If you’re a guy who hasn’t learned how to use hair gel yet, it might be a good time to figure out the right way to apply styling gel. Although we highly recommend pomade or wax, hair gel offers a very strong hold and can be good when styling certain hairstyles. To avoid the crunchy, flaky or sticky aftermath of badly gelled hair, here’s a step by step guide to how to style your hair with gel. The best part is, whether you have straight, wavy or curly hair, these techniques on how to gel your hair are universal to all men and hair types!
Choosing The Right Hair Gel
When applying hair gel, it’s important to use the right gel. For a bed-head, messy hairstyle, you’ll want to pick a lighter foam gel that doesn’t harden or flake. If you are styling spiky hair, then a medium to strong hold gel with some shine may be best. When researching the best gel for men’s hair, remember to avoid styling products that contain alcohol – they will dry out and damage your hair.
Best Hair Gel For Men
While water-based pomades offer all the same benefits as gels, without any of the negatives, there are some highly-rated hair gel brands we can recommend. If you’re looking to buy the best hair gel for men, you’ll want to choose from the following:
- American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel
- Style Sexy Hair Hard Up Gel
- Johnny B Mode Gel
- Got2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel
- Redken For Men Grip Tight Medium Hold Gel
- American Crew Light Hold Texture Lotion
How To Style Your Hair With Gel
To use and style your hair with gel, always start with freshly washed hair. After your shower, towel dry your hair, leaving it slightly damp so your gel holds longer and better.
Now, a question guys often ask is “how much gel should I use”. For short hair, take a nickel to quarter-sized amount of gel, rub it between your palms until slightly warm, and thoroughly apply into your hair. Make sure your hair gel is evenly distributed throughout your hair, working it in from your scalp to the tips.
Finally, start to style your gelled hair. You can use your fingers or a comb depending on the hairstyle you want. For example, spiked hair is better styled with your hands, while slick hairstyles require a comb. For a firm hold, blow dry your hair into place.