How to use hair gel for different looks
Hair gel is one of the most versatile styling products out there as it can be used for a range of different hair styles. Contrary to popular belief, hair gel can only be used on short hair. But, this is definitely not true as you can create looks with hair gel no matter how short or long your hair is. So if you are not already acquainted with this product, read on to learn about how to use hair gel for different looks.
First things first, it is essential to smooth flyaways with hair gel before working on any look. To ideally smooth down those pesky baby hairs, scoop a small amount of hair gel with your index finger and place it on your palm. Rub your hands together before gently sweeping the product over your scalp.
Creating the wet look effect
You might think the wet hair look might seem a little weird as if you’ve just stepped out from the shower. However, this hair trend is sweeping the world thanks to celebrities spotting this look whether they are on the red carpet or heading out for the night. The wet look effect can be simply done in the comforts of your own home. You may first apply a little gel on your hair, before using a comb to evenly distribute the product throughout the strands of your hair until you achieve the results you’re after. This look works best when your hair is damp. You also may accentuate the shiny effect of your look by mixing your hair gel with a little bit of hair serum.
Creating a slicked-back look
Only recently, the slicked-back look was being spotted by supermodels on the 2016 spring/summer fashion week. If you want to achieve this look, you must first start by backcombing the top layer of your hair to create a subtle lift. After that, use your index and middle finger to scoop a generous amount of hair gel onto your palm and evenly distribute it onto the top section. Brush the top backcombed layer of your hair near your face upwards and backwards with a comb until it is completed slicked back. You may repeat this action a couple of times until your hair looks smooth and sleek.
Hold curls with hair gel
If your hair is naturally straight, you definitely need hair gel to help retain the shape of your curl without them going frizzy or out of shape. Start by using a little hair gel on towel-dried hair before blowing or styling. Apply a little more gel on your tresses and scrunch in using your hands in an upward motion to help add definition and staying in place. Always start off by using only a small amount of hair gel, you can always apply more after that if you like. This is because; your hair may end up looking to stiff and crispy with too much product in it.
Curls do not only good on a woman’s head as man can rock them too. Using hair gel to tame the curls will be perfect for a night out with the guys or a pool party.
Add texture to short hair
Adding a little movement and texture to your short hairstyle can produce a cool and edgy look. Rub a little gel on the palms of your hands and then run your fingers through your hair, twisting the strands in different direction while you work through it. With just a small amount of hair gel will work wonders to achieve you the desired look.
Other hair gel tips
To achieve the wavy look, make sure that the gel reaches every part of your hair from the roots to the tips. It is also important to apply the hair gel by grabbing chunks of your hair and scrunching them up while you apply the gel.
The spiked hair look is one of the most common styles for short hair not for men but for women as well. Run your gel covered finger through your hair from the front of your head to the back of your head. After that, starting from the sides, run your fingers up your head and work your way up to the top. Continue to do the same motion until the gel starts to dry and the spikes start to take shape.
Another good tip is if you notice that the gel is taking a lot of time to dry or your hair is not achieving your desired look, apply heat. You can blow dry your hair using your fingers or utilize a comb or a brush to help our hair take the shape that you like.