Benefits of Using Natural Gel in Your Natural Hair - Koils by Nature

At first, using gel in your natural hair care routine might sound counter-intuitive, but is it really?


If you’ve recently switched over to natural beauty care products, or have been treating yourself and your health to natural products for years now, then you’ve probably noticed how there are a whole lot of products and product lines to choose from. So, how do you decide if gel is right for your hair type? How do you pick the right natural gel for your hair? And finally, what are the benefits of using a gel in your hair care routine? Great questions! Let’s get learning!


What are the benefits of using gel in your natural hair care routine?

Many men and women love to use gel as a way to wash and go. An all natural gel is usually used after applying an all natural leave-in conditioner (the two should work together to continuously hydrate those coils or curls). The gel will hold the hair in place, and most importantly, it should tame any frizz. 


Another reason people use gel is because gel works at laying down those edges, if this is a look you’re going for. Not everyone is crazy about their baby hairs lining their crowns. And that’s where the gel comes in. A natural gel will gently tame those smaller hairs to give you more control over your final look. 


Gel is also used for those sleek back hair styles like high ponytails or tight buns. The gel can be used over the surface of your hair to prevent frizz once the hair dries. But, you shouldn’t be straining your scalp, follicles and roots too often, because over time it may weaken the roots and lead to hair loss. No thank you! 


What ingredients should you look out for in a gel and what ingredients should you avoid?

You really want to find a gel that has distilled water listed as one of its first ingredients. We need water in our curls and coils to keep our hair from drying out - every step of the way. 


Aloe vera gel, horsetail extract, stinging nettle extract, and chamomile are the best ingredients out there that work at giving your curls the hold you’re looking for in a gel and give the gel that sticky feeling before applying it to your curls or coils. 


And then there’s the essential oils. The right amount of essential oils in your gel will continue to hydrate the hair without weighing down those curls. The right amount of oil will also tame frizz without giving you that greasy feel. 


You’ll want to stay away from denatured alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl, SD alcohol 40, propanol, and propyl alcohols. Not all alcohols are bad for your skin and hair, but these alcohols are considered the “bad” guys in the natural community because of how much they dry out your hair. 


The alcohols that you don’t need to be weary of are Cetyl, stearyl, behenyl, cetearyl, lauryl and myristyl alcohols which actually soften the hair, rather than dry it out. 


Is gel right for your hair type?

Though the products you have for your curly or coily hair type may be taking up all the shelf space in your bathroom, they are really your secret weapon to a perfect hair day. One product can’t do it all, and can’t replace any other product in your hair care routine. If you have really curly or coily hair, a gel works great at laying those edges down, and helps you work with your hair, especially if you’re blessed with a rich abundance of curls. 


Takeaway

An all natural gel, for many of us, is a complete lifesaver. Koils By Nature has four different gel flavors for your best hair care preference. All four products are alcohol free, and one is even fragrance free. The Herbal Curl Defining Eucalyptus and Lavender Gel has an especially delightful smell. But if you’re already using a scented leave-in conditioner or, sealing in the moisture with an all natural butter, you may want to opt for the fragrance-free gel.


Are you considering adding a gel to your natural hair care routine? Share your thoughts with us, we’d love to hear from you!  

At first, using gel in your natural hair care routine might sound counter-intuitive, but is it really?


If you’ve recently switched over to natural beauty care products, or have been treating yourself and your health to natural products for years now, then you’ve probably noticed how there are a whole lot of products and product lines to choose from. So, how do you decide if gel is right for your hair type? How do you pick the right natural gel for your hair? And finally, what are the benefits of using a gel in your hair care routine? Great questions! Let’s get learning!


What are the benefits of using gel in your natural hair care routine?

Many men and women love to use gel as a way to wash and go. An all natural gel is usually used after applying an all natural leave-in conditioner (the two should work together to continuously hydrate those coils or curls). The gel will hold the hair in place, and most importantly, it should tame any frizz. 


Another reason people use gel is because gel works at laying down those edges, if this is a look you’re going for. Not everyone is crazy about their baby hairs lining their crowns. And that’s where the gel comes in. A natural gel will gently tame those smaller hairs to give you more control over your final look. 


Gel is also used for those sleek back hair styles like high ponytails or tight buns. The gel can be used over the surface of your hair to prevent frizz once the hair dries. But, you shouldn’t be straining your scalp, follicles and roots too often, because over time it may weaken the roots and lead to hair loss. No thank you! 


What ingredients should you look out for in a gel and what ingredients should you avoid?

You really want to find a gel that has distilled water listed as one of its first ingredients. We need water in our curls and coils to keep our hair from drying out - every step of the way. 


Aloe vera gel, horsetail extract, stinging nettle extract, and chamomile are the best ingredients out there that work at giving your curls the hold you’re looking for in a gel and give the gel that sticky feeling before applying it to your curls or coils. 


And then there’s the essential oils. The right amount of essential oils in your gel will continue to hydrate the hair without weighing down those curls. The right amount of oil will also tame frizz without giving you that greasy feel. 


You’ll want to stay away from denatured alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl, SD alcohol 40, propanol, and propyl alcohols. Not all alcohols are bad for your skin and hair, but these alcohols are considered the “bad” guys in the natural community because of how much they dry out your hair. 


The alcohols that you don’t need to be weary of are Cetyl, stearyl, behenyl, cetearyl, lauryl and myristyl alcohols which actually soften the hair, rather than dry it out. 


Is gel right for your hair type?

Though the products you have for your curly or coily hair type may be taking up all the shelf space in your bathroom, they are really your secret weapon to a perfect hair day. One product can’t do it all, and can’t replace any other product in your hair care routine. If you have really curly or coily hair, a gel works great at laying those edges down, and helps you work with your hair, especially if you’re blessed with a rich abundance of curls. 


Takeaway

An all natural gel, for many of us, is a complete lifesaver. Koils By Nature has four different gel flavors for your best hair care preference. All four products are alcohol free, and one is even fragrance free. The Herbal Curl Defining Eucalyptus and Lavender Gel has an especially delightful smell. But if you’re already using a scented leave-in conditioner or, sealing in the moisture with an all natural butter, you may want to opt for the fragrance-free gel.


Are you considering adding a gel to your natural hair care routine? Share your thoughts with us, we’d love to hear from you!  

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