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5 Natural, Effective and Alcohol‐Free Hair Gels

• Sep 6, 2014

Portia Natural Hair Gel Twist Out

 Portia of huneybflyy.com

 

Contrary to popular belief, hair gel is not evil. Many people refuse to use gel because they believe that it will cause their hair to break off or fall out. They literally think that their hair will end up on the floor. This is true to an extent, but all gels are not the same. Furthermore, the frequency of use may be the reason why some experience breakage.

If you’re allergic to gel, that’s one thing, but don’t write it off because you had one bad experience several years ago. Gel has evolved over the years and JAM isn’t the only gel out there anymore. There are all kinds of gels that can be used for different hair types. It’s crucial to experiment and figure out which kind of gel to use for your hair. What works for one, may not work for you and that’s okay. Just take a little time and explore your many options.

Once, someone told me that they used Eco Styler Protein gel (the brown one), but their scalp started itching and flaking, so they decided that gel wasn’t for them. They just gave up after only trying one kind of gel from one brand. When I initially started using gel in my hair, I used a variety until I settled on one that my hair loved. It was trial and error. I researched and experimented a lot, which most naturals are used to doing by now. One should have the same mind set when it comes to gel. I personally can’t use Eco Styler Protein gel because my hair does not like protein all that much, but I can use Eco Styler Olive Oil gel. My hair loves it and I don’t have any issues with itching or flaking.

Gel is not intended to be placed on your scalp, so that’s probably why my mystery woman had that issue. Granted, there are some who use it along their hair line to smooth down hair with no issues. However, gel was originally intended for your hair and not your scalp, so keep that in mind when applying it.

In addition to application, the ingredients within hair gel are just as important. If the gel you’re thinking about using has an excessive amount of alcohol and nothing complementary that will provide moisture, then you should stay away from it. It’s been proven that gels that feature ingredients such as argon oil, aloe vera, and jojoba oil provide great moisture for the hair and are not drying. Take a look at some of your gel options and decide which one is right for you!

Flax Seed Gel

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Flax seed gel is definitely unique and it’s great for all hair types. Flax seed is high in omega‐ 3. This fatty acid nourishes the hair and adds shine. Did you know that flax seed can also help with hair loss and dandruff? Unlike the gels you’re used to, flax seed gel actually moisturizes your hair and leaves it feeling soft. This gel is awesome because it holds curls and waves, and you can make it at home. You can’t get any more natural than that!

Aloe Vera Gel

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Aloe is extracted from the Aloe Vera plant and is commonly used for burns. Aloe Vera gel is also used for burns and scrapes. It’s full of vitamins and minerals that are great for hair. Aloe Vera gel is not only moisturizing for your hair, but it also possesses healing properties for your scalp. People that use it, notice that their dandruff disappears. This gel also reduces frizz and leaves your hair free of tangles. Most use Aloe Vera gel for wash ‘n gos because it defines curls and leaves them feeling soft. This would probably be one of the few gels that you should use on your scalp.

Eco Styler Gel

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This has got to be the most popular gel amongst the natural hair community. There are so many options in the Eco Styler line that you really have to test them out and see which one might be for you. The great thing about Eco Styler gel is that its ingredients are very simple. Eco Styler gel is water based and contains zero alcohol and sulfates. The levels of hold are dependent on which kind of gel you choose. The Eco Styler Krystal gel is supposed to be great for twist outs, but my hair doesn’t love it. It prefers the Eco Styler Olive Oil gel instead which is also great for slicking back your hair.

Kinky Curly Custard

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The name is deceiving because Kinky Curly Custard is more of a gel than custard. None the less, it provides great hold and even provides shine for your kinks and curls. I used this gel for a wash ‘n go once and while I still experienced some shrinkage, my curls were the most defined they had ever been after a wash ‘n go. Some people experience crunchy hair when using Kinky Curly Custard, but I found that if you use less gel and more moisture, then you can eliminate that problem. Less is more when it comes to this gel, but your results may vary.

 

Giovanni L.A Natural Styling Gel

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If your hair is porous, then this is the gel for you. Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel doesn’t have glycerin, which isn’t the best for porous hair. While this styling gel has a firm hold, it does not leave your hair feeling hard and crunchy. Instead, you hair is flexible, but defined. This gel also works really well in humid climates and it helps tame frizz.

As with any product, your results will vary when it comes to hair gel. Your hair may love a particular gel or it may absolutely hate all gels. We don’t want to force our hair to do something it doesn’t want to do, but we don’t want to rule out something based off of one bad experience either.

Remember: It’s important that your hair is moisturized before applying any gel. The gel that you may be using may feature moisturizers, but it’s crucial that your hair is moisturized under your gel. Applying gel alone may dry out your hair and leave it weak causing breakage. Breakage is usually the number one reason why women stop using gel. In reality, they weren’t using it right to begin with. You should never apply any styler without packing on the moisture first. What hair gels are you using at the moment and which do you love?

