Have you tried using aloe vera gel? I provides a soft hold & has no protein. Just a suggestion. Good luck!
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Nita, what brand of aloe vera gel have you had luck with? Do you have to mix it with anything? I went to the vitamin shoppe and there were atleast 4 different brands, they all said they were for skin tho so wasn't sure what one to use.
I think Aquage is not CG. There is a cone way at the bottom of the list.
I also use AG Re:Coil. That is more pastey. The hold with that I'm saying is a little stronger, less crunchy, more clumpy.
I apply that with sopping wet hair for the best results to get it dispersed. The liquid effects goes in easy, dries on the crunchy side and scrunches out to a great natural looking curl that is in tact but not weighted or gunked up at all.
I've got some Kinky Curly too. There is nothing like it that I can describe. I tend to avoid it bc it takes so long to dry. I will add it to the gel at times. It gives your hair good shine.
Have to say that I am LOVING the Sally generic conditioner - GVP Conditioning Balm. AWESOME, pleasant smell, great slip, and the best part is that its CHEAP!
Hair: 3a mostly
mod CG Fall 2008
co/wash - Suave Naturals or VO5, Naked Naturals shampoo from CVS - can't find anymore, replacing with JCHCC
Condition: Aubrey Organics HR, Moisture Maniac, Love Jessicurl deep treatment and her stuff!
Leave in's: Aveda Be Curly, Jessicul RR and CC, quarter and nickel amounts, AG liquid effects, KCCC (forever to dry), leaving behind the Aquage defining gel
I couldn't find the Naturelle gel at my local Sally's, but I picked up the Biotera gel and I think I'm going to love it in the winter, but the hold just isn't enough for right now.
I'm having some success right now w/ a mixture of CK and the HESMU. I'm still looking for my summer HG gel (dews now reaching 70+). I want to try both the Joico Joigel (w/ Keratin) that rcc has raved about, as well as BRHG (apparently the silk amino acids is fairly tolerable), but I'm having trouble find both locally. I'll probably have to break down and order from amazon.
3b/3c at nape/a little 3a on the sides, med-course, high porosity, colored.
Protein sensitive, hard water.
spritz and condish
low-poo: shea moisture, Y to Cucs (clarifying)
RO: CJ A&OO, CJSL,GVPCB
LI: CJ A&OO, CJCR
stylers: FSG, SM Curl & Style Milk, CJCCCL, CJCIAB & Biolage gelee
refresher:CJSL, CJCCCL, Lustrasilk OO
PT: Sally's K-Pak, AO GPB
I just picked up a tube of Aussie Instant Freeze and I'm cautiously optimistic! It seems to have a medium-firm hold; the best hold so far from a protein free gel! The only protein-free gels I've tried are HETT, HESMU and Got2B Spiked Up and hated all of them.
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
I have been looking for a gel that doesn't flake up or remain white in my hair. Any suggestions
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L.A. Looks NutraCurl rocks It has been the lightest weight gel that has worked really well the only other one protein free i can compare it to is KCCC which gives me extreme crunch (hold) no matter how much/little I put in.
Moisturize-> Cowash:GFTN, RO:GVP CB, LI:KCKT
SOTC-> KCGP 3B, Normal Porosity, Protein Sens, CG Jun 2011