When I think of gelled hair all I can think about is my 90s looks of crunchy gel waves and curls that I thought were amazing. They don’t look so amazing anymore but Gel is still a great product to have in your arsenal to create modern, chic, and fashion forward styles. It’s all about using it sparingly and in the right way. A touch of gel adds just the right amount contemporary feel to lots of looks. So how do you bring this product into your strands? Click the notes. –– Kelly Rowe

Wet Look
The all over wet look had a bump in popularity for just a little while but now it’s all about the mixed wet and dry style.  Wet roots and dry ends is the way to go. The mix of the visual texture gives this an artsy vibe.
On dry hair apply a quarter of gel to roots, comb in a slick part and comb the gel to mid lengths.  Allow gel to set for a half wet, half dry ‘do.


Super Sleek Ponytails
The ultra modern pony sits ultra sleek high on the head. Gel is the perfect option to get results that not only stay smooth but also have great hold.
Run a dime of gel through damp locks and wrap dry hair super straight. Work hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Smooth flyaways with a bit more gel to lock in the look.
Toughen Up Your Braids
Braids are so popular right now but the messy braids are fading and giving way to some more structured styles.
Dry hair to 75% dry. Apply a dime of gel to your hands and start your braid, the gel is going to act like a glue so it will hold nearly any style you can think up. Work quickly because the gel dries fast and will make your hands tacky as well. Feel free to use more as needed.
By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.
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