Any inexpensive protein gels out there?

After messing around with my hair, I have realized my hair really hates protein and aloe vera. It gets hard, frizzy, and completely unmanageable. After I ran out of gel, I went back to my old love 3-in-1 mousse from Walgreens but this time around has not been working very well. I'm running low and want to start looking into gels, what are some protein-free, cheap gels? I'm thinking of trying L.A. looks curly one (green bottle with Avocado Oil)...what do you think?

Whoops! Messed up on the question, I meant protein FREE

3a/3b curls.
Medium texture, medium porosity, and extremely protein sensitive.
Moderate CG? No harsh sulfates, limited 'cones.
Poo: L'oreal Ever Sleek
Condish: GVP Conditioning Balm
Deep Condish: L'oreal Ever Pure
Styling products: Bumble & Bumble smoothing creme, Not Your Mother's Curl Creme, and Giovanni gel.

Last edited by gee; 08-08-2011 at 04:47 PM.
To Gee,
Like you I can not use protein gels either. The gel you mention is indeed protein free and cheap, so try it. I did try it and it did not work for me...
My signature has my products all are protein free.
3A, Protein Senitive, Low Porosity,
Med-Course
Wash: Suave Naturals Conds (excluding Coconut), CVSB
Rinse out/Leave In: GVP Cond. Balm, KCKT,
Style: Naturelle Gel(winter HG), KCCC (summer HG), Flaxseed gel
SOTC: JCNS
Love your hair: Love yourself!
I like Aussie Instant Freeze and that's the only protein free gel that I've tried and liked! I'm not sure if the Volume one is protein free or not.

A few others are Herbal Essences Totally Twisted (not enough hold for me), HE Set Me Up (too sticky), and Got2B Spiked Up.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Hmm, I have heard people having less luck with the L.A. looks one and good luck with Aussie. I think I'm going to go with Aussie! Thanks girls!

3a/3b curls.
Medium texture, medium porosity, and extremely protein sensitive.
Moderate CG? No harsh sulfates, limited 'cones.
Poo: L'oreal Ever Sleek
Condish: GVP Conditioning Balm
Deep Condish: L'oreal Ever Pure
Styling products: Bumble & Bumble smoothing creme, Not Your Mother's Curl Creme, and Giovanni gel.
Have been trying to avoid proteins and glycerin so I just picked up Aussie Instant Freeze and like it a lot! May replace my beloved hard holding LALSG with it. I'm surprised it's not mentioned more around here.
3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
After reading this about Aussie Instant Freeze gel. I was going to purchase it. Then I checked the ingredients and it does have protein (at least the ingredient list I was looking at).
coarse/medium porosity/very dense

Wash: CJDF
Conditioner: JCDT, KCKT
Styler: FSG

dislikes: protein, humectants, polyquats, jojoba oil, aloe vera

Last edited by LaurieS; 10-02-2011 at 04:45 PM.
After reading this about Aussie Instant Freezw gel. I was going to purchase it. Then I checked the ingredients and it does have protein (at least the ingredient list I was looking at).
Originally Posted by LaurieS
Say it ain't so!!!! What's the protein? I didn't see any of the usual suspects...
3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
I am pretty sure the "hops" is a protein. Anyone else know for sure?
coarse/medium porosity/very dense

Wash: CJDF
Conditioner: JCDT, KCKT
Styler: FSG

dislikes: protein, humectants, polyquats, jojoba oil, aloe vera
Used the Aussie Instant Freeze today for the first time and I love it.

My HG products are Curl Keeper or Biosilk Rock Hard gelee - after poking around here I thought the glycerin in those products might be taking my color out faster (I cover my gray every three weeks!).

Anyway, this has nice hold and shine - I need to use it more to really get a feel for it but so far so good!
HG's:
Gel: BRHG mixed with Aura Naturalle Gel or B&A Gel
LI: GVP Conditioning Balm or Giovanni Smooth as Silk,
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (as a DC, before and after dying grays, and like a serum on dry hair)



Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then blow dry for volume.

2b/c mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity, mod-CG routine.
Maybe the hops isn't a very bad protein. I was doing a search on hops and read that it does give some protein sensitive people, like me, dryness.
coarse/medium porosity/very dense

Wash: CJDF
Conditioner: JCDT, KCKT
Styler: FSG

dislikes: protein, humectants, polyquats, jojoba oil, aloe vera
Maybe the hops isn't a very bad protein. I was doing a search on hops and read that it does give some protein sensitive people, like me, dryness.
Originally Posted by LaurieS
Hops not listed on my tube. I googled the gel and hops comes up online in ingredient list but tube also looks different than current tube out in stores. Maybe the hops were removed?
3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
Online it says humulus lumulus extract (hops) but humulus is not listed on my tube.

The online list also places the hops almost last on ingredients so if it is in there, at least it's in very small amounts.
3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
This is great news! I am going to give it a try. I was looking on the online list of ingredients! Thanks for letting me know.
coarse/medium porosity/very dense

Wash: CJDF
Conditioner: JCDT, KCKT
Styler: FSG

dislikes: protein, humectants, polyquats, jojoba oil, aloe vera
Not such good luck today using the Aussie Instant Freeze. Not enough hold and a coated feeling and a strange "no movement" look/feel despite the not enough hold situation. Weird.

Oh, well - now I know to just stick with what works for me. I would like it if my color stayed better but I guess it's a small price to pay if my usual products work in every other way.
HG's:
Gel: BRHG mixed with Aura Naturalle Gel or B&A Gel
LI: GVP Conditioning Balm or Giovanni Smooth as Silk,
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (as a DC, before and after dying grays, and like a serum on dry hair)



Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then blow dry for volume.

2b/c mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity, mod-CG routine.
Not such good luck today using the Aussie Instant Freeze. Not enough hold and a coated feeling and a strange "no movement" look/feel despite the not enough hold situation. Weird.

Oh, well - now I know to just stick with what works for me. I would like it if my color stayed better but I guess it's a small price to pay if my usual products work in every other way.
Originally Posted by Csarac
I add a pea sized amount of BRHG to get the hold I want. It's been working for me. It is different than the LALSG that I'm used to but I'm trying to stay away from protein and glycerin.
3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
I love AIF, KCCC, and Goddess Curls gel; rotating and layering them.
Fine 2b hair, medium density, high porosity, normal elasticity
High dew points every season except winter, but high humidity year-round
Modified CG since 5/26/12
Low 'poo: Nature's Gates Herbal Shampoo
CO wash: V05 Kiwi Squeeze Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB
DT: GVP CB
PT: ION EC twice a week; IA Girl's Gelatin PT once a week
Styler: Just 4 Us Naturals Spring Back Curling Custard, HETT gel, and Ecostyler Krystal
Methods: diffusing for volume, SOTC
HG Products: Just 4 Us CC, GVP CB

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