Protein-free hard hold gels?

For a long time I have been searching for a good protein free gel that has a hard hold. I'm currently using HESMU, which is the only thing I've been able to find. I don't really like it, as with ongoing use I find it drying. Can any of you coarse, protein-sensitive CG's please suggest other options?

I live in Canada and can't get many of the products available in the US. I use KCCC, but need a hard hold gel on top.
CG since June/09
3a/b extremely thick, coarse, porous
Loving AOHR, Biolage Conditioning Balm, KCCC.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 313
A few protein-free hard-hold products I have been considering (not tried, recommended on forum) in my quest for winter hold (low humectant or just need a little because the hold is so strong):

Sally's GVP Extra-Volume Sculpting Gel, Compare to: Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Gel

MOP C-Curl Curl Defining Cream

Search the forum for "hard hold" - a few good threads here
m-c iii-ii | loose spirals with ringlets
A few protein-free hard-hold products I have been considering (not tried, recommended on forum) in my quest for winter hold (low humectant or just need a little because the hold is so strong):

Sally's GVP Extra-Volume Sculpting Gel, Compare to: Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Gel

MOP C-Curl Curl Defining Cream

Search the forum for "hard hold" - a few good threads here
Originally Posted by gecko
Thanks for the Mop C suggestion. I will check and see if they have it at Honey Fig. In Canada, we don't have the GVP products and Sally's in the US don't deliver to Canada, but I can look at the Paul Mitchell. Thanks again!
CG since June/09
3a/b extremely thick, coarse, porous
Loving AOHR, Biolage Conditioning Balm, KCCC.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 313
You are welcome! I am new to the forum and it is kind of exiting to get a reply so soon!

I decided to get BRHG this winter (it has protein) because so little is needed that I'm sure the humectant in it won't bother me - and I can try it today. The Mop-C is tempting, still might get it if I make a nc order.

There are other hard hold gels liked on the forum (worth searching "hard hold" - title only), but I only bookmarked those with little humectant.

I'd like to hear how you like what you end up with.
m-c iii-ii | loose spirals with ringlets
Anyone have protein-free curl cream suggestions? I figured I'd bump the thread, since I would have started one similar to it!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
^^I don't really do creams anymore but I do like protein free jelly products!

A few off the top of my head:
-Jessicurl RR
-KCCC
-CJ Aloe Fix Lite
-Uncle Funky Daughter's Curly Magic
-Donna Marie Miracurl Curling Gelly

Most of these have glycerin so if you're glycerin sensitive you should def check the labels!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Herbal Essences Set Me Up
La bella lots of curls (pink kind!)
KCCC
Afroveda PUR Whipped Gelly (winner!!!)

Are the only gels I've ever used. All responded beautifully to my protein sensitive hair. I dunno what would be considered a hard hold gel though.
I'm having rare 2nd day hair with Got2B Spiked-Up Max Control Gel. I don't like using it by itself, I'd rather mix it with a light gel. Yesterday I mixed it with
Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Defining Gel which I stupidly thought was protein-free. But even though my hair's a bit dry I'm not gonna complain about 2nd day waves...
2a/b, coarse, high density
no idea on porosity
protein & oil-sensitive
giving CG another go as of July 2009
(previously on modified CG)

Current Experiment:
Co-wash - Biolage Conditioning Balm, Suave Naturals Wild Cherry Blossom
Rinse-out - Biolage Conditioning Balm, AOHR
Leave-in - Biolage Conditioning Balm, JCS Nourish & Shine
Style - Deva Arc Angell, KCCC
DT - condish/avg/honey mix, Ojon RHT


Thanks, guys! Actually, AmberBrown, the pink La Bella Lots of Curls gel does have protein. It has Keratin Amino Acids fairly high on the list. This made me sad, since I like this gel besides it having protein in it. I'm looking to rotate that and the LALSG with something protein-free. Evil Keratin Amino Acids!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!

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