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Try These DIY Natural Hair Gels

By January 27th, 2021No Comments
Try These DIY Natural Hair Gels
by Mary Wolff

Hair gels can have some questionable ingredients in them that make many curlies think twice. Why waste time studying labels when you can make your own DIY natural hair gel? Whether looking to make your own DIY natural hair gel as a fun project or because you simply ran out of product with no time to run to the store, these recipes are easy and effective.

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Two Ingredient Gel

This is an easy gel recipe to pull together. The gelatin will give hair solid hold and the only other ingredient is water. How easy is that?


  • 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin 
  • 1/2 cup hot water 

Combine gelatin and water in a saucepan until hot enough to dissolve the gelatin. Stir until evenly combined. Transfer to a clean container. Store in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let it firm up enough to use and voila! You now have two weeks of hair gel ready to go!

Aloe Vera Gel 

For a recipe that will give hold while offering moisturizing properties, this one is the way to go. The aloe vera and vitamin E offer moisture while the gelatin provides the hold. This recipe will give you a medium hold, but if you want a stronger hold, you can use 1 tsp of gelatin as opposed to the 1/2 tsp the recipe calls for.


  • 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 10 to 20 drops essential oil
  • 4-5 drops vitamin E

Combine water and gelatin in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until evenly mixed. Remove from heat and add the aloe vera, vitamin E, and essential oil while still hot. Stir until evenly blended.

Vegan Recipe 

If you are taking the organic and vegan approach, you might want an option that stays away from gelatin. There isn’t anything wrong with gelatin, but it is partially created using animal products. A vegan-friendly option would be this recipe that uses agar agar flakes instead. This is a type of gelatin that comes from plants, like seaweed, instead of animals.


  • 1/2 teaspoon agar agar flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 4-6 drops essential oils

To make this recipe, simply bring the water to just below a boil in a medium saucepan. Add your agar agar flakes and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. When all the flakes are dissolved into the water, remove from the heat and add the aloe vera gel and essential oils. Stir until well blended. Allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to a clean container. Move to the refrigerator to allow it to thicken. After a few hours, you will have up to 2 weeks of hair gel ready to go!

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