.8gnatural preservativeFollow the dosage for your preservative!
essential oilsoptional, for scent
Mix together the xanthan gum with the aloe juice or distlled water. This is easiest when using an immersion blender. For best results, blend the water and then slowly add the powder to the whirl created by the blender.
If you plan on keeping the gel for more than a few days, add a preservative following the recommended dosage for the preservative chosen.
To add a fragrance, and possible other beneficial properties, optionally add in essential oils (Around 1% of the recipe by weight). Lavender and rosemary are great oils for your hair and smell great in a homemade hair gel.
If you end up with small clumps of xanthin gum in the gel, heating up the mixture can help dissolve them. You can also leave the gel to rest for several hours so that the clumps are better hydrated. After several hours, you can blend the mixture again and the clumps should disappear.
Pour the gel into storage containers. I prefer silicone travel tubes because it's easy to dispense the gel without contaminating it with bacteria from your fingers. They also travel well without spilling or leaking.
You can use the gel on both wet or dry hair. I usually use it right after having towel dried my hair. I find that it defines my curls well as my hair dries. You can also apply it to frizzy hair or dry hair when you want to smooth it or define your curls. I often wet my hands and dampen my hair slightly with my wet hands before working the gel in so that I can distribute the gel more easily.
If using Leucidal as your presevative, the dosage will need to be increased to around 2.5g.
Recipe printed from Oh, The Things We'll Make! Blog. https://thethingswellmake.com/easy-homemade-hair-gel-without-aloe-vera/