Wash and go’s can be super easy for some naturals, this could be the case for various reasons such as hair texture or technique. However, tighter curls and coils in the 3C to 4C hair range, may require a stronger hold gel to ensure that definition can last longer than 2 days without looking like puffy and frizzy.
It is important that a gel has hold to reveal the hair texture but to also last a full week. I have type 4 hair which can be difficult to define but I am able to enjoy long lasting wash and go's with these gels.
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Healthy, Natural & black-owned gels
The Ecoslay Jello Shot is world-renowned for curly and coily hair, it has no scent and has a jelly-like consistency. We love this gel because it seriously defines and clumps natural hair.
After many combinations with different leave in the conditioners, we can say that it doesn’t flake. We highly recommend that you layer this with a leave-in conditioner or a cream as the hold is rather strong. If you have finer or looser hair, then this gel is still a great fit, simply add a dime sized amount.
The key ingredients of Jello Shot: Aloe Vera, Chamomile flower extract, Nettle Leaf, Peppermint and more.
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Styling Gel took me by surprise, I was not ready for the hold- It's consistency is somewhat similar to a hair glaze.
I would recommend that you use this gel on soaking wet hair to allow for easy application when raking. My curls were so shiny and defined, it did not behave like any other gel I've ever used. Once dry, my curls were locked in place but still felt moisturised and bouncy despite the strong hold. I did use the Alikay Naturals Leave In Conditioner as my base.
Key ingredients: Glycerin, Jojoba, Lemongrass, Coconut Oil
Affordable but effective gels
I have tried this gel many times and highly recommend that it is applied to soaking wet hair also. It is a simple gel with a minimal ingredients yet provided my coils and curls with maximum definition.
I have not found it to flake on me despite numerous wash and go hair combinations. My curls were clumped with definition lasting 7 days plus with little frizz. I would say that it does have more of a natural shine compared to Alikay Naturals Styling Gel.
Key ingredients: Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil
This gel is perfect for sleek ponytails and wash and go's, I like to pair this gel with creams as they provide my hair with moisture but the Wetline clumps my curls. I get maximum definition and a long-lasting wash and go that doesn't flake.
Key ingredients: Glycerin, Aloe Vera