Today we want to know: What is your favorite styling gel?! If you’ve tried dif­fer­ent kinds, please tell us how they stack up against each oth­er :)

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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aloe vera 100%%


eco-styler real­ly works well for me. It defines my curls and holds my hair. My only issue is my hair feels rock sol­id after­wards. Am i the only one?



I got the same results until I mixed it with Hawai­ian Silky and EVOO. The com­bi­na­tion of those 3 give me the BEST twist outs EVER!


Nope! I gave it up just for that. Who wants rocks on their head? ;)I pre­fer IC Fan­ta­sia, but am still on the hunt for some­thing that defines well with­outh the crunch.


Queen Helene hard-to-hold gel works well for smooth­ing and def­i­n­i­tion for me. To com­bat hard­ness, I use a pomade. 

When I want a soft­er feel and hold, I use Kinky Curly Curl­ing Cus­tard.

When I used to do the coils, I loved using Long Aid acti­va­tor gel. That gave my coils some swing.


Sor­ry my sec­ond video was messed up. Here it is: 



I like using my home­made Flaxseed Gel it’s very good for the hair and nat­ur­al. Also like using Long Aid Acti­va­tor Gel as well to do my twists,hair is left both feel­ing mois­tur­ized from both of these prod­ucts.


Could you give us a recipe please? :-)

Camille in Slovenia

nap­tural85 has a great tuto­r­i­al on youtube.



Thanks for that Camille you read my mind because that is the recipe that I used lol.. So I hope that you will def­i­nite­ly try it Kim­my because it’s good stuff.


Thanks guys!! I am def­i­nite­ly going to try this :-)


I love Aloe Vera Gel :)


Eco Styler Pink!!!!


Kinky Curly Custard…it real­ly makes my curls pop, defined yet still wild and untamed.


Kiss My Face Upper Man­ag­ment Styling Gel! It has nice nat­ur­al ingre­di­ents, smells like grape­fruit and pro­vides a soft medi­um hold. It dosen’t give me crun­cy hair or con­tribute to bulid up. It’s per­fect for me.

I use it over shea but­ter when tieing down fuzzes while in a bun. I some­times use it for braid outs and ban­tu knot outs along with Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque.


My edges are my issue. I love EcoStyler with Aloe and I have also fell in love with Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Edge Con­trol, it works won­ders.


The EcoStyler Olive Oil one is best. The first day it is a lit­tle crunchy but days 2–7 are great once i break up the crun­cy­ness I LOVE it! I can then style my hair in var­i­ous ways once the crunchy­ness is gone and its fluffy.


Yea I have the same expe­ri­ence with it. I like that it will go on smooth­ly over con­di­tion­ers or mois­tur­iz­ers. Because of that and putting a light oil over it, I haven’t had an issue with dry­ness


Aubrey Organ­ics Man­darin Mag­ic Gink­go Leaf & Gin­seng Root Hair Mois­tur­iz­ing Jel­ly


I’m a Kinky Curly fan. The gel leaves my hair with great hold, while being soft at the same time. I’ve just switched to EcoStyler. It gave me great hold, but it has a more dry­er feel than Kinky Curly. After day three some of my curls dis­s­ap­peared. I now see why KC charges so much for the prod­uct, but I will add some leave in con­di­tion­er and oils when using EcoStyler.… I have to save some pen­nies :-)


i tried to get on the EcoStyler band­wag­on too. it gave me the most stringy curls :(
then i re-upped on KCCC and was kiss­ing the jar for ever think­ing i could choose anoth­er.


Haha­ha­ha.… I under­stand, and am try­ing to fight temp­ta­tion. But KCCC keeps call­ing me!


KCCC is the busi­ness!!!!


Curls God­dess Curl gel. It gives great def­i­n­i­tion with NO crunch­i­ness. I use it to get super soft, defined twist outs. 

Aloe Vera gel works well for my edges.

Eco Styler Olive Oil gel has giv­en me the best def­i­n­i­tion out of all the prod­ucts I’ve tried, but it also made my hair dry and very crunchy.


I used to use Eco Styler gel(olive oil) but it has a ten­den­cy to dry out and flake. So now I use IC Fan­ta­sia, the clear one, and it works great. Def­i­n­i­tion, shine, no flakes, aloe(and my hair loves aloe). It’s a keep­er!


Kinky-Curly Curl­ing Cus­tard


Does KCCC make your hair crunchy? It works fine for me, but my hair hard after­wards. Do you re-style dai­ly? When I use it on my TWA, I feel like I have to re-style dai­ly because the curl def­i­n­i­tion doesn’t last more than 24 hours.


KCCC does great on my TWA!!! I love the prod­uct how­ev­er one of my friends say that it dries her hair out and doesn’t make her curls pop. I guess it depends on your hair tex­ture.


I love dar­cys botan­i­cals nat­ur­al coils curl­ing jel­ly. It does­nt make my hair crunchy, my curls are pop­pin, and it smells like heav­en :)

Beale Street Chick

100 per­cent aloe vera gel (no spe­cif­ic brand)