By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Are you inter­est­ed in mix­ing your own styling aid? Do you want an inex­pen­sive alter­na­tive to com­mer­cial pomades and gels? Then check out the fol­low­ing recipes:

1. Nat­u­ral Hair Grease – with­out the min­er­al oil

This recipe orig­i­nates from

-2oz lano­lin oil
-1 oz raw, unre­fined shea but­ter
-1/4 oz extra vir­gin olive oil
-1/2 tsp apple pie spice (option­al)

Heat and melt the shea but­ter using a dou­ble boil­er, or impro­vised dou­ble boil­er method. Stir in remain­ing ingre­di­ents, pour into con­tain­er and allow to cool. Add fra­grance when mix­ture is rea­son­ably cool and begins to thick­en and solid­i­fy (option­al).  NOTE: Please per­form a patch test as some indi­vid­u­als are aller­gic to lano­lin.

2. Curling Pud­ding or Twist­ing Cream – for def­i­n­i­tion and shine

Ingre­di­ents (large batch):
-1 tbsp cas­tor oil
-1/4 cup shea but­ter
-1 1/4 cup your favorite gel

Whip the shea but­ter with the cas­tor oil using a hand mix­er (ide­al) or a fork. Then mix in the gel thor­ough­ly. Use to define curls or apply before twist­ing for hold or a defined twist-out.

3. Flaxseed Gel – with hon­ey for more hold

— 2 cups water
— ¼ cup whole flaxseeds
— 1 to 2 tsp of pure hon­ey
— ½ tsp of vit­a­m­in E oil
— few drops of essen­tial oil (your favorite)

Bring the flaxseeds and water to a boil in a pot. Stir con­tin­u­ous­ly until slight­ly watery and not too thick (about 5–10 min­utes). Sieve the mix­ture with a panty hose into a con­tain­er to sep­a­rate the gel from the flaxseeds. (See Naptural85’s video tuto­ri­al for this siev­ing method.) Mix your oils and hon­ey into the gel. Store the gel in a refrig­er­a­tor after each use.

Ladies, do you have any home­made recipes? Please share!


Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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I actu­al­ly got blood blstiers on my nip­ples from a poor latch on! Just keep doing what your doing. Feed on demand, as often as he wants to nurse or eat. Don’t lim­it feed­ings; that caus­es nip­ple sore­ness and milk sup­ply issues. Air dry your nip­ples before putting bra back on or over your npples. Coat them in lano­lin!! Wear breast pads!! And remem­ber how great breast­milk and breast­feed­ing is for Titus, and that in a few days or a week, you will be pain free!!


To make the curl cream do you use shea but­ter where you pur­chase oth­er hair prod­ucts or 100% type

Pamela Dorsey

does any­one know of a class on how to make nat­u­ral prod­ucts


Hi..not aware of any class­es, but check out YOuTube for DIY recipes for nat­u­ral hair. Hope this helps. Please share what you find out.


Sppot on with this write-up, I tru­ly believe this web­site needs much more atten­tion.
I’ll prob­a­bly be return­ing to read through more, thanks for the advice!


OMG that’s the black lady from Cold Case in the pic­ture.


I’m recent­ly start­ed going nat­u­ral and I love all the sug­ges­tions here (thank you) but I don’t know where to pur­chase the­se items. Can I find the­se ingre­di­ents in a health food store?


ama­zon or moun­tain rose herbs are your best bet for high qual­i­ty nat­u­ral ingre­di­ents at a decent price


Hi Chin­we, re: curl pud­ding, does it mat­ter if the gel I use con­tains ethanol?


I’ve been using flax seed for over a year, and it’s won­der­ful. The recipe I gen­er­al­ly use is:

2 c water
1 c flax seed
1 tsp glyc­er­in
1 tsp marsh­mal­low root
1 tsp sting­ing net­tles
5 drp rose­mary essen­tial oil

It real­ly makes my waves and curls pop!
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Thank you. I’m going to try it!


Hi Angelic. Where can I get the marsh­mal­low root and sting­ing net­tles. What is that any­way? I live in NYC and am not sure where to pur­chase those things. Is it okay to not put flaxseed in the fridge dai­ly after use to keep it from spoil­ing? What can hap­pen if that hap­pens and what oils can I use to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing.

