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 Lolazabeth.com.
-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!