How to Make a Hair Styling Gel with Natural Ingredients

Natural styling gel can help us to moisturize our hair because, thanks to its natural ingredients, it's much healthier than chemical products.
How to Make a Hair Styling Gel with Natural Ingredients

Last update: 03 August, 2023

Hair styling gel is one of the most widely-used hair products in the world because its texture and properties keep hair in place to make some fabulous styles. In addition to opting for the gels you find in the shops, you can appeal for a hair styling gel with natural ingredients.

The use of natural ingredients is nothing new in the hair products industry. It isn’t hard to find shampoos, conditioners, and creams that include avocado, aloe, coconut, and so on. Even though its effect is somewhat limited, you can try making a homemade styling gel with natural ingredients as an interesting option.

3 ways to prepare a fixing gel with natural ingredients

Natural ingredients have been used to promote hair growth with positive effects on healthy scalps. The same has also been done to address alopecia problems, and some of them are known to help against general hair damage. We leave you with some ideas to make a homemade fixative gel with natural ingredients.

1.Flavorless gelatin hair styling gel

Homemade hair styling gel.

Flavorless gelatin is a product rich in protein and collagen that benefits the hair roots to promote healthy hair growth.

Given its particular texture, it’s one of the best ingredients to replace commercial gels full of chemicals.

The good thing here is that by using it we give hair a more voluminous and shiny appearance.


  • 4 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin (40 grams 1.5 oz)
  • ¾ cup of warm water (150 milliliters)

How to prepare it?

  • Put the unflavored gelatin into the warm water and mix well to obtain a paste with a lumpy consistency.
  • If you want it to be a little more liquid just add more water.
  • To get a gel texture quickly, place it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  • Spread the product all over the hair and use a coarse-toothed comb to give it the desired shape.

2.Flaxseed fixing gel

Flaxseed hair styling gel.

The essential fatty acids in flaxseeds and the gel they release are very useful for achieving beautiful hairstyles without affecting hair health.

Its application combats hair loss, increases shine, and prevents scalp dryness.


  • 4 tablespoons of flaxseeds (40 grams)
  • 1 cup distilled water (250 milliliters)
  • 2 tablespoons rose water (20 milliliters)
  • 1 teaspoon of natural glycerin (5 milliliters)

How to prepare it?

  • Pour the distilled water into a pot, add the flaxseeds, and heat.
  • When the product starts to boil, let it boil for a minute and remove it from the heat.
  • Wait 15 minutes and pour the liquid into a glass jar.
  • Add the rose water and glycerin, and make sure you mix it well.
  • Close the container and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Once it acquires the desired texture, apply it like any other gel. Avoid using too much gel because it can harden the hair.
  • Try to make a small amount, as it only lasts for two weeks.

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3.Aloe vera and vanilla fixing gel

Aloe vera gel.

The gel contained in the aloe vera plant is an exceptional product to keep hair radiant and strong.

Thanks to its properties, it strengthens the hair strands and prevents excessive dryness and hair loss.

In this case, we’ll take advantage of its consistency to prepare a natural gel to replace those you find in shops.

With this one, you’ll get shinier hair and more elegant and firmer hairstyles.


  • 6 tablespoons of aloe vera crystals (90 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons liquid vanilla (30 milliliters)
  • 1 capsule of vitamin E

How to prepare it?

  • Cut an aloe vera stalk and extract the clear gel inside.
  • Then drain the product and take only the crystals.
  • Incorporate the aloe crystals in the blender cup and blend it with the liquid vanilla, without coloring or sweeteners.
  • Optionally, you can add a vitamin E capsule to make it more beneficial and long-lasting.
  • After obtaining a smooth, thick product, pour it into a jar and cover it tightly.
  • You can store it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
  • Use it on dry or wet hair; simply take the necessary amount and rub it in with a gentle massage.
  • Avoid using heat elements after application as this can be damaging to the hair.

As you can see, there are several options to prepare inexpensive gels 100% free of harsh chemicals.

Choose the one that takes your fancy and make it part of your beauty routine.

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