If you’re anything like me, you were ushered into the world of haircare with a ginormous bottle of LA Looks gel.
A yellow/pink/blue brightly hued oversized container of the viscous substance basically lived in the bathroom at my middle school, where it served as a beacon for every girl, whether they were gelling bangs, shellacking curls, or essentially plastering down their ponytails.
The idea of touchable locks didn’t enter my orbit until I was at least 15, after which, I pretty much never looked back. Like me, however, gel has grown. Not to be haunted by its less than elegant past, I took a trip down the often overlooked “gel aisle” of our proverbial beauty shop counter to bring you the adult version of the most nostalgic hair product.
Pattern Strong Hold Gel: $25
Tracee Ellis Ross’ haircare line includes a hair gel perfect for giving textured hair a sleek slick look.
The Doux Big Poppa Defining Gel: $15.95
Resist humidity and fight frizz without looking like you’re trying out for a spiky hair boy band revival.
Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème: $20
Briogeo’s botanical infused hair gel is all you need to shape and define curls.
Moroccanoil Strong Styling Hair Gel: $19.99
Infused with argan oil, Moroccanoil’s gentle gel leaves hair touchable, in place, and shiny (but never flakey).
Living Proof Curl Defining Gel: $28
Ditch the crunch and the weight, common with adolescent gels, with Living Proof’s made to shape soft waves version.
Aussie Instant Freeze Hair with Jojoba Oil & Sea Kelp Gel: $3.49
Aussie’s budget-friendly option leaves strands fragrant and, most importantly, in place.