123 Gel Method Original Guide by HonestLiz Here

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It’s the HUMIDITY! And we know how our curly hair goes pOOF in hot weather. This 123 Gel method is to avoid that uncontrollable frizz during hot summer days.

The Lightbulb Moment When I came up with this method

T’was my second summer being a curly girl. My curls needed something more. Something to preserve both moisture and definition during summer. Since creams made my hair feel sticky, I figured gels would be ideal for summer. As a blogger products are gifted to me so I had product to use up! Coincidently, this article about how “Dew Points” then made sense to me. That was the aha moment!! To use more gels in hot weather and more creams during cold weather. AHA!

Cream adds moisture, Gels add Definition.

My medium-high porosity hair was very dry at the time. First, I watered down my hair cream with the #bowlmethod.  to add moisture, but not too much to feel icky. Then I layered three of my favorite gels, one after another. One pump each was plenty, and I scrunched them all in, one by one. Scrunching the gel in allows for more volume + definition.

Apply styling products the way it works best for *you*.

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 on Instagram so I can see it too.

Frequently Asked Questions about 123 Gel Method

How is it different than using the same gel?
Each gel has unique ingredients and their own strengths. 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! I thought it was definitely more beneficial than using just one gel. It’s like eating three different vegetables with a staple daal chawal for more nutrients.

How should I pick gels?
Since we are going to water down the cream hair will still need moisture. For coarse thick hair like mine, use moisturizing gels if your hair is very dry. 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! For fine hair or looser textures, use gels with more protein to add strength.

List of Gels that work with each other

I only use SLS/Silicone free products. Use this website to confirm safety of your products before purchase.

Protein- FreeProtein
Arata Hair Gel (code: HONESTLIZ for orders over INR 999) 
Mysoigne Flaxseed Gel (code: HONESTLIZ )
– Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
– Ecoslay Orange Marmalade Gel
– Sumilayi Flaxseed Gel
– Pretty Curly Girl
– Giovanni LA Hold Gel
– Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel
– Only Curls London Enhancing Curl Gel
– Curly Girl Movement Curl Defining Gel
– Inahsi Coconut Avocado Curl Defining Custard 
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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.
  3. Used creme-gels for more moisture.
  4. Wet Plopped, then diffused at cold for 5 minutes and air-dried the rest with 

Disclaimer and a Word of Caution

Some custard-gels/film-forming gels may flake. Heavy unsafe gels may build-up on the scalp causing itching and irritation. When hair is dehydrated from a hair gel, it may feel frizzy, dry, limp, unmanageable and dull. Some hair gels 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. My shampoo guide is here.

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. 

Thank you for watching & reading!

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