How to Make Homemade Hair Gel With Natural Ingredients
Homemade Hair Gel for Curly-Haired Girls
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 was 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 on or in 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!
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. Vegetable Glycerine
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.
Glycerine? 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 or purchase it online.
How to Make DIY Hair Gel in 6 Easy Steps
- 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!
- 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 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.
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!
Grapefruit juice makes a great styling product because it has natural sugars that help hold hair in place! If you have leftover grapefruit juice, pour it through your hair as you rinse out your shampoo. It will remove mousse, hairspray, and whatever gunk you may put on your hair.
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-haired 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 it 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.
Have you ever made your own natural homemade beauty products?
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 well. 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—and all-natural, with 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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