Applied Too Much Hair Gel? Here's How to Fix It Fast
So, you saw Kim Kardashian wear a snatched high ponytail, so you pulled your hair into the same sleek ponytail with the help of a little hair gel. Ok, so maybe you used a lot of gel, and the pony didn't work, and now that you want to take your hair down. There's only one problem: your hair is a crunchy, sticky mess.
Washing your hair and starting over from scratch may seem like the only viable solution when you've used too much hair product, but there's a silver lining: there is a way to do damage control. We turned to celebrity hairstylist Marc Mena to find out exactly how to get all of the excess product out of your hair — without shampooing it.
How to Get Gel Out of Hair
1. Spritz Hair With Water
First, take a spray bottle filled with water and spritz it all over the areas where you've overdone it with product to break it down. Next, use a soft boar bristle brush, like the pro-favorite Mason Pearson or Briogeo's Vegan Boar Bristle Brush, to loosen up the gel. Mana says to work quickly because once the hair dries it will get hard again, and he says to work from the bottom up to prevent breakage.
2. Comb Out the Remaining Gel
Follow up with a wide-tooth comb, like this gorgeous tortoise Crown Affair one, to evenly distribute the remaining product through the hair, and use your blow dryer on a low setting to give your style a smooth finish. Bonus: The heat from the dryer will continue to break down the product that's weighing down your hair.
Find out more about how to fix product-saturated hair by hitting play on the video above.