It is over a year now that my husband uses my Aloe Vera Hair Gel and he is very happy with it, but I never thought it would be interesting to post about it… until today 🙂
The recipe is really fool-proof-easy and it makes a good hair gel, which won’t become white if you brush through your hair after it dries up, the hairs stay in shape but don’t look glued!
It is also good if you have long hair and you want to give them proteins: use it in small amount on wet hair (just after you wash them) and then dry them as you are used to. In this case it doesn’t keep the shape but makes the hair shiny and in a month or two they look much more healthy and they feel stronger 🙂 (this is my experience).
There are three methods depending on your starting point:
Method 1: if you have Aloe Vera Juice you are going to use it instead of water (substitute the water of the recipe with the juice! 🙂 )
Method 2: if you have the concentrated Aloe Vera Powder (1:200) you will make the gel with glycerin, xanthan gum and water and then add the 0.5% Aloe Vera powder to your gel (it will melt immediately 😉 ).
Method 3: FOOL-PROOF! You can even use a bought Aloe Vera Gel (just make sure the Aloe Vera amount is at least around 95%! Run away from any “10% Aloe Vera Gel”) and add to it the other ingredients of this recipe (of course leaving out the xanthan gum, the glycerin and the water… easy no? :D). This method also works if you have your already homemade Aloe Vera Gel which you read in this post. In case the gel is too liquid, you can add a little bit of xanthan gum to have a more firm gel 😉
Finally the RECIPE:
Water to 100 (explanation HERE)
Xanthan Gum 1.5 (this makes a very thick gel, if you like it more liquid you can lower it to 1)
Preservative (water-soluble) – use the amount required from the specific preservative you are using.
ALOE VERA POWDER 0.5 (of course this is for Method 2)
Wheat Protein Powder 1
Panthenol 1 (this is Pro-Vitamin B5 and a famous brand made its fortune thanks to this vitamin*)
Hydrolized Keratin – 3
If you want you can add two drops of fragrance oil 🙂
*About Panthenol – Panthenol is not only a humectant, but is also a useful moisturizer and emollient. It spreads evenly on the surface of hair strands, forming a smooth film on the surface of the cuticle. This film gives enhanced coherence to the reflection of light from the surface of the hair, which imparts significant gloss and shine. The smooth film also provides excellent slip between adjacent strands of hair and detangling properties. Panthenol is capable of penetrating the cuticle and entering the hair shaft as well, where it aids in moisture retention and provides volume. (source here)
(this procedure is for the bit more complicated Method 2: other methods are very easy)
In a becher add glycerin and xanthan gum, mix until it becomes a paste.
Now add the water little by little and stir constantly.
Add your preservative and stir again.
In case the gel is not smooth (xanthan gum takes hours to hydrate so you might want to help this process), you can use an immersion mixer and mix until it becomes more homogeneous. Pay attention to not add air to the mix or it will fill it with too many bubbles (however this won’t compromise the efficacy of your gel).
Add the Aloe Vera Powder, stir very well.
Separately measure and mix the wheat proteins with the Panthenol; add it to the Aloe Vera Gel.
Add also the hydrolized keratin.
Check the pH which should be around 5.
Add two drops of fragrance oil (or essential oil) if you like (but remember that wheat proteins, and proteins in general, don’t have a very pleasant smell and totally covering it won’t be really possible… so choose a smell that combined won’t create a worse result :D).
That’s it. The Aloe Vera Hair Gel is already ready but will be best to use it from the following day of preparation (because the xanthan gum takes time to ultimate its gelling properties) 😀
I might also post a video on youtube about this Hair Gel because it is effective, simple, it doesn’t require crazy ingredients and it takes 5 minutes to prepare! 🙂 In case I will update this post 😀
HAVE A GREAT DAY! 😀
Here the video 😀
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