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Gelling Instructions

Gelling is a synchro tradition used only at shows and competitions. The purpose of gelling is to hold hair up and keep in place during routine competitions.

Tools and supplies needed:
  1. 6-8 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon - each packet)
  2. Old towel
  3. Brush and comb
  4. Old toothbrush or small paint brush
  5. Hair binder (for a ponytail)
  6. straight bobby pins
  7. Plastic squeeze bottle (like a mustard or ketchup bottle that they sell empty in the relish aisle at the grocery store)
  8. Small bowl
  9. Whisk or fork
  10. Measuring cup

  1. Put dry or damp hair in a high bun, around the crown of the head--long hair can be braided and then wrapped
  2. Use bobby pins to pin up stray or short hair
  3. Mix 6-8 packets very slowly to approximately 3/4 to 1 cup of very hot water. Make sure there are no lumps or excessive bubbles. The gel should be thick, but, not clumpy
  4. Wrap an old towel around the shoulders to catch gel drips
  5. Use an old paint brush, comb or fingers to spread the gel evenly--Don't be shy with the gel!
  6. Allow gel to dry (it will be hard)
  7. After swimming, shampoo out with HOT water

NOTE: Gelling can be done the night before or the morning of the competition. Make sure the gel is dry before going to bed. You can use a cool hair dryer setting to help dry the gel.

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