6 Alternatives to Olive Oil EcoStyler Gel I Swear By

natural hair gelEven with my one-year hairversary coming up in October, I’m still fairly new to Team Natural. Despite the seemingly endless trial-and-error phase, there are a few things I learned very quickly. Among those lessons? Olive Oil EcoStyler Gel isn’t my go-to product for holding my styles.

In combination with the other products I use (mainly leave-in condish, hair milks and other oils), the olive-oil-based gel tends to give my hair a faint white residue and hard crunch.

Now this doesn’t happen always, but enough times that I went on a mission to find the perfect gel (or custard) that would define my natural and flexi rod curls, lay down my edges for the gods and preserve my waves without flakes, residue or damage to my natural mane.

Now, if you’re a lover of this brand, by all means, flourish! But let me direct you to 6 alternative holding gels and custards that will hold your style flawlessly while nourishing your tresses.

Photo Credit: Mane Objective

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A New York-based editor who's currently transitioning her hair to natural. Protective styles have now replaced all of her best friends...