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We love hair gel because it's such a versatile product. Use it on straight hair to add dimension and shine. Apply hair gel to your natural curls to boost volume and keep frizz in check. But if you choose the wrong hair gel, you'll be stuck with a crunchy, greasy mess that smells like alcohol or bad perfume to boot. We're here to eliminate the trial-and-error process for you. Click through for the 11 best hair gels that our readers say are the answer to all of your hair styling woes.

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Best Hair Gel. 11: Garnier Fructis Super Stiff Gel, $4.29
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 7.7*
Why it's great: If you're rocking a pixie cut and want to add a little spiky texture to your 'do, then readers say this is the hair gel for you. "It's the only gel that's proven stiff enough to hold up (and out) my short, spiky hair," writes one user. Another chimes in to say, "This stuff will make your hair stay in place for hours and hours and will not move for anything." Having problems with frizz? Reviewers swear this product mollifies wild hair, too. "I have wavy hair that ends in frizz," says one user. "I put this in after I shampoo my hair, go to bed, and voilà! Ringlet curls in the morning with no frizz."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Garnier Fructis Super Stiff Gel here.

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Best Hair Gel. 10: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel, $4.99
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.0*
Why it's great: Readers say this gel is designed specifically to manage curls without weighing them down. "The consistency isn't too thick, and it's easy to work," claims one user. Other reviewers rave about the "heavenly smell," as well as how much they appreciate that the product doesn't flake at the end of the day.

"It defines my curls, and it actually makes my hair curlier," reports one reader. "I've tried so many hair gels and creams for my curly hair, and none have worked as well as this. Especially for the price."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel here.

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Best Hair Gel No. 9: Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel, $17.95
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*
Why it's great: This is a favorite among our hairstylist readers, who "recommend it to clients with thin hair [who want] to achieve a more voluminous look." They also use the product themselves. "It doesn't leave my hair sticky or hard! It's quiet possibly the best product of this type I've tried," one stylist shares. Other reviewers are fans of the fact that their hair really does look "big and sexy" after using this gel. "I love it," says one user. "I have tried so many products and have never had good results. I use a small amount at the roots and the results when I blow dry are amazing."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel here.

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Best Hair Gel No. 8: Tresemmé Tres Two Extra-Firm Control Gel, $5.99
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.5*
Why it's great: We've all seen someone with a bad gel job. You know, the person walking around with hair so stiff that you swear they had it glued that way? Well, readers say this product holds curls while still allowing hair to have movement.

"Most of my family and I have wavy to curly hair," says one reader. "This gel is great for holding curls and [is] not stiff or sticky." Other readers say the product doesn't flake and is worthy of replacing any of your expensive salon gels. "OMG, there is nothing as affordable and good out there as this stuff," proclaims another user. "It really holds for the whole day without damaging your hair, and there is no stickiness or flake build up. It's my favorite stuff."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Tresemmé Tres Two Extra-Firm Control Gel here.

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We love hair gel because it's such a versatile product. Use it on straight hair to add dimension and shine. Apply hair gel to your natural curls to boost volume and keep frizz in check. But if you choose the wrong hair gel, you'll be stuck with a crunchy, greasy mess that smells like alcohol or bad perfume to boot. We're here to eliminate the trial-and-error process for you. Click through for the 11 best hair gels that our readers say are the answer to all of your hair styling woes.

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