Make Homemade Hair Gel Curly Hair Girls Love

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.

Flaxseed Hair Gel Benefits

By making it yourself, you keep your hair products green and your hair beautiful and healthy.


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.


Homemade Hair Gel Curly Hair Recipe

Make homemade hair gel today!

*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.

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

Another Great Natural Recipe for Hair Gel

How to Make Homemade Hair Gel with Glycerin
Making your own hair gel is cost effective and rewarding. Learn how to make hair gel from common, everyday ingredients.

Updated: 02/15/2016, AbbyFitz
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AbbyFitz on 09/12/2015

I don't think it would work, because it would be kind of greasy. It would make a great deep conditioner that way though! But, hey, nobody ever knows until they try. If that's all you have, try it and let us know if it works for you. :)

margaret on 09/11/2015

I have curly hair and I live in Louisiana where the humidity is the highest it's ever been the year and I need some help will c coconut oil work instead of Shea Butter ????? HELP IF U HAVE ANY TIPS !!!!!!?????

AbbyFitz on 08/22/2015

I've seen that, but I haven't tried it yet.

Brenda on 08/22/2015

I'll have to try this. I've read that you can use chia seeds, too.

AbbyFitz on 08/15/2015

No, flax seeds are necessary

Mia on 08/15/2015

Hi err does it hold hair frizz and does it work without flexseeds

AbbyFitz on 05/06/2015

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 on 05/06/2015

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)?

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