Gatsby Water gloss hyper solid gel

I found this amazing little anGEL the other day when I was on my grocery shopping. And guess what I did when I had the first sight of it?🤔 Yes, you are right! I quickly jumped in to check the ingredients and to my amusement it was protein free but did have SD alcohol which could be a drying agent . Nevertheless I decided to give it a try since it is very difficult to find a gel without protein / panthanol. Flaxseed gel will and forever remain my ultimate favourite but I was really delighted to have found something which I was looking for like ages.

So let’s look at the ingredients:

Water (Aqua), SD, Alcohol 40-B, PVP, Dipropylene Glycol, VP/VA, Copolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-50 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzophenone-2, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, CI 14700.

Price: INR 120.00


And here are the Pros of this gel.

  • As the name suggests this gel has a very very hyper hold which I loved because I have thick curls and I like my gel to give the best hold.
  • Protein free.
  • It is very glossy and hence gives a natural shine to your hair.
  • Not very sticky and soft to touch.
  • Budget friendly.
  • Easy availability.
  • Love the fragrance.
  • Big tub so a little goes a long way.


  • Need not suit people with fine and thin hair due to its high holding power which is 7. However, there are other varieties under the same brand which have much lesser holding power like 2 and 5.
  • Contains SD alcohol which could be drying for some. So make sure to use a lot of leave in and creams before u put on this gel to give extra moisture.

I would definitely purchase this gel again when I run out of my homemade flaxseed gel or go too lazy to prepare the gel at home😜


The Struggles of being a Protein Sensitive

1511971398720We all know the importance of protein in our daily life and hair care. And especially if you are a curly girl who loves protein in the hair, it can give you amazing results such as hair growth, definition, clump and so on just when your curls lack them by doing a simple protein treatment. But what if you are on the other side of the ore and your hair hates protein?Well, here comes the real struggle of being a curly girl!!

I learned the fact that i was really sensitive to protein gradually through my hair care routine. When i begun my journey I did not have the faintest idea that my hair could hate protein. But I am glad that i could demystify myself from the fact as to why my hair was behaving so strange after all, through various protein tests and product usage. Please check out my older post on protein and its sensitivity to know how you can identify if your hair needs protein or not. Protein and its sensitivity on hair 

So, here comes the ultimate challenge. Now that you know protein is your biggest enemy, you need hair products without any kind of protein related ingredient along with any sulfates or silicones especially if you are dying to go all natural. I have literally struggled to find products without SSP as i say (Sulfates, Silicones, Proteins). I researched, googled online, connected with curly hair experts but all i could find were very few products which were either impossible to grab due to non shipped region or too expensive and not under my budgeted line. Whenever I found any CG friendly product in store or online I would straight away dive into the ingredients section to find out if they were protein free, unfortunately I was disappointed every time.

So, I decided to let go off the SS from my SSP and searched for products without protein alone and did not mind the sulfates and silicones 😦 And then I came across the Organix quenching coconut line products from Ogx. I was pretty happy the way they suited my curls but somewhere down the line was guilty enough to be using them after all they were not CG friendly products.

I kept my research on in the search of those magical products and was fortunate enough to find a silicone and protein free conditioner from Tresemme botanix which was under my budget so i grabbed them but still continued to use a sulfate shampoo. And very recently around 5 months ago i learned about few more products and one among them was the body shop rainforest line through one of my social media friend which was SSP free and could be netted as a budgeted product when compared to the other high branded ones. So, finally I started using a perfect blend of products with the right ingredients.

I am still in the hunt for SSP free curly hair products which could be easily available and not very expensive at the same time. And i am dying to create a list of these products for my co-protein sensitive curlies, “BECAUSE I KNOW THE STRUGGLE” 🙂 So stay tuned!!

Ways to detangle your curls

Detangling your curls is a very important aspect of a proper hair care routine. It would eliminate frizz and knots during non wash days. However, it is recommended not to detangle your hair when its dry to prevent breakage. It is also best to use your fingers to remove the tangles rather than a brush or comb.

You would always need a slippery agent in your hair to detangle easily. So here are the different ways in which you can easily detangle your hair:

  • Pre-Poo ~ Use oils like coconut oil, olive oil or argan oil and apply it on to your hair in a smoothing motion before you shampoo. Gently detangle your hair in sections using fingers.
  • During condition ~ You could also detangle your hair while you have your conditioner on hair. Since the conditioner has good slip, it would allow you to remove the tangles easily without much breakage. Start by smoothing the conditioner in sections from roots till tip of your hair for sometime before you insert your fingers to detangle. This will untangle to knots quickly.
  • Under running water ~ This is one of my favorite way to detangle my hair. Before you shampoo your hair, get your hair under running water in upside down position. Let the water run through your hair. Using fingers gently separate the tangles. Since the hair already has conditioner and leave in conditioner from the refresh days, it would provide quite a good amount of slip to hair.

