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I’ve seen a lot of people having problems with gels and styling creams,so I decided to write this to wrap up this week’s posts.
Let’s start with styling gels
When I was relaxed I used black Gels which made my hair very stiff. I couldn’t comb my hair after except I washed it off.I thought it was normal and correct. When I returned natural,I totally avoided gels & activators of all kinds.
Most gels leave flakes & residue on hair after drying. Some provide hold but makes our hair stiff & plastered to our scalp. I hate all these problems & didn’t want to risk my hair breaking like a twig.
Solutions to gels that flake & make hair stiff.
1) Make a curling pudding with the gel.
It’s very simple, just combined your clear gel with a bit of Shea butter and 1-2 spoons of olive oil. It leaves your hair moisturized while still providing hold.
2) Add an oil:
Favorites include olive,coconut & castor oil among others. An oil prevents your hair from drying out. Some Gels like ecostlyer gel with olive oil,comes with an oil. If yours doesn’t,just add an oil.
No 2 is ideal for those whose hair gets weighed down with too much products & need light products.
3) Add an humectant (honey,aloe vera,glycerin) to keep your hair moisturized not dry.
4) Spray a leave in or water first. This will provide a good surface for the gel & lay your hair. The gel will do it’s thing while your hair stays moisturized. The leave in will also cause residue to dissappear once dry.
For styling creams/puddings:
1) If you have more than one,try combining them. Some naturals get their perfect styling cream after mixing two different ones. It’s all about trial & error.
2) Add an humectant like glycerin to prevent your hair from drying out.
This is for all styling products in general
Why? If your product clearly negatively affects your hair no matter the different states of your hair each time,how you use it,what you use it after/before etc it might be time to move on for the sake of your hair.
What is your favourite styling cream?