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I am always on the lookout for a good, strong hold gel as I have curly hair that loses its shape without a firm hold to start with. That said, there is such a thing as too firm a hold and you can end up with crunchy zig zags instead of nice ringlets. I first heard of this KMS hairstay gel on naturallycurly.com so that was a good sign, it is really hard for me to find gels on the high street that are suitable for my hair.
At any rate, I took a risk on this one. I have to use a lot of trial and error with hair products. This is a seriously dense gel that it was a bit intimidatingly gloopy looking at first. I was afraid it would be too thick but it was not very difficult to distribute though once I got the hang of it. I tend to scrunch gel in after I have applied curl cream or leave in conditioner, as it helps curls form and creates a protective barrier between the gel and my hair.
I can get away with using quite a small amount of this gel, and I have a lot of hair so I imagine for most people a little would go a long way. This gel is not quite as strong a hold as my usual gel and can usually be scrunched out to result in nice looking hair. If you have very fine hair or are looking for a spiky type gel this would probably not work for you.
I do get fairly predictable, good results with this gel, which is always appreciated when you have unpredictable hair! It is a strong enough hold for me not to have to wash my hair for two days and still have defined curls. It helps keep frizz to a minimum, especially when used with curl enhancing products, and seems pretty humidity resistant in my experience living in rainy Scotland!
I would say its only drawback is that I do think it is a bit drying on my hair if I use it exclusively, so I tend to rotate it with other products. It does not leave a particular shine but it is not the dullest gel I've used either.
KMS products are usually cheapest bought online but are widely available in salons as well. Their conditioners are also lovely and worth a try in my opinion. Thanks for reading!
24-hour hold without flaking / What it does: KMS HairStay Max Gel offers ultra-firm hold for extreme styles / Water resistant / No flaking / Quick drying / Humidity resistant / Shampoo soluble / Hold: 5/5 / Shine: 5/5 / Directions for use: Work KMS HairStay Max Gel through towel-dried hair / Allow to air dry.