I am finely absolutely determined to embrace my curls. I had beautiful ringlets as a young child, but my mother chopped them all off because they were too hard to straighten! Yes, straighten. Such was the 70s.
Me being me, I have been obsessively binging on Curly Girl Method YouTube videos. The one thing these gals all have in common, that floors me, is the number of products they use! I am a) way too lazy and b) way too cheap. So, I am on a mission to find DIY hair gel recipes.
I selected my first recipe to test out, simply based on the fact I had the ingredients already.
Hair Gel Experiment #1 – Gelatin & Essential Oils
For a baseline, here is my hair the day before my experiment. I followed my regular routine of just shampoo and conditioner.
And this is following the exact same routine, with the gelatin hair gel.
Well, that worked! Here’s the recipe:
DIY Gelatin Hair Gel
- 1/4 tsp (for lighter hold) or 1/2 tsp (for stronger hold) gelatin <– I went for stronger hold
- 1/2 c. very warm distilled water (distilled so the water is mineral and chemical free)
- desired amount of drops of essential oil (optional) *see suggestions further below
- Dissolve the gelatin in the warm water
- Add oil(s) if desired
- Pour into airtight container <– if you used essential oils be sure to use a glass or steel container
- Allow to set in fridge <– patience is required; takes a minimum of 3 hours
- Store in fridge up to 10 days
* Essential Oil Options
- Peppermint or Rosemary for added shine. These are both very strong, so go easy on the number of drops you use.
- Patchouli or Tea Tree – astringent for oily hair; although for Curly Girl purposes you definitely don’t want to reduce your hair oils
- Lavendar or Cedarwood – for dry hair.
I used Peppermint this time and I loved how it energized me as I was applying the gel to my hair. I am going to try cedarwood next, because us Curly Girls need all the moisture enhancement we can get.
I used 1/3 of my gel. For the Curly Girl Method you need to apply A LOT of gel. The only downside is having to keep this in the fridge, instead of in the bathroom. However, the plus side to that is curly hair does better with colder applications to close up the cuticles.
As well, I give this one a thumbs up on how quickly and easily it can be made.
If you give this one a try, I would love to hear how you found it. Be sure to come back and share in the comment section.
Stay curious, my lovelies!
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Interested in incorporating essential oils into your own Life Design? I am pleased to help you as a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA™. You can contact me directly: CONTACT ELIZA, or click on the below image to explore my Wellness Advocate website.