Taliah Waajid who I've been calling Talib Kweli makes Black Earth Products. Ayana uses Lock It Up on my roots while she twists. I never asked her why she uses gel. I knew why and didn't want to confirm the reason. But due to the responses of the previous post, I did some research on this taboo technique.
From the sample pack of Lock It Up that she gave me.
This light, alcohol-free, non-greasy formula has herbal ingredients that enhance the natural curl or chemical free hair. That makes it easier to start and/or maintain locks. Gives a great alternative to bees wax or other products which can build up and weigh the hair down. Excellent for retouching the roots of locked hair during lock grooming. Lock It Up holds firmly without flaking.
My hair won't lock and needs some magic potion of juices and berries to make it hold. I don't have to worry about it leaving my locks looking white and nasty.