Drugstore alcohol-free styling products?

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I just got an appointment with a hairstylist who goes to my school and has come in from California. She said that the alcohols in my gel (LA sport) are drying out my hair. I was thinking of trying SheaM Curl Milk or Herbal Essences Twisted mousse instead, but are there any others I could take a look at?

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


I didn't think there were any bad alcohols in LALSG...?
2b/3a, normal/high porosity, fine/medium texture, medium density, low elasticity

Low Poo- Tigi Colour Goddess, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT (clarify 1X/week)
Condish- CJ Curl Rehab, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT
Leave In- Slip Detangler, KCKT, Redken Curl Refiner
Style- KCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG
Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
The back of my LALSG bottle says it's alcohol free, but if something else in it is drying your hair out... I believe BRHG is alcohol free, and L'oreal has a new alcohol free EverStyle gel.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed
There is protein in LALSG which is what dried me out when using it...
2b/3a, normal/high porosity, fine/medium texture, medium density, low elasticity

Low Poo- Tigi Colour Goddess, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT (clarify 1X/week)
Condish- CJ Curl Rehab, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT
Leave In- Slip Detangler, KCKT, Redken Curl Refiner
Style- KCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG
Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
There is also glycerin which many have an issue with. It dries me out so I only use it once in awhile.
My hair: 3b, corkicelli, medium porosity, medium texture, medium/thick density

Co-wash: DevaCurl NoPoo
Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: KCKT, Suave Naturals Coconut, or my rinse-out!
Gel: SS FHG (my new HG!!)... I also like HESMU, AIF, CJ CQ, BRHG, CJ PP and the occasional LALSG

Likes: Plopping!
Dislikes: Glycerin

CG and loving it!
Yeah I just checked, LALSG is free of alcohols. Maybe the protein or glycerin is drying out my hair? If so, any other ideas for a replacement styling product? My local walmart sells Loreal Out of bed, loreal's new everstyle gels, the garnier pure clean styling product line (cream, gel and paste), suave captivating curls spray gel, and HETT gel and mousse. My routine is basically cleansing (low-poo or co-wash), condition, and super soaker with a leave-in and a single styling product before plopping and a little diffusing.

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


So I just heard that glycerin is drying for hair in dry environments. That must've been what was drying my hair from the LALSG! Now I should find a styling product without glycerin. Stupid stupid stupid!

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


Yup, glycerin is a humectant and will steal moisture from whatever is wettest in an attempt to hydrate whatever is driest. So in hair products, in low dews (below 40, or 30 for some) or dry air, it steals moisture from hair while trying to hydrate the air. It's a good thing in dews between about 40-60 because it's pulling moisture out of the air and adding it to hair. In dews above 60-ish, hair can get overhydrated (read: poofy /frizzy) because the air is too moist. Glycerin's a common culprit for dewpoint induced dryness. Aloe vera, honey, and agave are other humectants, and you can check here for others. It's hard to find humectant free products, and glycerin and aloe are the most common culprits I've seen people mention here. You might try for a product with humectants lower on the ingredient list, or perhaps try sealing after gel.

That said, humectants may not cause problems for you in everything. I used a condish with fairly high glycerin content as a RO /LI all winter here and had no issues with dryness in dews down to 11. I do watch it in gels, and you might try layering LALSG over another, glycerin free gel. I did that sometimes this past winter when I wanted the increased hold of LALSG without the drying effects of using it as my only gel.

HETT didn't have the hold I wanted. It's more a medium /flexible hold than a firm /hard holding gel. I'm liking Aussie's Instant Freeze gel, which does have Benzyl Alcohol (a safe one, I believe). Comparable hold to HESMU which was my go to glycerin free gel before it was reformulated. Check the ingredients, but Herbal Essences spray gels were CG friendly and alcohol free last I checked.

Also, I believe SaraNoH lives in the desert, so maybe scope her siggy for product recs.
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CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed

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