Best Hair Gels for Men

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 30, 2019
Hair gel for men is among the most important hairstyling products. The best hair gel for men is any styling gel that will provide the hold and shine that you're looking for and will be able to maintain that hold and shine for the entire day. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Volume
Hold / Shine
Scent
Formula
Warranty
 
PROS

The gel has no issues holding all hair types. With wet hair, you can go for a sculpted, spiked, sleek, and/or refined look. With dry hair, on the other hand, the gel will let you achieve a messy, tousled look. The product's blue color reflects light and adds extra shine to the hair.

CONS

The gel leaves blue hints in blonde hair. 

OUR VERDICT

SEXYHAIR Style Hard Up Hard Holding Gel is the best hair gel for men that we've looked at. The product is as effective and versatile as they come. It gives you complete control over the texture and hold. You can use the gel to sculpt, mold, and form any hair type into place.

detailed parameters
Volume

16.9 fl.oz.

Hold / Shine

Strong hold / all-day shine

Scent

Perfumed fragrance

Formula

Water, Sorbitol, Copolymer, Carbomer, Alcohol Denat., Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Mica, Sodium Chloride, Keratin Amino Acids, PPG-12 Dimethicone, Amylodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

You can reactivate the gel with water. You'll have no problems washing the gel off. You won't even have to use shampoo to remove gel leftovers. The product doesn't flake. It is easy to squeeze the right amount of product. 

CONS

Some might not necessarily like the scent. 

OUR VERDICT

AMERICAN CREW Firm Hold Styling Gel will prove especially suitable for men with thin(ning) hair. Provided you don't run your fingers through the hair, the product's firm hold will not disappoint. Plus, the bottles look nice.

detailed parameters
Volume

2 x 8.4 fl.oz.

Hold / Shine

Medium to strong hold / medium to strong shine

Scent

Perfumed fragrance

Formula

Water, VP/VA Copolymer, PVP, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Allantoin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Parfum (Fragrance)

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The cream will be able to enhance your hair's thickness, adding extra volume to thinning hair. In addition to making your hair look thicker and fuller, the product provides natural sheen and remarkable hold. The cream works with damp and/or dry hair.

CONS

The consistency is relatively sticky. 

OUR VERDICT

Got2B Phenomenal Hair Styling Cream will let you achieve any look, from casual undone to highly polished. The product doesn't make your hair feel crunchy the same way regular gels/sprays usually do.

detailed parameters
Volume

3 x 6 fl.oz.

Hold / Shine

Medium hold / natural shine

Scent

Manly scent (similar to a woodsy musk)

Formula

Aqua (Water Eau), PVP, Cetearyl,Alcohol, Glycerin, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica Silylate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben Ethylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Parfum (Fragrance)

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

In addition to targeting, defining, activating, and providing volume and shape to your ringlets and/or wavy hairs, the cream deeply nourishes and conditions them as well. The product also brings intense moisture and hydration to the table. Plus, the cream repairs damaged and dry hair. 

CONS

The cream is hard to wash off.

OUR VERDICT

Royal Locks Curly Hair Supercream was designed for people with wavy, curly, and kinky hair first and foremost. Made with Moroccan argan oil and the most effective holding and defining ingredients for styling, the cream means business. The product's perfect for everyday use.

detailed parameters
Volume

12.8 fl.oz.

Hold / Shine

Strong hold / shine-free finish

Scent

Clean and subtle scent

Formula

Aqua, Cetearyl, Alcohol, Steartrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Parfum, Argan Oil

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The light, airy gel practically melts into your hair for that cushioned finish with natural-looking shine. A medium amount will be enough for damp hair as well as blow-dried hair. You'll have no issues with color-treated, permed, and highlighted hair. The product does an excellent job protecting the hair against humidity and frizz.

CONS

The small bottles don't last that long. 

OUR VERDICT

You can recommend the REDKEN Velvet Gelatine 07 hair gel to pretty much any man. The fresh, green-citrus scent is subtle and pretty neutral but pleasant and noticeable at the same time. The gel brings volume, shine, and excellent texture to the proverbial table. 

detailed parameters
Volume

3.4 fl.oz.

Hold / Shine

Medium hold / natural shine

Scent

Fresh, green-citrus scent

Formula

Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, PVP, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Linalool, Benzophenone-4, Limonene, Serica / Silk Powder / Poudre De Soie, Geraniol, Eugenol

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

SEXYHAIR Hard Up

Maximum Hold and All-Day Shine

The biggest difference between SEXYHAIR Style Hard Up Hard Holding Gel and the product's competition is its maximum hold and all-day shine.

The gel has no issues holding all hair types. From thick hair and thin hair to curly/straight hair and short/long hair, the product will let you style them all. Plus, it doesn't flake.

With wet hair, you can go for a sculpted, spiked, sleek, and/or refined look (wet look's an option too). With dry hair, on the other hand, the gel will let you achieve that messy, tousled look that adds character and shows that carefree attitude as well as the next hairstyle.

The all-day shine is possible thanks to the formula's Mica and titanium dioxide additives. These shining agents work wonders keeping the hair sexy and shiny for 24 hours straight. At the same time, the product's blue color reflects light and adds extra shine to the hair.

The only issue with that is that the gel leaves blue hints in blonde hair, so you'll have to brush your hair especially carefully.

Apart from that, the product has no issues with different skin types. Plus, the hypoallergenic formula will never cause any redness/irritations.

Bottom line, SEXYHAIR Style Hard Up Hard Holding Gel is the best gel for guys that we've looked at. The product is as effective and versatile as they come. It gives you complete control over the texture and hold. You can use the gel to sculpt, mold, and form any hair type into place.

