Flake-Free Hair Gel for Natural Hair: 5 Products We Swear By

No flaky situation here!

If you ask any girl with natural hair how many hair gels she has tested before she found the one, she’ll quickly tell you about all of the horror stories she had with the ones she hates. Amongst the many reasons why one would dislike a hair gel, one of the most common reasons is that the gel probably left a terrible flaky residue on the hair. Thankfully, for hair gel that doesn’t flake for natural hair, there are plenty of products to choose from. 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 hair gel that doesn’t flake product picks:

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No flakes, no worries!

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.

1. Dove Amplified Textures Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel

We love this gel for the shine and highly moisturized feeling leaves with strands. This gel is perfect for ladies looking for lots of moisture, as it’s formulated with aloe and it’s 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.

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. Many naturalistas can attest to the fact that their hair may sometimes lack shine as a result of natural hair being on the drier side. 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 hot and hazy days or just days when the humidity levels are at an all-time high.

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