Best Hair Gel for Thick Hair: The Best Formulas for Your Texture

Our top picks for styling thick hair types with a gel. 

If you have thick hair—whether you wear your hair curly or straight—you know that the best products to tame your hair texture, when it comes to certain hairstyles, are those that can provide a stronger hold for an extended period of time. There’s nothing worse than using a gel that fails to keep your favorite hairstyles in place. Also, it’s a nuisance to use a massive amount of gel at once and have it weigh down your thick strands!

Who wants to buy a new bottle of gel every other day? We’re sure you don’t! If you need help finding the best hair gel for thick hair textures, no sweat: We’ve rounded up our tried and true hair gels. Read on:

best hair gel for thick hair: mohawk style
The best hair gel for thick hair textures and edgy styles are those that provide a super strong hold.

1. Super Strong Hold

If you’re looking to create styles like mohawks (or even fauxhawks) on thick hair textures, you’ll need a hair gel that will allow your style to stay in place. That’s why we like Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Mohawk Gel. Yes, as the name suggests, it’s ideal for creating mohawk looks, but there are so many other styles you can create with this extra-hold formula: braids, twists, updos and slicked back styles.

best hair gel for thick hair curly hair
Curly hair needs both control and definition.

2. Curly Hair

TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel is one of our favorite hair gels for curly hair at the moment. This lightweight, alcohol-free formula works on all hair curl textures. Whether hair is thin or thick, it leaves curls super defined and soft to the touch.

best hair gel for thick hair: beach waves
Achieve wavy styles on thick hair with a gel cream.

3. Wavy Hair

Finding the best hair gel for wavy hair types truly depends on what type of wave you want to achieve. You can go for super defined waves or a loose, natural finish. TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream helps create texture and volume—two things you need for the perfect beach wave hairstyle.

best hair gel for thick hair: sleek styles
Use a sculpting gel to mold thick hair into sleek styles.

4. Sleek Styles

When wearing your hair in a sleek updo on thick hair types, the key to nailing the look is using the right product. The best hair gel for thick hair to create these kinds of styles is one that’s formulated to provide a firm hold. Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel not only provides a firm-hold finish for all hair types; it also imparts a luminous shine.