The brand I use is L.A. Looks. They have a clear gel that is maximum hold, and works really well for my hair. It says "wet look" but if you use sparingly, it won't give you a wet look. Anyway, it comes in a huge container (20 oz) for about $2-2.50. I estimate that it will take at least a year to get through the bottle, if not longer.

My grandmother used to use DEP, and I've seen it mentioned a couple of times on the boards here too, but I haven't seen it in stores in my area for a long time.

Recently I tried a Dove gel that claimed to have good hold, and I've had good luck with other Dove products, but not this one. It was as if I hadn't put any gel in my hair at all, and it was almost $4 for a regular-sized tube.
Thanks--I'll check out the LA Looks also. That's an awesome price for a huge container. I've tried Dep in the past and wasn't impressed with it.
I like the HE body envy gel.

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Sorry--what's HE?
Originally Posted by FuzzyMonster
herbal essences

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I like the HE body envy gel.
Originally Posted by Brio
I second this over the Set Me Up. I used this quite a bit last summer.
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Paul Mitchel Super Sculpt (Apple Glaze). It's like $6 and you can find it at Rite Aid. The bottle should last you about 4-5 months.
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I agree with the reccommendation of LA Looks. I use the one for curly hair, but I've used my SO's sport formula with really great results. I remember once I went on a trip with him and the expensive gel I was using crapped out on me. The sports gel I borrowed from my SO saved my hair and gave me awesome hair days for the remainder of the trip.
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Another LA Looks user here. I use the Sport (blue, hold #10).
I haven't found anything that my hair likes as much.
I use a ton of gel so in addition to it working well, I also like the cheap pricetag.
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The brand I use is L.A. Looks. They have a clear gel that is maximum hold, and works really well for my hair. It says "wet look" but if you use sparingly, it won't give you a wet look. Anyway, it comes in a huge container (20 oz) for about $2-2.50. I estimate that it will take at least a year to get through the bottle, if not longer.
Originally Posted by wildsheepchase
Do you have the ingredients for this? I want to try it.
3b-3c CG
I like the HE Set me Up as well, I don't spray it directly on the hair, I add to my palms and scrunch it in, good for refreshing curls on second day, too.

The first time I used it I didn't like the results, so ended up playing with my curls too much (bad, bad), now, I just scrunch it in and leave it alone, looks great when it dries.
2b/3a.
If you'd be willing to try a little more flexible hold, L'oreal Studio Tightly Wound is awesome (it's a spray but I use it like a regular gel instead). Stops my frizz dead and really great shine. Feels like light hold but is really like a decent medium. Refreshes well with a little wet-handed scrunch too.
Seriously handles my frizz.
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Do you have the ingredients for this? I want to try it.
Originally Posted by Blush
INGREDIENTS:
Aqua (water), glycerin, vp/va copolymer, pvp, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, keratin amino acids, panthenyl ethyl ether, carbomer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, aminomethyl propanol, propylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, rahnella/soy protein ferment, glyceryl polymethacrylate, PEG-8, disodium EDTA, benzophenone 4, methylparaben, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parum (fragrance), butylphenyl methylpropional, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, benzyl salicylate, cintronellol.

Phew! That was possibly the hardest test of my typing skills EVER.

Hope that's helpful. It also smells good, in a cheap producty kinda way.
Do you have the ingredients for this? I want to try it.
Originally Posted by Blush
INGREDIENTS:
Aqua (water), glycerin, vp/va copolymer, pvp, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, keratin amino acids, panthenyl ethyl ether, carbomer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, aminomethyl propanol, propylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, rahnella/soy protein ferment, glyceryl polymethacrylate, PEG-8, disodium EDTA, benzophenone 4, methylparaben, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parum (fragrance), butylphenyl methylpropional, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, benzyl salicylate, cintronellol.

Phew! That was possibly the hardest test of my typing skills EVER.

Hope that's helpful. It also smells good, in a cheap producty kinda way.
Originally Posted by wildsheepchase
Thanks!
3b-3c CG
Thanks for all the great suggestions. The only brand I found at Target was Herbal Essences, so I went with that (Body Envy). Sad to say, it didn't help!! It was still as frizzy as ever! So I decided it must be my method. Today I did everything differently, and my hair is a little better.

Here's what I did today:

1. Water wash with baking soda
2. Rake two huge handfuls of gel into sopping wet hair
3. Plop with a t-shirt for five minutes
4. Define my part with a wide-tooth comb
5. Let air dry for one hour
6. Finish drying with a diffuser for about three minutes
7. Then it was frizzy on top, so I put a nickel-size amount of BRHG (I finally found it!) on the top
8. Scrunch, turn head upside down and loosen curls

I usually dry with a regular towel, put the gel in after I take the towel off, comb all of my hair to detangle, and don't air dry. Obviously that's not working.

I decided if I'm going to use a whole lot of gel, I should stick with the cheaper gels and just use the more expensive BRHG to touch up. It's better than before, but it still frizzes when I diffuse or after I go outside. During the week, I don't have time to let it air dry.

Suggestions, please? Thanks again!!
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