Garnier Fructis Super Stiff Gel

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I was perusing the hair care aisle at Walgreens and found this. I love hard hold gels and this one says ultra strong, is protein and glycerin free so thought I'd try it.

I knew nothing about this gel and assumed it is "regular" gel with extra hold. It is not! It's super sticky, goopy, like fsg but thicker. I was afraid to put it in my hair but added a small amount over LI, then added my go-to gel, Aussie Instant Freeze. I noticed major clumpage immediately. I air dried and diffused... really good results. Springy curls, big clumps, no frizz and great shine.

This morning, I had 2nd day hair with minimal tweaking. I was outside in the afternoon (dews 60+) and still no frizz and curls/clumps holding up.

This product has real potential!! It does have polyquats and oils that a lot of curlies don't like so we'll see how my hair reacts over time.

Has anyone tried this? Any tips?
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.
Ooooh, I'll have to keep my eye out for it!!!
3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
Products I'm currently using:
Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
Ooooh, I'll have to keep my eye out for it!!!
Originally Posted by bonitafrita
Bonitafrita, I hope you try it. There isn't much information on this stuff or how to use it. It's soooo thick, sticky and gooey! I'm using it as a curl/clump enhancer under my regular gel. I was able to get 4th day hair with this. Hope it wasn't a fluke.

I've seen you hair somewhere on nc.com and it looks pretty similar to mine. Maybe this super stiff stuff will work for you too!
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.
4th day hair?!?!? That is awesome!!! Oh, that pic of my hair was horrible! Lol I've since found a combination that works much better! Haha

I plan on looking for this gel the next time I run to the store- i'll make sure to report here if/when I find it!

In the meantime, maybe you should post a pic of your hair after using this gel!
3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
Products I'm currently using:
Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
Here's a pic from my phone so can't appreciate all the clumps. I had just taken my hair out of pineapple and have NOT tweaked or fluffed in any way so pure second day hair. Usually much frizzier out of pineapple.
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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.
Wow. I think it looks awesome!! You have lovely hair!!! And you're right, our hair looks about the same!
3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
Products I'm currently using:
Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
I don't know if it still has it, but when I tried the Super Stiff gel a year ago, I noticed that the second or third ingredient is SD alcohol. So that might become an issue if you use it regularly.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
http://public.fotki.com/Mountaincurl/
pw: mountaincurl
When I first heard about this gel, it sounded awesome! But I tried reading some reviews on here, and it seemed like lots of people hated it. So, I kinda forgot about it -- until now! You must not tempt me, since I realized I had more gels to use up than I thought! Hee hee. But your hair looks AMAZING!! Although the lack of protein may not be the best for my hair. But, it sounds great!
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!
So I used the super stiff gel 3 times and 2nd and 3rd time were not as amazing as first time. It has been raining here the last 3-4 days but still can't seem to recreate initial results.

I looked at ingredients and yes Mountaincurl, there is alcohol. I always look for cones, proteins and humectants. Never think to look for that too so another disappointment. I suppose rotating this product and not using everytime may be ok?

WavyNWild, it's been a while... I couldn't get much info about this gel which is why I started the thread. I'm not giving up on it yet. I think I may just rotate it and see.

Thanks for the compliments ladies. I'd love to hear from others who have used it.
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 gave myself a week break from super stiff and decided to revisit yesterday. Awesome! Took my hair out of pineapple this morning, gave a little shake and looks great. Clumps, spring and shine!

I think this stuff really works and I'll definitely use on a regular but will rotate so as to not dry out my hair or get build up.

Any takers? Anyone? Anyone?
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.
How does it compare to BRHG ou Aussie Instant Freeze?
How does it compare to BRHG ou Aussie Instant Freeze?
Originally Posted by Carpool Curly
I use all three products for different things. The AIF is my regular gel, medium-hard hold. BHRG is harder holding and I add small amount over AIF. I wouldn't use it alone. Too expensive bc I use lots of product and it has protein which I try to limit.

GF super stiff is not like regular gel. It is VERY sticky and thick. I use it for hold and clumps, add AIF over it. It makes my hair curlier and holds clumps really well. Wouldn't use it alone though. May be too producty and/or drying used alone.

Highly recommend all 3 products though! Hope that helped.
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.
How does it compare to BRHG ou Aussie Instant Freeze?
Originally Posted by Carpool Curly
I use all three products for different things. The AIF is my regular gel, medium-hard hold. BHRG is harder holding and I add small amount over AIF. I wouldn't use it alone. Too expensive bc I use lots of product and it has protein which I try to limit.

GF super stiff is not like regular gel. It is VERY sticky and thick. I use it for hold and clumps, add AIF over it. It makes my hair curlier and holds clumps really well. Wouldn't use it alone though. May be too producty and/or drying used alone.

Highly recommend all 3 products though! Hope that helped.
Originally Posted by Cuban-curl-E
Thanks! I'm such a PJ and you're an enabler
Carpool_curly I'm guilty as charged! Haha

Btw, I used GF super stiff yesterday with AIF on top and have gotten several compliments today. The humidity here is out of control. Been raining a lot and this really held up. I even sat outside during lunch time and my hair is not frizzy or poofy! Woohoo!!
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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.

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