How To Make Homemade Hair Gel

Updated on March 10, 2016

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This recipe makes 8 oz. of hair gel
This recipe makes 8 oz. of hair gel | Source

Homemade Hair Gel Curly Hair Girls Can Use

Did you know that you can create your own hair gel at home? I was surprised at how easy and cheap it is to make. I happened to be browsing through a magazine called The Herb Companion when I happened to come across this hair gel recipe.

I know it's not good to put products with chemicals inside or outside of your body, so I try to buy as many all natural beauty products as I can. But have you read some of the ingredients in these so-called natural products? I live by the principle of if I can't pronounce it, it's more than likely not natural and I'm not using it. That's what's great about this recipe, it only contains four ingredients. And I can pronounce all of them!

Specialty Items Needed For This Recipe

Hair Gel Ingredients List

To make your hair gel, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Packet Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Tsp. Glycerin

That's it! Wondering where you'll find unflavored gelatin? Take a trip down the baking aisle, or it may be on the shelf near the Jello. Just make sure to buy unflavored gelatin.

Glycerin? At the store I bought mine from, they kept it behind the pharmacy counter. So if you can't find it on an aisle, just ask the pharmacist.

Fun Fact

Grapefruit juice makes a great styling product because it has natural sugars that help hold hair in place!

But Does It Work?

Yeah, that was my question, too, so I decided to put it through a rigorous test. I have hip length 3B curly hair, so if it works on my hair, this has to be some awesome stuff. Also, I enlisted another curly friend of mine to try it out and sort of give a second opinion on the effectiveness of this recipe.

We tried it out on Curly Friend's newly washed hair and applied it as you would normal hair gel. To dry, she then diffused her hair. I can honestly say we were notably impressed. It seemed to work just like any hair gel you'd buy from the store.

I decided to give it a try on my just-washed hair. I have to apply gel to my hair in sections, so it usually takes a good bit. This gel doesn't feel sticky or gummy like store bought gels, it's more watery, so was a bit more difficult to judge how much I'd actually applied to my hair. I let my hair air dry naturally.

The results were surprising. The gel made both of our hair really soft, yet it held the curl. No frizzies either! I would compare it to a typical get you would buy at a store. As with all gels, if you get too much, it will make your hair crunchy. But, really, I can't tell the difference from the store bought gel I was using and the homemade version.

Are you ready to make your own hair gel? Well, let's get started!

Squeeze and Strain Pink Grapefruit Juice

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Beauty Tip

What to do with your leftover grapefruit juice? Pour the juice through your hair as you rinse out your shampoo. The grapefruit juice will remove mousse, hairspray, and whatever gunk you may put on your hair.

First, we have to squeeze the grapefruit. You'll need 1/2 cup for this recipe. And don't forget to strain your juice, you don't want pulp or seeds in your hair!

Dissolve Gelatin in Warm Water

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Next, mix 1/2 cup warm water and one envelope gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Make sure the gelatin is completely dissolved before moving on to the next step. If it doesn't dissolve completely, it will be clumpy. You don't want clumps in your hair either!

Add 1 tsp Glycerin

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Add 1 tsp glycerin and the 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice. Stir this until it is well combined. Refrigerate until your gel is solid. It will a couple of hours for it to become solid. If you get impatient, you can put it in the freezer, just make sure to keep an eye on it because you don't want it to freeze.

Remove From Refrigerator

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When it's solid, remove your gel from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. (I know, it sounds counterproductive, but trust me on this.)

That's it, you're done! To use, just apply a small amount to your hair. Be careful, don't overdo it. You don't want crunchy hair!

Store your hair gel in a sealed glass jar. There's no need to keep it refrigerated because the citric acid in the grapefruit juice will keep the nasty bacteria away!

Have you ever made your own natural homemade beauty products?

See results

The Results

Curly Friend liked the way it made her hair feel. It gave her fine hair some volume and made it really soft. She also thought the smell was amazing. (It has a wonderful citrus smell.)









