How to Use Men’s Hair Gel to Create These 6 Styles

Ready to try out a new way to define your look? Check out these styles that incorporate hair gel into your look.

Hair products for dudes are so important. We know, we know you don’t have the time or effort to figure out the right products for your hair. But, hear us out: the right products, like men’s hair gel, can allow you to incorporate tons of different styles into your routine without having to do all that much. Sounds awesome, right?! With the hold of gel you can create defined styles—and casual looks, too. Read on to learn how to create some of our favorite styles using men’s hair gel.

Versatile Men’s Hair Gel: 6 Styles to Create

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Easy/breezy styles with gel. Photo credit:

1. Tousled Quiff With Men’s Hair Gel

This casual style is one of our favorites every time! To create a rough, tousled quiff, use a high hold gel to enhance the shine of your curls as it works to define your curls. To achieve this look, apply around a dime-sized amount of gel onto your wet, freshly washed hair.Comb your hair back with your fingers to apply the gel and set your style. The messier, the better when going for this easy weekend style.

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Hairstyles with gel that are little edgy. Photo credit:

2. Edgy Angular Quiff

For an edgier men’s hairstyle, you can try this slicked-down quiff. It’s an over-the-top look that’s actually pretty easy to do! For this look, we suggest using the Bed Head For Men by TIGI Power Play Gel. It has enough hold to keep the sides of your hair up that’ll also make it really shiny. Apply the gel liberally to the top half of your hair, then comb the center section of your hair downwards and smooth down with your fingers. Then, use a comb to create two straight parts on the sides of your head and brush upwards. Brush the sides of your hair down to complete the look.

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3. Modern Pompadour With Men’s Hair Gel

Wearing a pompadour doesn’t need to be a vintage ’50s look. We’re totally digging this modern take that’s much more low-key. It’s still a pompadour style with the front section styled straight up, but the less-perfect texture keeps it casual. We like the Bed Head For Men By TIGI Power Flay Firm Finish Gel for this style. It has the perfect balance of hold to work for this style. Just like the tousled quiff, you’ll work this style with the gel applied to your fingertips. But, first, you need to use a blowdryer to work your hair into the pompadour shape. Your hair setting roughly with the gel tones down this old school style.

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4. Curly Fringe

Curly hair and gel go hand in hand. We love to use gel in curly hair because it holds your natural hair texture so nicely. To get this cool piecey fringe look, use the Axe Spiked-up Look: Extreme Hold Gel. You’ll want the high hold to make those specific pieces stand out. And that is exactly how you create this style! You use the gel to coat individual curls to set them apart in your hair.

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5. Slicked-Back Hair

We couldn’t not include slicked back hair! It’s a classic style that will always look cool and laid-back. Create this style by using the Dove Men+Care Control Gel that you liberally apply to your hair and comb backward. You can leave the comb marks for an extra ’80s look. Or, to go for a smoother style, just slick down your hair with your fingers instead.

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6. Defined Curls

We’re 100 percent into dudes wearing their natural hair textures this year. If you’ve got gorgeous curls like these, you can define them with hair gel, like the TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel. Use the gel to coat your wet hair and hold those natural curls in place as your hair dries.

Need more styles that use men’s hair gel? Check out these new men’s hair trends