Avoiding Flakes and ‘Gooey’ White Balls When Mixing Your Gels and Moisturizers

Do you test your product combos before using them

We have all been there. You have finally purchased that new leave in conditioner everyone has been raving about and decide to use it to create your signature wash and go.

You apply the leave in and then grab your favorite gel making sure every curl is covered because you cannot have any mistakes today, it’s late and you have to get to the office.

As you apply the gel, you notice little white balls appearing all over your hair, on every strand in every area. Uh Oh! It’s not like you can cover it up, you hair is officially a mess. Great! Now what?

We totally feel your pain, everyone has been through this once or twice, and picking out the balls is not an option because there are just too many, usually the best thing to do is go ahead and make the call, tell your boss the dog ate your home work because unfortunately work will not be an option today.

I know I am not alone when I say, that I really had no clue what caused the white balls, and if it was a new product more than likely it would end up in the trash with me declaring that it does not work for my hair.

The thing is, it’s all about chemistry, sometimes two products just do not mix well together, it could be your staple gel and a new leave in or a new gel and an old leave in, somehow the ingredients just do not mix well allowing for some of the properties of the product that would typically behave one way to behave in an entirely different and unacceptable way.


For example flaking is caused by the polymer molecules that are found in gels that are responsible for clumping our hair and giving us that hold we all know and love. In some cases if you even attempt to scrunch or touch your hair the molecules will shatter leaving you with literal flakes of gel all over your head, mix that with a leave in and a complete mess unfolds.

This isn’t a chemistry class so I won’t bore you with any more details however we do have a fool proof way of making sure you figure out what works well with what before you add them to your hair.

The test is simple, just take a little of your leave in and a little of your gel, rub them together in the palm of your hand. You will see one of 3 results:

1. If you get a creamy consistency with no clumps, that’s great and you have a winning product combo. Carry on with your styling session.

2. If you get cream plus a few clumps that disappear with more rubbing then your products are having a hard time combining but they may do so if you really work them into your hair, proceed with caution.

3.On the other hand if you get just plain old clumps, make a mental note NEVER to mix those products on your hair and give yourself a pat on the back for sidestepping that particular disaster.

The lovely NaturalMe4C tested a few of her own products doing the same thing we just described. Check out her video on below!

Do you ladies test your product combos before trying them on your hair?

Originally posted 2014-01-03 20:00:45.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

  1. Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner
    Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner

    Ecostyler goes well with oil.
    To avoid any type of flaking remember that a small bit of gel goes a long way! You don’t need to use a lot when doing styles like twistouts bantu knots etc

  2. Maya Dennies
    Maya Dennies

    It doesn’t matter what kind of gel I use it still does it. Like Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner said a little goes a long way so true.

  3. Theresa Loscocco
    Theresa Loscocco

    I suggest As I Am leave in conditioner followed by Eco styler Argan oil. Plenty of moisture, no flakes:)

  4. Linda Herring
    Linda Herring

    Eco Styler mixes horribly with most products, however I will co-sign that As I Am’s leave in is a great product.

    1. Simone Sang

      As I AM leave in was my staple leave I’m but this summer my scalp and hair did not like it..it was so dry. I am using grainier leave in now which is great but I need something organic/ natural that compares to it.

  5. Yvonne Lewis

    I learned the hard way that Cantu leave in and Eco Styler do not mix. Thanks for the article!

  6. Sixela Rethguals

    Do not mix African pride Shea moisture miracle leave-in conditioner with eco styler. It will form those gooey balls unfortunately.

  7. Nikesha Bonita Hudson-Lowe

    I use raw Shea butter,the Cantu leave in conditioner and the ecostyler gel and it works perfectly as long as you know how much of what to use when.

  8. Kwenela Tubbs

    I really want you to know that you have saved my life because I never really understood why the eco gel would not be able to work for me and define my curls and google does not provide as much information about it either. Bless you.

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