If are looking to give your hair some definition and style then you have come to the right place. Whether you have short hair or long, straight or curly, there is a hair gel that will meet your needs. Below are a few tried and true brands, some well-known and a couple of more independent options sprinkled in. And all will style your hair like a pro in the comfort of your own home.
The only decision you have to make when deciding to buy a gel is the type of hold you want. When it comes to long-term hold, a gel or pomade is your best bet and comes in a variety of strengths depending on your needs. Most of our options are firm holds, however, there is a medium hold (Hair Craft Co.) sprinkled in and even ones that are no joke, crazy strong, glue-type hold (Got2be) that are ideal for more vertical hairstyles.
In addition to all-day holds, these gels provide a healthy, long-lasting shine to the hair with no harsh ingredients that tend to leave the hair and scalp dry. You can also count on these products to not flake, leave no white residue on your hair or shirt and easily wash out with just water or your regular daily shampoo. Ideal for wet or dry hair, application includes warming the product up in your palm, applying to damp or dry hair from front to back and then pushing into your preferred style.
1. Suavecito Pomade Firme
Suavecito’s Strong Hold Pomade is made to keep your hair in place all day and into the night. Ideal for most hairstyles, this pomade applies effortlessly, has a creamy consistency and provides a strong hold that will never flake. This is a water-based formula it will break down easily, making it both easy to apply and easy to remove. No special soaps or shampoos are required to wash out of your hair. The base also gives it an easy-to-work-with consistency, allowing for ease of application while leaving your hair with a healthy shine.
Pros: For its price point, it’s an effective option, and won’t leave your hair crunchy.
Cons: It may be too strongly scented for some.
2. SexyHair Style Hard Up Gel
Style Sexy Hair’s Hard Up Gel is a high-performance hair gel that provides maximum hold and all-day shine for all hair types. With its multipurpose uses, you can apply to wet hair for a sculpted, spiked, sleek or refined look or apply to dry hair for a more messy, less-structured appearance. Hard Up gel is a flake-free formula that promises to give you the control you need while being extremely easy to use: simply warm product in your palm and apply to damp or dry hair to sculpt, mold and form your hair into its perfect ‘do.
Pros: This product uses mica and titanium dioxide as shining agents and has a blue color that reflects light and adds shine to hair.
Cons: Somewhat expensive.
3. American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel
The Firm Hold Styling Gel by American Crew is an alcohol-free, firm gel that is enriched with all kinds of good stuff to keep your hair under control. It contains a dual polymer complex to provide a strong hold with a high-lasting shine and is enriched with natural extracts such as vitamin B5 to help hair look thicker while adding more body. It also employs a non-flaking formula and special ingredients that allow for easier distribution throughout the hair –– simply apply to towel-dried hair and work a small amount of product from scalp to ends and push hair into place.
Pros: This gel has a low pH to prevent the drying of the scalp.
Cons: If you are looking for a “wet look,” another option might be better.
4. Schwarzkopf Got2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel (3 Pack)
The Got2b Invincible Styling Gel by Schwarzkopf “feels like a gel, holds like glue,” giving you a hold that is so powerful that the product actually states if you are not up for the strongest gel hold ever, you may want to try another product. Great for shorter hair, this gel is powered by a high-tech styling agent called Alpha XTR that will let you take your hair to new heights or create your own style, giving you the strongest hold for your own individual look. Ultra Glued is also a non-sticky, no-flake formula that can be used on damp or dry hair.
Pros: This product easily washes out with a little bit of shampoo.
Cons: This is an extreme hold gel and if you require a lighter formula, another option might be better.
5. Hair Craft Co. Pomade
Hair Craft Co.’s Pomade provides a one and done, strong, long-lasting hold that guarantees your hair will last all day without any touchups needed. Perfect for all hair types, this pomade provides the ideal shine and semi-matte combination giving you a textured yet defined finish. This is a water-soluble formula that easily washes out of your hair with warm water and shampoo or if you simply need a re-style, just add a little water and style away. Hair Craft not only provides a quality product but also provides a generous, 4-ounce jar.
Pros: Hair Craft is cruelty-free and uses no harsh chemicals.
Cons: You may experience a slight crunch to the hair if too much is used.
6. Old Spice Low Shine Hair Gel (2 Pack)
The Old Spice Hair Gel provides a medium hold that is ideal for sharp, spiked-up hairstyles while keeping shine at bay with its low-shine formula. Ideal for all hair types, this gel will provide a sleek yet sharp, spiky look while helping to tame and shape. The “Swagger” line of Old Spice products is known for its masculine scent of lime and cedarwood and applies easily on damp or dry hair.
Pros: Old Spice is known for their classic smelling products.
Cons: If you prefer a strong hold product, another option might be better.