Product Review: ORS Lock & Twist Gel


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. 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 medium-sized twist section I used it on, I applied 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 coil. 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 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.


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