Curl gel recipes are a great way to add volume and texture to your hair without using heat. They also give your hair a nice shine and keep it looking healthy.
There are many different ways to create curl gel recipes. Some people prefer to use a curling iron while others prefer to use their hands. Either way, these homemade recipes are sure to impress.
Here are some of the best curl gel recipes to try out today!
1. DIY Coconut Oil + Honey Curly Hair Mask
This is one of my favorite DIY hair care products because it’s so easy to make and smells amazing. It will leave you with soft curls that last all day long. You can even skip washing your hair after applying this mask if you want.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 drops lavender essential oils
Directions: Mix together in a bowl until well combined. Apply evenly throughout damp or dry hair. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly.
Tip: If you have fine hair like me, I recommend adding more coconut oil than honey.
2. DIY Egg Whites + Olive Oil Curly Hair Treatment
Egg whites have been used as an ingredient in beauty treatments since ancient times. This recipe uses egg white protein powder which helps strengthen damaged strands. The olive oil adds moisture and protects against frizziness.
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
Instructions: Separate the yolks from the whites by cracking them into two separate bowls. Add the olive oil and mix well. Then whisk the egg whites vigorously until they form stiff peaks. Fold the whipped egg whites gently into the mixture containing the yolk. Continue mixing until everything has blended smoothly. Pour onto clean hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly then style as usual.
If you have or damaged hair then this egg white treatment may be just what you need. The olive oil helps moisturize your strands while the eggs help seal in moisture.
3. DIY Avocado + Aloe Vera Curly Hair Conditioner Recipe
Avocados contain high levels of vitamin E which makes them perfect for curly hair. Vitamin E works wonders at keeping your hair hydrated and shiny. Aloe vera contains natural anti-bacterial properties that prevent dandruff. Together, these ingredients work perfectly when mixed together.
- 1 avocado
- 1 aloe vera leaf
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 drop rosemary essential oil
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.
- Store in refrigerator overnight.
- Use once per week.
4. DIY Banana Protein Shampoo Recipe
Bananas are packed full of nutrients including potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamins B6 and C, fiber, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and dietary fibers. These nutrients promote strong hair growth and protect against breakage.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon castor sugar
- 1/2 drop peppermint essential oil
Directions: Mash up the banana using a fork. Combine the mashed bananas with other ingredients in a blender. Blend until completely smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or muslin cloth. Bottle and store in the fridge. Shake well before use. Wash hair as normal.Tip: For best results, apply shampoo every time you wash your hair.
This shampoo works wonders on curly hair. Not only does it cleanse but it leaves your hair feeling really soft afterward. And did I mention it smells like a banana? Yum!
5. DIY Coconut Milk & Honey Curls
Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which strengthens weak roots. Honey nourishes and seals cuticles leaving them protected from environmental damage. These ingredients are great for strengthening brittle hair.
- 1/2 gallon full-fat canned coconut milk
- 1/2 pound raw organic honey
- 1/2 ounce beeswax
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- Heat coconut milk over medium heat until hot.
- Remove from heat and add honey.
- Stir to combine.
- Let cool slightly.
- Once cooled enough to handle, pour liquid into a container with a lid.
- Place wax between layers of plastic wrap and roll tightly around the jar.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Unwrap the next day and remove a wax layer.
- Cut off the top of the bottle so that you can squeeze out any remaining coconut milk.
- Squeeze the contents of the bottle directly onto dry curls.
- Leave on for 10 -15 mins. Rinse thoroughly.
Tip: If you don’t want to buy an entire gallon of coconut milk, try making some yourself.
- Simply place one 14 oz can of coconut milk in a pot filled with boiling water.
- Cook for 5 – 7 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Cool and strain.
- You will now have about half a gallon of homemade coconut milk.
- This recipe should yield approximately 4 cups of coconut milk.
- Add honey if desired.
6. DIY Egg White Mask
Egg whites are packed with protein which gives your hair extra strength. They also make your hair feel super silky after washing. Plus they smell amazing.
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1 pinch Himalayan pink rock salt
Directions: Mix everything together in a bowl. Apply mixture evenly throughout damp hair. Wrap head in a towel and leave on for 20 min. Repeat this process twice weekly.
7. DIY Homemade Shea Butter Moisturizer Recipe
Shea butter has been used by African women since ancient times. It helps seal split ends while moisturizing skin. The combination of these two properties makes it perfect for damaged hair.
