Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

Use these 5 Hair Gels if you want to look slick

Smooth operator.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
May 8, 2021

Hair gel is currently having a major moment in the hair world. It’s definitely been around for a long time as one of the key hair care items, but it’s seen a revival with the wet look hairstyles that have been dominating trends for the past few seasons. Although the best hair gel can be found in your local drugstore, you must also decide what hair gel to purchase depending on your hair type and desired hold.


We’ve rounded up the best hair gels to make you look chic and slick this spring and summer season.


Baxter of California thickening style gel

This paraben-free hair styling gel thickens and strengthens your hair for slicked-back and pompadour styles that actually stay in place. No flaking, no crunch, and no residue. It is one of the best gels out there for a slick and chic look.

Buy the style gel from Baxter of California for $20.


Briogeo “Curl Charisma” frizz control gel

For those with wavy, curly and coily hair texture types, this curl cream is infused with rice amino acids, avocado oil, quinoa extract, and tomato fruit ferment extract to enhance moisture and definition for soft, bouncy, and vibrant curls. It is 94% naturally-derived, vegan and cruelty-free.

Buy the frizz control gel from Briogeo for $20.


Kiehl’s grooming solutions clean hold styling gel

This non-greasy, flake-free men’s hair styling gel is one of the most popular grooming items out there. It holds styles in place while providing a healthy-looking shine. Infused with a woodsy blend of aromatic essential oils, this non-greasy hair gel doesn’t flake for a style that lasts. You can comb it up or slick it back, either way you will look stylish as hell.

Buy the styling gel from Sephora for $18.


Hanz De Fuko GEL TRIQ extreme hold gel

This is literally the world’s first sugar-based styling gel. It provides extreme hold without crunchiness or flaking. Dries quickly and leaves hair with a natural, wet shine. Perfect for short dramatic styles or “slicked” back looks. It is great for both short and long hair, and is definitely worth the purchase.

Buy the extreme hold gel from Hanz De Fuko for $23.


Dove Men+Care hair styling control gel

Dove Men + Care Hair Styling Gel is designed especially for men’s hair, giving it a stronger and more durable look that can withstand the rigors of their active lifestyles. It gives hair a controlled, smooth, wet look with a strong hold that lasts all day. This is the ideal hair gel for active men who want a wet look with a firm hold and a smooth, sleek finish, all while avoiding the use of alcohol.

Buy the control gel from Target for $9.