I have a unique situation because nearly half my head has already transitioned. If I wear a twist out or rod set it’s important that my hair looks consistent all over.
I don’t want frizz in the back of my head and straight, shiny hair in the top and front where I still have quite a bit of relaxed ends left.
So I finally tried the popular Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel. I love it much better than the Lily of the Valley brand. I see why so many naturals embrace it.
First of all, it’s more like a gel so it’s not runny like Lily of the Valley. But don’t let the word “gel” fool you. It doesn’t make your hair flake, crunch or leave residue like traditional gels. Also, aloe vera gel is the first ingredient.
It provides a slight hold, sheen and keeps my natural hair from frizzing up so much. It’s perfect for any kind of wet set (twists, rod and straw sets, etc.)
The biggest difference in the two brands is that Fruit of the Earth provides more hold and prevents frizz better since the product is thicker. However, if you prefer more natural products, you should buy the Lily of the Valley brand.
My current rod set is 4 days old and my roots are nearly straight in some areas. (I have very cottony hair that frizzes easily.) The day I took the rollers out, parts of my roots felt like they had been relaxed! LOL Of course that didn’t last long. 😉
I won’t be as concerned about “straightness” when I’m 100% natural, but when you’re a long-term transitioner (in my 7th month), it’s important to make sure your hair texture looks consistent throughout. The aloe vera gel seems to provide that benefit.
P.S. Buy it from Walmart instead of online. You’ll save big. Amazon is selling it for $8 and I think I paid $2 or $3 for it at Walmart.