DIY Natural Hair Gel with Gelatin – Frugal and Easy!

A super easy and frugal recipe for homemade hair gel that really works! It only uses two ingredients, with an optional third one. It’s also non-toxic and natural!

DIY Natural Hair Gel with only 3 ingredients (and 1 is optional!)

I have written a lot about my hair on the blog. Going no-poo in 2010 was the catalyst to leading a natural lifestyle for me and why I started this blog! I’ve perfected how I wash my hair without shampoo since that first post and wrote No-Poo Alternatives to Baking SodaMy Natural Curly Hair Regimen – How to Love Your Gorgeous Curls, and Oils and Other Natural Conditioner Alternatives. But until now, I have YET to find a hair gel that works with my thick, coarse, dry curls. I’ve been using Tigi Catwalk’s Curlz Rock hair cream and have always loved it, but lately I started noticing how whenever I used it on my hair, my hands would break out in eczema and start to itch. It gets a toxicity rating of 5 out of 10 on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, with the worst ingredient being the fragrance. Not a terrible rating, but it’s the pièce de resistance in my beauty regime as I’ve switched over to all-natural things in everything else!

DIY Natural Hair Gel with Gelatin - See the Consistency

The more gelatin you add, the stronger the hold. I like to use about 1/2 tsp. per cup.

Yet I’ve tried so many different natural concoctions like flax seed hair gel (it gunked up on my hair after a week or so and was as hard to get out as glue!), shea butter, coconut oil, a combo of those two, aloe vera, glycerine… you name it, I’ve probably tried it! I’ve pretty much given up on finding one that would work. Until I saw on DIY Natural that they use hair gel made with just gelatin and water. Awesome. Just two simple little ingredients. I’ve been drinking grassfed gelatin in my detox tea on a daily basis and have watched my nails grow and get strong, so I love gelatin.

DIY Natural Hair Gel with Gelatin

What I Love About It

  • It’s super duper cheap. Literally, pennies per batch. There are 96 teaspoons in this bottle of gelatin, and we’re only using 1/2 tsp. per batch. That’s 10 cents per batch!
  • The essential oils I use are lavender and peppermint or orange, lavender and rosemary. So I get whiffs of the scent all day long and it’s so nice! (where to buy high quality essential oils)
  • It’s easy to make.
  • It’s totally safe and natural.

Fun fact – my mom says synchronized swimmers back in the fifties used gelatin in their hair to keep the style!

The Different Holds

Normally my hair needs a lot of styling cream as it is so dry and crazy (it’s super thick, coarse and very curly). I was surprised as the light hold actually worked for me! I found the medium hold is best, though, for my hair, as it lasted for several days. The strong hold is really strong and a bit crunchy for my taste. I found that it is crunchy when drying, but soft once it’s totally dry.

DIY Natural Hair Gel - the results

DIY Natural Hair Gel with Gelatin

(My affiliate links to Amazon are included in this section for your convenience).

Pour the hot water into an 8 ounce container (but not plastic just yet since it’s so hot!) and pour in the gelatin. Stir to combine then refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until set. Drop the essential oils in once cooled and stir.

Store in the fridge and it lasts for 1-2 weeks. I find it’s easiest to use with a squirt bottle or else it gets messy. It’s jello for your hair, who would’ve thought?!

How to Purchase High Quality Essential Oils through My Merry Messy Life

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. I actually wanted to construct a word in order to say thanks to you for some of the awesome solutions you are writing here. My considerable internet search has finally been compensated with pleasant know-how to go over with my relatives. I ‘d declare that we visitors actually are quite endowed to exist in a useful website with many perfect professionals with very beneficial hints. I feel extremely fortunate to have seen your entire website page and look forward to tons of more entertaining times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  2. I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thank you, I¡¦ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

  3. I’m writing to let you know of the superb discovery our princess went through going through the blog. She learned so many things, which include what it’s like to have an amazing giving mood to have the mediocre ones without hassle have an understanding of certain impossible subject matter. You undoubtedly surpassed her desires. I appreciate you for displaying these priceless, healthy, edifying as well as unique tips about your topic to Sandra.

  4. I went over this internet site and I believe you have a lot of good info, saved to my bookmarks (:.

  5. What i don’t realize is actually how you’re no longer really a lot more neatly-favored than you may be now. You are so intelligent. You already know thus significantly when it comes to this matter, made me for my part consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men are not involved unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs outstanding. All the time maintain it up!

  6. Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is just nice and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  7. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..

  8. Hi there everyone, it’s my first pay a visit at this
    web page, and article is genuinely fruitful for me, keep
    up posting these types of posts.

  9. I dugg some of you post as I thought they were invaluable handy

  10. Hello to all, as I am truly keen of reading this weblog’s post to be
    updated on a regular basis. It contains pleasant data.

  11. I definitely wanted to develop a note to express gratitude to you for all of the pleasant tricks you are giving out on this site. My considerable internet investigation has at the end been paid with incredibly good know-how to exchange with my great friends. I ‘d say that many of us site visitors are undoubtedly fortunate to exist in a fantastic website with many special people with very beneficial tips and hints. I feel quite happy to have come across the site and look forward to some more brilliant times reading here. Thanks once more for a lot of things.

  12. I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally
    well written!

  13. As a Newbie, I am permanently exploring online for articles that can benefit me. Thank you

  14. I wanted to draft you one very small observation to give thanks over again for these great secrets you have provided on this site. It has been seriously generous of you to allow freely what exactly a number of us would’ve made available for an ebook to help with making some bucks on their own, notably seeing that you could have done it in case you considered necessary. The principles additionally served as the fantastic way to comprehend many people have the same fervor similar to my very own to know the truth a little more with regards to this condition. I am certain there are lots of more enjoyable sessions up front for those who find out your site.

  15. Some really wonderful information, Glad I observed this. “Three things you can be judged by your voice, your face, and your disposition.” by Ignas Bernstein.

  16. It¡¦s actually a nice and useful piece of info. I¡¦m satisfied that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  17. I am always thought about this, regards for posting .

  18. I like this site so much, saved to my bookmarks. “Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.” by Norman Cousins.

  19. Marvelous, what a website it is! This web site gives useful information to us, keep it up.

  20. This particular blog is really awesome and diverting. I have picked up helluva handy things out of this blog. I ad love to visit it over and over again. Thanks!

  21. You ave made some decent points there. I checked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.

  22. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  23. Thanks again for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  24. Good post. I be taught one thing more challenging on different blogs everyday. It can all the time be stimulating to read content from other writers and apply slightly something from their store. I’d desire to make use of some with the content material on my weblog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a hyperlink in your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article post. Much obliged.

  26. It’s truly a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look
    of your web site is wonderful, let alone the content!

  28. Tremendous post, very informative, hopefully it’ll being some of these lurkers out into the open.

  29. Muchos Gracias for your blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on

  30. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  31. Some really nice and useful information on this internet site , likewise I think the design and style contains excellent features.

  32. Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any support is very much appreciated.

Speak Your Mind