A lot of you ask me for better options in budget gels. Setwet, Enliven, Schwarzkopf and the like are quite sticky. So I bought 2 L’Oréal gels for trial. This is one of them.
Price: Around 500 INR. You can buy it here –
- VP/VA Copolymer – Great film former, great hold – Ingredients to Look for in a Hair Gel
- PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – Water soluble hydrogenated form of Castor Oil (Hydrogenated castor oil is the result of a reaction with hydrogen. This is done to make the molecule less susceptible to oxidation and spoilage which is highly insoluble in water. This is then made water soluble. When the PEG-# exceeds 35, the molecule becomes completely water soluble.)
- Polyquaternium 11 – Polymer giving mild hold
- Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer – Crosspolymer giving mild hold
- PEG 90M – Binder
- Aminomethyl Propanol – pH adjuster
- Phenoxyethanol – Preservative
Ingredients after the first 5 to 8 ingredients are in negligible amounts and can be ignored if you are not trying to avoid any ingredient in particular – Read the Ingredients List, Not the Product Claims
Great film-forming ingredients! No problematic ingredients. It’s a glycerin free gel perfect for those living in highly humid or highly cold and dry regions.
Texture: Non sticky clear gel. Reminds me of Devacurl gel! Win 🙂
Smell: Though it is a men’s gel, the strong is not as strong and masculine as usual suspects like SetWet. Win again 🙂
Packaging: Flexible tube
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+ Forms a good cast which is easily removed by SOTC
+ Non-drying gel – has no drying ingredients
+ Controls frizz, promotes curl clumping
+ Doesn’t not weigh down hair
– I would have liked a less product-y feel
– If you go overboard, it can make your hair frizzy
In short: L’Oréal Homme Strong Hold Gel 6 is a great budget gel which I think will work with all hair types.