For years I bought my hubby hair gel that was full of lab-created chemicals. It probably had several ingredients I now ban from my household. I tried a few recipes to make our own and they always left his hair too greasy or didn’t really do much of anything. So I tweaked the recipes I had found and created this one. This is now a favorite for not only my hubby but my preteen boys who worry about their ‘style.’ And this recipe is so simple and lasts us about 6 months!
You will need a short mason jar or a container to store the cream when you’ve finished making it. Immediately after finishing it has a texture a lot like shaving cream so it is easy to pour. It does solidify somewhat more as it cools, turning into more of a firm lotion texture similar to a body butter.
- 1 1/2 cups of Mango Butter or Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup of Honey
- 1/8 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/8 cup of Coconut Oil (unfractionated, solid)
- 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Glycerine
- 1 Tablespoon of Jojoba Oil
- 10-15 drops of Essential Oil
I personally love mango butter over shea butter. Shea butter can have an off-putting smell. So everyone in our household prefers mango butter which has a lighter, sweeter smell.
As far as what essential oils to use, there are several essential oils that are believed to strengthen and may support thicker hair: Lavender, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Peppermint and Frankincense. You can also use a blend you simply enjoy the smell of. I like to combine a conifer essential oil like Blue Spruce or Black Spruce with Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Cedarwood.
First, melt the mango or Shea butter down enough for it to be pliable and stirred (does not have to be completely liquefied). Add it to a mixing bowl along with the honey, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, jojoba oil and vegetable glycerine. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip the ingredients for several minutes. Continue mixing until it expands, and gets puffy. You will see the ingredients incorporate, liquefy, and then puff-up into a creamy, light texture. Last, add your drops of essential oil, while continuing to mix with your hand or stand mixer to keep the texture light. That’s it – your end product is finished. All that’s left is to pour it into your container for storage.
To use, just take a dime-sized amount out of the jar and massage into hair. If you have thicker hair or desire a stronger hold, you can use more.
This cream should give you some moisturizing properties to protect hair and give it a nice shine. It will give you a little mold-ability and pliability to position hair, but will not offer a strong hold like a hairspray. I would say that it gives hair a natural look with a little bit of style.
For our family it’s perfect! I hope you enjoy it as well.