Flake-Free Hair Gel for Natural Hair: 6 Products We Swear By

No flaky situations here!

If you ask any girl with natural hair how many hair gels she tested before she found the one, she’ll tell you about the long list of horror stories she had with the gels she hates. The most common problem with many gels is that they can leave a flaky residue on the hair. Thankfully, we’ve got the scoop on the gels that don’t flake, so you can choose the perfect one for your natural hair. We have some gels we absolutely love and we’re sharing them with you. Experiment with a few gels while you’re hanging at home, so you’ll have found your perfect match when it’s time to get back to reality.

Read on to discover our go-to budget-friendly picks for hair gel that doesn’t flake:

Before we dive into our list of flake-free hair gel products for natural hair, here’s something you should know when it comes to application: Too much of any product is never really good. Oftentimes, flaky residue occurs when there are way too many layers of hair product on your hair. Only apply what’s really needed for a given hairstyle.

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No flakes, no worries!

1. Dove Amplified Textures Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel

We love this gel for the shine and highly moisturized feeling it leaves on strands. This gel is perfect for ladies looking for lots of moisture, as it’s formulated with aloe and is completely alcohol-free. Use this product as a styler and a finishing gel on wet or damp hair.

2. Emerge Style Goals Gel

This gel promises a crunch-free finish—what every curly-haired gal is looking for! Made with fair trade shea butter to control frizz, this gel offers a medium hold that will last you throughout the day.

3. TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel

After a flake-free wash and go style with killer definition? This gel should be at the top of your list. Use this product to create any curly natural hairstyle you desire; it doesn’t have to be just wash-and-go styles. You can prep your hair with this gel for braid-outs and twist-outs too. What we love about this flake-free hair gel for natural hair is that it also helps control frizz.

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Prep any natural hairstyle with a good gel.

4. TRESemmé TRES TWO Mega Firm Control Gel

For styles like sleek buns, pineapple updos, or any style that requires a smooth base or a little sculpting action (think: swirled baby hairs), use this sculpting gel. What you should love about this gel is that it provides your hair with a long-lasting shine. Use this gel to help you create the shiny, controlled hairstyle you love.

5. Bed Head by TIGI Beach Me Wave Defining Gel Mist

Don’t let the name of this gel fool you, this is ideal for wavy and curly hair types. Most importantly, it’s a gel that doesn’t flake. This is a formula that you can go to town with the application as the formula provides a buildable hold. So, if you have thicker hair and need to apply more for more curl control, add as much as you need. Since this mist keeps hair from drying out and gives your curls humidity protection for up to 24 hours, it’s ideal for days when humidity levels are at an all-time high.

6. Suave Professionals Define & Shine Serum Gel

Looking specifically for a gel that provides lots of moisture and shine for your curls? We highly recommend this gel, specifically formulated for natural hairstyles to lock in moisture and maintain curl shape all day. This gel will define your curls without adding unwanted flakes.

These gels all perform incredibly on natural textured hair types and are great for creating a range of styles. Choose the one that’s best for your hair needs and don’t stress about dealing with flaky gel ever again!

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