Gorilla Snot Hair Gel Review: Strong Hold for Sleek Hair

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We've tried our fair share of questionable-sounding ingredients: cone snail venom, egg extract, and even our own blood—it's all in a day's work. But, when I first heard "Gorilla Snot," it was not a product I was eager to try. That was my first mistake.

After doing a bit of research, I realized celebrity hairstylists covet the stuff—a lot. Jen Atkin uses it for flyaways on Kim Kardashian West, touting Moco de Gorila Gorilla Snot Hair Gel as her "secret weapon" for sleek styles and bouncy, healthy-looking blowouts. Adir Abergel, a celebrity stylist and creative director of Virtue Labs says, "It has been in my kit for a very long time. I like to use it for severe, slicked-back looks." He continues, "It's a non-flaky gel that creates memory and hold while imparting shine with no residue." Well, with that in mind, there's no way I couldn't try it.

Keep scrolling to read my honest review, including pros and cons and the cost, below.

Pros and Cons


  • Affordable
  • Minimal scent
  • Extreme hold for sleek styles
  • Not flaky


  • Can be sticky
  • Can leave build-up if you use too much

The Bottom Line

The Moco de Gorila Gorilla Snot Hair Gel is an incredibly affordable gel that promises all-day hold, and it 100 percent delivers on that promise.

Best for: Sleek ponytails and other styles that need extra hold 

Uses: Hair gel

Star Rating: 5

Potential allergens: None

Clean?: Yes

Price: $3

About the brand: Moco de Gorila is a Mexican hair styling brand that specializes in gels and hair pastes.

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Moco de Gorila Gorilla Snot Hair Gel $3.00

About My Hair

I have incredibly curly hair — it's dry, textured, but also quite fine. I'm always on the hunt for products that will tame the frizz that comes with having curly hair, but won't weigh it down or make it look greasy.

Gorilla Snot hair gel is a godsend for people with hair like mine. It smooths all those delicate fly aways and makes even the most unruly of hair stay in its place. I live for a sleek, middle-part bun and this gel makes it really easy to get a slick look.

The Feel

The formula itself has become popular due to its texture and "anti-gravitational" ability to affix your hair in just about any direction and style. It has a gooey texture that is on the verge of being a bit thick — and a little definitely goes a long way. You can use it alone for a super sleek look that won't budge, or if you want a little bit of flexibility, you can mix with water. Some users even mix it with leave-in conditioner if you need a bit more moisture. Just remember — it can cause build-up if you're not washing it out regularly, so it's probably best to be used in a one-off situation, not everyday.

The Results

As someone who will try anything once (especially if it's recommended by Jen Atkin and only costs $3), I got ahold of the stuff and began to experiment. My first thoughts? Naturally, this isn't a product I'd display on my vanity next to my prized Byredo candles and Tom Ford fragrance bottles. But there's something about the unapologetic packaging and shocking color combinations that, sure enough, drew me in.

I squeezed the gel into my palm (it wasn't sticky at all, shockingly) and smoothed it along my hair, from root to tip. I brushed each section into a sleek bun, hoping to see what all the fuss was about and (possibly) look more like KKW.

The verdict? My hair stayed fresh and in place through the night and into the morning. I never, even for a moment, had a hair out of place all evening. All in all, I loved it and definitely plan on keeping it in my hair care regimen.

The Value

Moco de Gorila Gorilla Snot Hair Gel is super affordable. A large 12 oz bottle is only three dollars and can last for probably six months to a year with moderate use. I don't know if you can find a better deal!

Our Verdict

Overall, I can't say enough great things about the Moco de Gorila Gorilla Snot Hair Gel. It ticks all the boxes for a great hair gel — it's affordable, it works, and it has a nice texture that's perfect for buns, ponytails, braids, and sleek styles. It's well worth a try

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