Looking for natural hair styling options? Trying to avoid phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate and other harsh chemicals? Try this DIY hair gel!
This natural hair gel is a hit at our house. It consists of one simple ingredient: un-petroleum jelly. I buy it ready-made and simply transfer it a small jar. When time (and supplies allow), I make the homemade version.
What’s wrong with petroleum jelly?
Petroleum jelly is a derivative of the oil refining process. While brands like Vaseline claim to be triple purified, why take a chance?
The homemade recipe creates a gel that is less “waxy”, but you can’t beat the simplicity of the un-petroleum jelly. My sons find that either works well for spiking the hair.
Where to Buy Un-Petroleum Jelly
- Waxelene (Contains soybean oil which may be less optimal than castor oil due to genetic modification.)
DIY Hair Gel Recipe
Two tablespoons castor oil
Two tablespoons argan oil or any natural plant oil. Options include olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil.
Optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil for use as a preservative.
Optional: Lavender, rose geranium, or essential oil of choice for scent
Combine all ingredients in a double boiler. Heat until thoroughly melted. Pour into jars.
I like Miron violet glass as it acts as a natural preservative. (Learn more about Miron violet glass here.)
Scoop a dab of the styling gel onto the palm of your hand. Rub onto hair wherever you need hold or texture.