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:
- 6-8 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon - each packet)
- Old towel
- Brush and comb
- Old toothbrush or small paint brush
- Hair binder (for a ponytail)
- straight bobby pins
- Plastic squeeze bottle (like a mustard or ketchup bottle that they sell empty in the relish aisle at the grocery store)
- Small bowl
- Whisk or fork
- Measuring cup
- Put dry or damp hair in a high bun, around the crown of the head--long hair can be braided and then wrapped
- Use bobby pins to pin up stray or short hair
- 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
- Wrap an old towel around the shoulders to catch gel drips
- Use an old paint brush, comb or fingers to spread the gel evenly--Don't be shy with the gel!
- Allow gel to dry (it will be hard)
- 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.