Typical hair gels can contain drying alcohols like Isopropyl or Denatured Alcohol. The purpose of these ingredients is to quickly wick any moisture away from the hair so that the gel dries to the touch in a short period of time. The key feature of drying alcohols – perpetuating and speeding up drying – is something that is not good for hair, and extremely damaging for excessively dry or highly textured hair.
Mass-market hair gels can also contain synthetic plastics, one of the most popular and widely used being carbomer. Carbomer is responsible for the ultra clear appearance and thickening of typical commercial hair gels.
The problem with this ingredient is that it coats the hair in such a way that it prevents the natural absorption of moisture. While this may be great for temporarily fighting frizz, a buildup of carbomer on the hair shaft means that hair strands won’t easily absorb helpful moisture from conditioners and other types of products designed to keep the hair healthy. This leads to excessive dryness and breakage. Other ingredients that are simply cheap fillers or lubricating agents include: silicone and petrochemical derivatives like mineral oil, paraffin, microcrystalline wax, and petrolatum that are used in lieu of higher quality ingredients to bring the cost of a formula down.
Alcohol-Free Cojoba Styling Gel is a light Coconut and Jojoba oil-based style setting gel cream that also functions as a moisturizing curl definer. It’s also one of the few hair gels on the market designed to improve the condition of your hair with every use. Like every other product in the FAR Botanicals line, Cojoba Styling Gel purposely avoids cheap filling agents, instead employing ingredients that serve to make hair stronger and healthier. Curly haired customers absolutely adore Cojoba for being light, providing a natural hold that can be adjusted by gently “scrunching the hair” and also for its pleasant scent. Non-curlies also find it useful for creating soft, natural roller sets.
Alcohol-Free Cojoba Styling Gel works best on freshly washed damp hair. It has been formulated not to cause hard to remove buildup and washes easily from hair during your next shampoo.
On short to shoulder length hair, part hair into 2 or 4 inch sections using a quarter-size amount of gel for each. Increase amount for longer or very thick hair. The more product you use, a firmer hold will result.
Cojoba is versatile and we encourage you to experiment to find the level of hold you desire. To avoid clumped hair comb product through strands, ensuring even distribution. Once the product has been evenly distributed, set on rollers or otherwise style as normal. Use a dryer to shorten set time. After removing rollers, lightly scrunch hair to soften if you find the hold to be too firm.
On damp shoulder length hair, part hair into 2 or 4 inch sections and apply a quarter-size amount to each section. Using your fingers, distribute product evenly through each section being careful not to disturb hair’s natural curl pattern. Scrunch hair for greater definition. Lightly blow dry with a hood dryer or hand dryer with a diffuser attachment, or allow hair to dry naturally. If you find final hold to be too firm, simply scrunch hair to soften.
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