Filling your bathroom with harsh aerosols is so 2021. In 2022, we are bringing back an often forgotten, holy grail product – hair gel. Yup, according to Makeup.com (and your hairstylist), hair gel is the perfect product for providing hold, as long as you use it correctly.
Lucky for you, we have all the gel tips you need to keep your hairstyle in place, prevent flyaways, and keep your hair healthy. Makeup.com recently tapped NEUMA Director of Education Gina Scipioni to explain some hair gel basics and how you can maximize your gel routine.
HOW TO PROPERLY USE HAIR GEL
WATER-SOLUBLE IS KEY
Be sure you are using a water-soluble formula, as they are the easiest to wash out and are less likely to cause serious build-up. Our go-to is the NEUMA neuStyling Geleé.
WHAT IS HAIR GEL TYPICALLY MADE OF? CAN THESE SPECIFIC INGREDIENTS BE HARMFUL TO HAIR AND SCALP?
Typically, gels are made of thickeners, polymers and film formers to add hold and styling control. Sometimes gels also include conditioning/humectant materials that are not harmful to the hair or the scalp but add nourishment and moisture. NEUMA’s neuStyling gelee uses a 100% vegan blend of corn starch, vegetable glycerin and yarrow extract to balance moisture, add sheen, nourish and smooth.
BEST WAY TO APPLY
While your hair is still damp and freshly detangled, work a small dollop through your hair, starting at the tips and working up to the roots, one section of hair at a time. Then, dry and style as usual. Detangling hair prior to styling and applying hair gel sets you up for success by allowing the gel to glide right through the lengths of the hair, evenly saturating the strands to make for stress-free styling.
CAN TOO MUCH HAIR GEL DAMAGE HAIR?
There are two ways that excessive gel use can damage your hair.
- If you are not using the correct gel, the formula could contain ingredients like alcohol that, in high amounts, can be very drying over time.
- The gel isn’t being removed from the hair, and the buildup of the product inhibits healthy hair growth, reduces natural shine and causes tangles which can lead to breakage.
HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGE
It’s important to make sure you thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp after using gel or any other product that has hold. Our reNeu collection is perfect for hair in need of a fresh start. These essential products include the shampoo, condition and scalp scrub, help removes build-up and residue to refresh, revitalize and restore balance to hair and scalp.
So there you have it – everything you need to know to keep your hair in check! You can shop all the products mentioned in this post below.
A big shout out to makeup.com for featuring NEUMA! We hope you learned all you need to achieve your slick, flyaway-free looks!