View Full Version : Hair gel/spray/etc. without so many chemicals?
08-17-2008, 06:20 AM
I have long blonde hair personally. Can't get it to stop frizzing without some sort of chemical.
Another curly girl here, but I don't use "stuff" in my hair, just "wash" with baking soda mixed with water and "condition" with ACV mixed with water. Then outside of the shower, I use coconut oil (just a bit) where I need it for extra moisture or if I get a tangle.
I do NOT use a comb or brush (sounds funny if it's your first hearing of this) because then my curls become a mess. Instead, I just use my fingers to keep out tangles. Works well. I NEVER wear my hair straight, might be a different story if I did that. It works better for me to just go with the flow and embrace what I have.
I used to use a beeswax product from The Body Shop as something like a gel. I couldn't tell you how natural it was, but it did work really well and smelled lovely. I ran out and my curls don't seem to need that stuff to be tame now anyways. For me, the trick has been rinsing and "conditioning" my hair every night, then scrunching with a towel and leaving it wrapped in the towel at night. When I wake in the morning, it's just about completely dry and the curls stick and stay lovely. This does NOT work the same way for me if I just take a shower in the morning. No idea why.
I've been scared to try this myself, but maybe just a dab of honey mixed with coconut oil would be great to make it shiny, soft and in place??
P.S. You're such a pretty young woman! :)
08-17-2008, 11:22 AM
Aubrey Organics is well-liked by many curlies, including me. I've used their conditioners and mandarin hair gel for years. There are many really great natural lines through the internet geared towards curly & ethnic hair types. It's mainly a matter of experimenting till you find one that works.
You might consider conditioner-washing only:
08-17-2008, 12:10 PM
Aubrey Organics is great.....they have products specifically for curly hair...they have reviews that you can read on each product from other customers.
08-17-2008, 10:14 PM
For this, I'm kind of in a quandary, because it seems that really natural shampoos and conditioners, as well as the no-poo method aren't really meant for color-treated hair, which is what I have, as well as it being naturally-curly. I even asked at the natural foods store which natural shampoos and conditioners were good for color-treated hair, and the clerk looked at me and told me, really, none of them were! On the other hand, my SKIN seems to love simple and natural, while my hair does not. So I end up just using regular cheap shampoos and conditioners and my trusty cheap hair gel, because like the original poster mentioned, on my curly colored hair it seems to work better. Also, since my hair is very thick, it takes lots of shampoo, conditioner and gel to get through it, so these expensive little bottles of natural stuff like Morocco Method would be gone in a couple of weeks or less! Can't do that on MY low budget for beauty care! For a little while I tried to go all-natural with my haircare, buying Aubrey Organics JAY shampoo and their GPB conditioner, and I really, really wanted to like them, but no dice. All they did was make my hair feel coated and dull, and took all the curl right out, or making just a frizzball out of my loose curls - not a pretty sight. I even tried an ACV rinse, and still no good. But I WAS living in an area that had extremely hard water too, so that might have had something to do with it. Am too apprehensive about what no-pooing would do to my kind of hair, so I haven't tried that. They say that one's hair looks pretty bad for 6 weeks or more while adapting, if indeed that' s even going to happen, which it doesn't for some people with curly hair - too long for me as I like to look at least sort of nice! I've tried going productless on my hair, again not good with my curl pattern, as much as I tried to like going productless. The only way I could do that would be to let my hair grow REALLY long, like to the middle of my back, and then it would look OK without gel. But since it is just barely shoulder-length, it looks really dorky(too big, undefined mass) unless I do something to pump up and define my curls. And I have a really expert haircut too, so that's not the problem.
08-18-2008, 11:48 AM
I haven't looked at everyone elses post but my hair is curly, I'm sure our hair type is different but I've seen people with all types like Giovanni hair care products, I love the leave in Conditoner and Thickening Gel, you can find it at Vitacost.com and they have a ton of reviews and You'll see people with different hair types love there products.
Also I use Aubrey Rosa Moseqita (sp?) and Aubrey Honeysuckle conditioner but depending on your hair type you probably don't need conditioner.
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