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Homemade Hair Grease, Curl Cream and Hair Gel Recipes!

• Feb 11, 2013


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!

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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.


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.

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!


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


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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! >_<

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.

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… Read more »

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!


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


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


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


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!

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.


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


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!!

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