Any curly girl, who wants definition, and the smallest amount of frizz possible knows the importance of products with good hold. I love a hard hold gel, they seem to be the only thing that will give me the hair I want. So what is it that I want? Definition, low frizz factor, volume/body, shine, and curls that will last through the day. I realize that’s asking a lot, especially living where I live. So, on my latest Sally’s excursion I decided to pick up a gel that I’ve read about on NC.com, Beyond the Zone Bada Bing Extreme Hold Gel.
The easiest way I can think of to review an extreme hold gel is to do a comparison. Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee is probably the most used and liked hard-hold gel on the boards at NC.com. So how do the two compare?
Bada Bing Extreme Hold Gel is exactly as the name says, extreme hold. The hold level is similar to my beloved Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (BRHG). The consistency of Bada Bing is a tiny bit less thick, more like a regular gel, BRHG is extremely thick. With BRHG I’m able to get away with miniscule amounts, like a couple pea-size blobs, with the Bada Bing I use more, like a couple quarter-size blobs. Both gels definitely have a very hard hold, but they leave my hair feeling vastly different. BRHG leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized once I SOTC (scrunch out the crunch), but the Bada Bing Gel leaves my hair feeling kind of dry.
Beyond The Zone Bada Bing Extreme Hold Gel and Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee are both available on the ground. Bada Bing is available at Sally’s Beauty, and BRHG is available at CVS, Target, and numerous other retailers. Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee is about $13 for a 6oz bottle, while Bada Bing is $6.29 for a 7oz tube on Sally’s website. If you think about the differences in the amounts I use, the Biosilk will last a lot longer, making it more cost-effective.
Overall they’re both decent gels, but I think the Biosilk wins. It takes less to get the results I want, and doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry. However, if you’re on a tight budget, and you need a hard-hold gel, the Bada Bing is certainly worth picking up.
Have you tried either? Let me know what you thought…