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Make your own Natural Hair Styling Gel

10 Oct

hair-styling-gelThis recipe is so easy, its almost embarrassing to post. But it works so well that I just have to post it!!

A few ingredients from your pantry is all you will need to make this Super easy Styling Gel. It really makes me wonder why I ever brought styling gel??

All you need is gelatine, peppermint tea bags, a spray bottle & your choice of essential oils, that is it!!!

This styling gel leaves my hair soft, shiny & supple, not gunky or glued together & it washes out easily just with water, if you have gone “no-poo”.

This tames my un-ruly & sometimes fluffy curly hair, effortlessly. I have used a whole host of costly, chemical, synthetic concoctions to try to tame my hair over the years & this simple little Styling Gel is up there with the best of them, but it only costs cents to make 🙂

The only draw back is that it does need to be kept in the fridge or it will go off, even in the fridge it has a limited shelf life of several weeks. To get around this I make small batches often, it only takes minutes to whip up a new batch so its not that much effort!

You can make your Styling Gel with water if you like, but I like making mine with peppermint tea as it is purported to help stimulate the hair follicles &  promote hair growth. I use orange essential oil as it is also great for promoting hair growth. But mainly because I am in love with the combination of peppermint & orange, it just smells so fresh, zesty & clean.

Zesty Fresh Hair Styling Gel a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/4 teaspoon unflavoured gelatine
  • 1/2 c hot water
  • 2 peppermint tea bags
  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint oil

Place peppermint tea bags in the hot water to steep for 5 – 10 minutes, remove the tea bags & add in the gelatine & stir to dissolve (you can do it in a pot on the stove if your peppermint tea is too cool). Once the gelatine has melted place your mix in the fridge & let it set for several hours. Once it is completely cool & set add your essential oils & stir through.  Use a funnel to pour it into your spray bottle. Keep your gel in the fridge, to stop it going off.

This Styling Gel works equally well on dry or wet hair, I prefer to style my hair wet, as a comb & dry curls always results in a very attractive afro.

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You can see the patch at the back that got no Styling Gel & is still frizzy!

You can tweak the recipe to suit your hair & preferences by changing your tea base & essential oils:

Chammomile tea is great for blondes & will add natural shine & enhance natural highlights. It can also help to tame coarse hair, helping to smooth the hair follicles

Rosemary tea is great for dark hair & is the best tonic for dry hair, it will keep hair glossy. Its well known for its antioxidant & growth stimulant properties.

Lavender is great for conditioning all hair types.

Horsetail tea is high in minerals & strengthens hair while adding  a healthy shine.

So get into that pantry of yours & start making your own chemical free styling products for cents.

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Natural, home made Leave in Hair Conditioner

4 Jul

I love my hair, vain I know!!!

But a girls gotta have something she loves about herself & for me, its my hair.

When its behaving itself I have glossy luscious brown ringlets & curls, that cascade down to my shoulders.

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When its not – I have frizzy, fly away, kinky, wavy, dry hair that sticks out very unattractively all over my head. You can imagine how much I love “rocking” that look…………. not!!

I recently tried to go No-Poo & my hair & I are still recovering.

I tried people, I went weeks (weeks) with frizzy, greasy, coarse, fluffy hair. Weeks……..I can not stress that enough!!

Then I relented & snuck my Shampoo & Conditioner into the shower & welcomed back my glossy, curly hair.

So it seems my hair is not made for No-Poo, I tried it all……….Soap Nuts, Bicarb, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey. To no avail. They all gave me varying degrees of awful frizzy, fluffy hair & zapped the bounce out of my curls.

So now I am on a mission to create my own “more natural” hair products that don’t kill my curls, because a girl has got to have something she loves.

So this is my first recipe in my quest to “de-toxify” my hair cabinet.

I love leave-in conditioner, it makes my hair glossy, manageable & keeps my curls moisturised so they hang nicely. So it was first on my “Hit List”.

This Leave in Conditioner is lovely & soft, but not too greasy, it has a nice whipped, fluffy texture to it, that absorbs nicely into damp hair. I use about a 5 to 10cm amount in the center of wet hands & then smooth it all over damp hair.

This conditioner is chock full of hair loving ingredients. The burdock is to treat dandruff, prevent hair loss & promote hair growth. Wheatgerm & jojoba oil’s are great hair moisturisers, promote hair growth & make hair more manageable. While the peppermint oil stimulates the scalp & promotes hair growth & the orange oil – well it just smells divine!

Zesty Fresh Leave-in Hair Conditioner a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 1 c hot water
  • 3 t burdock tea
  • 1 T emulsifying wax
  • 1 T wheatgerm oil
  • 1 T jojoba oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil

Steep the 3 teaspoons of burdock in the 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Once the tea is cool strain out the tea leaves & keep the tea lukewarm. In a glass or ceramic bowl heat the 1 T emulsifying wax, 1 T wheatgerm oil & 1 T of Jojoba oil until the wax melts. Pour the warm tea into the melted wax & oils & stir to combine. When the conditioner is at room temperature add the essential oils & let the conditioner cool until it begins to form solids. Whisk vigorously while thickening to ensure that your conditioner has a nice fluffy texture. Pour it into clean sterilised bottles & enjoy moisturised, glossy hair.

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I keep the bulk of mine in the refrigerator & a small bottle out on the bathroom counter for day to day use, this way no preservatives are required.

I have only made this with emulsifying wax, as I think the conditioner may split without some form of emulsifying agent.

If you are looking for a lighter detangling product then try out my Detangler Recipe its great for coming knots of little one’s hair & is slightly more moisturising for dry hair.

Go forth & enjoy your hair 🙂

 

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