This lemon hair gel is great to have around for extra hold, or just a little frizz control. I tried making a flaxseed gel and it worked really well, but it’s pretty messy and only keeps for a week or two in the fridge. So…, that’s where gelatin comes in. I need something around for those ‘we have an emergency’ frizz days. It keeps for several weeks in the fridge, and about a week at room temperature.
I made two versions of lemon hair gel this time. After I melted the gelatin and added the lemon juice, I poured half of it into a container. With the other half, I added 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 Tablespoon of aloe vera juice for a moisturizing gel. This moisturizing gel is my attempt to wean myself off of my favorite ‘leave in’ conditioner.
The creamy white gel in the front is the moisturizing one. The clear-ish one is my regular hair gel. I’m hoping the moisturizing one will be the end of the leave in conditioner. I was using flaxseed gel for a while, but convenience won out every time I got too busy to make another batch. Convenience comes in a bottle with a host of nasty chemicals. I feel a little guilty every time that I use that stuff, but seriously, it’s like magic. It tames my hair like nothing else, but my bottle is almost out and I don’t want to replace it. So, hair gel is back in production, and I’m in search of something natural to be my leave in conditioner.
Warm the gelatin and water in a saucepan until completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. From here, you can leave it plain or follow the variation.
I put my two different gels into squeeze bottles for ease of use. You want to keep your hands out of it or it will spoil more quickly.
Tip: Pour the gel into several small squeeze bottles. That way you can put one in the bathroom, and refrigerate the rest to keep it longer.
This brand is produced in Vancouver, B.C. and is the best natural hair product I’ve ever bought. There isn’t anything in it that I can’t pronounce, and it is completely natural. However, I can’t buy it now that we’re living in Montana. So, that’s where Lemon Hair Gel comes in. As a bonus, it only cost me $0.60 to make my own hair gel, and it works just as good as the one from the store that cost $10.00.
I’d like to experiment a little more with the flaxseed version before posting it. I think it has great potential for everyday use. Until then, this gel is keeping my curls in check.
What’s your experience with natural hair care? Do you have any favorite products?
- 1 packet of gelatin (about 1 Tablespoon)
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- For Conditioner Version Add:
- 1-2 Teaspoons of coconut oil
- 4 Tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- Over medium heat, mix together the water and gelatin in a saucepan until gelatin dissolves.
- Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Let cool until gelled.
- For the conditioner version, I added the coconut oil and aloe vera after the gelatin had set.
- Place everything in the blender and blend on low until creamy. You can also whisk this together by hand, but you will need to melt the coconut oil first.
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