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon Peppermint Essential Oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Bring to boil then simmer for 15-20minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for another 30mins. Pour into glass jars and refrigerate. Use daily. Shea butter is such a luxurious ingredient that should definitely not go unappreciated. When used correctly, shea butter can do wonders for your skin. But it can also work miracles for your hair too. Use this simple recipe to get gorgeous locks every time.
8. DIY Rosemary Mint Tea Rinse
Rosemary has been known to stimulate growth when applied regularly. It helps strengthen damaged strands while promoting healthy new ones. The minty scent adds freshness and invigorates dull hair.
- 3 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 6 ounces boiling water
- 10-12 sprigs of fresh mint
Directions: In a small saucepan, bring 6 ounces of boiling water to boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Discard herbs. Pour tea back into the pan and stir in rosemary. Cover and steep at room temperature for 30 minutes. Strain again before using it as a rinse. Store leftover tea in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
A tea rinse sounds weird at first but trust me – it’s totally worth trying. Rosemary mint tea rinses away frizzies and gives your hair a fresh scent.
9. DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub
Another product that sounds strange until you actually try it. Lavender sugar scrubs exfoliate dead cells from your scalp leaving behind a lovely smell. Your hair will feel softer than ever afterward. Lavender essential oils are great for soothing irritated scalp and dandruff. And sugar scrubs are just plain fun. Combine these ingredients and enjoy lavender-scented soft hands all week long.
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Put all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Keep in a dark cabinet for 2 months. Shake once per month. After two months use as needed.
10. DIY Lemon Juice Detangler Spray
There are plenty of lemon juice detanglers available online but they tend to cost quite a bit. Instead, why don’t you make your own version? All you need is water, lemon juice, and essential oils. This spray works like magic on tangles. Just apply liberally to wet hair and comb through. No need to shampoo afterward.
- Juice of ½ lemon
Optional: A few drops of peppermint essential oil
Directions: Measure the juice of lemons into a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the way with water. Optional: Add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oils. Shake vigorously. Spray onto dry hair and gently brush out any excess.
11. DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-In Conditioner
Apple cider vinegar contains natural enzymes which help break down protein bonds within our hair. These proteins cause split ends so apple cider vinegar helps prevent them. Plus, ACV smells amazing. So what are you waiting for? Make yourself some homemade leave-in conditioner today.
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups hot tap water
Directions: Mix together the apple cider vinegar and 4 cups of warm water. Let sit overnight. Apply to damp hair and massage thoroughly. Wash off the next morning. Repeat every other day.
Apple cider vinegar is known for its ability to remove buildup from our scalps. So naturally, it would be perfect for removing any build-up from our tresses. So just mix apple cider vinegar into warm water and let sit overnight before showering.
12. DIY Orange Peel Facial Cleanser
Orange peels contain vitamin c and antioxidants which can brighten skin tone while also helping reduce acne scars. The peel itself has antibacterial properties too. It’s no wonder orange peels have been used throughout history to treat everything from pimples to sunburns. Now we know how effective this ingredient really is. You should definitely give this facial cleanser a go.
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
- 5 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 10 ounces boiling water
Directions: Place the orange zest in a bowl along with 5 teaspoons of distilled white vinegar. Pour 10 oz of boiling water over top. Allow mixture to cool completely then strain using cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Store in an airtight container. Use 1 teaspoon each time you wash your face.
This recipe makes enough for one full-sized batch. If you want more, simply double the number of oranges.
13. DIY Homemade Lemon Hair Gel Recipe
- 2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- Juice from 2 lemons
Directions: Mix these ingredients together until they form a thick paste. Apply liberally to damp hair and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off as usual.
14. DIY Egg Whites And Honey Overnight Treatment
Egg whites are packed with nutrients that will nourish your strands. They’re great at preventing frizz because their high moisture content keeps your locks hydrated all night long. In addition, egg yolks contain biotin which promotes the healthy growth of hair follicles. Finally, honey provides shine and softness. Combine all three elements and you’ve got a winning formula.
- ½ cup of raw eggs
- ¼ cup of honey
- 6 tablespoons of coconut milk
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Transfer mixture to a jar and store in refrigerator overnight. Remove and apply to wet hair after shampooing. Massage through scalp and rinse off. Follow with regular conditioning routine.
15. DIY Avocado And Yogurt Scrub
Avocados are rich in vitamins A & E which promote strong nails and shiny hair. Also, avocados are loaded with potassium which strengthens hair roots. This scrub combines both avocado and yogurt to create a moisturizing treatment that leaves hair feeling smooth and silky.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/8th cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Pinch of sea salt
Directions: Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until creamy consistency forms. Spread on clean dry hair and leave on for 15-20 mins. Shampoo normally afterward.
