4 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 4 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

How to Make Chia Seed Gel for Natural Hair

Chia seeds contain protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, potassium and thiamine; vitamins and minerals that help strengthen hair. 

how to make chia seed gel for hair




Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds

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.

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

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

How to Use Homemade Hair Gel for Natural Hair

You can use your homemade hair gel in several ways for hair and skin. 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.

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

In the next article, I will share the top 8 tips for preserving and getting the best out of your homemade hair gel.

I will also share 15 ingredients you can mix and match in with the recipe for more definition, more slippage, stronger hair, softer hair, and even colored hair so stay tuned. 

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12 thoughts on “4 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


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