hair gel

plural hair gels

Definition of hair gel

: a gelatinous preparation used in styling hair … a tall, thin man named Artie, who manages, with enough hair gel, to slick back a crewcut.— Eric Konigsberg Her hair is back, not the locks I loved so much, but a shorter, goofier version that grows unevenly and will only stay in place with hair gel.— Heather Wright and Mark W. Wright

First Known Use of hair gel

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Hair gel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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