I love how lightweight it is, almost like a serum. This gel glides on my hair and is slippery. It gives me just enough hold without the crunch, and it keeps frizz away without making my hair too sleek...just what I need for Springtime humidity.
My hair type is 2B. I have a feeling it's low porosity. I have dense hair. Maybe, medium density? I look for a thin gel that glides on my hair that's not too thick. If it feels sticky in my hands I won't use it because it will likely feel sticky when I put it on. It has to block frizz and give me awesome definition but without the crunch. If a gel gives me a little crunch it's not a deal breaker, though. I will usually just use a little bit of oil to smooth out the crunch. It does the trick every time. I will stay away from a gel if hardens my hair. Nobody likes hard strands hanging from their head.
I love trying new products, so I won't totally bypass unknown gels. But I also know what I love, so I'll stick with one product for a while until I find something new I love. I apply Ouidad Heat and Humidity gel on wash day on wet hair. I divide my hair into two sides. I will usually squeeze about a nickel size amount into my palm and then smooth it with both hands. Then I use the "prayer-hands" technique to smooth the gel on one side of my hair. Then I'll repeat for the other side of my hair. I have to use a lot of it (nickel size for each side) to really make sure I keep frizz away. Then I scrunch with my hands to get any excess gel off, and I finish by scrunching it with a towel (to squeeze excess moisture out).
It holds pretty well throughout the week, so I will just spritz it with water and that reactivates the gel. If it's starting to fall limp, I will re-wet my hair and add a little more gel to spruce things up. I usually apply this right after a leave in conditioner. I wash my hair, condition, rinse, and then apply leave in. After the leave-in I'll add the Ouidadgel and nothing else. Sometimes I will even skip the leave-in step if I used a really rich daily conditioner and just go with the gel. It's enough to keep frizz away, I love it.
This gel gives me amazing definition on my 4B coils! I love cocktailing it with my favorite leave-in. I always see my coils elongated without being crunchy.
I'm closest to 4B. Medium porosity, high density, coarse. on the longer side of short length when stretched. Honestly, the only thing I look for is whether or not it will work! I read reviews and look at pictures to find if others with my hair type have had success with the product. In general, I'll try anything once - you just never know!
I continue to try new products. But I keep coming back to this one! My other favorite that I know will always work is Kinky-Curly's Curling Custard. No matter what kind of hair day I'm having, what the weather is doing, how I'm feeling that day - these two gels will always get me together.
I apply on wash day. I get the best results after washing with SheaMoisture Superfruit then using Kinky-Curly's Stellar Strands as a deep treatment. Once I've rinsed it out and my hair is still wet and detangled, I apply a leave-in (my current favorite is SheaMoisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, Restore Leave-In Conditioner) and apply Don't Shrink on top of it in sections.
Throughout the week, I just refresh with a little water and add more when needed. I am the definition of a "lazy natural" so this routine gives my 'fro just the definition I need with minimal effort.
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