I have a particular problem with frizzy hair. This gel seems to address that problem great. I have well-defined curls with no frizz. My hair is also super soft. With other gels I've used, your hair just has that feeling that something is on it, you can feel the product. I have zero crunch. I'm a happy curly girl!

Try It, You'll Like It!

So why don't you go ahead and whip up a batch of your own hair gel? It's cheap. It cost me less than a dollar to make an eight ounce jar. It's all natural, there's no chemicals. That's great for you and great for Mother Earth. Best of all, it's easy. What are you waiting for? Go make yours already!

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        Sabrina 

        18 months ago

        I'm a curly haired woman and I love this gel. I make it all the time now. No more wasteland of tried, but ineffective hairstyling products for me. This gives my curls lovely definition, even if I blow dry. And, if it does become a little to crunchy (because I used too much), I can easily scrunch out the crunch for beautifully defined curls. I find it adds body, bounce and control. I love it! I keep mine in the fridge too. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone struggling with wavy/curly hair that tends to frizz. I use it after I put a light leave in conditioner in my hair.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        3 years ago from Florida

        Thank you. I'm sure you could look beautiful with your own hair though!

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        Hideo 

        3 years ago

        31 Dec 23, 2010 14:46 I love your new look. You look absolutely grgeoous! I wish I could look good like you with short hair! I love your blog and the world you create in your blog space. So beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        4 years ago from Florida

        I think it has a pretty good hold. I'm not sure how it would do with the spikes because everyone I've had try it has had longer hair. Give it a try and let me know!

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        Adrienne 

        4 years ago

        I'm definitely going to try this but I was wondering, how strong is the hold? I have short hair and spike it sometimes. Do you think it would hold for that?

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        Kawika Chann 

        5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

        This is awesome! Well done - I can hardly wait to get this started. Thanks! Upvoted/awesome/follow. Peace. Kawi.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I hope you like it!

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        Kelly Ilebode 

        5 years ago

        cannot wait to try this - !!!!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I'm glad you liked it

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        shobha khokhar 

        5 years ago from Chandigarh, India

        hey abbyfitz this gel works on straight hairs also....It works really great on my hairs ..thank you so much.

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        shobha khokhar 

        5 years ago from Chandigarh, India

        Sure I will try today and let you know by tomorrow...:)

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I wish I could tell you, but I only have curly hair. Give it a try and let me know!

      • Shobha Khokhar profile image

        shobha khokhar 

        5 years ago from Chandigarh, India

        Really great hub....I find it very easy to make this gel at home...but my hairs are straight not curly...can you please tell me will it works on my hairs also....???

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I think it would. Parts of my hair is tightly curled and it seems to do well

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        ciarajm 

        5 years ago

        Will it work for tightly coiled/curly hair?

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thanks! Hope it works for you.

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        Sheri Dusseault 

        5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

        Cool! My hair goes frizzy to so I am sure going to try this. Who knew? Thanks for sharing this.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I was surprised too when I found out! Glad you liked it. I hope you give it a try.

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        daisyjae 

        5 years ago from Canada

        This is amazing, i had no idea you could make your own gel! I will try this recipe.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I'm sure any citrus juice could work. You would have to give it a try. I haven't noticed any problems with oil. This gel is really quite gentle

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        Bryana 

        5 years ago

        Is there an alternative to the grapefruit juice? Also, has anyone with naturally oily hair had any experience with this homemade gel making the oil worse?

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you. I hope she likes it

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        prasetio30 

        5 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Very inspiring hub. I had never heard about this before reading this hub. I'll share with my sister. Thanks for writing. Voted up. Cheers....Prasetio

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thanks. Natural is always best, especially for products that we use on our bodies

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        Maria Alicia Cardenas 

        5 years ago from Spain

        great info...I share the fact that we hac¡ve to look for natural products rather than chemicals..... thanks for sharing!!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you. Well you never know if something works if you don't try it!

