You might think those hair products are no big deal, and you can use whatever you want on your hair because it is dead. However, a lot of hair products get rubbed into the scalp which is covered in hair follicles and oil glands that absorb products quickly into the capillaries right below the surface of the skin.
Why Homemade Hair Gel?
Stanford University did a study where they successfully vaccinated mice by using shampoo (1) and proved that what you put on your hair does affect your health. Plus, remember that whatever is on your hair usually gets on your pillowcase that is in close contact with your skin. This natural, DIY hair gel is chemical and dye free with no synthetic fragrances.
This DIY hair gel can be customized with woodsy scents or flowery scents by the type of essential oils used. Some essential oils that are good for hair are rosemary essential oil, peppermint essential oil, geranium essential oil, and/or tea tree essential oil.
See all our Homemade Hair Care Recipes with Essential Oils Here!
- In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the distilled water, flaxseed, and sugar to a boil.
- Once the mixture is boiling, turn down to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the gel reaches desired thickness.
- Remove from heat. Using a fine mesh strainer placed over a glass jar, strain the gel to remove seeds. Alternately, you can place the mixture in a nylon sock and squeeze it to extract the gel.
- Stir in vitamin E oil, magnesium gel, and essential oils.
- Use as you would any other hair gel. Store in the refrigerator. Your hair gel will last 2-3 weeks. If it starts to smell off, it is unusable.
For all hair types: rosemary, sage, or rose
For oily hair: lemon, bergamot, or tea tree
For dry hair or to treat dandruff: lavender, sandalwood, or geranium
To stimulate growth: peppermint or rosemary
Want to make some other natural hair products to go along with this DIY hair gel? Try this Shampoo and Conditioner and Hairspray!