Avocados are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids that moisturize and soften even the driest of scalps. Add yogurt to create a creamy scrub that leaves your locks soft and silky.
16. DIY Green Tea Shampoo
Green tea contains caffeine which helps stimulate circulation around the scalp. Caffeine stimulates blood flow by dilating capillaries so it’s perfect for those who suffer from dandruff. Plus, green tea is chock full of polyphenols that help prevent breakouts. Mix up some homemade green tea shampoo and see if it works wonders for your tresses.
- 4 bags of loose leaf green tea
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1 tablespoon glycerin
Directions: Steep tea bag in hot water for 20 min. Strain out solids and add remaining ingredients. Blend thoroughly. Test on a small patch of hair before applying to the entire head. Let sit for 30mins. Wash as normal.
Green tea has been proven time and again to fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. Use green tea shampoo once every few days to maintain beautiful hair.
17. DIY Lemon Juice Detangler
Lemon juice can be used as an effective detangling agent when applied directly to the ends of your hair. It also makes a good conditioner when mixed into other products like shampoos or gels. Simply mix 1 part lemon juice to 4 parts warm water and use as needed.
Lemons are high in citric acid which helps dissolve dirt and grime without stripping moisture away. Rub lemon juice directly onto wet hair and rinse after 5-7 minutes.
18. DIY Olive Oil Conditioner
Olive oil is one of nature’s most powerful natural oils. Its anti-fungal properties make it ideal for treating split ends while its vitamin E content prevents damage caused by UV rays. The best thing about olive oil? You don’t need much to get amazing results. Just massage a little bit into damp hair and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow with any styling product.
Olive oil contains essential fatty acids that condition and protect strands leaving them strong and frizz-free. After showering, towel dry hair and immediately mist olive oil throughout. Leave on for five minutes and then gently brush out any excess oils.
19. DIY Curly Hair Cream
- 4 ounces of coconut milk
- 6 ounces of almond milk
- 1 egg yolk
- A few drops of rosemary essential oil
This recipe will make enough cream for one head of curly hair. First, warm both kinds of milk on low heat. Afterward, whisk the eggs well and then add the two kinds of milk into the mixture. Let this simmer for 5 minutes while constantly mixing with a wooden spoon.
20. DIY Curly Hair Spray
- 4 ounces of coconut oil
- 6 ounces of almond oil
- 12 ounces of vegetable glycerin
A few drops of essential oils like lavender, rosemary, lemon, etc.
This spray will keep your curls looking bouncy and shiny without weighing them down. First, melt the coconut oil on low heat. When it starts getting warm, add the almond oil. Let both liquids mix together while constantly stirring. After 5 minutes, add the vegetable glycerin and continue mixing.
21. DIY Aloe Vera Curly Hair Gel
- 4 parts aloe vera juice
- 1 part coconut milk
- ½ cup of honey
- ¼ cup of shea butter
A few drops of essential oils like lavender or rosemary are optional but recommended for their relaxing properties. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and store in a jar. You’ll need about 1/8th of this mixture per day to keep your hair moisturized throughout the week.
How to make Curl Gel Recipes?
You may have heard people say “hair gel” is bad for your hair because it strips your scalp of its natural oils. But there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use homemade hair gels if you want to avoid using commercial products. Here’s how to make your own at home.
- 4 oz. unscented baby shampoo
- ¾ cup distilled water
Combine the shampoo and water in a small bowl. Stir vigorously until lather forms. Massage the solution through your hair and leave it on for 3–5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. This should be sufficient to remove most residue left by commercial shampoos. If not, repeat the application.
Homemade Shampoo Ingredients
To create an effective homemade shampoo, start with good-quality soap flakes. The best type of soap flakes available is made from palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil has been shown to help prevent dandruff and other common problems associated with oily scalps. It also helps maintain healthy hair follicles. Soap flakes are usually sold in bulk quantities. They come in different sizes ranging from fine powder to large chunks. Choose the size that works best for your needs.
To get started making your own shampoo, combine equal amounts of soap flakes and hot water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow the mixture to cook undisturbed for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the stovetop and stir gently. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
At this point, the soap flakes should begin to dissolve completely. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before straining out any remaining solids. Pour the liquid back into the same container where you stored the soap flakes. Add enough cold tap water to fill the container up to one inch above the top edge of the lid. Cover tightly and shake well. Store the bottle in a dark place away from direct sunlight. Shake again every two weeks. Use within six months.