After many months of searching for an alternative to Eco Styler Gel, I finally resigned to the fact that it’s the only gel that gives the hold and definition my curls crave. Still, I always got the dreaded dry, crunchy feeling every time I used it. I usually apply a leave-in to my wet hair and seal the moisture in with an oil underneath the gel. No matter what, I kept getting the same result. After reading through the book,Curly Girl, by Lorraine Massey, I found out that the crunch or “cast” the gel leaves behind is actually a good thing. This is when you know your curls have been set into place. I found this to be true because after air drying, I’m usually able to fluff and style my hair without worrying about losing my curl definition. The book suggests that you scrunch the hair to remove the crunch but I sometimes kept getting a dry feeling after this step.
I figured out that the combination of an oil and a moisturizer underneath the gel gave me much softer hair. This however led to applying lots of products one by one. By the time I reached the front sections of my hair it was dry and not as manageable. I wanted a way to apply the products quicker so I decided to just whip them all together and came up with a nice custard consistency. I’m realizing that this is a much easier way to apply my products and my curls love it!
Here’s the recipe I came up with
Eco Styler Gel Custard
6 oz. Argan Oil Eco Styler Gel (or fill a 12 oz container half way)
2 Tblsp. Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress for Dry Hair*
1 Tblsp. Castor/Coconut Oil Mix**
Place ingredients in a small container. Whip together until all ingredients are combined. The mixture will have a pudding like consistency.
Here’s another recipe
Eco Custard Recipe
1/2 c. Olive Oli Eco Styling Gel
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Oil of your Choice
1. Add the Eco Styling Gel
2. Add a little oil and stir
3. Add a little bit of oil and stir until mixed in
4. The key is to stir until the oil is incorporated into the gel
The mixture will turn from clear to white and that is ok.
Continue to mix the gel and oil until all the oil has been added and incorporated into the gel.
Once your done continue with you shingling or other wash and go style.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. Pick and choose which one works for you. I’ve also seen people putting leave in conditioner in as well.
Do you use your own eco-styling custurd? How does it treat your curls?