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Homemade Hair Gel


For years, literally, I’ve had a couple of outstanding requests for a homemade natural hair gel.

I was totally intimidated by the request, so I conveniently ignored it for, well, years.

And then my son was born with a full head of hair and my husband appointed himself as his official stylist.  Next thing I know, he was asking for a hair product for our infant son!  I was out of excuses and couldn’t ignore the request any longer.  So, off I went to find a recipe for a homemade hair gel.

Emir with a full head of hair

Crunchy Betty

I’m a big fan of Crunchy Betty, so I started out by looking at the Crunchy Betty site.  Sure enough, I found a recipe for Flaxseed Hair Gel.  Click here to have a look at it.

I also had a look at a tutorial video online.  It was done by Naptural85 and was referenced a few times in the comments on the Crunch Betty site.  It’s a great tutorial.  Click here to see it.

Flaxseed Hair Gel

The recipe itself is very simple.

I used just over 1 cup of water, 2 Tbsp of flax seeds, a dollop of aloe vera gel, and some lavender essential oil.

I boiled the water and then put the flax seeds into it.  I stirred the seeds regularly until the liquid started to thicken and I started to see a gel.  Once it was quite thick, I strained the seeds using pantyhose and a pair of chopsticks.  Finally, after I had strained the gel, I added some aloe vera gel and the essential oil.

I have stored this in the fridge and it is keeping well.  As an experiment, I kept a small amount in jar on the counter and it didn’t smell so great after a few days.  It’s important to keep this in the fridge!

This recipe made a fair amount.  Considering it’s only for my son, I expect it to last quite a while.

Flaxseed Hair Gel

Flaxseed Hair Gel

Does The Hair Gel Work?

Yes, it works!  Not only was it easy to make, it actually works!  This is a shot of my son with it in his hair.  It was enough to style his hair and it held his style, more or less, for the whole day!  A couple of times, when it was a bit flat, we just added a bit of water to his hair and it reactivated the gel.  I’ll definitely be making this again!

Styled Hair

47 thoughts on “Homemade Hair Gel

  1. Your son is adorable!

  2. Love the hair-do! I’ve looked at this recipe before, too, but never got around to trying it out.

    • I was really impressed with this recipe, Heidi. Before you try it, I highly recommend watching the YouTube video by Naptural85. It was really helpful to see how she strained the flaxseeds. Good luck!

  3. Your son is beautiful!!!! Great post and I also the the Crunchy Betty site.

  4. Wow, he looks like he’s straight from the movie Grease with that fresh hairdo! What a cutie!

  5. He is so adorable! I’ve never heard of an infanta getting their hair styled before, apart from one two year old with a mohican! I’m definitley going to try this as non of the cruelty free companies make anything that can hold my manic waves :0)

  6. Your son is so cute! And he looks good with his hair all styled up =]

  7. fantastic recipe! Such cute photos haha

  8. Oh my gosh, your son is so adorable!! I will definitely be bookmarking this post for future reference – I need new hair gel after my current bottle runs out.

  9. Wow! This is great!!! And ur son is super cute ^^
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  10. Your son made me forget what the post is all about. He’s so cute 😀

  11. Aww this is really great Alia and your little boy has definitely grown – such a cutie!

  12. This is such an amazing recipe. And your son is sooo cute, I want to gobble him up hehe.. he’s got pretty nice hair too. 🙂

  13. your son is super cuteee ❤

  14. that gel works! and your son is soooo cuddly! 🙂

  15. I am constantly amazed what products that can be made.

  16. First, I have to say that your son is ADORABLE!!!!!! Second, what a great idea for a natural hair gel, I’ll have to try this out one day.

  17. Cool! It’s great to find a recipe for hair gel that’s natural and safe for kids 🙂 this is totally worth trying. By the way, your son is sooo cute! 😀

  18. Your son is adorable! 🙂

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