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

Alyssa François | 04 December 2018
best hair gel for thick hair: beach waves

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 strong 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! To help you on your quest to find the best hair gel for thick hair textures, we rounded up our tried and true hair gels. Read on:



Best Hair Gel for Thick Hair: 4 Options for Any Hairstyle



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.

BED HEAD by TIGI HARD HEAD MOHAWK GEL
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 and alcohol-free formula works on all hair curl textures—whether thin or thick—leaving curls super defined and soft to the touch.

TRESemmé FLAWLESS CURLS DEFINING GEL
best hair gel for thick hair: beach waves
Achieve wavy styles on thick hair with a gel spray.

3. Wavy Hair

Nexxus Diamtress Volume Lavish Body Gel Spray helps create texture and volume—two things you need for the perfect beach wave hairstyle.

NEXXUS DIAMETRESS VOLUME LAVISH BODY GEL SPRAY
best hair gel for thick hair: sleek styles
Use a sculpting gel to mold thick hair into sleek styles.

4. Sleek Styles

Whether you’re wearing your hair in a sleek updo or recreating the wet look 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. Suave Professionals Firm Control Sculping Gel not only provides a strong hold for all hair types; it also imparts a luminous shine.

NEXXUS DIAMETRESS VOLUME LAVISH BODY GEL SPRAY

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