Hair gel gets a real bad rap. If you’re anything like me, the very words immediately conjure up s of some spiky-haired star from an early-aughts romantic comedy running through a crowded train terminal in bootcut jeans and a going out shirt (oof) so he can make one final dramatic gesture to win back a woman who’s way better off without him. Ma’am, stay far away from that man! Don’t you see his hair?!
All that’s to say, I understand your skepticism. I’m with you. But hair gel’s come a long way over the years and a dollop of the right version, applied sparingly, can be a game-changer. Some days you just need the high hold only a good gel can provide, and if there was ever a time to invest in a product that’ll help see you through even the worst conditions, it’s right now. So this winter, don’t let any unexpected blustery gales upset your ‘do. Instead, make like your favorite 2000s leading man by tracking down the right hair gel for you, and then, remembering it’s actually 2021, gently massage an appropriate amount into your mane as you see fit. (As opposed to, uh, half the bottle. Every damn day.)
Hair Gel: A Love Story will debut on HBO Max this Valentine’s Day. (Probably.) Don’t worry: He definitely gets the girl. And yes, the movie’s absolute trash—but it can’t possibly be worse than re-watching six and half episodes of Friends, right?
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First up, a classic. Dove Men+Care’s controlling gel offers high hold and high shine for an old-school look that won’t weigh your hair down in the slightest.
Big Poppa Defining Gel
The Doux’s Big Poppa defining gel works to fight humidity and provide a strong, touchable hold for all curl types, keeping your preferred look in order all day long.
Body-Building Hair Gel
A medium hold gel that uses vegan ingredients like basil leaf (mmm) to give your hair volume where it needs it most, sans any of the sticky residue or unsightly flakes you might associate with the old-school iterations of the stuff.
Clean Styling Gel
Kiehl’s and its specially formulated gel offer a high hold with a slightly tamed shine, hydrating your hair without making it look like it’s chock full of product.
Thickening Style Gel
Baxter’s paraben-free styling gel smoothes and softens your hair all while offering a high-hold/high-shine combination perfect if you tend to wear your hair slicked back or in a sleek pompadour.
Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel
Briogeo’s highly unique—and very curl-friendly—gel uses quinoa extract (!) to provide a flexible hold while locking out frizz and promoting healthy curl formation. Simply apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair and massage in evenly throughout.
Gel Triq Extreme Hold Gel
HDF’s extreme hold gel is a non-flaking styling solution that provides a controlled, sleek look without imbuing your hair with any of that telltale crunchy texture.
Curl Corps Enhancing Gel
Amika’s enhancing gel is made with curly-haired folks in mind. If that’s you, it’ll help hold your look without weighing down those precious curls. (I promise.)
Firm Hold Gel
If you tend to be on the move a lot (or, uh, used to be), you need a product that’ll move with you. Aveda’s high-hold gel is specifically designed to deliver regardless of the conditions you put it through, minus any unwanted buildup.
Multi-Talented Sculpting Gel
Bumble and Bumble makes some of the best do-it-all products in the business. The brand’s sculpting gel is especially suited for finessing that casually-tousled look—it’ll keep hair in place without making your ‘do come across as overly contrived.
Freeway Defining Spray Gel
Think of R+Co’s spray gel as hairspray on steroids. Ideal for any type of hair, the brand’s signature paraben-free concoction amplifies volume and helps you tame any flyaway ends, no matter how bad of a hair day it is.
Leave it to the venerable haircare masters at Oribe to come through with the swanky gel you didn’t know you needed. The brand’s gel-serum blend offers all the benefits of a high hold product while somehow managing to remain as light as air.
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Source : Esquire