How to Make Homemade Hair Gel Without Gelatin For Curly Hair

by AbbyFitz

You can make your own hair gel for just pennies using all natural ingredients that nourish and soften your hair. This easy 10 minute hair gel recipe will define your curls.

As a curly girl, I have tried nearly every hair gel, hair mousse, and styling cream out there. Some work, some don't.

The products that do work, generally don't work for very long. The ones that don't work just clutter up my bathroom cabinets.

I have recently discovered that you can make most of your curly hair products for a fraction of the price of store bought brands.

More importantly, you can add ingredients to make your hair healthy, not coat it with lots of chemicals.

This easy, healthy hair gel recipe contains only four ingredients and can be made in 10 minutes. And best of all, it defines your curls, nourishes your hair, and makes it feel soft.

Natural Curly Hair Ingredients

By making it yourself, you keep your hair products green


I try to be a very natural person. I don't want to harm the environment and I don't want to use products that could be harmful to me.

Unfortunately when you have curly hair, that kind of goes out the window. Curls are high maintenance. Having curls requires a lot of products to keep you from looking like a bush.

Look on the back of your styling products. Can you pronounce the ingredients? My philosophy is if you can't pronounce it, it doesn't need to go in or on your body.

This natural hair gel contains only four ingredients and they are all common items you probably already have in your kitchen.

Whole flax seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids which are good for dry scalp and hair. Flax seed also contains a compound that has been known to combat hair loss.

Honey contains ingredients that nourish hair and retain water. Using honey in a hair gel is important for curly girls. A lack of moisture is what makes us have frizz.

Shea butter acts as a moisturizer. It helps dryness, repairs damage, and mends split ends. It also protects hair from sun damage and other environmental factors.

Why You Should Make Your Own Beauty Products

Cheaper and healthier

Making your own eco-friendly hair products allows you to control what goes on your body and into the environment.

There is no need to use harmful chemicals. Nature provides us with everything our bodies need to look and feel beautiful. 

When you make your own beauty products, you are saving money. The cost of flax seed, honey, and shea butter together might equal a salon quality gel or mousse. However, they can make six months' worth of hair gel that costs you less than a dollar a jar.


Best Homemade Hair Gel Recipe

Best Homemade Hair Gel Recipe

Easy to make hair gel

Prep time 10 min  -  Total time 10 min
Ingredients for 10 servings
1/3 cup flax seeds  • 2 cups water  • 1/2 tsp honey  • 1/2 tsp shea butter  • *optional 10 drops essential oil for fragrance.


Pour water into saucepan and add flax seeds. Cook on high heat. Stir occasionally. When mixture begins to boil, stir continuously. Once the mixture turns thin and foamy, reduce heat to low.


When the mixture becomes thick and the seeds no longer sink to the bottom, remove from heat and drain the mixture in a bowl. (I use old pantyhose as a strainer) Rinse pot out immediately.


Add honey, shea butter, and essential oils to mixture. Mixture will look and feel like egg whites. Pour gel into airtight container. Refrigerate if not used within 2 weeks.

Recipe  3.3/5 Stars (20 Votes)

Step by Step Instructions For Homemade Hair Gel

Prepare by assembling your ingredients together
Prepare by assembling your ingredient...
Add flax seeds to water and bring to boil
Add flax seeds to water and bring to ...
Reduce heat. Stir continuously until thin and foamy
Reduce heat. Stir continuously until ...
Continue cooking until mixture is thick and the seeds no longer sink. Remove from heat.
Continue cooking until mixture is thi...
Strain gel
Strain gel
Mix remaining ingredients together
Mix remaining ingredients together
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks unrefrigerated
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks unrefrigerated

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Updated: on 07/11/2014, AbbyFitz
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AbbyFitz 20 days ago

I think a good alternative would be coconut oil. I've never tried the cocoa butter. Try it out and then come back and let us know how it worked!

jul 20 days ago

I'm not sure I can find Shea Butter here (it would not be easy anyway) but it is very easy to find for instance cocoa butter. Do you think it will work?

Can you recommend something else instead of shea butter?


AbbyFitz on 02/01/2014

I do still use it and it works pretty good. It does have a medium hold. I use whole flaxseeds, but I have friends who use the meal. I'm not sure how it works, but I think it would be messier.

Leigh Miller on 02/01/2014

Abby, I know it's been awhile since you posted this - I hope you could answer some questions for me... Are you still using this? How's it working for you? Is it just for frizz or does it have any hold to it? And did you use the flax seeds whe or did you have to grind them up (like you do when you use them in cooking)?

AbbyFitz on 05/30/2013

I hope it works too

Nicola on 05/30/2013

I am going to the store right now to get the ingredients. I too am a curly curl and I currently live in the southwest where humidity is not an issue. However I am visiting the northwest and plan on moving here soon. My hair is not doing as well so I hope this helps.

AbbyFitz on 04/16/2013

I'm not sure. You could try it. I got mine at a festival and I've seen some sold at local flea markets. If you can't find any, I'm sure coconut oil would work great too. Thank you!

AbbyFitz on 04/16/2013

I'm glad you liked the recipe. I hope it keeps you frizz free!

Mira on 04/16/2013

This sounds great. I'll definitely try it. I just have to see where I can buy shea butter, but I expect it will be available at natural goods stores.

BrendaBarnes on 04/16/2013

I love this. Thanks for the recipe. I also have been removing chemicals from my family's life. We use vinegar water to cleanse our hair and it looks great. But as a curly girl, mine does get frizzy sometimes. I will make some gel tonight.

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