I'm not sure what I was doing exactly, but I ran across this video by Healthy Hair Zone about Wetline Xtreme gel. I was intrigued and went down the rabbit hole of reviews and, like her, found that everyone seems to love it. It's the number one gel in Mexico apparently and has a strong hold with no flakes. I saw somewhere that it re-constitutes when wet too, like Kinky Curly custard, and I just had to try it. My neighborhood "bestway" (latino grocery store) had it in abundance- different sizes, colors, containers... and it's like $3 for a huge, Huge tub or tube. 32-35 ounces!
I don't understand the ingredients to be natural at all, but I looked up the "chemicall-y" sounding ones and none had a hazard rating above a 4 or 5. I was game.
So this stuff will freeze your curls exactly as they are wet. It drys hard and shiny, does not flake and mixes with every leave in I've tried it with. I'm a fan of gel in general, but if you are not a fan of a gel "feel", this will be the worst gel ever lol. For me gel works well because if I can get my curls to hold in my fine hair, I can avoid tangling, de-tangling and manipulating, even in a wash and go, for several days. I don't mind a bit of crunch!
Here are a few picts of my curls using this gel. It's very heavy and coating so this is definitely "small hair." I took these on the day I got my Braces off :-D
I have also been notified on instagram, and since verified that my old favorite, Kiss My Face Upper managment gel has changed their formula. Most notably, they added Glycerine as the SECOND ingredient. That is a humectant... fine sometimes, but I don't see how it could possibly have the hold I so love. I do want to get my hands on a new bottle just to see if my fears are unfounded. Has anyone else tried it yet?
Meantime, if you are a fan of gel, def try the Wetline Xtreme gel. As far as gel goes, it does the MOST. 5 out of 5.