As we continue to sweat through these summer months, I am leaning more and more towards the world of wash n gos. In order for this style to be suitable for me to step out of the house in, I am going to need a gel. Because I’ve had such a difficult time finding a gel that doesn’t flake or have such a stiff gel cast that my hair is immovable, I thought I’d leave a list for us to try!
Happy Washin and Goin!
Flax Seed Gel
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. While Aunt Jackie’s “don‘t shrink” flaxseed gel is the gel I personally pick up, you can actually make this gel in your kitchen by simply boiling flax seeds. You can’t get any more natural than that!
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe is extracted from the Aloe Vera plant and is commonly used for burns. It is also full of vitamins and minerals that are great for hair and skin. 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 will reduce frizz and leave your hair free of tangles. Most naturals use Aloe Vera gel for wash ‘n gos because it defines curls and leaves them feeling soft. I plan on trying this in the VERY near future. You may even get a video on it!
This has got to be the most popular gel among 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 levels of hold and moisture 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 Flaxseed and Eco Styler Gold gel instead which is also great for slicking back your hair.
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 product many years ago when I just started in the natural game. I had great results, but didn’t really know what I was doing. Some people experience crunchy hair when using Kinky Curly Custard, but I’ve heard that if you use less gel and more moisture, then you can eliminate that problem. It has continued to be a staple in the natural community, so I may have to give it a try again.
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. However, all of this is here say. I have not tried it myself. It has been said to be a GREAT replacement for Eco Styler and the price point isn’t bad either!
Keep living your best life, one strand at a time!