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Hair gel for women: Should you, could you, would you?

Hair gel is a unisex styling product that is used to hold and slick hair into a particular hairstyle. You can use it to smooth flyaways, define curls, and to create sleek hairstyles. And with slick-back and wet-look styles making a comeback, you might be wondering if a hair gel for women is what your styling routine is missing.

If you’re not used to using it, gel can be a bit intimidating, but this styling gem is brilliantly versatile. Don’t believe us? Why not read on and discover how you might able to make hair gel work for you.


How to use hair gel for women

Keep reading for our top tips on how to apply gel to create different styles.


Use hair gel to style short hair

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When it comes to styling shorter cuts, hair gel for women is brilliant for achieving a variety of looks. Use it to smooth down your locks and comb it back for a sharp and slick ’80s-inspired ‘do (also big on the runways this season), or to create a more shiny finish. Work it through your hair after blow-drying with a brush to achieve a strong hold that’ll last all day.


Tame flyaways

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If you’re struggling to tame your flyaways, then the tiniest dab of hair gel combined with smoothing serum makes for a powerful cocktail that will help calm your strands without weighing it down or getting flaky. Mix in the palm of your hands and apply it to your tresses after blow-drying to get a sleeker effect that’ll help banish those pesky flyaways.


Create wet look hair

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Want to work that wet look you’ve seen so much of on the runways in real life? Well, now you can!

If you use a wet look hair gel, you could get a good hold with a little bit of shine. Then mix a little bit of oil or serum into it as well to get an even glossier sheen.


Work it in subtly

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Despite its strong-hold formula, hair gel doesn’t have to be the main attraction; you can also use it in less obvious ways to help style your hair.

Use it to define your curls and give it an all-day hold. Or, create a smooth look with a hairband – keep the front combed back and leave the rest soft and loose. You could also work a tiny amount at the front of an off-centre part to create a cool, small quiff.

For a more casual, disheveled outcome, work it in through the lengths of your hair to create a tousled look.


Must-try hair gel for women in 2021

Keep reading for our top tips on how to apply hair gel for women to create different styles.


VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel

Best for: All Day Styles

Apply the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel in the morning and your hair will seriously stay in place all. day. long. The max-hold, weatherproof formula locks your look in place, so even if it’s damp or humid outside, you’ve got one less thing to worry about.


VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel

Best for: Wet Look Styles

The VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel is designed to specifically give you that wet look hairstyle the runways and celebrities adore! It provides 24-hour hold and can keep your look in place even in very high humidity, making this hair gel perfect for year-round wear.


VO5 Gel Wax

Best for: Shorter Hair

The gel-meets-wax hybrid formula of the VO5 Extreme Style Gel Wax makes it perfect for styling shorter cropped and pixie cuts. It has a natural shine finish, which gives hair a neat and polished look, so you can rest assured your style will stay looking flawless.


VO5 Firm Hold Styling Gel

Best for: Fine Hair

If you’re looking for a hair gel for fine hair, we’ve found it. When applied on damp hair, the VO5 Firm Hold Styling Gel not only provides hold but also adds fullness and lift at the roots.


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