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Product Review: Hair Gels

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Hey all! I have been on a quest to find a good hair gel for years. I’ve used many and I have found that they have either dried out my hair and/or made my hair hard. Below I will review 4 gels that I have used and let you know which gel I plan to keep around. In order of use:

1. Eco-styler Gel w/Olive Oil


Price:
$3.99 @ Sally’s Beauty Supply
Ingredients:
Water , Carbomer , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , PVP , Glycerin , Triethanolamine , Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate , Polysorbate 20 , Tetrasodium EDTA , Olive Oil , Fragrance , Blue #1 , Yellow #11 , Love and Pride (whatever “love and pride” is supposed to mean, I don’t know).
Consistency and Smell: Very thick, gunky, and sticky consistency. This product smells like a mildly-scented men’s cologne. The smell is mild and not overbearing.
Review: As you all know by now, I am partial to all-natural hair products so I was apprehensive to try this gel. Most ladies in the natural hair community seem to be crazy about this gel. I used it when I was putting twists in my hair, it was applied over my leave-in and shea butter. The result of the twistout was very defined curls, but dryness. My hair was very dry and a little crunchy. It took me a few days to regain moisture in my hair. I didn’t use it again for styling, but I have used it to slick my hair down for buns. It worked okay for that, but I refused to put a lot in my hair so it was not as “sleek” as I would have liked.
Will I use the product again? No.

2. Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz Styling Serum

Price: $12 ($18 w/shipping) @ Curlmart.com
Ingredients:
Lavender water, extracts of horsetail, nettles and sage, aloe vera gel, vitamin B-5, glycerin, citric acid, and grapefruit seed extract.
Consistency and Smell: A runny gel consistency. The product smells like lavender oil.
Review: I used the spritz as a styler for twists and found it to be very runny and difficult to apply to the hair. The spritz made my hair a little dry and little hard after it had set. I used the spritz to slick back my hair for buns and did not find it very effective. One thing this product did do is control frizz. It was very good for that. I have had this product for several months and it has been in my closet. I have rarely used it. However, I did put some in my daughter’s hair and it seemed to work nice for her hair. It reduced frizz and did not make her hair hard or dry.
Will I use this product again? If it continues to work for my daughter’s hair, maybe. If not, no.

3. Flax Seed Gel



Price: Free (homemade–see hair recipes)
Ingredients:
Flax seeds and water
Consistency and Smell: A very gunky consistency. Unscented.
Review: I was really excited to try this gel because you can make it yourself and it is all-natural. Because the gel is so gunky, it is difficult to apply to hair. After using this gel as a styler for twists, it made my hair dry after it had set. It didn’t take much to regain moisture, but my hair was very dried out before I applied other products on top of the gel.
Will I use this product again? No.

4. Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Ginkgo Leaf and Ginseng Root Hair Jelly

Price: $8 ($13 w/shipping) @ Vitacost.com
Ingredients: Water, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Tragacanth and Gum Arabic Blend, Ginkgo Leaf, Ginseng Root, Chinese Magnolia Blossoms, Chinese Angelica, Chrysanthemum, Earth Smoke, Morus Root, Mandarin Orange Peel, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E).
Consistency and Smell: Jelly consistency. A very strong herb/ orange fruit scent.
Review: Now, you all know I have a hair love affair with Aubrey Organics so I was pumped to try this product. I am not fond of the smell of this product. I’ve actually added lavendar oil to it to overpower the scent. If you are looking for a strong hold (Eco styler-like) gel, this is not for you. This product has hold, but it is not a firm, mold your hair together type of hold. It’s not abrasive. I used this product for a bun and I was pleased that it did not make my hair hard at all. I applied it all over my hair and my hair felt very soft after application which surprised me. It smoothed my hair down and moderately controlled the frizz for my bun. What I was most impressed with was the gentle hold, moisture, and softness it added to my hair. I used it today for a bun and I can’t stop touching my hair because it is so soft! I also used this product in my daughter’s hair and it made her hair soft and defined her curls. I mentioned in a previous post that I had been using Johnson and Johnson baby gel for her hair which made her hair soft, but greasy. The J and J gel defined her curls, but made them look smaller and contrived. What I like about the Aubrey jelly is that her curls look natural, but controlled.
Will I use this product again? I plan to. I have only used it a couple of times. Thus far I am pleased with the results on my hair and my daughter’s hair. I will be using this product as a styler for my mini-twists later today. I will update you on the progress I have with this product, but so far it’s a keeper!

-Evelyn


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Author: Charish Halliburton

Writer and Editor for The Motley News

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