How to Keep Your Hair Laid Down Without Using Gel

By Melissa Hamilton

Gel is a good tool to flatten hair, but it can leave hair looking greasy and full of product. Gel also hardens which keeps hair from being soft and shiny. A number of alternatives to gel exist. Some, such as a flat iron or wave cap, require more time to use. While others, such as serums or pomades, are perfect on the go. Brush your hair with boar bristles to stop hair from breaking at the roots. Broken hairs are those short hairs that stick up on your scalp and won't lay flat.

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Flat irons allow hair to lay flat without gel.

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Step 1

Wash your hair every two to three days. Daily washing doesn't give the natural oils in your hair, called sebum, time to develop. These oils keep hair down.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner or smoothing serum to your hair. Use a flat iron with a built-in comb to straighten hair. The serum and conditioner keep hair flattened without looking like your hair is full of product.

Step 3

Dab a small amount of pomade on your fingers and rub together. Apply the pomade to the ends of your hair.