Model with Control Gel product in hair
Control Styling Gel: our most versatile product. Never sticky, zero flakes, high shine, medium hold, adds great volume
Johnny B. Control 16oz jar with lid open, revealing the purple colored gel
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Control Styling Gel


42 reviews

Tame Your Wild Side

This versatile styling gel packs a strong, long-lasting hold that will not flake. Control is suitable for all hair types and even gives volume to fine hair. It is never greasy, oily, or sticky and rinses out with ease. Its standout versatility, high shine, and impressive hold make it possible to achieve any style you desire.

Features and Benefits:

  • Alcohol-free formulation
  • Good for all hair types
  • Versatile gel

How to Use: Rub generous amount between hands and apply evenly to wet or dry hair. Style as needed. Blow dry for best results. For Safety Data Sheet, click here!

Mode Gel



Control’s long standing reputation never ceases to impress. Created in the 90s as the first gel in our line, it was formerly called the “Original Gel.” Its alcohol-free formula allows for flexible styling without the flaking.



A common styling mistake is using a gel that is thicker than the hair because it causes separation and product buildup. However, this versatile and lightweight gel is made for ALL hair types—fine, medium, and thick. Formulated with Lanolin for extra hydration.

Mode hairstyle
Mode hairstyle



Taught in every Johnny B. class as a barbershop must-have, Control can be used as a super hold styling gel AND a cutting lotion to give hair better slick and control while cutting with shears or clippers.

Mode 32oz

Compare Styling

Mode Control Fuddy Hold Tight Hold Up
Product Type Gel Gel Gel Clay Gel Styling Powder
Hold 6/10 6/10 8/10 9/10 8/10
Shine 8/10 8/10 4/10 2/10 2/10
Ideal For Medium to thick hair All hair types Thick or curly hair All hair types All hair types

42 reviews for Control Styling Gel

Based on 42 reviews
1-5 of 42 reviews
  1. It works great! I’ve been using hair products to style my hair ever since I was in high school. This gel has a pretty nice scent and holds very well even if you use a little. It’s not overly sticky like some hair products and washes out very easily with shampoo. You can still take a lot out with just water. Also, it still holds pretty well if you happen to get rained on. I like that it’s in a container like this so you can just take a bit out with your fingers and go straight to styling. It beats having to squeeze it out of a tube and try not to get it everywhere.

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  2. Nice gel but the scent smells like “Fabuloso” cheap all purpose cleaner lavender scent. Johnny B needs to work on improving it’s product line ( shampoo and conditioner) scents.

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  3. The Johnny B Control is supposed to be the original gel, but the scent has changed, and the new scent is overpowering and gives me a headache. The original gel also had a scent, but it was very subtle. I would rather have a product that had no scent at all. It’s a shame because I really liked this product.

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  4. Ligero y aroma rico. Me gusta xq no te entieza el pelo solo controla el frizz

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  5. Great product! I like the smell,the hold,the quality,the hold it puts in your hair is just tremendous,just adjust to your liking,and it holds all day,highly recommend!

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