5 Homemade Hair Gel Recipes for Natural Hair Growth

While commercial hair gels are great, a good homemade hair gel will always be a notch up from those.

I started this series after the Eco Styler gel controversy a few weeks ago. To catch up on this, read:-

In this article, I will be sharing 5 homemade hair gel recipes for natural hair and how to use your homemade hair gel.


The next article will share the best tips for making and preserving your homemade hair gel.

I will also cover a list of other ingredients you can add to achieve more definition, more hold, softer hair, shinier hair, etc.

If you have any questions about making your homemade hair gel afterward, be sure to ask in the comment section.

These DIY recipes work because the main ingredients have a mucous-like exterior that is activated and lifted by water and heat.

Homemade Hair Gel Recipes for Natural Hair

1. How to Make Chia Seed Gel for Natural Hair

Chia seeds contain the following beneficial vitamins and minerals that help strengthen hair

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Niacin
  • Potassium
  • Thiamine


how to make chia seed gel for hair



Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds

2. How to Make Flaxseed Gel for Natural Hair

Flax seeds contain omega-3, vitamin B1, selenium, manganese, and copper, which help nourish hair.

There are two kinds of flax seeds, brown and golden. You can buy either one but the brown variety has more nutrients. 


how to make flax seed gel for hair



Terrasoul Organic Golden Flax Seeds

Note: Flax seed gel can be stored in the freezer and reused later on to make more gel. I use a batch up to three times before discarding.

3. How to Make Okra Gel for Natural Hair

Okra aka Lady Fingers contains potassium, vitamins A, C B & K, folic acid, and calcium.

Okra also contains amino acids which make hair softer and easy to detangle.

how to make okra gel for hair

Okra is used to make soup where I come from.

As a kid, I didn’t like the soup, and every time my mother made it, I would bellyache about the weird slimy texture.

She usually rolled her eyes and told me I wasn’t going to bed unless I ate it. lol. 




Fresh Okra

4. How to Make Aloe Vera Gel for Natural Hair

Aloe vera contains amino acids, beta-carotene, vitamins B, C & E, lignans, and other minerals that promote soft and moisturized hair. 

how to make aloe vera gel for hair



  • Rinse the leaves and pat dry.
  • Split open and use a spoon to scrape out the gel within into a bowl
  • Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils
  • Use a whisk (if you have a strong arm) or a hand blender to mix the ingredients together until foamy
  • Scrape into a sterilized jar like this one

Fresh Aloe Vera Leaves

5. How To Make Sea Moss Gel for Hair

Sea moss is also known as Irish moss. It contains a ton of vitamins and minerals with the most notable being calcium, iron, vitamin B2 and B12.


Sea moss conditions and strengthens hair and provides amazing slip which makes for a great detangling session. Sea moss hair gel also promotes shine.



  • Measure the Irish moss into a clean cosmetic bowl and pour in the distilled water until the moss is immersed.
  • Let the Irish moss soak overnight in the refrigerator.
  • The next morning, the Irish moss will have expanded and will be soft. Pour into a saucepan and add some more water.
  • Bring the mix to a boil over medium heat. Stir every few minutes until the moss has completely broken down into gel.
  • Remove from stove and set aside the cool. Once cool, add in the avocado oil, grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil.
  • Whisk until thoroughly mixed. If too thick, add a little bit of water and whisk again until the gel is silky smooth.
  • Pour into a glass jar with a airtight lid.

Tip – sea moss hair gel has a tendency to flake so apply in moderation and work thoroughly through strands in small sections.

Red’s Kitchen Sink Wildcrafted Sea Moss

How to Use Homemade Hair Gel for Natural Hair

You can use your homemade hair gel in several ways for hair. Below are the top ways naturalistas use their homemade hair gel:-

  • Curl definition after your wash and go. Because these gels are all-natural, they cannot dry out the hair so apply as much as you like to define your curls.
  • After deep conditioning your hair, you can use your homemade hair gel for braid-outs and twist-outs.
  • Sometimes, if you want to change up a style during the week, you can also use homemade hair gel to define the style.
  • Of course, homemade hair gels can also sleek down your edges. Apply a little, blend in with a boar bristle brush and wear a silk scarf or satin scarf for a few minutes to finish off the style.
  • Use it for the hair gel stel in the Max Hydration Method.

Do you have other ways you use your homemade hair gel? Share in the comments section.

In the next article, you can view my top 8 tips for preserving and getting the best out of your homemade hair gel.

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14 thoughts on “5 Homemade Hair Gel Recipes for Natural Hair Growth”

  1. Is this homemade hair gel good for braids? My girls and I are natural but they like to wear braids. Will this be a good hold

    • I wouldn’t recommend changing the vitamin E oil as it’s an antioxidant that acts as a mild preservative and also softens hair but you can swap the sweet almond oil with avocado oil or grapeseed oil.


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