Natural and homemade hair gels provide you with safe alternatives to chemical sprays, gels, and other products. Whether you're looking for natural benefits or non-chemical alternatives, the ingredients in natural hair gels are minimal and safe.
Aloe Vera Gel
The juice of the aloe plant contains natural enzymes, vitamins, and other compounds that make it useful in hair and skincare. The juice is naturally a gel-like substance that adds to the consistency of natural hair gels. Aloe gel mixes well with a variety of water-based additives and ingredients for hair and skincare formulations, however, adding oils to it requires the use of an emulsifying agent such as polysorbate 80.
A naturally sticky, sweet, and beneficial material, honey serves as a useful ingredient in homemade hair gel as well as other hair and skincare recipes. Honey extract powder mixes well in water-based solutions and adds natural antioxidant capabilities that restore shine and lustre to hair. It is also sticky when liberal amounts of it are added to a hair gel formula, which creates a hold effect for your hair style. Honey extract, as with most natural beauty care ingredients, is easily obtained from a craft and hobby supply store or online vendor. Alternatively, you can add a dollop of natural honey to your aloe vera gel base.
A basic aloe vera and honey hair gel recipe also contains a variety of optional ingredients that serve as boosters depending on the benefits you want to achieve. For example, essential oils of chamomile, lavender, rose geranium, rose hip, and a variety of others possess properties that heal dry, brittle, and damaged hair. Adding an emulsifier allows you to blend additives such as soy butter and hemp oil which contain amino proteins that strengthen your hair and repair it from dying, perming, and other damaging elements.