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When you think of "hairstyles with gel," your first thought might be of folks who like to hang out on the Jersey Shore. Hairstyles that use gel are commonly edgy, fun and exciting. If you're ready to take a big risk with your hair, study some popular hairstyles with gel first, then set out to achieve the look.
Before you start exploring the various hairstyles you can pull off with gel, it's important to know the basics of hair gel. Gel is a very thick, liquid product that attaches to the hair strands and keeps them firmly in place. You can add the gel to either dry or wet hair and then allow the gel itself to dry. Try to find a gel that gives you maximum hold but does not make the hair flaky or dry.
One hot style that you can create with hair gel is the "faux hawk." The name is a play on the more commonly known mohawk, which Mr. T wore in "The A-Team," a television series. Part the hair on either side of the top of the head to create the "hawk" and comb the top part upward to separate it from the sides. Brush the sides down and apply gel with your fingers to keep these sections in place. Use more gel to keep the top "hawk" pointing upward; place gel on the fingers and run them through the hair in an upward motion. You can also brush the hair toward the back and apply gel. Use a blow dryer on the "cool" setting to hold the look.
Another edgy gel hairstyle is to slick the hair back. This works nicely on short hair, but you can also slick back long hair for a very clean and simple look. Brush the hair back thoroughly until it all points in the same direction. Scoop large amounts of gel and apply it in the direction of the hair. Continue until the entire hair is covered. Pull a wide-toothed comb through the hair a few times in the same direction to keep it straight and allow it to air dry.
Whether you have long, medium or short hair, you can create a wavy look with gel. Simply wash your hair and apply gel when it is still wet throughout. When you finish applying the gel from the roots to the tips, tousle and "scrunch" the hair a bit with your fingers. Allow the hair to air dry; use a blow dryer on a cool setting if you want to speed the process.