Every curlista knows the struggle with finding a gel that can define your curls without turning it into a dry and crunchy cackling mess. Over time, the crunching cackling mess can lead to breakage. The main culprit in hair gels, which leads to dry crunchy hair and itchy scalp is the high alcohol content. Always avoid gels that contain alcohol no matter your hair type.
In addition to excellent curl definition, we also expect the following things from a great hair gel:
- Alcohol free.
- Makes curls soft.
- Makes edges sleek.
- Promotes shiny hair.
- Controls frizz after smoothing.
- Medium to strong hold.
- Keeps the curls longer than a few days with daily wetting.
- Doesn’t cause build up, or at least very minimal build up.
I’ve tried a lot of gels over the years and discovered a few when I started exploring the Max Hydration Method but I like to have three to four alternatives for every product because you never know when a company will up and discontinue your favourite product.
Enter this new gel that’s all the rave now – Wetline Extreme Professional Styling Gel. This gel has been around for some time but it only came to my attention this year. The gel is manufactured by Wet-line Industries, a company located in Mexico. The gel is alcohol free and protein free and contains gylcerine and pathenol, both humectants, and aloe vera extract for moisture. Below is a full ingredient listing:
Water, carbomer, triethanolamine, polyacrylate, acid, glycerin, fragrance, phenylcarbinol, methylchloisthiazolinone, methylisotiazolinone, panthenol, aloe vera extract, tetrasodium EDTA, colorant FD&C violet #2.
The ingredients are not completely natural but used in moderation, it should be fine. Excessive use of hair gel can be counterproductive. If you live in a dry or humid environment, the glycerin and pathenol will be an issue so do layer your hair with a great oil before applying the gel.
The ladies over at LHCF are loving this gel too. The key to making this gel work well for you is layering over an excellent hair oil – I recommend castor oil, grapeseed oil, argan oil and sweet almond oil or a great serum. I don’t use serums for this purpose but I’ve heard good things about Aveda’s Be Curly Line & TIGI.
Here’s a video of results with Wetline Extreme Professional Styling Gel. Pay attention to combination of products used as well in the description box.
There are different types of this gel but the most effective and most recommended is the clear version.
If you’re a budding PJ/looking to explore, other hair gels similar to Wetline Gel include:
- Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
- As I Am Smoothing Gel
- Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel
- Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
- Obia Curl Enhancing Custard
- TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier
- tgin Twist and Define Cream
- Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Lock and Twist Gel
- Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls
- Kinky Curly Curling Custard – while I love this gel, the film it leaves behind on my hair is too much and I always feel compelled to wash my hair after two days because I don’t like the way it feels.
I have arranged them in order of my favourites. Have you tried any of above? What’s your holy grail gel?