While straight hair seems to be the envy of many people who have natural waves or curls, it can be difficult to style. The use of hair gel prolongs the life of straight hairstyles and can create some stylized looks on its own. No matter the length of the straight hair, gel can be used to successfully style it for any occasion.
Things You'll Need
Shampoo and condition your hair as you normally do in the shower. Be sure to rinse out all the products so there is no residue to interfere with the gel bonding to the hair.
Allow your hair to air dry or use a blow dryer to dry the hair completely. Style your hair as normal to achieve the look you’d like to gel. If you have short hair and plan to spike the hair with gel, comb it smooth first. Alternatively, you can leave your hair damp before applying the gel. This creates a more relaxed hold when the gel bonds to your hair as it becomes mixed with the moisture in your hair.
Put a small dollop of hair gel on the palm of your hand and rub your hands together to evenly disperse the gel on both hands. Smooth your hands over your hair to coat the hair in the gel, holding it in the desired style.
Before the gel dries, comb the hair and shape it in the desired style so that the hair is smoothed out. Once the gel has dried do not comb the hair as this will break the gel’s bond and decrease the effectiveness.
To spike short hair, comb the hair in the opposite direction of the way it naturally lays. Continue combing the hair in this fashion until the gel has dried, holding your hair in a spiked style. To smooth the spikes so that they are not so prominent, lightly run the comb over them in the opposite direction of the spikes.
Wear the style as normal, re-applying gel to the hair if the style starts to fade.
If you live in a high heat or high humidity area the gel will lose effectiveness more quickly than normal, making frequent re-application necessary.
References and Resources"Naturally Straight Hair"; DeShond Barnes; 2010
"388 Great Hairstyles"; Margit Rudiger and Renate von Samson; 1998
"Good to Great Hair: Celebrity Hairstyling Techniques Made Simple"; Robert Vetica, Debra Messing, and Salma Hayek; 2009