Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Searching for an Affordable Gel?

Curl definition or even a great twisting agent is only a handful of seeds away. Ive been a fan of Kinky Curly Curling Custard around 3 years, I however am not a fan of the price. Since hearing and reading about it I have purchased 2 16oz containers within a 3 year period. That’s not bad because I only use it during the spring and summertime. If I wanted long lasting twists in the winter time I could use it as well but I would have to ensure I sealed the twist with oil or oil based product to ensure my hair stays soft.

There is an art to making the KCCC, and it can be quite frustrating to figure out. I really took some time out this past year to play around with the custard on the weekends
1. You have to be careful of what leave in you use under the curling custard
2. If you’re going to add oil, be sure to mix it in your hand first to see how it reacts together. No one wants to see curdled egg like dots in the hair
3. Most all of smooth and smooth the product in until it’s dissolved, you do NOT need a lot of product. if you aren’t careful your hair will stick together in certain parts like glue.

I have tested KCCC on three different hair types and textures. My girlfriends love being my test dummy’s. My first girlfriend is a 4A-B, however she is fine haired and her hair waves into elongated S curls when shingled, my other girlfriend is a 3 A-B, with normal texture and her hair curls into fat Slinky Marker size curls and of course myself , who is a 4 A-B with pen size and coffee stirrers coils.

It’s worked on all of us and given us multiple day hair. I’m all for just getting up and wetting my hair if need be and going about my business, however I’ve been searching for something cheaper with similar results and all natural. KCCC doesnt come cheap. Its $17 for 8ozs and $30 for 16 ozs. Depending on where you go , you can start off making your own gel starting at $1.99 to up to $10 for 3lbs. I purchase my flax seeds at Whole Foods or my local health food store.

Enter Linseed!

This is the best thing since sliced bread; it even tops my love affair with KCCC. Linseed gel is as curl defining as KCCC if not better and it allows me to add to it what I want in it. Sometimes I use just water and flax seeds, some times aloe vera and flax seeds, sometimes, I add in glycerin, oils, honey, the list goes on and on but no matter what, my hair turns out FAB. If I want to make it a jelly type, I add xanthum gum.

Simple recipes are

A natural hair gel
2 Tbsp Whole Flax Seeds1 cup waterPure Aloe Vera Gel, if desiredFew drops of essential oil for scent

Bring water to a boil. Stir the seeds into the water and reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until a gel-like lotion is formed. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth into a small bottle. Add essential oils and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If desired, you can add some pure aloe vera gel for its moisturizing properties. Fill the bottle with flax seed gel until bottle is about 3/4 full, then fill to the top with pure aloe vera gel. Gel will not flake or make the hair hard or crunchy. Safe to use everyday

If you cant find Linseeds aka Flax Seeds, then you can also get a great hair gel by following the below YouTube video.


Anonymous said...

Do you think it would make any difference if you added the aloe vera gel after the gel cooled then mixed them together?

Shawnystheone said...

I think it would be harder to get it to mix together if you waited until it cooled. You would do better maybe to wait until its at a tepid stage because once it cools it firms up more.

Denise said...

I totally agree with you about the price of Kinky Curly Custard!! But I actually have that and the Knot today that I will be returning this weekend to Whole Foods where I bought it because if you do the "smoothing" method on Long Hair Care Forum it achieves exactly the same look!! All you need is lots of water and lots of inexpensive conditoner (my fav is VO5) You just saturate your hair in the shower with water and conditioner and define curls by smoothing the hair. Don't rinse the conditioner out. It does dry hard so I'm working on how to soften it up but other than that it's beautiful!!

Shawnystheone said...

Denise let me know how the smoothing technique works for you overtime

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