Hi Lil­lian. Lano­lin (par­tic­u­lar­ly the wax) is very sticky, thick, heavy, and water resis­tant. This makes it a “heavy lift­ing” ingre­di­ent when it comes to hair grease. By “heavy lift­ing”, I mean an ingre­di­ent that does the bulk of the work in mak­ing the pro­duct what it is. (I didn’t mean to type “lift­ing prop­er­ty,” so I’ll edit that out.) To answer your oth­er ques­tion, I per­son­al­ly would not use grease on my scalp. For me, this grease would just be used to slick down my edges and nape area or to impart shine. I real­ly appre­ci­ate your ques­tions, and hope… Read more »
Lillian Mae

RE: Recipe #1 con­tain­ing lano­lin oil

I just read the arti­cle on Bal­anc­ing Pro­tein and Mois­ture; it states that “Good mois­tur­iz­ers will not con­tain cheap, filler ingre­di­ents like petro­la­tum, min­er­al oil, or lano­lin”.
I am not sure of the sig­nif­i­cance of lano­lin oil in this recipe, but I’m sure it can be replaced with a dif­fer­ent oil, that can pen­e­trate the hair strands…say, coconut oil?


Did you try with replac­ing the lano­lin?
It is the oil that’s found in sheep’s wool, I would rather going with a veg­etable option…

(curios­i­ty: in por­tugue­se – the lat­in lan­guage I speak – wool is called “lã”. Pro­nounces almost like “Lan”. Prob­a­bly that’s the orig­in of “Lano­lin” name!)

Devon Crawford

Hey Lil­lian. Lano­lin is not at all cheap. It cost about $30 a pound. Its is a very very thick but­ter. It helps with hold. Coconut oil would not have the same effect as the lano­lin.
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How long does the curly pud­ding last? Does it have to be refrig­er­at­ed? Should the she but­ter be soft­ened pri­or to mix­ing?


Did you try with sub­sti­tute to lano­lin?
It is the oil that’s found in sheep’s wool, I would rather going with a veg­etable option…

(curios­i­ty: in por­tugue­se — the lat­in lan­guage I speak — wool is called “lã”. Pro­nounces almost like “Lan”. Prob­a­bly that’s the orig­in of “Lano­lin” name!)


Oops, sor­ry, I replyed the wrong com­ment! >_<


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Home­made skin and hair mois­tur­iz­er
4oz rose­wa­ter or aloe vera juice
1oz glyc­er­in or NaP­CA (sodi­um lac­tate)
3–10 drops of a fra­grance or essen­tial oil 

I love this sim­ple mois­tur­iz­er for my face when I want some­thing light. THis also serves as my braid spray and post-con­di­tion­er leave-in, pri­or to apply­ing my whipped but­ters. for oily skin, or itchy scalp or blem­ish­es, I may add 1oz of apple cider vine­gar or witch hazel to this com­bo, along with a bit of mint or lemon. spearmint and laven­der are my fav EOs at the moment. Bless­ings! Lina

D Cooper

Flaxseed gel (home­made) lasts 3 weeks in the fridge. I have used this method for 6 months and love the way my hair feels and the healthy look of my hair. Good Luck!


Anoth­er recipe for a curling cream is mix a heavy mois­tur­iz­er with a light oil and gel. I like to use elas­ta qp olive oil n man­go but­ter or can­tu shea but­ter leave inwith african pride olive mir­a­cle growth oil or coconut oil with eco styler argan oil gel.


What are the exact mea­sure­ments of your recipe? Sound inter­est­ing.


This is great! I just have one ques­tion: I’ve heard that home­made flaxseed gel only keeps for about 3 days, even in the refrig­er­a­tor. Can any­one con­firm this? I’ve been mean­ing to make some, but I know that I’ll NEVER be able to blow through a batch in less than 3 days.


I have made flaxseed gel that has been fresh for sev­er­al weeks & could have gone longer but I used it up. I make a tea with herbs, dis­tilled water & a few oth­er things. I use the strained tea in place of water to boil my flaxseeds. The tea mix includes whole cloves & hon­ey to help pre­serve & add humec­tant prop­er­ties & a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to low­er the pH. The herbs in the tea are laven­der & lin­den. Herbs are option­al but for me the lemon, cloves & hon­ey are ESSENTIAL.


I kept mine for a cou­ple weeks or so. I’ll admit it start­ed smelling a lit­tle funky after about a week, but it wasn’t mold­ed so I kept using it. I can’t be wast­ing mon­ey lol


I hear that Can­dace. I made flaxseed gel and it was awe­some in my hair. I did add some oils but could not put it in the refrig­er­a­tor cause I share the fridge with some­one and they are not to keen with me putting home­made hair recipes in the fridge with food. I have put it in the bath­room in a cab­i­net with no light. But I like the recipe for the hair gel.


Flax seed gel lasts for 2–3 weeks in the fridge. I make it in 3 oz batch­es. I store it in a lit­tle plas­tic spout top bot­tle I got from Rite Aid.