Refreshing your hair on non wash days will reduce frizz and tangles on hair. (See my post on how to refresh your curls)

The Shingling method

The Shingling method is a curly hair wash routine / technique where in we define or moisturise the hair strand by strand using a leave in conditioner/curl cream or hair gel. The best way to go about this method is to section off hair into four small sections, and then again make smaller sections inside each of those sections to focus on the strands. The process is time consuming and requires your ultimate patience 🙂 It is best to practice this style on soaking wet hair. This styling method is most commonly used by curlies who have kinky or coily curls.

It is also possible to shingle in very tiny sections if you do not have much time or if your hair type is wavy or 3a/3b curls.

Once you finish shingling a strand or section do not touch it and continue to complete the whole hair without messing the hair strands. Once you are done with the whole hair you could either air dry or use a diffuser to dry out your hair.

This method gives you ultimate curl definition and reduce frizz to a large extent.

I recently styled my hair using this method which was indeed time consuming and patience testing, although I was very happy with the result. I used the following products:

  • Washed my hair with SebaMed baby shampoo.
  • Deep conditioned using my favourite mask (Tresemme botanix conditioner + olive oil + honey)
  • Rinsed and used the same conditioner as leave in.
  • Shingled using Ogx moroccan curling perfection cream.




Curly hair mistakes

Have you been wondering why your hair is dry, tangled and frizzy all the time and what do you lack in your curly hair care?

Well, there are few curly hair etiquette which we must follow in order to avoid this. These are among some of my personal experiences as well, after avoiding which I could deal with less tangled and frizz free curls. So let’s begin~

    • Since curly hair is already dry using shampoo very often for cleansing could result in dryness and breakage. Thus, try to avoid shampoo as much as possible and minimise it’s usage per week. You could start Co washing or dilute the shampoo with water while washing which could reduce the harsh effect of it on your hair.
    • Not applying enough conditioner after shampooing could also result in frizz. Curly hair needs lots of moisture which is provided by conditioner and water. They must work together on hair. So do not hesitate to pump as much as conditioner needed to drench all your hair into it.
    • Not using a leave in conditioner or hair butter after wash is another reason for frizz. I usually use my daily conditioner as leave in conditioner as well since it is silicone free and pretty much do the same job.
    • Combing your hair dry is the next reason for frizzy hair. Try to detangle after you oil your hair before wash or while applying conditioner in the shower. However, it is necessary to avoid combing or detangling on a non wash day.
    • Using a towel to dry your hair could create more frizz. Do not rub your hair with the towel instead use a micro fiber towel or a normal cotton t-shirt to remove excess water from your hair by scrunching them from tip to root.
    • Do not touch or play with your damp or wet hair. Running your fingers in them before they are 100% dry could result in frizz.
    • Sleep in a pineapple hair style. You could also invest in a satin cap and put all your hair inside in a gentle high top knot.
    • Use a satin or silk pillow case to sleep. Cotton pillow cover would encourage frizz formation  when your hair is rubbed over them.
    • Refresh your hair on non wash days to minimise frizz.
    • Choosing the right products for your hair is another important aspect in avoiding dry and frizzy hair. You must know your hair and understand what’s best and what’s not suitable for your curls. Read the ingredients while purchasing a product.
    • Try and avoid going outside after you wash your hair. As far as possible wait for it to dry 100%.
    • Using a blow dryer could also make your hair dry and rough. Try to air dry as far as possible or invest in a hair diffuser and use a cool medium to diffuse your curls.
    • Do not work on your curls too much in between wash days. Avoid unnecessary fiddle or running fingers on your curls.


Clarifying your hair!

We Curlies love product on our hair and use so many different kinds of them to style, moisturise, define, volumize and provide shine to our curls. This definitely increases product buildup which could weigh down your curls or make it difficult to clump them together. So, there comes the need to clarify your hair which can be done using a good clarifying shampoo having sulfate but no silicone since silicone will again build up on your hair. However, curlies who strictly follow curly girl method and are away from sulfate and silicone products would need another way to do this. Read on to know how.

My curls were feeling very dry and brittle from past couple of washes. Even though I am not a product junkie and I have recently started using a silicone free conditioner, I have used products having sulfates and silicones in the past. And that’s why I thought to clarify my hair once and for the first time to see if i can bring back life to my curls. And so i came up with few simple solutions using natural ingredients from the kitchen and the results were totally amazing.

