If you’re looking for a simple DIY hair gel recipe to give your curls holistic shine, keep scrolling.
I’ve been experimenting with DIY hair gel portion sizes and mixtures. Some experts recommend to heat up the shea butter & coconut oil. But, I was too lazy and didn’t have any clean pots. So, mixing up without heating or blending worked as well.
I recommend making a small portion of your first few runs. Feel your hair for a day or two. Experiment with different oils. You can play with ingredients quite a bit. For instance, adding a tad of olive or avocado oil. Also, you can substitute olive or avocado oil for coconut oil. Try adding a few drops of apricot kernel oil.
The beauty of DIY adventures is that you can become a chemist of your own lab.
I like using a blow dryer (my recent splurge) with a diffuser set on low heat for three to four minutes, following by cold for another five.
You need: measuring spoon, mixing bowl, glass jar, and adventurous spirit! You can buy all ingredients at your local health foods store or Amazon.
DIY Curl Gel Recipe
- 4 tbsp of Shea butter
- 1 tbsp of Coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/5 tbsp of Vitamin E oil
- 2-4 drops of Castor oil
- 2-4 drops of Lemongrass essential oil (I use Yong Living brand)
- Mix all the ingredients with your hands and apply to your hair.
Ingredients (Larger Serving Size)
- 1/4 cup of Shea butter
- 2 tbsp of Coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Castor oil
- ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Gel
- Ten drops of essential oil (rosemary, lemongrass, or lavender or any other of your liking)
- 2 tbsp of Vitamin E oil
You can mix all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Or, melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Add the rest of ingredients and whip again till mixed. Next, add the aloe vera gel then blend first on high-speed than low-speed until fully incorporated.
You’ll end up with a soft white mixture that looks creamy & smells fantastic.
Transfer to a mason jar. Store in a clean, dry place.
Why Bother with DIY Curl Gel the Recipe?
With the practice of yoga, we optimize our mindset. With nutrition and movement, we give the best fuels to our bodies. But, we apply toxic products to our skin and hair. There is no shame to desire beautiful & shiny hair!
Take a peek at the ingredient list of your gel bottle…I have not found a single hair curl gel that does not have at least few toxic ingredients (even organic & all natural). That’s what started me with experimenting with the DIY approach.
DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
- VP/VA Copolymer (Vinyl Acetate) is derived from petroleum.
- Glycerin – Glycerin (also called glycerol) is a naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids. Glycerin may be of animal or vegetable origin. This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a byproduct of soap manufacture which typically uses animal fat.
- Polyquaternium-7 & Polysorbate 20: can lead to organ system toxicity.
- Fragrance: can be made up of hundreds of undeclared chemicals. Often including parabens and phthalates.
- This is not a full list, for more click here
- Not to mention, that most of the ingredients even natural are heavily processed and stripped of the benefits claimed.
I am experimenting with making shampoos next. Even though, I only wash my hair once every 10 days or so.
Stay tuned & share your DIY.