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        amord 

        5 years ago from nigeria

        This hub is very interesting to fellow......Thanks for sharing

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        Lara Conry 

        5 years ago from Western Massachusetts, USA

        Great Hub! I am new to this hubbing, so I love to see examples of wild, crazy, cool hubs! In the past, I experimented with making hair gel with glycerin and aloe vera, but mine came out a stick mess. Your recipe sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing. :)

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Great hub and suggestion! I've pinned and voted it up! Congrats on HOTD!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you so much!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        It's very easy to make, I hope you can try it soon!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you for your kind words!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thanks!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thanks. Cheap is good!

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        Crystal Tellis 

        5 years ago from New York

        Congrats on your HOTD!! I love how you used images to show step by step, instead of a hole lot of words that are hard to follow. I also loved how you showed the examples of results. You are the queen of How to's congrats....

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        Kim Anne 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Pinned it! Looks very interesting, can't wait to try it!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from USA

        Congrats on your HOD! I love all natural products so was happy to stumble across your hub today. I will be sure to give this a try. I have naturally thick/ curly/dry hair. Finding products that work with my hair, without leaving a lot of gunk, is a trick. Thanks for posting this!

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        rosika 

        5 years ago

        A very useful hub......I do try to avoid products with chemicals but there are many times I had to use such products, such as hair gel itself....You have shared a great idea for making natural gel. I will try it!

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        Koralee Phillips 

        5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

        Thanks for writing this hub. I am working on a new hair style, that I can wear curly, or straight with bangs. Your gel recipe sounds perfect to go with it, and cheap too :). Cheaper is always better.

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        moonlake 

        5 years ago from America

        Congrats on hub of the day. I need to make some of this for my hubby. Voted up.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you

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        makarenko on squidoo 

        5 years ago

        you have beautiful hair!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you. Yes it is worth giving a try

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Really? I haven't tried it with flax seeds. I'll have to find a recipe and try it

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you. Happy Monday to you too!

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        Sarah 

        5 years ago from USA

        I was looking for natural styling products and I'm glad I stumbled upon this! I will definitely give this a try!

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this hair gel recipe! Nicely done! Showing people that some products can be made at home is important for many reasons and it looks like you have a great replacement recipe here.

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        ologsinquito 

        5 years ago from USA

        Great hub. I'll try this. I currently make my homemade hair gel by boiling flax seeds, but this looks like it will hold better. Thanks.

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        Comfort Babatola 

        5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

        Got to try this myselt.

        Excellent hub. Great details, easy step-by-step instructions, and beautiful image. Very well done! HOTD award, well deserved. Congrats!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you! Yes, it is very cheap to make

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        Your Cousins 

        5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        This is a very interesting article. Not long ago, I bought a big jar of gel and now I realize that not only could I have made it myself, but I could have a more natural product. Congrats on HOTD.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you so much, I'm glad you all liked my article. Thanks also for the congratulations. One of my hubber goals for 2013 was to get HOTD.

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        Cynthia B Turner 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        Congrats on Hub of the Day! I can see why this article was chosen. This is a great DIY for hair gel. You have presented the instructions clearly and have given your opinion after actually trying your end product. For the masses who are looking for natural products for their hair, this is a great find. Voted up and useful.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Fantastic hub! Easy to follow instructions, making it seems to be a breeze.

        congrats on getting HOTD. A well deserved one.

        Voted up/useful/awesome and shared on G+1.

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you!

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        Ernawati 

        5 years ago from Indonesia

        nice info^^

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Glad it worked for you! Natural is good!

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        Stacy The Great 

        5 years ago

        Awesome article!! Very useful. I tried it yesterday and hair feels soft and it smells wonderful. Great ma'am!!

      • Abbyfitz profile imageAUTHOR

        Abbyfitz 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thanks! I'm glad you liked it

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        Melissa Propp 

        5 years ago from Minnesota

        Very good how-to hub. Your instructions were clear and your photos were great! I don't use hair gel, but I will pass this recipe along to my friends that do.Voting up and sharing!

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