HELP! My favorite gel has been discontinued.

For years I've been using Graham Webb Making Waves Curl Defining Gel and have just learned that they've stopped making it.
Does anyone have any that they don't use and would sell me? or does anyone know any good substitutes? The things I liked about it were that it was a mild hold, not at all crunchy (unless I used too much) and contained no silicones.
If anyone can make a recommendation for something else, I'd be most appreciative.
Thanks!
Tried to pm you but your box is full. I don't have the Graham Webb gel, LOL, but others.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Hi. I'm new but in the same boat. In fact, I joined because I came across the site searching for a replacement for Making Waves. It's the only product I have ever found that works well with my hair.

I've come across two suggestions for replacements:
  • Graham Webb Back to Basics (one person said it's the same as MW, but I'm not sure about that)
  • DevaCare Arc AnGell
I haven't tried either, but does anyone else know which one would be closest to Making Waves?
Two suggestions: The Aura/Naturelle Hypoallergenic Gel from Sally's Beauty Supply. Really nice gel, leaves hair very shiny and soft.

But even better -- make your own flaxseed gel! It is the bomb. Easy to make, and you can adjust it to suit your prefs. See the Recipes board for lots & lots of info.
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
RC color
Thanks for the suggestions.

Max, I did just order 4 things of Making Waves from here: http://www.101fragrances.com/

I can't vouch for the site, though. Never ordered from them before, but I am desperate.
Kathymack, I sent you a private message. Thanks!

Christine
Currently using:
shampoo bars, GVP K-Pak, Abba Pure Gentle Leave-in, Mop curl cream, Babaii Mousse and BRHG
Thanks everyone for your input here.

RozettaStone, I'll be heading over to Sally's later today to check out your suggestions. Thanks.

Nhubs, I know what you mean - I'm really desperate, too. I never expected this! I checked with 101fragrances and learned that they still have it on their website, but they don't have any product (I'm sorry to break this news to you.....). thanks for the thought, but this seems like yet another dead end. How depressing!

I'll let you know if I learn anything new - and hope that you'll do the same.

Max
Yeah, they just emailed me and canceled my order. Very annoying. Oh well. Will keep you updated as well. Thanks.
For years I've been using Graham Webb Making Waves Curl Defining Gel and have just learned that they've stopped making it.
Does anyone have any that they don't use and would sell me? or does anyone know any good substitutes? The things I liked about it were that it was a mild hold, not at all crunchy (unless I used too much) and contained no silicones.
If anyone can make a recommendation for something else, I'd be most appreciative.
Thanks!
Originally Posted by Max
I just sold mine - too bad. But mine had silicones...that's why I sold it...
Condish Faves: GVP Condish Balm, GDLI, GTTTT
HG Stylers as of NOW: DMCCB, CJ CCCC, Boots, Re:Coil, SMU, BRHG
ABSOLUTE FAVES: KCP, CJ AF
Graham Webb's Making Waves hair gel was my favorite hair gel, too. Has anyone who liked that gel found a good replacement?

I've tried "Nexxus Exxtra Gel Style Creation Sculptor" ("creation sculptor"? *LOL* Over-the-top with the names there....) and "Clairol Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel". I don't like either one. The Nexxus seemed to really dry my hair out and the Clairol one seems drying, too.

I've read that Graham Webb's Back to Basics Curl Activating Gel is the same as Making Waves. I looked into it and the ingredients are different.

Help?
I've been using DevaCare ArcAngel and am starting to like it quite a bit.
It has some plusses and minuses: it's not as firm as the Graham Webb - so second day hair isn't a guarantee. On the other hand, my current haircut is not so good, so i'm not sure if the problem is the gel or my hair. I also could probably use a bit more, but i don't like really stiff hair, so I haven't really tried that.
It's more water soluble, so if i wanted to do the no poo thing, i'd have a much easier time since it seems to wash out really easily. I'm not doing that, but i like being able to wash it off my hands without lots of soap.
My hair feels shiny and healthy with it, so while it's not a perfect replacement, i'm not miserable.
i don't like some of the other Deva products, so i'm glad i like this one.
I'd love to hear what replacements other people have found....
Thank you for the reply, Max! I sent you a PM....
I just found out that this gel has been discontinued. I'm so sad! I've been using it for 10+ years and love it.

I called Graham Webb and they told me that the Sebastian Gel Forte Strong Hold Gel is the closest gel to Making Waves. I also asked them about the Back to Basics Gel and they said that that gel has also been discontinued.
Here are some of the gels I like best ... I don't like really hard hold gels (i.e. BRHG) ...
  • Going Ohm Aloe Gel
  • Curls Goddess Glaze (I preferred the Princess Glaze, but they discontinued it
  • Mop Top
  • MGA Sculpting Gel
  • Loma's Achieve Gel.
  • Aubrey Organics B5
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
Like you ladies, I searched the globe for the last bottles of Making Waves. And then switched to Back to Basics (not as good, but was as close as I could find). And now, I'm just using anything and everything I see and I have found nada. Please tell me one of you have found a replacement. I can get good Day 1 hair, but Days 2 and 3 are MISERABLE. Help!
Like you ladies, I searched the globe for the last bottles of Making Waves. And then switched to Back to Basics (not as good, but was as close as I could find). And now, I'm just using anything and everything I see and I have found nada. Please tell me one of you have found a replacement. I can get good Day 1 hair, but Days 2 and 3 are MISERABLE. Help!
Originally Posted by EvaJane
If you ladies truly don't want to be without, there are still people selling Making Waves gel on Ebay, but for a hefty price. Check it out if you haven't already
Thanks, Asugirl. I didn't know that.

I've still been using Devacurl Arc Angel and am getting used to it. If i want my hair to look extra good, i use 90% Arc Angel and 10% Making Waves. I find that's almost as good as Making Waves itself - and allow my Making Waves to last a lot longer.

I also find that if i use Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner, it helps my curl formation. On the negative side, i think it dries my hair out a bit, so i don't use it all the time.

Has anyone found anything as good as Making Waves?

I keep hoping someday they'll bring it back. Maybe we should all contact them....

Max
I feel your pain. When they discontinued my fave gel - Citre Shine Curl Booster - I was so sad! I found it in the States when I was visiting and bought all five bottles on the spot from a drugstore! I have since found other great products - AOMM, Biolage Gelée, my own flaxseed gel etc, but it was a steep learning curve ... Happy experimenting, my fellow curly friend!
2b/3a in Vancouver, Canada
HG's
Poo/Condish:Desert Essences shampoo and conditioner, Biolage Deep Treatment, LiveClean moisturizing low 'poo/condish, Loréal NutriGloss Treatment
Leave in: BWC, HSH pumpkin potion, Aveda Be Curly style-prep
Stylers:
my own homemade Satsuma scented agave spiked FSG; Aveda Phomollient + BeCurly curl enhancer; Biolage Gelée + AOMM, AG mousse gel

yup, I'm an unabashed PJ!
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I'm so glad to find fellow curlies who feel the same way about Graham Webb Making Waves Curl Defining Texturizer. When I found out they really discontinued the product, I literally felt sick to my stomach. I cannot even count the number of different products I have tried that are 'specially formulated' for curly hair, only to be disappointed again and again and AGAIN.

How could they do this?????? My PERFECT formula was a good squeeze of Making Waves, with a slightly smaller amount of the Silk Protein Leave In Conditioner....no kidding I could go to DAY 4 or (pushing it) even DAY 5 "dirty" and it would still look nice.

I will definitely be contacting Graham Webb. Probably won't do much good, but maybe just maybe if they hear from enough of us, they might reconsider. I'd make it at home if I could!

UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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