So, you can do this in two ways:

  • Use apple cider vinegar which is also known as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and general clarifying ingredient to rinse your hair which would remove build-up and/or dandruff from the hair and will restore hair’s pH balance back to its natural acidic state. You can prepare the solution using one part of vinegar to four part of water. Massage the mix onto your scalp and hair. Allow it to sit for 3 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Follow this with your normal conditioning process.
  • Second easily available ingredient from your kitchen is baking soda. Use one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of fresh water and rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly followed by your normal conditioner to condition your hair.

*Add aloe vera juice to the baking soda and water mixture (Optional)                                      *Add cornstarch in case you need a little thicker consistency (Optional)

Both these methods are simple and inexpensive. And if you feel you are in a similar situation, try this method and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Clarify your hair at least once a month to remove all the product build up and make your curls weightless. Let the Curls breath 😉

Curly hair styles

Curly hair is always at its best when worn open. Those luscious curls looks all bouncy and voluminous. However, it is also good to style your curls occasionally, especially on non wash days. This would not only make your curls look gorgeous but there will be less frizz since the curls would be in protective hair styles.

There are so many hair styles for curly hair, over which I would like to share some of my personal favorites along with some other which are quite easy and quick to make.

  1. Worn Open to one side or either sides. 


    2. Crown up.

Take few curl clumps from the crown area, pull it back and secure it with a thin elastic, bobby pins or a small clip.



3. Crown up with twisted hair.

The first part of this hairstyle is same as above. However, after securing the hair with an elastic we need to take few hair from below the secured hair clump and twist it around the elastic until the end of that hair section and pin it below using bobby pins in a way that the elastic is hidden under the hair twisted.



4. Messy half up hairstyle.

Again, this is similar to the above two hairstyles however while pulling the hair through the elastic or a band instead of pulling all out we secure them in half to look like a messy ball.



5. One side twist

Section your hair as per your convenience. Now, from the section which has less hair, take few curl clumps and twist them until middle and secure with bobby pins.img_20170817_1119071.jpg


6. Two sided twist

Same like above, twist hairs on both sides and secure with bobby pins.



7. Messy half up using clutch.

We secure the upper half section of hair under a clutch.IMG_20170817_1203328


8. Low pony tail.



9. High pony tail


With hair elastic alone  With hair elastic and                                                 twisted hair around it.


10. Two sided ponytail.



11. Lower Messy bun.

Secure all your hair in a low pony tail with the help of an elastic. Section them in two. Take the first section and twist it gently around the other section and pin it up. Now take the remaining hair and twist them around the first bun in the opposite direction and secure with bobby pins



12. Higher messy bun.

This is similar to a low messy bun, just that the pony should be high and the remaining steps are same as lower bun 🙂 You can set the baby hair at the back of your head and near the forehead using a toothbrush and gel.



13.Lower two sided bun

This is again similar to lower messy bun but on both the sides 🙂


14. Up and down pony aka illusionist ponytail

Over here we divide the hair in two equal sections, the upper part and lower part. Then we need to tie a medium level ponytail with the lower part hair and then another ponytail above that with the upper part which would literally cover the lower pony to illusionize a longer ponytail.



15. Half up ponytail

This style is the perfect half of the above style. In this we leave the lower section of hair as it is and tie only the upper section.



16. Messy side braid

Partition your hair accordingly. Then bring all your hair to one side and section them in three equal parts. Start the braid by bringing over the right part of hair in between the middle and left part. Now bring the left section of hair in between the middle and right part. Continue this until you reach at the end of that braid and finally secure with a thin elastic.



17. French braid

Start your braid from the center of your crown. Take three small sections and start braiding. When you are done with two sets of braid, get a small section of hair from either side one by one to add with the left and right sections of braid. Continue this until you are at the end of your braid when you can finish off with an elastic or band.



18. The Pineapple

Well, a curly girl is incomplete without a pineapple hairstyle 😀 This style is mainly done at the time you go to bed to secure your curls from frizz and tangles. However, you can wear it outside as well. So, for doing this style grab all your hair and bring it near your crown, secure with an elastic and you are done.



So, these are some of the hairstyles which i think is pretty easy and will not take a long time to do. And among these my favorite ones are Up and down pony aka illusionist ponytail, High ponytail, Messy half up hairstyle, Messy high bun and crown up style. I hope all of you like the post. Please do try them if you have not already and comment below if you too have your favourite in the list. Have a great weekend! 🙂

Here is a video tutorial on 10 of these curly hairstyles~