How to use hair gel: Our top tips for mastering this versatile product

All Things Hair | 08 January 2018
3 Minute Style Easy

Whether you’re after slicked-back, wet look or super sleek hair, gel has you covered.

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If you don’t already know how to use hair gel, we’ve created one of the easiest tutorials to turn you into a total pro. It may look difficult to work with at first glance, but, hair gel is actually one of the most versatile hair products out there. It can be used to slick back hair, create a wet look effect, tame flyaways and hold curls. Phew!

A handy styling tool that really goes the extra mile, hair gel is easy to work with on all hair types. It can create a serious amount of volume at the roots if you’re looking for a sky-high quiff or messy man bun. And, just as easily, help keep your locks flat against your head for a flyaway-free comb over. So if you’re not already acquainted with this handy styling product, better keep reading to find out how to use hair gel!

How to use hair gel


Prep your hair.

The great thing about gel is that it can be used to style any texture or hair length. Start with either just-washed or day-old locks for maximum staying power. 

Start by applying a small amount of VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel into the palm of your hand. A little goes a long way so start with less than you think. You can always add more to the look if needed. 



Loosen the gel with your fingertips.

Rub both your hands together, especially at the fingertips, to coat them evenly with the gel. This will allow you to distribute the product evenly throughout your hair. 



Work it into your hair.

Run your fingers through you hair, starting at the front and moving backwards. Finger comb through any sections where the gel has gathered to ensure it’s spread evenly. 

Focus more on the roots of the hair if you’re creating a style that requires volume, like a quiff


Style your hair into place.

Add more gel if needed and, using a comb or your hands, style your hair into place. If you’re using hair gel on wet tresses, blow dry the look after styling with gel to hold it into place.

Alternatively, use gel on dry treses to add a shiny, wet look finish to your ‘do. Perfect if you’re rocking a slick comb over.

And that’s it! You’ve now mastered how to use hair gel. Make sure to play around with the product to see which styles suit you best. 

Now you’re a total pro at using hair gel, check out our Hair Products For Men section to see which other styling tools you should be mastering as well. Good luck!