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Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel Review

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ORS Lock & Twist Gel

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If you're looking for a product to use when beginning and retwisting locs, or for perfecting those two-strand twists, does Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel deliver?

Characteristics

When you open the container, you'll see a white, jelly-like substance with minimal smell, so if you're sensitive to scents, you'll probably like this. The fragrance is practically non-existent so it won't clash with other scents on your hair and won't overwhelm you.

The Lock & Twist Gel is thick and feels like jelly, but absorbs easily and clearly in your hands and hair. It's non-sticky and non-coating, which is important when you apply them to locs. You want products that absorb into the hair and not sit on top of it, flake or coat it heavily (like beeswax would). You also want your twists, locs or coils to move freely, which this gel allows them to do.

How to Use It

The manufacturer's site suggests applying the gel to freshly shampooed and conditioned hair, and after styling, to set under a dryer. This would be a good method for twists, locs and coils, but you can also apply it to dry hair without worrying about flaking.

The amount you use depends on the thickness of your hair, but you don't have to use an excessive amount to get satisfactory hold. For each twist section I used it on, I used about a dime-size amount. If you need to freshen up a style, you can apply more gel, which soaks into your hair much like water.

I think this would be a good product for anyone transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, especially for a transition-friendly style like comb coils. Applying the gel to wet hair and combing through allows the two textures to blend together, making the line of demarcation less obvious. If you've done the big chop and have a "teeny weeny afro," the gel works just as well for creating coils on short, natural hair. Wear the coils for a few days or a week, loosen them up and you can enjoy a chunky 'fro for a few days more.

Final Verdict

I don't have locs, so I can't vouch for how it would work on retwisting, but I've used it on two-strand twists and it works very well. Besides applying the gel to each twist section, I dabbed some on the ends for extra hold. The twists didn't unravel, and when I undid them to style a twist-out, my hair wasn't as affected by the humidity as it normally is. My twist-out stayed wavy and curly instead of puffing up, even two days later, which was a first for me.

Besides being affordable, you can find this product in many beauty supply stores or drugstores, so it's easy to find, which is a big plus.

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