homemade hair gel

i’ve been asked A LOT about taming curly hair and frizz while being no-‘poo and i’ve always offered the “don’t use heat and use coconut oil like your life depends on it” advice.

well curly girls, i’ve done my research and found these NATURAL ways to make gel/mousse to tame those curly locks (see, i really do care and think about you guys! lol).

so here goes:


VERSION 1 – easy but needs to be kept in the fridge-

  • 1/2 to 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup warm, distilled water
  • 1-2 drops of essential oils (your choice)

mix and dissolve the gelatin into the water. use as you would a normal store gel, but keep it in the FRIDGE!

VERSION 2a little more work, but can be kept in a container in the bathroom-

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1-2 drops of essential oil (whatever you like)

mix together water and seeds in a small pot. bring them to a boil and remove from heat. let it sit and “marinade” for about a half hour. strain out seeds.
when it’s cooled off, add the oil and mix, mix, mix! you can place this in a jar and use as you would regular store gel. make sure to keep it tightly sealed!!!

please try these and let me know what you think!!! woohoo!



[photo creditsΒ here & here. recipes from a combo of other sources.]


44 thoughts on “homemade hair gel

  1. I have a 7 yr old son with short super cool styled hair. I don’t want to put chemicals and perfume in his hair. I use 100% aloe vera gel to style his hair. The more you use the more of the wet look you get. It also stays styled looking when it drys and you run your hands thru it. He has lots of allergies. So this is safe. Love it!

    1. I tried the flax gel a few times & found it very difficult to strain & also it just worked “OK” on my curly hair. I found another version (aloe vera & gelatine) – that works great. Here is link & recipe

      For a light hold, use these ingredients:
      Β½ cup water
      1 tsp gelatin
      Β½ cup 100% Aloe Vera Gel
      a drop of your favorite essential oil (optional)
      For a stronger hold, use these ingredients:
      ΒΎ cup water
      1.5 tsp gelatin
      ΒΌ cup 100% Aloe Vera Gel
      a drop of your favorite essential oil (optional)
      1. Measure out your water. Pour just enough into a bowl or glass so that you can sprinkle the gelatin on top and let it gel.
      2. Heat up the remaining water to boiling. Once it’s hot, pour it over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
      3. Place this β€˜water Jell-O’ in the fridge for a couple hours until it’s completely set.
      4. Now, scoop all of your gelled water into a blender along with the aloe and essential oil. Blend on the lowest speed until all of the gelatin clumps are fully broken up.
      5. Pour into an empty squeeze bottle


    2. Same here, first time i made it is was very runny but worked fine, next time is was really gel-y and made my hair very hard. I will try JaneΒ΄s idea next : )

  2. Could you use chia seeds instead of flax? I only ask because they make a gel after only 15 minutes of being in water without boiling. Seems much easier.

    1. Hey! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this hair gel recipe. I went no poo’ back in January and have been having major issues with frizz ever since. I have just whipped up a batch of this gel in under an hour, and it works very well. It smoothed my hair out and didn’t make it look dirty or greasy. So, thanks again.

  3. I make flax seed gel all the time. You have to boil it for quite a while, until the seeds suspend in the liquid, then pass the gel through a strainer before it cools. I add orange EO because I like the smell. My husband calls it my “fruity hair snot”! Does have that consistency!

  4. Any idea if you can blend vinegar into the gel for a thickened version of conditioner? I have kids and I’m scared they’ll get it in their eyes.

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