The Helmet Head
We get why you want your hair to hold its style. We don’t get freezing your hair into a permanent state of hardness, so that your barber needs WD40 to loosen it up before your cut. “There will always be guys who use half a bottle of gel and their hair looks like it won’t move for the next year,” Zorian says. “You’re not going to talk them out of it.” For everyone else, a dollop the size of a nickel is plenty to start. “Rub it down into the roots, comb it through the hair, and let it dry,” he advises. If you still want more hold after that, add a finishing paste to dry hair, not more gel, which will result in something akin to helmet-head. Another tip: Using a gel on overly-wet hair won’t work, Zorian says, because most gels are water-based, meaning they dissolve in water and will lose their potency. Shower, towel dry, then apply.
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