By Terez Howard

Most hair gels contain alcohol, which can be irritating and drying to the scalp. The International Fragrance Association has named hydroabietyl alcohol unsafe for use in cosmetics. Phthalates are another harmful ingredient in some hair gels and have actually been proven to damage the lungs, liver, kidneys and reproductive systems, according to purezing.com.

But your naturalicious hair might crave gel for the hold, frizz control and shine.  When you do twists, braids, Bantu knots and out hair styles, a natural hair gel can keep your hair in place without that yucky crunch and help a style to last longer.  A good natural hair gel also will condition and moisturize the hair.

The natural hair gel recipes listed below include the following key ingredients: aloe vera gel, flax seeds and gelatin.  Each of these ingredients are explained below the recipes.

Pure Aloe Vera Gel Recipe

  • Pure aloe vera gel
  1. Apply aloe vera gel directly to your natural hair.

Flax Seed Natural Hair Gel

  • 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • Pure aloe vera gel
  • A few drops of essential oil for scent
  1. Boil water.
  2. Stir in seeds, reduce heat and simmer seeds for 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a gel-like lotion.
  3. Strain flax seeds through a fine strainer or cheesecloth.
  4. Place mixture into a bottle.  Bottle should be about 3/4 full.
  5. Fill the rest of the bottle with pure aloe vera gel.
  6. Add a few drops of essential oil if you would like a scent.

Store in the fridge for up to one week.

Gelatin Natural Hair Gel (from longlocks.com)

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup warm water
  1. Thoroughly dissolve gelatin in warm water.
  2. Apply directly to natural hair and style as usual.

Keep refrigerated in sealed container.

About Natural Hair Gel Ingredients:

Aloe vera gel – Aloe vera gel is known to heal dry or damaged hair.  It moisturizes and softens natural hair.  It works well as a natural hair gel on its own or as part of a gel recipe.

Our hair’s pH is around 4 or 4.5, and aloe vera gel is about the same.  Most commercial shampoos and conditioners have a pH around 6 or 7.  So, when we use these products, they open the hair cuticle, making natural hair appear frizzy.  Aloe vera gel brings our hair’s pH back to normal, reducing frizz.

Flax seeds – Flax seeds are rich in Omega-3 oils, fatty acids that are an important aspect to healthy hair.  People have actually reported that flax seeds have helped to prevent hair loss and strengthened the hair, according to flaxseedshop.com.

Gelatin – Gelatin, an animal protein, will not leave a sticky residue on your hair, like some commercial hair gels.  It has no odor and has a low cost.  Gelatin contains about 18 amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which makes your hair strong.

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