How to Style Your Hair with Gel

Styling gel is the Swiss army knife of hair styling—an all-purpose tool that can help you achieve any goal or look. You may even want to take some on your next camping trip.

You will need

  • The gel hairstyling product of your choice
  • A blow-dryer

Step 1 Choose style Choose the style you want and determine the type of gel you’ll need to hold it in place. Use a lighter foam gel for a tousled, bed-head look; a medium-hold gel for wet and shiny spikes; or a thick gel for a slicked-back look.

Step 2 Wet hair Start with wet or damp hair. The gel will hold better and longer.

Step 3 Rub gel between hands Squeeze the gel into your palm and rub it vigorously between your hands until it is warm and thoroughly emulsified.

Step 4 Work gel through hair Work the gel from your scalp to the tips of your hair.

Step 5 Style hair Style your hair as desired.

Step 6 Let dry or blow-dry If you want your hair to remain shiny from the gel, allow it to dry naturally. For less shine and a stronger hold, blow-dry your style into place on a low setting.