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Trendlooks 2016

Styling Gel 2.0

Styling Gel helps to shape exceptional and versatile hair styles. We show you the newest and most beautiful hair styles of stars for short and long hair and also tell you how the styling gel is applied to recreate the look

  • Styling gel was absent from most hair styling arsenals since the 90s. Back then, using styling gel was a scary thought for many. It was mostly associated with spikes and glue-enforced hair for creatures from the nether-world! Last season, styling gel came into its own. It was a hit on every catwalk. For his sexy summer 2012 hair fashion, Giambattista Valli used gel to merge the wet and the beach looks. Near the roots, he applied styling gel to comb the hair back while allowing the rest of the hair to fall over the shoulders in natural soft waves. Stars like Evan Rachel Wood also discovered styling gel for their personal style.

  • Styling Gel Creatively Used by Giambattista Valli
    The model must have reached into the ocean before running her fingers through her hair. Giambattista Valli created this look
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    Styling gel is now used to invent an amazingly multi-faceted hair fashion. Different from the past, styling gel now shapes intricate styles like elegant sleek looks or glamorous waves aside from rough-and-tumble looks and clever updos. This brings variety to short and long hair. As a modern twist, only a portion of the hair is styled with gel.

    The compositions of styling gels also changed lately. Aside from the traditional wet gel and styling gel, there are now also gel wax formulations with higher oil content. Gel wax is very helpful if you prefer the currently very fashionable messy look. The new gel-assisted hairdos are very glamorous. We therefore recommend these looks especially for festive evenings. In the gallery below, we show how the stars wear the new hair style and how to recreate the look. Long hair or short hair, we are sure you find the style you want to try.

  • The Most Beautiful Gel-Styled Hairdos of the Stars

    Evan Rachel Wood with Gel-Styled Water Wave

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    Evan Rachel Wood

    Evan Rachel Wood has used styling gel to create the impression of glamorous finger waves. This hairdo is ideal for short hair but also works with long hair, especially if you twist the long ends of your hair into a banana in the back of your head. The generous wave over the forehead extends to about ear-height for short hair or the updo.
    Styling: Distribute a hazelnut-sized amount of gel in the top layer of your hair and the side hair. Then use a large-toothed comb to part your hair low on one side and comb it toward the ear. Shape the lock over your forehead into a sideways wave and secure it with hair pins. Important is that you work quickly after applying the styling gel. Otherwise, the gel will harden before you had time to shape the finger waves. Carefully remove the hair pins after the gel has completely dried

    Karolina Kurkova and Her Gel-Structured Ponytail

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    Karolina Kurkova

    Karolina Kurkova wears a racy ponytail. The gel-structured top hair in wet look-style is a clever twist on a classic hairdo.
    Styling: Put a hazelnut-sized amount of wet gel on your fingers and rub the fingers together. Use your fingers to apply the gel to your hair from the roots to about chin-length. Comb your hair straight back with a large-toothed comb and gather it in a ponytail about half way up in the back of your head. Pull a thin strand of hair out of the ponytail, wrap it around the scrunchy and secure the strand with a hair pin

    Miley Cyrus: Gel-Styled Hair Can Look Tousled

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    Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus' tousled looking updo demonstrates that gel can help create many different hair styles. Gel wax was used to create the structured look. Gel wax contains more fat than other types of gel. It does not provide quite as much hold as pure gel but it is more flexible. Your hair should be more than shoulder-length with long fringes.
    Styling: The hair is slightly teased and gathered to a messy ponytail about half-way up the back of your head. The very long fringes hang freely. Rub a little gel wax between your fingers before stroking with them over a small strand of hair, which you have pulled out of the ponytail. Twist the hair strand around its axis several times before wrapping it around the scrunchy and securing it with hair pins. Do the same with several other strands. In the same way, apply some gel wax to the very long fringes and brush them back loosely with your fingers

    Jessica Stroup Uses a Whisper of Gel for Her Sassy Style

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    Jessica Stroup

    Sassy is the operative word here! Jessica Stroup gives her hair plenty of volume at the roots and gel-styles only the ends of a few select hair strands.
    Styling: After shampooing work volumising mousse through the towel-dry hair and keep tousling it through your hair as you blow-dry it. Then apply a whisper of styling gel to a few individual strands on top of your head before pulling them into place. Pull your hair behind your ear on both sides

  • Weblinks (More about Styling Gel)

    Wet Look by Chanel for the Summer of 2012 >> style.com

    Video Tutorial: Modern Look with Styling Gel >> youtube.com

    How to Make Waves with Gel >> ehow.com