I learned this simple homemade hair gel recipe from my sister, the Martha Stewart of the family. Making your own homemade hair gel is so easy to do, and so healthy for hair as it lacks all the preservatives and chemicals of hair gel from the store. It’s simple to make, and can be a fun addition to your crafty hair styling daily.
To make homemade hair gel all you need is water and unflavored gelatin, which can be found in the baking section of any grocery store. This simple and cheap recipe is quite simple- add 1/2 teaspoon of gelatin to 1 cup warm water and allow to dissolve. For thicker gel for curly hair, add 1 teaspoon of the unflavored gelatin to 1 cup warm water, and store in the fridge until use for your hair.
I make my own hair gel, and add essential oils to my homemade hair gel to not only make it smell lovely, but add further shine and softness to my hair while I use it. I add 3 drops of orange essential oil to my hair gel, as the orange creates a great citrus scent that makes my hair smell great, and the oils help repair my hair and make it shiny and smooth, like a leave-in conditioner would do. My sister uses vanilla and lavender essential oils in her homemade hair gel, 1 drop lavender and 2 drops vanilla, to leave her hair smelling sweet and subtly sexy while being kept together nicely with the homemade hair gel.
I love the discovery of this simple and cheap recipe. So long as it’s stored in the fridge, it always remains fresh, and the ability to make your hair healthier with homemade hair gel by adding essential oils that bring shine and health to your hair (like almond oil, avocado oil, Vitamin E, citrus oils, lavender, vanilla, and tea tree oils) help make this homemade hair gel unique to your hair care regimen without adding unneeded and unwanted chemicals to your hair that ultimately dries it out and seeps the shine.
Store the hair gel in a spray bottle or a squeeze bottle, whichever you prefer. If you add a bit more water to the mix, it sprays on easily, and the more unflavored gelatin you add to the hair gel, the stronger hold it has. I prefer the light and durable hold of the half teaspoon, but the beauty of this homemade hair gel is you can modify it to suit the type and strength of your hair.