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🌴 picking the right gel for curly hair
🌴 picking the right gel for curly hair
I have low-porosity, medium textured, 2C-3A curls. At first, I tried the Herbal Essences - Totally Twisted Curl-Boosting Mousse with Berry Essences mousse to style my hair. It made my hair shiny, bouncy, and feel light. But the downside to mousse is it’s harder to define your curl shape with it. Enter gel. I tried the Ouidad - Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel , a popular product from Curly Hair reddit, and followed these directions to try it: condition your hair in the shower, then rinse. when you’re out, use “prayer hands” to run a golf-ball sized amount through your hair. let it dry COMPLETELY, then scrunch out the gel cast on your hair. You’re left with bouncy, shapely, and voluminous curls like shown above! And something I noticed later is that I got ringlets 🍥 in some hair layers. It’s been a while since I got my ringlets back man 😭 I tried the travel size of this product, and I’m loving it so far. The scent is gentle and fresh, the texture is runny (not heavy), and the hair cast it forms is easy to soften. The only downside is that it’s $26 for 8.5 oz. And they recommend using a golfball sized amount, which is a lot... I used maybe 2 clementine slices amount and that almooost got my whole head, but not quite. Some people recommend the LA LOOKS - Extreme Sport Styling Gel, which is $3.79 for 20.0 oz. But note that it has Keratin & Soy protein. Lowpo hair tends to already have a lot of keratin, so adding more can make it brittle. Which brings me to some general tips for picking a gel: 🌺For Lowpo hair, avoid high protein ones. The Ouidad one has some protein, too, but it’s lower on the ingredients list. 🌺Avoid gels with alcohol, sulfates, parabens or silicones. The first 3 ingredients can dry out your hair, causing them to get more frizzy. Meanwhile, silicones are known to build up over time and weigh down hair. 🌺 If you have fine hair, be selective about the oils in it. Jojoba oil is one of the best to nourish fine hair without weighing it down. Medium hair can get a protein boost from coconut oil. Coarse hair can benefit from vitamin rich avocado oil. 🌺 Get travel sizes and go for trial and error. Hair isn’t an exact science. And sometimes, we have one part of our hair that’s more heat damaged or thin than the other. These tips are a guide to help you start, but you might find something different works for you, and that’s okay. Still, if you have my hair type and want to try a gel, I recommend this one! I’ve also heard good things about the Kinky-Curly - Original Curling Custard, Natural Styling Geland theaussie - Instant Freeze Hair with Jojoba Oil & Sea Kelp Gel. So I’ll probably give those a shot next ✨
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Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
Ouidad-Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel