Hair Gels FAQ(all the Answers about Hair gel)
Hair Gels FAQ(all the Answers about Hair gel)
Have you used hair gels on your hair?
Hair gels are almost becoming compulsory hair styling products for natural and chemically proceed hair. Using gels is common practice for most black ladies - whether they want to sleek down their natural hair, seal their hair in braids, or lay their baby hairs after getting their hair done.
Do you know that those beautiful ponytails and finger curls you see on the red carpet are hairstyles achieved with hair gels?
If you used hair gels before and did not like the outcome, you would want to understand why you didn’t get the sleek-down or swirl baby hairs everyone is achieving with their hair gels.
In this article? We would answer all the below questions you have been meaning to ask about hair gels:
Does hair gel break natural hair?
Is hair gel good for African hair?
Is it okay to apply hair gel to your hair every day?
Does gel damage 4C hair?
Does hair gel slow hair growth?
What are the benefits of hair gels?
Which hair gel does not damage hair?
How do I maintain my hair with hair gels?
Does hair gel make my hair thicker?
Why does hair gel make my hair hard?
Is hair gel necessary?
Should I wash my gel out before bed?
Does gel make hair thinner?
Can I apply hair gel after oil?
It is better to gel wet or dry hair?
Should I use gel or oil first?
How can I remove hair gel from my hair?
Why does my hair gel turn white?
Does hair gel stain?
Does hair gel cause dandruff?
Can I mix hair gel with water?
1. Does hair gel break natural hair?
Most hair gels do not cause damage to the hair, but how you use them might damage your hair.
Many hair gels contain alcohol, and alcohol makes the hair gel dry up quickly. Alcohol-based hair gels can cause your hair to get dry. Your hair is prone to breakage when it is dry. The best way to reduce breakage when using an alcohol-based gel is to moisturize your hair before adding the hair gel.
If you add an alcohol-based hair gel to your hair when it is dry and coarse, then yes! the hair gel can break your natural hair.
2. Is hair gel good for African hair?
Yes, depending on the hair gel product that you are using. To get the best from hair gels, you should understand the product that works well for your hair texture.
Most African hair is kinky and coarse. With this kind of hair texture, you would want to choose a hair gel that will define and moisturize your hair at the same time.
If you are unsure of the hair gel to use, then Orbeste hair gel is your best choice. It contains healthy ingredients that add moisture and defines your hair.
3. Is it okay to apply hair gel to your hair every day?
Some hair gels don’t cause any damage to the hair because of the ingredients they contain. Adding too much hair gel can be dangerous to your hair.
The truth is that hair gels are thick and have a jelly-like consistency. Applying something that thick to your hair every day can block your hair pores. When your hair pores are blocked, hair products will not be able to get in.
Applying hair gels to your hair every day will require you to style or manipulate your hair every day. Manipulating your hair every day can cause tension in some areas of your hair, too much hair tension can cause bald spots.
4. Does gel damage 4C hair?
4C hair is a distinct hair texture common among Africans and African-Americans. One distinctive characteristic of 4C hair is the tight coils and high shrinkage level.
The truth is, 4C hair is high-maintenance hair. So, it is always good for you to choose hair products carefully. You don’t want to damage your hair.
If you have 4C hair, it means your hair strands are thin. Using hair gels regularly on thin hair strands is not healthy, especially when the hair is dry.
Adding hair gels to your dry 4C hair regularly can cause the hair to stick together. It is easy for your 4C hair to break when they stick together.
5. Does hair gel slow hair growth?
Yes, hair gel can slow hair growth.
Using hair gels on your hair and scalp regularly can be unhealthy for your hair and scalp. That is because it blocks the pores on your scalp. When the pores of your scalp are blocked, healthy hair products like essential oils and conditioners will not be able to penetrate your scalp.
A blocked scalp pore will not absorb nutrients. When your hair does not absorb nutrients, the growth rate will be slow. To avoid blocking your hair pores, you can avoid massaging hair gels into your scalp.
6. What are the benefits of hair gels?
There are some benefits that you get from using hair gels. One of the most important benefits of using hair gels is defining your hairstyle. Hair gels give you the flexibility to manipulate your hair to achieve different styles.
Different hair gels provide different benefits to users. While some help to add moisture to your hair, others provide nutrients that improve the general health of your hair.
Many hair gels provide the following benefits:
Define your hairstyle.
Lay your baby hairs.
Moisturize your hair.
Help your hair to maintain a great look all day.
Make your hair look thicker.
Although, different hair gels have different benefits. So, you have to choose one that is best for your texture.
7. Which hair gel does not damage hair?
Generally, non-alcohol-based hair gels do not damage the hair. If you are looking to get a hair gel, make sure to get one that adds moisture and essential nutrients to your hair. `
Sometimes, the texture of your hair will determine the hair gel that is best for you. If you have thin/fine hair, you will want to use a water-based hair gel. A thick hair gel may cause too much tension for fine hair.
Nonetheless, a thick hair gel will be just perfect for thick hair. So, it is best to study your hair to determine the kind of gel that will work best.
