I know this goes against the “natural hair code”, but I have to share. After all, the first step to recovery – for the record I don’t plan on recovering – is admittance. So here I am officially announcing my love for gel. Let’s talk about it.
There are so many reasons why naturalitas are encouraged to prefer cream stylers – or any other product for that matter – over gel. Here are a couple.
1. Gel lacks moisture – Several gel products are jammed packed with silicone and alcohol. These ingredients are known for drying out the hair.
2. Crunchy Hair – When using gel your hair is left hard, crunchy to the touch and doesn’t move.
Yes, these are very valid points that can create the foundation of a strong case against gel. However, here is why I ignore the two “girl don’t use gel on your hair” warnings above.
1. I cleanse my hair, with sulfates (dramatic music plays)
Some gels – especially the ones I like – contain ingredients that, when over used and not properly removed from the hair, cause dryness. Lucky for me I have a cabinet full of sulfate heavy shampoos. I know, the use of sulfates is another “no no” in the natural hair world. But, how else am I supposed to rid my stands of the gel I’m so fond of? In my opinion, it’s about appropriate and moderate use.
If I am styling my hair with a product that needs extra umph to be removed from my hair then I pull out a sulfate shampoo. If I have used a styler that lacks synthetic ingredients then I may use a sulfate-free shampoo.
Eco-Styler Olive Oil (similar) | Curls Cashmere Curls Jelly (similar) | Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly
2. I love the feeling of Ramen Noodle curls
I’m kidding. But in all actuality I don’t mind my hair being a bit hard after day one. The key words in that sentence is day one. After a wash and go with my favorite gel, Eco Styler Olive Oil, I can usually wear the style, without flaking, for 5 days. That is 5 days of not having to “do” my hair! Who doesn’t love that? I wake each morning add a little water and oil, to soften my beloved crunchy curls, and I’m out.
Don’t get me wrong, I do have a few non-gel cream stylers that are my go to But, if I am looking for staying power and maximum curl definition I head straight for the gel. In my book there is no right or wrong when it comes to hair care products.