How to Gel Medium Hair

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How to Gel Medium Hair
Gel medium hair when it is wet or dry. (Portrait of a styled professional model. Theme: spa, health care. image by Andrey Kiselev from

When you apply hair gel to your wet or dry hair, you add texture to the hair that can help you achieve styles and looks more easily. Hair gels work especially well on both fine- and medium-weight hair, but they may not be substantial enough to control thick and heavy hair. Before you style your medium hair, add a nominal amount of hair gel to give it extra control and styling power.

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Things you need

  • Hair gel

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  1. 1

    Squeeze a dime-size dollop of hair gel into the palm of one hand for short hair. Use slightly more hair gel for longer hair. Always use less hair gel rather than more to start with. You can always add more later, if necessary.

  2. 2

    Rub your palms together to distribute the hair gel to the insides of your hands.

  3. 3

    Bend over from the waist, so your hair hangs upside down.

  4. 4

    Rub the insides of both hands evenly over your upside-down hair, evenly distributing the hair gel over every part of your hair from the roots to the tips. Continue applying the hair gel to your hair until you coat every area thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Stand straight again and arrange your hair loosely with your fingers.

  6. 6

    Rinse any remaining gel from your hands and dry your hands.

  7. 7

    Allow your hair to dry if it was wet. If your hair was already dry, the gel will dry on your hair quickly.

  8. 8

    Style your hair as you desire after your hair dries.

Tips and warnings

  • Common hairstyles after applying hair gel to medium hair include updos, ponytails, curling with a curling iron or straightening the hair with a hair straightener. The hair gel will provide the necessary texture to achieve any of these hairstyles with medium-weight hair.
  • Do not apply too much hair gel to your hair because it may become hard and crunchy after the hair gel dries if you add too much gel. Brush out any hardened hair gel after it dries, if you find this occurs.

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