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Old 05-20-2009, 08:03 AM   #1
 
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I have read up on the dewpoint issue but want to know how it relates to gel vs. curl creme. Is curl creme considered more moisturizing, therefore helpful during lower dewpoints or is there no connection?

My hair is 3a-3b and very porous because I color it. I use deep treatments often. Thanks in advance for advice!
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Usually, gel is used to hold the shape of the curl and prevent frizzing. If the dewpoint is high, I use more gel to form a crystallized coating over the hair shaft that will shield it if you will against the higher amounts of moisture in the air being absorbed by the hair strand.

Curl cream is moisturizing to the curl. Well moisturized hair will curl to its potential but it doesn't usually provide any protection to the hair strand from the humidity getting to it and poofing it.

I will sometimes use a leave-in or curl cream to moisturize my hair and help my curls to form better and then apply a gel on top to "set" the curl and protect it from humidity.

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yes- thank you.
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In theory, a cream is better suited to low dew points, and a gel to high dewpoints. But, there can be exceptions based on individual ingredients. If either the gel or cream have a lot of humectants, someone with porous hair may not be able to tolerate either one in dew points from the low to mid 60s and beyond.

There can also just be individual preferences that go against the dew point grain.

As mpgirl stated, some do nicely with a cream/gel combo also.
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I have two questions.

First, what is a "high dew point"? Is it 60 and above, redcelticcurl mentioned?

Second, it sounds logical to use curl cream to moisturize curls under gel to "set" them and protect them from humidity, like mpgirl. Does it make sense that my hair stylist (and the Jessicurl website) recommend using gel before hair cream? Could this be part of the problem I've been having with my hair now that the humidity is higher?
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I will sometimes use a leave-in or curl cream to moisturize my hair and help my curls to form better and then apply a gel on top to "set" the curl and protect it from humidity.
This makes the most sense from a texture perspective. Jessicurl products are designed to work together and the textures are different from a regular curl cream and gel as well. If you put the Gel underneath the cream it's not going to hold. In Lower dews doing it this way may work to keep your hair from drying crunchy. But higher dews 60+ it could cause your hair to expand.
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I have two questions.

First, what is a "high dew point"? Is it 60 and above, redcelticcurl mentioned?

Second, it sounds logical to use curl cream to moisturize curls under gel to "set" them and protect them from humidity, like mpgirl. Does it make sense that my hair stylist (and the Jessicurl website) recommend using gel before hair cream? Could this be part of the problem I've been having with my hair now that the humidity is higher?
A 65F dew point is the point where most people start to notice it "feeling humid" and sticky, and this is when some start to have trouble with high dew pioint frizz. although some notice it around 60. Almost everyone will agree that 65 is humid, 70 is gross, and 80 (though it rarely gets to that) is oppressive.

As for whether gel or cream come first, that just depends on personal preference. I like the cream before the gel, some like it the other way. It's trial and error with that.
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This was an answer to a question about Florida's weather in Yahoo! Answers, but I thought it laid out dew points pretty well. In the summer, it is not unusual for us to experience dew points in the 80's:

High humidity, means that there is plenty of moisture to work with in the air, dew points determine how comfortable it feels outside as well as how high the humidity is.
40 or below degree dewpoint - not noticeable
50 degree dew point - comfortable
60 degree dew point - you start to feel the humidity
70 degree dew point - humid, sticky and very moist outside
80 degree dew point - sultry


I like how it makes 80 degree dew points sound kind of sexy!
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