NEW METHOD ALERT! This method works, in general, to keep moisture between washes. Do you struggle to keep moisture in your hair? Curly hair needs extra care during “high dew points” or, high humidity summer so you’ve got to try this!

How I came up with this method

I wrote an exclusive My-Summer-Humidity-tips here and I was doing them already. Yet, in this hideous heat, my curls needed something more. I focused on styling products this time. I needed something to preserve both moisture and definition. I did not want to slather my hair with creams this summer and making it feel eww.

This is only my second summer being a curly girl. I realized I had way too many gels than any girl would even dream about. I was also doing a lot of reading to learn about Dew Points and what we should be doing.

That’s was when I had the aha moment!!

First, I watered down my hair cream with the #bowlmethod. My hair is very dry, it is medium-high porosity hair type. I had to have moisture so instead of watering down a leave-in-conditioner, I did this with hair cream.

Second, I layered three of my favorite gels, one after another. One pump each was plenty, and I scrunched them all in, one by one. A cream adds moisture, the gels lock the moisture in. Here is how it progressed …

So with the 123 gel method, curls have moisture, definition, feel light, and voluminous ALL AT THE SAME TIME. If you have similar hair needs, give it a shot? See if it works for you. And tag #123gel so I can see it too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you scrunch one pump of gel of each brand or do you use praying method for the first two and scrunch the third one.
For this method, I am also looking for more volume + definition. So the idea is to scrunch the gel in. So for my hair type, doing this gave me more volume. The important thing to remember is to do what works for you.

How is it different than using the same gel.
Each gel has unique ingredients and their own strengths. I thought it was definitely more beneficial than using one gel only. It’s like asking how is eating only one vegetable different from eating 3 different ones with your dal rice. Moreover, some hair gels flake and feel weird when you use too much of it. So by using a little of different gels, you get the best of all worlds!

How should I pick gels?
Since we are going to water down the cream hair will still need moisture. For this method, use moisturizing gels if your hair is very dry, to begin with. Moisturizing gels add a bit of moisture with the definition. Thus, even in a watered-down-cream situation, the moisture from gels is an added bonus!

List of Moisturizing Gels

Other Bloggers who tried and loved this method!

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➿Layer Products with Intention➿ . . I want to talk about layering products. If you haven't tried the #123gel technique from @honestlizhere, what are you waiting for? This technique builds a foundation for hydration and then seals it all in with your choice of gels. But don't just slap on any three gels and call it a day: choose your gels wisely! . . ☑️Process for #123gel: . . 1️⃣Start with a cream base. Can be a leave in or curl cream. This layer provides hydration and primes the hair. 2️⃣Choose three gels. Layer each one after the other and scrunch them in one after the other. I have been glazing them over my hair and then scrunching them in. 🌱OPTIONAL: Add more gel when hair is halfway dry. This is the SMASTERS technique. I find this gives me the best frizz control. . . 🔑Key Ingredients to look for: . . 1️⃣Glycerin: This humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air, is on the lips of all curlies who live in humid climates. Not all curlies and wavies will have trouble with glycerin. If you find you do, here's a TIP: Use a glycerin based gel as your middle gel. I've also found success using a glycerin and protein based gel LAST for smasters as it helps increase chances for a cast and curl formation. . . 2️⃣Protein: Proteins are the building blocks of hair and add strength and elasticity. You don't want to skip it entirely. Gentler proteins include amino acids and keratin while proteins with more oomph include hydrolyzed proteins. 🙋TIP: use protein free gels first and a protein containing gel last to create a cast and increase shrinkage (if that's the goal). . . ☑️Try this for ultimate frizz control: Use a protein packed but GLYCERIN FREE gel LAST. The protein gives the curls structure but the lack glycerin leaves the moisture in the hair rather than searching the air for it. . . ✋The TAKEAWAY: Choose a trio of gels that balance ingredients. Don't choose three with glycerin and protein. ✨Choose one protein free, one glycerin free, and one with both.✨ . . You know your hair best and play with the order, but choosing your gels with intention will give you your best hair! . . Have you tried this method? What are your tips for layering stylers?

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A Quick Recap: 123 Gel Method

  1. Water-down hair creme using the #bowlmethod
  2. Scrunched in 3 different gels, one pump each, one after the other. I used creme-gels so they add more moisture, and give me a solid definition.
  3. Wet Plopped, then diffused at cold for 5 minutes and air-dried the rest with #rootclipping

Disclaimer and a Word of Caution

Some Gel may cause flakiness to build up on the scalp causing itching and irritation. When hair becomes dry, and dehydrated from the gel, it may become frizzy, dry, limp, unmanageable and dull. The chemicals in the gel may interact with external pollutants and environmental toxins. All this may lead to a build-up of dead hair cells which are not shed and blocks the normal flow of sebum. So don’t be that girl who doesn’t clarify! We have to clarify our curly hair to avoid these issues. I love using clay treatments once or twice a month.

If you’re on Instagram, please click on the hashtags #123gel to learn more from other bloggers. Hope this helps you. If you give it try, let me know. Use the hashtag in your posts or stories! I would love to see how it works for you and learn about the interesting new combos you come up with also.

For any doubts about this method, please ask me on my Instagram 🙌🏽🙂

Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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