Wash and Go Wars! Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Gel vs. Fantasia IC Clear (QFTPC Tutorial)

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Hey y’all! So several people have asked me for an updated wash and go routine video, but I never thought it was worth doing because my regimen hasn’t changed since my last video. However, I found a way do a tutorial/comparison video and put a new spin on it. First up, I have a comparison of Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Gel and Fantasia IC Clear. Let’s see how I thought they stacked up.

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Products Used
Leave-In: Camille Rose Jansyn’s Moisture Max Conditioner
Gels: Aunt Jackie’s/Fantasia IC
Finisher: Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Paste

Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink: Available at beauty supply stores, some Sally Beauty and Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Curl Mart
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Polysorbate 20, Parfum, EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Fantasia IC Clear: Available at drugstores nationwide
Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua) , Glycerin , Carbomer , Triethanolamine , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Dimethicone Copolyol (Silica) , Tocopheryl Acetate , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Polysorbate-20 , Benzophenone 4 , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Disodium EDTA , Fragrance (Parfum)

VS. Matches
Price: Fantasia IC. $4.99 vs. Aunt Jackie’s $9.99.
Ingredients: Tie. Aunt Jackie’s may have flaxseed oil, but that’s the only one up they really have in a sea of random ingredients.
Consistency: Tie. Both are fairly smooth and thick. Not sticky.
Smell: Tie. Both are kinda perfumey/fruity, but not in a bad way.
Application: Aunt Jackie’s. Goes on with good slip without a lot of wetness.
Absorption: Tie. Both had some white spots that went away once dry.
Hold: Tie. Both have medium-soft holds without a lot of crunch.
Frizz Control: Tie. Both have adequate frizz control, although they don’t totally eliminate frizz.
Shrinkage: Tie. Both sides had shrinkage. However, edge to IC b/c AJ claims to decrease shrinkage.
Overall: Tie. This particular combo with the Camille Rose rinse out was not my favorite, but both gels were pretty good. I couldn’t really tell a difference between the two sides once dried, I only could tell when I was applying.

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FTC: This video is not sponsored, all products were purchased by me! Fueled by high hopes and Exxon gas.

4 thoughts on “Wash and Go Wars! Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Gel vs. Fantasia IC Clear (QFTPC Tutorial)

  1. Athorn says:

    We haven’t actually gotten to see you play in your hair in a long time. I do a lot of twist outs but with summer coming i’m trying to perfect my wash and go method. You do your hair so fast. I’m trying this!

  2. D.E. says:

    Love the wash n go wars segment! Gosh, you make it look so easy.

    I have fine hair, so I’m a bit wary of doing a wash and go and having it look, uh, sparse but I think by spring, I’ll give it a try when I have a little more length.
    The more I see the process, though, the more I get encouraged that I can do it myself.

  3. Teri says:

    Hi Elle,

    Thank you for the side-by-side compare and review of the gels. It was very helpful. My question is why did you use the Curls Blueberry Control Paste? I know you said it is a finisher, but what is the purpose of a finisher? Also, can you use it for twists, braids, protective styles, etc.


    • Elle says:

      A finisher just helps with extra frizz control and shine – it’s often a serum-type product, but I’ve found the “edge gels” work well, too. I’ve seen people use edge gels for twists/braids and protective styles, but I haven’t used them for that. They are good at slicking down frizz though.

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