How to Dilute Hair Gel

By Eric Jonas

You can dilute a firm-hold hair gel to create a light-hold alternative for days when your hair needs just a little bit of staying power. Thick hair gels on thin hair can take the volume out of a hairstyle, and it is generally best to use the mildest styling product. The residue of the styling aids can build up along the hair shafts over time, leading to dandruff and less hair volume even in thicker hair. Diluting a firm-hold gel with water helps to lessen the devolumizing effect of the styling product.

Woman with curly hair
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Keep your curls soft, not stiff, with diluted hair gel.

Step 1

Pour the hair gel into a small mixing bowl. Pour just enough gel for one application. If you mix the entire container of hair gel, the water will separate soon after.

Step 2

Add 1 tsp. of distilled water and mix thoroughly with a small spoon.

Step 3

Add another 1 tsp. of water and mix thoroughly. Continue to add water until the gel reaches the diluted consistency you would like.

Step 4

Dip your fingers into the diluted gel mixture and apply through your hair with your hands. Alternatively, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray over a completed hairstyle.