The Best $4 Hair Gel

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'My hair is the easiest thing, because really—with a really good shampoo and conditioner and a box of bobby pins and some hair spray, I can do whatever I want. It's more about the hairpieces, you know? So you saw me doing my hair—it was in a little ponytail, and then I knotted it and then I put some bobby pins in, do a little touch-up, with a razor, then I'm going to show you the last trick of my hair…this is my secret weapon: 'Moco de Gorila' Snott Gorilla Gel. It's made for kids, because you know how kids love mohawks? It's made in Mexico. I was with Danilo when he discovered it, and we started playing with it. It's the most intense gel that I’ve ever used in my life…like, I even have to add a little bit of water. But it shampoos right out, surprisingly. The way it smells is toxic, but it wears off really quickly. Even Danilo's turned Rooney Mara onto this. Have you seen her with this slicked-down hair lately? This is the secret. And he gave me these little baby Japanese razors—which are amazing—and taught me how to shave my hairline. This is very dangerous, by the way. Danilo has been like, 'Okay, calm down—taking it back a little too much,' and then, 'Okay, girl. Drop the razor.' He had given me a pair of baby clippers too, and then he took them away. He was like, 'You’re not allowed to have those anymore.' [Laughs]'

—Michelle Harper, in her Top Shelf

Photographed by Emily Weiss in New York.

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