For the gel amateur, using the ooey-gooey substance on a perfectly coiffed ‘do can be terrifying. What if you use too much? What if it creates flakes? What if it just slides off? Not cute. Enter: the mane mavens. Click through the gallery ahead for celebrity hairstylists’ favorite drugstore gel products including the best hairstyles to use them on.
A favorite of: Prince Angel @princeangelllWhy: Behold I give you an undeniably inexpensive favorite gel product that I love from your local drugstore—the Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil Gel. This product is a perfect mixture of shine, stability, thickness, and durable hold. It’s not too oily and it’s not too sticky. Best way to use it: This product is best for a super-sleek, soft tight low bun or if you want to do a sleek part (not recommended for diffuser). If you want an elegant wet look, this is also the best product for that as well.
A favorite of: Dom Seeley @domseeleyWhy: I love the invisible styling gel because it's strong and the hold is insane because it's from the Got2be line so this really focuses on strength and hold. It's also clear and dosen't dry sticky or tacky and the name says it all—it's invisible so you don't get that flakey white residue. Best way to use it: I use it mainly on snatched ponytail looks and pushed back wet looks. It got me through some Paris Fashion Week looks that I did so it's always a product I can rely on if I need something strong. It’s also great especially with festival season as you can mix your favourite glitters with the gel and apply it to your hair for glitter festival looks. It's really versitile and helps the glitter stay all day.
A favorite of: Glen Coco @glencocoforhairWhy: I love this gel because it doesn’t flake up when it dries, and it has a nice shine and strong hold. Best way to use it: I most frequently use it for sleek looks, or if you want to tame flyaways. It’s also great to mix with oil to make wet looks and of course, it smells good.