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Hair Gels

The hairstyling process is one of the most important steps you can take toward creating your own signature look. In fact, you may be able to completely reinvent your appearance using beauty and hair care styling aids like hair gel. Here at Walgreens we have a wide selection of hair gels for both men and women that can be used to shape your locks with varying levels of hold.

Different Types of Gel

Even though it might seem like a fairly basic styling product, you'll actually find that there are several different types of hair gel to choose between. The main variation between these products is how strong they are--which relates directly to the types of hairstyles they are intended to help you shape. Some brands of gel rate their products on a scale from 1 to 10, with higher numbers representing a stronger hold. Other brands simply use terminology like light, medium, or strong hold. You'll also find variations between gel marketed for women and those for men. Men who choose gel over other styling products typically want their hair to be spiky or slicked back and want the result to be stiff. Women with longer hair, on the other hand, tend to use lighter gels to control hair (often yielding better results than hairsprays) while avoiding the stiff look.

How to Apply Hair Gel

The method you use to apply hair gel will vary depending on the style you're looking to achieve, but a few tips hold true regardless of your hair type. For one, you should try make sure that the gel only gets on your hair (instead of coating your scalp) in order to reduce itching and flaking. Gel tends to form a stronger hold when applied to damp hair rather than hair that is soaking wet, so you may want to towel dry hair before application. Some people also choose to apply gel and then blow dry, which may help control frizz and flyaways without yielding stiff results. Using gel along with tools like a curling iron or flat iron will also help you sculpt different looks, so don't be afraid to experiment.