- Styling gel adds body and shine without weighing down the hair
Mandarin Magic Hair Gel
I mixed this with aloe vera, water, sea salt, and mica and made a sea salt spray. I think this gel worked perfectly in this mix. I haven’t used it alone so I didn’t get it a 5 star but that’s only because I haven’t tried it neat yet.
Light gel that leaves your hair really soft and frizz-free
Someone over on Naturally Curly’s Curl Talk forum recommended this product to me as a great gel to use along with mousse. I used it for the first time yesterday, and loved how my fine, 2C waves turned out!My hair is about four inches past my shoulders, and I used three or four quarter-sized globs of this smoothed and then scrunched into soaking wet hair. I then followed it with three or four globs of mousse, which I also scrunched in. I put my hair up into a plop for about 15 minutes, and then diffused with a blowdryer. The result was soft, waves that were smooth to the touch — and that had no surface frizz! I usually add gel *after* I add my curl enhancer, but the gel itself acted as a curl enhancer, too.I did notice that when I woke up today, my waves were a little softer than they would be if I used a hard-hold gel. For wavies like me, this might not give the harder hold we need to keep our waves in place longer, but I don’t mind exchanging softer waves for a shorter drying time and softer hair.The smell on this also seems very strong at first, but it dissipates pretty quickly into your hair once you use it.It’s also silicone- and sulphate-free for those following the Curly Girl method. (SeeCurly Girl: The Handbookfor more information about the CG method.)I will be adding this into my regular rotation on days when I want a softer, looser hold and wave.
After much experimenting I have found a way to make it work for me. To prevent getting stringy hair I have to put a sealer under and gel over it. I was surprised how curl enhancing it is. More potent than ag recoil for me. Great moisturizer.
Great for light hold and moisture
I go back and forth between the Mandarin Magic and the B-5 Gel, because the Mandarin Magic does not provide as much hold as the B-5. I usually use the Mandarin Magic. I have fine wavy hair, and I have a lot of it, so I get a lot of tangles if I don’t use something to control it. The Mandarin Magic is very good for everyday use. I let my hair airdry and when it’s half dry, I put a dime-sized dollop on it. That’s about enough for my shoulder length hair-it controls tangles and lifts the roots a little and I get incredible shine. I haven’t really noticed the scent-it’s very faint and fades away entirely by the time my hair is dry. Mandarin Magic gets its holding power from Gum Arabic and Gum Tragacanth, both of which are natural alternatives to synthetic polymers (such as PVP) found in most commercial hair products. It also contains Vitamin B-5 (Panthenol) which is a natural hair thickener. Finally, it contains the herbs Ginkgo Leaf, Ginseng Root, Chinese Magnolia Blossoms, Chinese Angelica, Chrysanthemum, Earth Smoke, Morus Root, and Mandarin Orange Peel. These herbs soothe and tone the scalp.
For me drying
Contains denatured alcohol and made my hair lose moisture, there fore the 4c hair wouldn’t clump to full potential. Also flaky. After switching to kccc i have no problem getting root to tip definition in my max hydrated 4c hair for the first time. See pictures at bottom of page link.forum(dot)blackhairmedia(dot)com/the-max-hydration-methodfrom-my-other-post_topic368937_page8(dot)html