Store Bought Gels

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Just wonder what gels you all liked from the regular old store?
One that might be reformulated, but I hope to high heaven it's not, which is my favorite, is Fx Special Effects Curl Booster Fixative Gel.

Another that I just recently tried for the first time & like a lot is Herbal Essences Set Me Up.
With the cooler weather, I just pulled out my HE Body Envy gel and I'm loving it. I had forgotten how great this gel was and I LOVE the scent!
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

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Well I've have been using Eco style hair gel it's cheap and CG friendly too!

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Another vote for the HE Body Envy gel. I just tried that this week - and I got big fat clumpy curls and no frizz. It does dry crunchy, but I scrunch it out and the curls last all day. I even got 2nd day hair (without putting on a headband).
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

Another vote for the HE Body Envy gel. I just tried that this week - and I got big fat clumpy curls and no frizz. It does dry crunchy, but I scrunch it out and the curls last all day. I even got 2nd day hair (without putting on a headband).
Originally Posted by 2poodles
ITA with everything here.
Location: North NJ or NYC
have you guys tried SMU and how does it compare to body envy?
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Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
have you guys tried SMU and how does it compare to body envy?
Originally Posted by Darby
I used SMU before BE. The SMU has a thicker consistency, and I think it's a little heavier on the hair. Both times I've used BE I've gotten awesome lift at the roots, which never really happened with SMU. They each have strong hold, which I need. I think I'm personally going to stick with the BE, but I think for the most part they're the same.
Location: North NJ or NYC
I've never tried SMU so I can't really compare....
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

l.a. looks durahold gel, or l.a. looks #8, hands down. I even like these better than any other gel I have tried so far. Jessiecurl, deva angell, biotera, aura hypo (just to name a few), none of them did it for me. I also like Joiwhip mousse but I can't use it everyday or else it stops working.

I have pretty thick hair, and a lot of it, so I really need a lot of hold and la looks has that. I can even diffuse when I use it without getting frizzy. It dries a bit crunchy but I can scrunch it out pretty well and my curls look good all day. Lately I've been mixing it in my hands with a little biotera. The biotera is so liquidy it makes the LA looks easier to distribute through my hair without breaking up my curls too much.
3a/b Thick, dry, in need of a haircut.
HG's: Giovannia Smooth as Silk Conditioner and Aura Hypoallergenic Gel.

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LA Looks Durahold is good...I'll be able to compare it with HE Body Envy, I may use it tomorrow (picked it up tonight)...
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Cowash - No Poo, Suave Coconut
Conditioner - One Condition
Leave In - KCKT
Gel - KCCC at the moment
How much BE do you usually use?
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I have short (jaw length), fine 2c - 3a hair and use approx 1 tbsp of HEBE....
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

I have short (jaw length), fine 2c - 3a hair and use approx 1 tbsp of HEBE....
Originally Posted by 2poodles
Wow, I have layered eyebrow-to-neck length, THICK, 3a-b hair and I only use like 2 tsp of BE. I can't imagine using a tbsp of anything (except mousse :P) on hair as short as mine. Do you use anything over/under the gel, or is that the only thing you put on your hair?
Location: North NJ or NYC
Nope - these days it's the only thing I use - after CO washing. My hair really seems to like it!
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

l.a. looks durahold gel, or l.a. looks #8, hands down. I even like these better than any other gel I have tried so far. Jessiecurl, deva angell, biotera, aura hypo (just to name a few), none of them did it for me. I also like Joiwhip mousse but I can't use it everyday or else it stops working.

I have pretty thick hair, and a lot of it, so I really need a lot of hold and la looks has that. I can even diffuse when I use it without getting frizzy. It dries a bit crunchy but I can scrunch it out pretty well and my curls look good all day. Lately I've been mixing it in my hands with a little biotera. The biotera is so liquidy it makes the LA looks easier to distribute through my hair without breaking up my curls too much.
Originally Posted by Notinabottle
i've been using LA looks sport, but i recently discovered much to my chagrin that it flakes. do you get any flaking problems with the durahold??
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I started using the sport first and really liked it because I finally had DEFINED curls, but based on another review tried the durahold (its only 3 dollars) and swore id never use the sport again. The durahold is a little crunchy but man, the sport is craaaazy. I've been using the LA looks megamegahold(#9) because the durahold doesnt seem to exist in my new home in chicago and i used up my supply. I dont get any flakes with this one and dont seem to recall any with the durahold. I can almost never get 2nd hair though so I'm not if flakes would develop after a day or two.
3a/b Thick, dry, in need of a haircut.
HG's: Giovannia Smooth as Silk Conditioner and Aura Hypoallergenic Gel.

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I use even less of the gel! I have above shoulder length when dry and very fine. Gel lasts me a long time.
I hate it when the wind blows tho because then I get greasy looking hair. Why is that?? It looks great all day long if I don't get blown around.
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
My gel picks are as follows:
LA Looks Sport
La Bella Lotsa Curls
HE Body Envy
Fantasia IC
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Do you think BE is more of a cooler weather gel? I think I bought it near the end of last winter and it worked great. I couldn't only get it to work for me off and on over the spring/summer. Tempted to dig it out and try it again...
2A/2B, fine, normal porosity

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Shampoo: Elucence MBS & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
Conditioner: Elucence MBC & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
Leave-in: CJ BeautiCurls
Stylers: BA gel & AG Re:coil

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