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AMERICAN CREW Firm Hold

Medium-to-Strong Hold and Shine

AMERICAN CREW Firm Hold Styling Gel is probably the most versatile product on the list in the sense that its medium-to-strong hold and medium-to-strong shine will prove suitable for most men.

Of course, it is all about the formula. Incorporating water, VP/VA copolymers, PVP, C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymers, triethanolamine, panthenol, polysorbate 20, caprylyl glycol, tetrasodium EDTA, allantoin, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, propylene glycol, panax ginseng root extract, quillaja saponaria bark extract, and parfum (fragrance), the formula allows the product to provide that firm hold that lasts and that solid shine that makes the hair, well, shine. Plus, you can always reactivate the gel with water.

The product doesn't flake. The smell's somewhat inconsistent though. Sometimes, it is pretty strong. Other times, it is barely noticeable. Some like the smell. Some find the gel's scent somewhat overbearing.

The price is nice though. The two 8.4 fl.oz. bottles don't cost that much and will easily last you for months.

In short, AMERICAN CREW Firm Hold Styling Gel will prove especially suitable for men with thin(ning) hair. Provided you don't run your fingers through the hair, the product's firm hold will not disappoint. Plus, the bottles look nice.

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Got2B Phenomenal

Natural Sheen

Got2B Phenomenal Hair Styling Cream will let you look phenomenal. You'll be able to wow the masses with your impeccable hair game.

The product's formula is about as safe as they come, containing aqua (water Eau), PVP, alcohol, glycerin, cetearyl, cera alba (beeswax), silica silylate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben ethylparaben, propylene glycol, aminomethyl propanol, as well as standard parfum (fragrance).

The cream will be able to enhance your hair's thickness, adding extra volume to thinning hair. In addition to making your hair look thicker and fuller, the product provides natural sheen and remarkable hold.

You'll be able to select the texture and make your hair look the way you want that hair to look.

The product has no issues with damp and dry hair. A tiny dab is enough to cover the entire head.

We really dig the cream's woodsy scent too. It is manly but not necessarily overwhelming.

As far as we're concerned, the product's only flaw is that the consistency is relatively sticky.

Other than that, Got2B Phenomenal Hair Styling Cream will let you achieve any look, from casual undone to highly polished. The product doesn't make your hair feel crunchy the same way regular gels/sprays usually do.

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Royal Locks Curly Hair

Rule Unruly Hair

Royal Locks Curly Hair Supercream was designed for people with wavy, curly, and kinky hair first and foremost.

Made with Moroccan argan oil and the most effective holding and defining ingredients for styling, the cream means business. In addition to targeting, defining, activating, and providing volume and shape to your ringlets or wavy hairs, the cream deeply nourishes and conditions them as well.

You'll be able to rock frizz-free curls with very little effort/involvement on your part. The practical pump and professional-grade value size will prove perfect for people with ample hair.

Apart from that, the product brings intense moisture and hydration to the table. The frizz-free hold is soft but, at the same time, firm enough to last throughout the day (provided you don't run your hands through the hair).

It is perfectly safe for color-treated, permed, gray, and highlighted hair. At the same time, the product repairs damaged and dry hairs.

It is softer than any regular gel and offers more holding power than most mousses. The only problem that derives from that is that the cream can be hard to wash off.

Again, Royal Locks Curly Hair Supercream is the best option within this selection for people with curly/wavy/kinky hair. The product's perfect for everyday use. 

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REDKEN Velvet Gelatine 07

Subtle but Noticeable Effect

REDKEN Velvet Gelatine 07 is the most affordable and overall practical product on this list. The relatively small 3.4 fl.oz. bottles don't last that long but you can always purchase multiple bottles since the price definitely allows that.

There's not much we can say about this gel that we haven't said about previous products. The gel's medium hold is strong enough to last throughout the day and lets you control the hair, so you can achieve any look you want.

The light, airy gel practically melts into your hair for that cushioned finish with natural-looking shine. The natural shine doesn't stand out that much, making the product suitable for most customers. A medium amount will be enough for damp hair as well as blow-dried hair. You'll have no issues with color-treated, permed, and highlighted hair.

All in all, the gel brings volume, shine, and excellent texture to the proverbial table. At the same time, the product does an excellent job protecting the hair against humidity and frizz.

In other words, you can recommend the REDKEN Velvet Gelatine 07 hair gel to pretty much any man. The fresh, green-citrus scent is subtle and pretty neutral but pleasant and noticeable at the same time. 

Review of REDKEN Velvet Gelatine 07 Styling Gel

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What Is Hair Gel for Men?

As much as some men despise the paradigm shift, the times when we were able to get away with poor hygiene and subpar style are long gone. These days, you need proper grooming habits and quality hairstyling products to make sure your hair is always on point, making you look exactly the way you want to look.

As far as we're concerned, these hair gels are exactly where you should start. They're able to create movement and hold your hair in place. You can use these gels to slick your hair back as well as tame flyaway pieces.

The biggest difference between these products is usually the shine. Some add ridiculous shine that very few would benefit from. Other products offer that shine-free finish that will prove perfect for some and but not necessarily enough for others.

Shine aside, there's also the scent. Again, some products have no scent. The downsides, as well as upsides here, are obvious. Other products bring subtle, not-so-subtle, woodsy, fruity, clean, fresh, and many other scents that work for certain scenes and looks but don't necessarily work for all scenarios. Keep these in mind and you'll be able to figure out the right hair gel for your needs and preferences.

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Publish Date: 2019-10-30 08:59:09