I want my gel to be able to scrunch my curls, but also smooth my hair when it's in an updo. But...
for some reason, using Ecostyler olive oil gel straightens and makes my hair look/feel SUPER dry when I Denman brush it down ( for buns, ponytails). Isn't gel supposed to lay my hair down, but not take away the curly look? I only style my hair when it's completely wet/really damp. And when I try to scrunch my curls, it looks the way I want it until 2 hours later and my hair starts to look like a puff. There's nothing wrong with puffs, but I get upset when I want to achieve a certain look with my wash n go's, and I'm up at night/early in the morning just for it to become a puff. Could humidity be a problem? Can someone recommend me done good gel brands to use for both scrunching curls and laying it down smooth? I have 4A hair.
Eco Styler gel does have protein in it so your hair may be responding to that. Some other gel brands that 4As tend to use are Entwine Couture's Creme Jelle Styler, Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly, Pantene Truly Natural Curling Custard, ORS Lock & Twist Gel, Shea Moisture Souffle, Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Gelee, and Kinky Curly's Custard, to name a few.