The ins and outs of using hair gel

Hair gel is a fantastic product as it provides a lot of hold for your hair, but it can go terribly wrong if you don’t use it properly. If you add too much, hair can become visibly sticky and tacky looking. In this article, we discuss the different types of hair gels, as well as the various hairstyles which one can create with gel.

Firstly, there are various types of gels available. There are your traditional gels, spray gels, and even extra-strong formulas. There are also gels which contain extra additives. These are great for a wide variety of hair types and style needs. Traditional gels are better for people with normal hair which they want to style themselves. These gels are great for achieving a slick, back style for those with longer hair, or for those with short hair, a spiky look. These gels typically come in tubes or pumps.

Spray gels are used for styling hair which is quite fine in texture, when wanting to hold the hair in place, or for people with curly hair who want to keep their curls intact. A great benefit of using a spray gel is that you can target specific areas of the hair which may need more control.  Some gels even contain alcohol which helps to allow the gel to set faster. Although this may sound appealing, these gels are generally not good for your hair.

Now that you know a bit more about the different types of gel available, let’s look at some different styling options. The messy look is popular for those who want to look casual yet put-together. This hairstyle is quick to put together so it is ideal for those days where you are in a rush and may not have much time to get ready.

The slick-back look is stylish and sophisticated, making it great for that formal occasion. Create this look by spreading a generous amount of gel through your hair, and then sweeping the hair into place with a comb. The  Easy Waves Sleek and Smooth Styling Gel is perfect for this look.

For all you wanna-be rockers out there, the spiked look may be what you are going for when taking out your tube of gel.  Use a dollop of gel to create spikes with your fingertips. If you want to avoid looking like a porcupine, it may be a better idea to simply spike the front portion of your hair. The Easy Waves Spike and Twist Styling Gel is recommended for this style. 

Last but not least, there is the ‘Justin Bieber’ swept to the side look, which requires some gel to keep it in place. Simply use your fingers to sweep hair to the side and let the gel do the rest.

No matter which style you choose, hair gel can come in very handy when it comes to sporting a new look. Whether you want to look smart or casual, you need only use the gel with the required strength for your hair. It is also a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner under the gel, in order to soften its effects. The Easy Waves Every Day styling Gel allows you to keep your look in check no matter where you go. 

Now that you know a little more about gel and styling, it’s time to go and experiment with the Easy Waves Gel range so that you can achieve the perfect look!



Melanie is the owner of Promatix; a web design and online marketing agency in Johannesburg. An avid fan of all things pretty and practical. She likes tea, chocolate biscuits and books about anything other than reality.

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