Packing gel hairstyles look good on most women. It’s no wonder why they’re among the most common female hairstyles. Gel styles are versatile, work for lazy days and well as for most types of occasions. They’re as perfect for brides to wear at their white and/ or traditional weddings, and they’re great for wedding guests too.
This post presents photos of our best picks of latest and trendy occasion-worthy packing gel hairstyles for African hair types.
Every fashion-savvy woman loves a good packing gel hairstyle because it has a way of opening up the face, giving a wide-awake look and also making you appear stylish and sleek.
Sleek gel styles are the most popular wedding hairstyles for black women. Whether worn up in a ponytail or high-bun or whether worn down, they look equally sleek.
In this post, NaijaGlamWedding presents you with pictures of 18 beautiful packing gel hairstyle ideas that are perfect for a bridal look and for wedding guests. Swipe/ scroll down and be sure to later comment to tell me the one you like best.
6 Trendy Bridal Packing Gel & Ponytail Hair Style Ideas in Pictures
Above: Beautiful black brides wearing curly high bun packing gel hairstyles that are achieved with curly weavon hair extension.
HINT: For any bride who wants to have both her traditional and white wedding on the same day, I always recommend she goes for a double-duty hairstyle that will work for both the trad and white wedding ceremonies.
A packing gel style is versatile enough to get you through both events in one day. It works well with Gele headties, without the gele spoiling the hair.
Above: The braided bun bridal packing gel styles accessorized with a hairpiece.
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Above left, this pretty bride stuns in a long ponytail packing gel hairstyle (on her relaxed hair), achieved with long kinky-textured weavon hair extension
Above right, this melanin-popping black goddess looks nothing short of gorgeous in her natural 4C-type high-bun packing gel style. The kinky texture attachment/ weavon at the crown blends in so well with her virgin hair.
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I’ve got even more packing gel hairstyles for natural hair African brides down this post. Be sure to swipe/ scroll down to see them.
2 Ponytail Packing Gel Style Ideas for African/ Nigerian Wedding Guests (Photos)
Sleek High Bun Ponytail Packing Gel Hair Style with Long Straight Weavon (Perfect for a Round Face)
Above, this ex-BBNaija reality show star, Tacha is known to rock super-sleeky, high ponytail packing gel hairstyles with very long weavon/ attachment. Check out her well-laid edges and the baby hairs – all in place.
- SEE: How to Do 3 Different Packing Gel Hairstyles for African Hair Types (Video) – including ponytail packing gel style.
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Beautiful Low Ponytail Packing Gel with Curly Weavon
Above, OAP and TV star, Toke Makinwa is the queen of all things sleek and it’s no surprise that she looks so flawless in this curly packing gel style with long attachment/ hair extension.
By the way, we’re a big fan of this self-professed baby girl for life. You can see Toke Makinwa’s wedding aso-ebi styles here.
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10+ Gorgeous Bridal Packing-Gel Hairstyles for Natural Virgin Hair (African 4C Hair Type)
If you’ve been asking ‘Can I do smooth packing gel hairstyles with natural black African hair?’, the answer is ‘yes’, and you can see for yourself in the video below.
We even featured a tutorial on how to do 3 sleek natural hair packing gel hairstyles in a previous post. Now see these beautiful styles (below).
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Why You Didn’t Know that Packing Gel Hairstyle Will Suit You (Q & A)
Q. Will Packing Gel Style Work on Short Hair?
Some women who drool over these gel styles are afraid of trying it because they have short hair. You’d be surprised to know that a lot of short-hair sisters are always rocking ponytail and afro packing gel hairstyles.
The secret is to have a hair extension/ attachment or weapon/ weave and styling gel. With those, you can smoothen out a short hair up to the centre of your head and then attach a weavon/ weave at the tip to make the ponytail part.
See how to do it in this tutorial on how to do ponytail gel hairstyle on short hair. So, don’t let short hair stop you from wearing any of these featured styles. You just need to watch a tutorial to learn how to do it yourself.
Q. I Have a Big Forehead, Will Gel Hairstyle Look Good on Me?
Another reason why some women are afraid of wearing packing gel styles is that they have the Rihanna-type big forehead (or five-head, as Youtuber Jackie Aina fondly calls it).
If that’s a big concern, you can go for packing gel styles with fringe. The fringes will cover up your forehead and no one will know. Instead, all they’ll see is a beautiful hairstyle.
Q. I Have a Round face, Will the Packing Gel Hairstyle Work for Me?
Yes, some gel hairstyles also work for round-faced women. See round face packing gel styling tips below.
Packing Gel Styles Suitable for Round-Faced Women: Dos and Donts
Here’s a breakdown of the ones that work and those you should avoid if you have a round face.
DO: Go long in hair length and also increase hair height, in order to elongate your face. By this, I mean high updos that are long, such as ponytail packing gel styles with long weavon. According to a hair expert at totalbeauty, “the higher the ‘do, the better”.
A very high ponytail gel hairstyle makes a round face to appear longer, balancing the roundness of your face, while drawing people’s eyes up to the top of your head, away from your face. The overall effect is a flattering hairstyle.
An example is the featured tall/ high bun packing-gel hairstyle with long ponytail above worn by Tacha, ex-BBN (Big Brother Naija) reality show star. Notice how the high bun is sitting on her crown? Notice how the looking up on that bun makes her face shape appear longer.
DO: Do packing gel styles with fringe (side fringe or front fringe) to soften the look and prevent your face from looking flattened.
DO: For a round face to pull off a short ponytail gel hairstyle, do a deep side-parting or centre-parting packing gel style. That will make your chubby round face appear slimmer. To achieve this, create a deep side-parting and then slick and tuck the hair to the back.
AVOID: If you have a round face, do not pack your hair very tight and smooth, which can highlight the roundness of your head. Instead, pack it not-too-tight. You may also consider softening the look by bringing out some fringes or add a side parting.
AVOID Packing gel styles with a low bun, if you have a round face. That will make your face appear rounder.
Wrapping Up on the Latest Packing Gel Styles
Packing gel hairstyles are some of the easiest-to-do styles for African women, and they’re as equally beautiful on relaxed hair as well as on the textured Africak kinky 4C type hair. All you need is to slick up some hair styling gel, insert a hair extension and in a few minutes, you’ll be looking sleek.
When having a bad hair day or on one of those days that you have an occasion to attend and can’t reach a hairdresser (such as during a lockdown), a packing gel style is the go-to DIY style. You can learn how to do it yourself ==> 3 Easy Packing Gel Hair Tutorials.
The best part is that these sleek gel hairstyles are very quick to do. Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of the style, they are perfect for wearing to weddings and occasions, and well-loved by brides. Many wedding guests do it at home by themselves – it’s that easy.
Packing gel hairstyles are usually done to have full poofy bun or ponytail style, usually achieved by weaving hair extensions into one’s natural hair. Smoothness and sleekness are achieved by using styling gel, which also helps to lay the edges in place.
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There you have it on the trending and latest packing gel styles for brides and wedding guests, and for any occasion. If you have been wearing gel hairstyles, how do you style it? Also, I’d like to know – which of the featured packing gel hairstyle pictures is your favourite style? Comment down below to tell me.