Cheap Cosmetics Review

March 8, 2010

Suitable Hair Gels for the Curly Girl Method

If you too are following the CG method, you would already know that a very important part of our daily routine, after co-wash and conditioning, is to apply a hair gel and then “plop” our hair for about 30 minutes.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “plopping”, here is a refresher video.

I do not know about products in the US but it is quite hard for us UK girlies to find products that are suitable. Most of the help we find on the internet is aimed at the US market. Also, finding the right hair gel can be a minefield considering that some alcohols have a drying effect on your hair while others do nourish your hair.

One thing I had been trying lately was to use 100% Pure Organic Aloe Vera Gel from Holland & Barrett. It did hydrate my hair and felt “fresh”… However, it only had limited hold and was giving very little curl definition. I looked like a fried poodle by the end of the day. The thinking behind using this gel (normally made for skin) was the idea that it didn’t contain any nasties.

Then, on recommendations by a fellow UK curly girl on the naturallycurly.com forum, I tried VO5 Mega Hold gel. It will set you back about £3 in Superdrug. It did give me the right curl definition but I was running out of this pretty fast. I needed to buy one of these every 6 days! Not so much a price to pay if you consider that I used to be on Frizz Ease serum every single day. At £5 for a tiny bottle, I was pouring money into my hair.

I decided to trawl the forums yet again and managed to find this little marvel: Boots Essentials Extra Firm Hold Gel. At only 89p for 250ml, it is a bargain! It does the same thing as the VO5 Mega Hold gel and contains no nasty drying alcohols. It also fits in very well with the new experiment I have been trying out: mixing essential oils with my hair gel. This allows me to apply oils evenly without causing any mess and spills and keep my dry and porous ends hydrated throughout the day.

What kind of essential oils do I use? Well, I do my own mixes see. I pour my Boots hair gel into a 350ml container and I make up the remaining 100ml with my oils. I mainly use a good serving of jojoba oil and melted pure coconut oil first (about half each) and then I add a few drops of Lavender oil which helps tame the frizz. If you feel like you want to have a “just fresh” feeling, then you can also add a few drops of tea tree oil.

As a rule of thumbs, the above mix lasts me for about 2 weeks. All essential oils can be found at Holland & Barrett.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on!

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