Do You Need Gel for Your Natural Hair?
The first thing is to ask yourself is, do you really need gel? Or will a styling cream or a simple leave-in conditioner work?
The answer is… it depends on the task.
There are three major uses for gel on natural hair:
Use #1: Applying Gel for Curl Definition on Wash 'n Go or Wash 'n Dry. You can use gel to define your curls, for a wash and go, or for a wash 'n dry.
Gel usually has more hold than twisting or styling cream, so your hairstyle will probably look more defined for a longer time.
However, using conventional gel on these hairstyles has its flaws.
The downsides are that your hair can turn too crisp or stiff, and that means you could lose moisture and softness.
That's why I created our Mango Moringa Moisture Max Gel. This water-based, botanical gel gives you all the hold, but without loss of moisture.
Remember, the wash 'n go hairstyle requires you to coat your strands, and this means ingredients from conventional brands will usually cause build-up.
So, make sure you choose the healthier water-based gel (like the Mango Moringa Moisture Max Gel) for your mane so you can provide long-lasting moisture.
Use #2: Applying Gel to Slick Back Natural Hair. One of the most common uses for gel is for laying down all hair (not just edges) and pulling it into a bun. Use caution with this hairstyle.
If you’re pulling your hair back into a sleek bun or ponytail every day, and then applying edge gel, you could develop alopecia.
Smothering the scalp and follicles with any product will hinder hair growth.
It probably won’t do much damage if you’re doing it once a week but slathering gel on your scalp every day could spell danger.
Remember, hair growth slows once you reach a certain age.
If you’re in your twenties or thirties, it may seem like your follicles are invincible, but hair loss can easily show in your forties if your follicles were abused in your younger years.