8. How do I maintain my hair with hair gels?
You can achieve a nice hairstyle on your 4C hair with gels. No doubt, hair gels allow you to get the best out of hairstyles like; ponytails, low buns etc.
However, the challenge that people (especially those with 4C hair) have with hair gel-based hairstyles is sustainability. Yes, you may not be able to wear these hairstyles for months, but you can make them last longer.
The following practice will help you maintain your hair gel-based hairstyle for up to one week:
Use a silk or satin scarf to wrap your hair after the day. This prevents your hair from coming into contact with external materials. It also helps you to keep the hair in shape.
Use a spray water bottle to add water and leave-in conditioner to the hair. This helps to moisturize and keep the hair in place.
Use essential oils like olive or coconut oils to smoothen the edges of your hair and also fade off flakes around your edges.
These steps will help you maintain your hair with gels for about one week. You can also add some gel, but you don’t want to add too much.
9. Does hair gel make my hair thicker?
Yes, but it depends on the hair gel product that you are using.
Some hair gels are made with ingredients that can make your hair thicker. The consistency of the hair gels can also improve the bounce of your hair and make your hair appear thicker.
Coloured hair gels help to make your hair look thicker because they are great for covering up bald spots. If you use a colour hair gel that matches the colour of your hair, then it will make your hair appear thicker.
10. Why does hair gel make my hair hard?
Hair gels can make your hair feel hard if you apply the hair gel to wet hair. We understand that you want to moisturize your hair before adding hair gels, but make sure your hair is not wet.
Your hair may sleek down well when you apply hair gel to it while it is wet. The downside to doing this is that when the hair dries up, the hair gel will get dry and form a hard clog
This is usually common when you use hair gels that do not add moisture to the hair.
11. Is hair gel necessary?
Hair gels are great hairstyling products that provide definition and hold to your hair. Your hairstyle may determine whether or not you will need to use hair gel.
Your hair texture may also determine whether or not you need to use hair gel. If you have fine hair, then you may not need to use hair gels. A good pomade and conditioner will keep your hair fresh.
12. Should I wash my gel out before bed?
You may not need to wash hair gel out of your hair before bed if you don’t wish to retain the hairstyle. If you wish to retain the hairstyle, then you don’t need to wash the hair gel before going to bed. You can moisturize your hair and use hair gels to maintain the definition and hold of your hair.
13. Does gel make hair thinner?
In most cases, hair gels do not cause thinning hair. However, how you use the hair gel can cause your edges to start thinning out.
For example, you may not need to use hair gels with strongholds if you have fine hair. You may tend to lose the hair around your edges if you apply too much tension while using a strong hold gel on fine hair.
Also, using too much hair gel on your hair can make your hair appear thin and scanty.
14. Can I apply hair gel after oil?
Yes, you can. Applying hair gels after applying oils can add moisture and also reduce the hold of the gel. You also don’t want to apply too much oil before applying the hair gels so that you can achieve the hold and definition that hair gels provide.
15. It is better to gel wet or dry hair?
It is better to apply hair gel to damp hair. You want to moisturize your hair before adding hair gels to keep your hair healthy.
That said, you should not apply hair gels to very wet or dripping hair. Applying hair gel to very wet hair will cause the hair to feel hard when dry.
16. Should I use gel or oil first?
It depends on what you want to achieve. We advise that you moisturize and apply oils to your hair before adding hair gels. You want to define your hairstyle with hair gels, but you also want to be sure your hair is healthy.
You can also use oils after applying hair gel to get rid of flakes around your edges.
17. How can I remove hair gel from my hair?
There are different ways of removing hair gels from your hair. You can wash your hair to get rid of the gel or use your conditioner and a comb to break down the hold of the hair gel.
18. Why does my hair gel turn white?
Your hair gel can turn white for different reasons. In some cases, you may be using a bad hair gel product. In other cases, you may have applied too much hair gel to your hair.
If you notice a whitish substance around your edges after using hair gels, then you can simply dip your fingers in oils and dab it on your edges. You can use a damp cloth to remove the whitish substance around your edges.
19. Does hair gel stain?
Yes, some do. Colour hair gels (especially black hair gels) can stain your fingers during application. You should use gloves when applying color hair gels to your hair.
20. Does hair gel cause dandruff?
Yes, you can notice dandruff after applying hair gels. There is a high possibility for you to notice dandruff on your scalp if you apply hair gel to dry hair. You will most likely notice dandruff on your scalp if you apply hair gel on dry and dirty hair.
21. Can I mix hair gel with water?
Yes, you can. If you notice that the consistency of your hair gel is thick and you have fine hair, you can mix it with water. Mixing your hair gel with water can reduce the consistency of the hair gel.
Hair gels are fast becoming go-to hair products especially if you have curly or kinky hair. As important as hair gels are for defining curls and sleeking down your edges, you want to always use them correctly.
Before you choose a hair gel product for your hair, you want to make sure it works well with your hair texture. Try not to trade your hair’s health for style and definition.
Do you have more questions about hair gels, let us know in the comment box below.