How to Make Your Own Scented Hair Gel
Why Should You Use Hair Gel?
Hair gel is one of the most popular hair styling products used today by both men and women throughout the world. It is used primarily to add a degree of hold to the hair, from light hold to extra-strong hold. Many fans of these products will also use gel to keep the hair smooth (the greased back looks) and in place for a variety of reasons including personal style and hat-wearing.
I have used branded hair gels for years but have never thought of making a my own until now! Making your own hair gel using scented oils is easily done at home and needs very few ingredients.
What Are the Benefits of Homemade Gel?
- Very effective
- Saves you money
- No added chemicals
- Quick and easy to make
- You choose the fragrance
- Can be made in small quantities
- Strength of hold is determined by you
What You Need:
- Essential Oil
- Aloe Vera
Well known as an ingredient used in cooking, gelatin (also known as gelatine) is classed as a food and is a colourless, flavourless, translucent, brittle (in dried form) solid form of collagen derived from animal by-products.
Gelatin used in the home comes in sheet, powder or granular form. Sheets require pre-soaking in water before use, whereas the powder and granules may be used as they are.
For hair gel, my recommendation is to use the powder or organic powder form.
Gelatin is one of those products that is used in a great variety of ways which include cosmetics, sandpaper, glues, as a gelling agent in food, for thickening soups and sauces and in pharmaceutical capsules.
From the plant flax, which is used to produce linen, flax seeds are readily available in health food stores as they are an incredibly beneficial addition to the diet.
There are two colourings of flax seeds, brown and a yellow/golden seed. Both may be eaten but the brown flaxseed is best known as an ingredient in paint, cattle feed and fibre.
Linseed oil or flaxseed is a vegetable oil produced from flax seeds, found in oil paints and varnishes.
The aloe vera plant is one we should all have in the home as it has a multitude of benefits and uses.
Pure 100% aloe vera gel may be used as a hair gel on its own or may be used as an additional ingredient to homemade gels.
Other ways of utilizing it in homemade hair treatments are as a nourishing shampoo, a natural conditioner, in dandruff control and in promoting hair growth. Using it in gel or juice form, aloe vera is an exceptionally effective plant.
Did You Know?
Incredibly, hair gel can be dated as far back as the Egyptians. Research has shown evidence of the Egyptians using a gel substance similar to fat in texture to keep their hair in place, both in life and in death.
How to Make Scented Hair Gel
- 1 cup of water
- ½ tsp unflavoured gelatine
- ½ tsp aloe vera gel
- 1 or 2 drops essential oil
Equipment You'll Need
- Jar or Container with lid
- Pour the cup of water into your saucepan and heat just before it boils. Remove from heat and pour into the bowl.
- Add your gelatin, aloe vera and essential oil of choice.
- Stir well until smooth thick. If it is still a bit thin for you, add some more gelatine powder by sprinkling it into the mixture until you are happy with the consistency and allow it to cool completely.
- Use a clean jar or plastic container to store the hair gel and keep refrigerated in-between applications.
- It must be used between 1-2 weeks.
- As it is preservative-free, it must be stored in the fridge. Remove and discard any gel once you start to see a crust forming or gel becoming thinner.
- Recycle jars and plastic containers, clean thoroughly and use for your hair gel.
- If you want larger quantities of hair gel you may double up on measurements easily.
- Ideal gift for a hair gel fan, include a label for information on storing and how to use.
- The recipe may be made without aloe vera for a stiffer holding gel.
How to Make Flaxseed Hair Gel
- 1 cup distilled water
- 3 tbsp flaxseed
- 2-4 drops essential oil of choice
Equipment You'll Need
- Mesh Sieve
- Jar or Container with lid
- Add the water and flaxseed into your saucepan and bring it to boil quickly.
- Remove immediately from the heat.
- Leave untouched for 30 mins as the liquid thickens.
- Strain through the mesh sieve into your jar or container and leave to cool.
- Once cooled completely, add essential oil stirring after each drop.
- Store covered container in the fridge.
- Use within 1-2 weeks.
- Quantity will make approximately 30-40 applications (depending on usage).
- Hair gel will have a gentle hold.
- Good for curly or frizzy hair.
- Use recycled jars or plastic containers only.
- This will take an hour or so from start to finish.
- Aloe vera may be added (1 part aloe vera to 3 parts flaxseed) to provide added nourishment and prevent the hair drying out. Add just before the essential oil.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.