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Its widespread misuse (and in some cases downright abuse) in the late nineties and early noughties has seen hair gel develop something of a bad reputation. We’re all on the same page in thinking that abounding wet look spikes and frosted tips are better off consigned to history, but that isn’t to say that hair gels don’t have their place in a modern man’s grooming routine. When used correctly (keep your eyes peeled for the release of our guide), they can be an invaluable hair product that can create some fantastic looks. In this post, we give you our answer to the question “what is the best hair gel for men?”.
The Gel Forte from Sebastian Professional is a fantastic product for creating voluminous looks and ensuring they stay in place. Apply to damp hair, and blow dry into the style you need. You can expect your look to last the whole day, especially if you using a fixing product such as a hair spray to follow.
The American Crew Ultramatte is a medium hold gel with a matte finish. This makes it great for creating naturalistic looks that require less lift, but which you want to fix in place for the whole day. Its nourishing formulation, including silica and wheat proteins, also protects your hair from sun damage.
The Fudge Hair Gum volumises, thickens and boosts the hair while setting to fix your hair in place. A fantastic product for shorter hairstyles, you can also use a light gloss of the gum to keep natural longer hairstyles in place, or apply more to create hold for bigger, more ambitious hairstyles.
Next on our list of the best hair gel for men is Matrix Biolage Style Link Super Fixer Strong Hold Gel, a lightweight, strong-hold, high-shine gel. Use on damp hair before allowing to dry to create a more naturalistic look, or apply direct to dry hair to maximise the shine. A fantastic product for those with thick hair which washes out easily.
With a glossy shine, and long-lasting hold and control, KMS HairPlay Styling Gel is an exceptionally useful tool for adding texture and contrast to longer hair styles, while fixing them firmly in place.
The L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Glue is great for creating spiked looks, textured looks, or holding a neater, slicked or swept back look in place. With high shine, it’s hold defies the laws of gravity.
The Hair Gel from Jack Black is lightweight with long-lasting hold, and conditions your hair to preserve its strength and health. Non-sticky and formulated with high-quality organic ingredients, the gel adds body and fullness to the hair while adding shine and fixing the hair firmly.
Working to create lift and texture while adding a naturalistic sheen that enhances the natural colour of your hair, the Wella Professionals Eimi Pearl Styler Gel creates a medium hold which long lasting.
The American Crew Firm Hold Gel is an interesting example of a gel which is a hybrid. Its spray mechanism gives it fantastic ease of application, and it has great hold with some degree of shine. Use in combination with a styling product as a fixer, or use it on its own to create naturalistic looks.
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