You can use this jail on longer hair as well as trying different hairstyles. However. You may want to go very light on the gel because it does harden the hair cuticle. I like to do it on Wash & gos myself. however, if you prefer to cut out the chill with other products, it was a great show and a softer hold on the hair. My daughters and I have not held it with other products such as a moisturizer and even an oil to soften the hair cuticle so it won't have that crunchy look in our hair.