For many people, their mornings would not be complete without hair gel. Not only does hair gel help to hold and shape various hairstyles, but it also contains vitamins and minerals that keep the hair looking shiny and healthy. Yet because hair gel can contain unwanted chemicals, not to mention it can be pricey, many people have considered making their own hair gel.
Making your own hair gel is easy and cost-effective. Best of all, you know exactly what ingredients are in the hair gel and you can choose to make it scented. There is a wide selection of scented oils and extracts that can make hair gel smell invigorating, relaxing or fruity. Making your own scented hair gel is so simple, you may want to make several batches that all have a different scent.
To make scented hair gel, combine one cup of water and 2 tablespoons of flaxseed in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and then remove it from the heat. Leaving the mixture in the saucepan, let it sit and cool for at least 30 minutes. You will notice that the mixture will begin to set into a gel.
After a half an hour, strain the mixture through a fine mesh colander so that only the gel remains. The gel can cool for a bit longer once strained, and then you can add whatever scent you would like. Use about three to four drops of a scented oil or extract, just enough so the scent is strong but not overbearing.
When completed, you will need to store your scented hair gel in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Because the gel does not contain any preservatives, you can store the gel in the refrigerator to preserve its freshness. Although this recipe will make nearly 40 uses of hair gel, the scented gel will only last about two weeks.
If you like the idea of making your own scented hair gel, consider another recipe that uses gelatin instead. Dissolve a ½ teaspoon of unflavored gelatin into a ½ cup of warm water. To make it scented, add three to four drops of a scented oil or extract. Continue mixing the concoction until a smooth and gooey texture is achieved.
Once the gel is formed, put it into a plastic container to prevent it from drying out. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Just as with the flaxseed recipe, gelatin contains no preservatives and will need to be refrigerated and discarded after two weeks. For both recipes, consider using a teaspoon of Aloe Vera, which will add a moisturizing boost to your hair.
Although your scented hair gel should be used as a store-bought gel, use it sparingly at first. These recipes tend to create strong holds and you want to know how they will work with your own hair type and texture.