Just like the shoes and clothes you wear, the way you style your hair may say a lot about your sense of fashion and personality. If you’re looking to revive your hairstyle, don’t waste time on bad products.

Keeping your hair fashionable and looking good is no easy task. We’ve all experienced the dreaded ‘bad hair days’ in which our hair takes on a mind of its own, disobeying our instructions no matter how much we attempt to wrestle it into style. Thankfully, to help us take back control there is an array of hair gels out there. But with so many products to choose from, knowing which ones will help you look your best can be tricky.


Found in cosmetic chain Boots, this gel offers the bare basics of a hair gel for a very low price. The gel itself is a very simple composition and as a result offers little in the way of style or support.

Studio Line Pure Wet GelStudio Line Pure Wet Gel

Offers a wet look style option without resulting in the hair looking too greasy or sticky, which some wetter hair gels are prone to. On initial application the gel performs brilliantly, but it fails in its ability to live up to its 24-hour label as it does eventually lose its shape.

VO5 Extreme Style Freeze GelVO5 Extreme Style Freeze Gel

Providing incredible holding power, this is the gel of choice for those looking to create truly gravity defying styles. Ideal for spiking and twisting shorter styles the gel certainly lives up to its name as it freezes hair in place once applied.

Studio 35 Hair GelStudio 35 Hair Gel

A wallet-friendly option for those looking for something simple but effective. Studio 35 gel won’t give you dazzling results in terms of styling power but it will provide a reasonably firm hold that will last the day. A good choice for those looking for something simple, cheap and effective for day-to-day styling.

Wella Shockwaves Styling Steel GelWella Shockwaves Styling Steel Gel

Setting like steel, as the name suggests, this gel provides a hold that has to be experienced to be believed. The product of choice for those who know exactly how they want their hair to look. Our only criticism is that it doesn’t offer much in the way of restyling due to its super strong finish. It does, however, wash out very easily.

Wella Shockwaves XXL Ultra Strong Power GelWella Shockwaves XXL Ultra Strong Power Gel

Another gel boasting extremely strong holding powers, the ultra strong power gel doesn’t quite deliver what it promises and although it is by no means a bad choice we found ourselves having to use a little more than we would have liked to achieve the desired look.

Aubrey OrganicsAubrey Organics, Men’s Stock, Ginseng Biotin Hair Gel

A top quality hair gel that also provides a therapeutic treatment to restore youthful good looks and thick, healthy hair. The product is packed with all natural ingredients, such as ginseng and almond protein, and provides excellent hold, definition and fullness. This is, however, reflected in its higher than average price.

Redken For Men Manoeuvre Working WaxRedken For Men Manoeuvre Working Wax

Providing a subtle, clean matte finish to hair, Redken is also extremely versatile, allowing effortless re-design. The product comes with quite a price tag and although it does provide great styling options, we weren’t quite sure if it outperformed other similar products enough to warrant the cost.

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