This DIY natural gelatin hair gel recipe is super easy, frugal, and really works! It only uses two ingredients, with an optional third one. It's also non-toxic and natural!
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 no longer use baking soda and ACV to wash and condition my hair, though. Now I use the Curly Girl Method.)
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 (NOT curly girl friendly – it contains a lot of silicones) 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!
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 grass-fed gelatin in my detox tea on a daily basis and have watched my nails grow and get strong, so I love gelatin.
What I Love This Natural Hair Gel
- 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! You can make it even cheaper by using gelatin packets from the grocery store.
- It smells wonderful! I use essential oils in my recipe (they are optional, though), so I get whiffs of the scent all day long and it's so nice! I use are lavender and peppermint or cedarwood, lavender and rosemary.
- 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!
You can Create Different Gel 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 stronghold 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 Gelatin Hair Gel – Frugal and Easy!
Here is a frugal and easy natural gelatin hair gel recipe you can make in just minutes at home! No toxins in sight.
- Light hold: 1/2 tsp. grassfed gelatin
- Medium hold: 3/4 tsp. grassfed gelatin
- Strong hold: 1 tsp. grassfed gelatin
- 1 cup hot water
- Optional for fragrance – 10 drops of your favorite essential oils. My favorites are lavender, peppermint, cedarwood, or rosemary.
- Glass jar (like an 8-ounce mason jar) or squirt bottle
- Optional: for additional moisture, add some vegetable glycerine or pure aloe vera gel
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?!
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