It all started during my high school days. Back then I would get up an hour early just so I can spend 45 minutes of that time facing a hot blow dryer in a forward bending position. My hair at the time was fairly long (roughly 3 – 4 inches), making it hard to stay up on its own. The preferred hair gel at the time was La Bella Styling Gel.
The product comes in various colors, sizes and versions. The three popular colors are yellow, blue and green, each with their own level of strength: super hold, extreme hold and ultimate hold. La Bella Styling Gel comes in two distinguishable sizes: 22 oz bottles and 40 oz tubs. The containers are made out of clear plastic, allowing it to reflect the various colors of the gel inside. One of the better reasons to use La Bella over other brands in the market was the ingredients themselves. La Bella claims its hair gels are alcohol free, containing less harmful ingredients such as: Water, Aloe Vera, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, etc. This simply means the gel won’t be as damaging to one’s hair in the long run. To give everyone a better idea of how much of a hair fanatic I am, I myself would go through a 40 oz tub of gel in little over a month. I used to apply hair gel as if I were adding butter to my toast. Throughout my high school days I’ve gone through many gallons of gel and various brands, but it was hard for me to find that one gel which could keep my hair up…
That is when I heard a couple friends saying that if I were to freeze the hair gel, it would strengthen its hold and durability throughout the day. With nothing to lose, both my brother and I proceeded to leave our tubs of gel in the freezer overnight hoping to find that super formula the next day. To our surprise, the gel did freeze…well most of it at least. When I opened my tub of gel, I found that close to 70% of the content formed into icicles, while the remaining portion looked semi-gel-ish. As I reached in to the tub to get some gel, it was evident that the texture had changed. No longer does it have the jelly like feel, instead the molecules seemed to have broken down and felt mushy. The only description I can think of is Elmer’s Glue, but much more wet. As I rub the gel in between my palms to get an even spread, I noticed that the icicles when melted do not help with the bonding process… Needless to say, that experiment was a failure. Instead of finding that super formula I was hoping for, I ended up with something much weaker than before.
Gentlemen, if Einstein has taught us anything, it is that failure will get us closer to success. Please do learn from my experiment and go get a short haircut rather than freezing your hair gel, I find that much more convenient.