 

Does gel play a crucial part in maintaining your hair regimen? Why or Why not?

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If I need to use gel it’s been used to smooth my edges. But I have always put the portion of gel that I need in the palm of my hand with a tiny bit of Castor oil. I would then swirl it in my palm with my finger and then apply it to my edges.

Darlyn
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Darlyn

Gel does NOT play a crucial part in maintaining my hair regimen. My hair strinks a lot and clumps pretty easily.

I’ve had better experiences with curl creams.

JenniD
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JenniD

Good tips. I was anti gel for a long time but now I can see how useful it can be sometimes. I kinda like setting lotions better than gel. Lotta body works pretty good and sets really quick. Its light weight and I only need a small dab for my twist outs or Bantu knot outs. Leaves no crunchy feeling

Jasmine
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Jasmine

I don’t do twist outs without gel. My go to combo for twist outs is shea Moisture’s curling soufflé and flaxseed gel.

Chanda
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Chanda

Kinky Curly Custard didn’t do anything for me but make a mess. This is when I first went natural in 2008 so maybe I wasn’t using it right. Right now I’m trying to use up my Eco Styler Olive Oil gel (before I buy the the Argan Oil one). I use gel mostly for slicked back dos, wash ‘n wears are a big no‐no for me. That Flax seed gel sounds good.

Jacky
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Jacky

Nice list. Gel is not a major part of my natural hair regimen. I only use it when the weather is acting up( getting too humid ) or if I want a super‐sleek super‐shiny hairdo. Flaxseed gel is the best gel that I’ve tried so far. It makes my hair to be super shiny and super defined and also gives me strong hold that lasts for a long time and is anti‐humidity( in my case ). I would love to use flaxseed gel all the time but it doesn’t last long… which means that I have to keep making fresh… Read more »

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LBell

Once I figured out how to use it — there’s definitely a learning curve — KCCC became one of my Holy Grail products. Recently I tried switching it up with some cheaper gels, most notably Eco crystal, and it just wasn’t the same.

Flaxseed gel works well too but I haven’t had as much experience with it as I have with KCCC. It doesn’t seem to last as long or go on as easily…One of these slow weekends I may try experimenting with some of the recipes I’ve seen online.

Miss T
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Miss T

What is the best way to use the Kinky Curly? I’m still trying to figure it out.

ss
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ss

I love KCCC and have used it for years. My hair is tightly coiled, kinky, 4c textured I’ve found there are several variables which affect my style outcome. 1. Applying too much KCCC. Leaves hair sticky/gummy 2. Applying KCKT too heavily. Leaves hair white/flaky 3. High humidity rainy days. Curls feel moist/soft 4. Low humidity dry days. Curls feel hard Please search YouTube for PinkeCube’s video titled “4c Max Hydration Wash n Go”. Please note how she applies a diluted KCKT mix to her hair! My hair would look foamy when I applied KCKT straight, now I apply a diluted… Read more »

Delia
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Delia

I didn’t know about Giovanni L.A. gel. I live in the desert so gels with glycerin tend to not help my hair. I’ll try their brand the next time I’m in a store that carries it 🙂

Mary in Md
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Mary in Md

Total gel head here. When I introduced gel to my regimen, it was a real game changer for me. Love the stuff!

NapturallyKia
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NapturallyKia

My hair despises Eco styler olive oil but loves the argan oil on. If you find it too crunchy try the on for color treated hair. It has a hold of 5. Works great and doesn’t leave a crunch.

KCCC — a little goes a long way. Gave me the best twist outs ever

Nessa
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Nessa

III Sisters of Nature Natural Curling Gelo is excellent. Has anyone here tried it?

http://www.curlkitshop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=42

ss
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ss

I thought it was a great gel, styled my 4c coils well. It smelled funny, but the scent dissipated. I stopped using it when I started the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM)because it contains a polyquatermium. Other than that, it takes a while to dry, but the styling slip is great, did not need a leave in. I spritzed in am to refresh.

I feel the same about Design Essentials Honey Curlforming custard, great gel, abandoned it because it was not MHM friendly.

My hair feels a lot more moist and supple since I started using MHM friendly products.

@tishushu
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@tishushu

No one like WetLine Xtreme gel? Its so awesome…

Tish Garcia
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Tish Garcia

That’s what we use in my household. The best.

gel no
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gel no

I have noticed while my daughter and I used eco style gel alternating betweem olive and argon with our naturally curly hair , our edges dissipating within at least 6 months of use. I mixed castrol oil with for edges still seem to have thinned noticeably..Mentioned to a customer my experience and she notice after a years use, she has recently experienced the same. This is the only new product we have all introduced into our daily regimen..on that note we need a great strong hold without the presence of PROTIEN ( to much can be damaging..) in a styler.… Read more »

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