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Combat dry and frizzy hair with 4 DIY hair gels

If you want to style your dry and frizzy hair and also nourish it, look for natural ingredients for DIY hair gel.
DIY hair gel recipes
Try making these DIY hair gel recipes to turn around your dry hair. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 29 Sep 2023, 05:56 pm IST
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When we think of hair gels, it’s mostly about styling curls. Well, you can do that and nourish your dry and frizzy hair by using homemade hair gels. A hair gel made at home does not contain alcohol or chemicals that can lead to dryness. It can even make your hair softer! So, you can leave behind your worries about your hair gel further damaging your tresses. All you have to do is follow these DIY hair gel recipes to combat dry and frizzy hair.

Causes of dry and frizzy hair

You can end up with dry and frizzy hair due to various reasons.

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Style dry and frizzy hair with natural hair gels. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some common causes of dry hair:

1. Lack of natural oils

Your scalp produces natural oils called sebum, which is responsible for keeping your hair hydrated. Some people might have less sebum production, leading to dry hair, says Bengaluru-based dermatologist and cosmetologist Dr Kisalay Saurav.

2. Humidity

Women with dry hair must have noticed that their hair gets frizzy during a hot and humid day. That’s because the dry cuticle becomes rough and then opens up for humidity. So, humidity makes dry hair frizzy as the outer layer starts soaking up the moisture from the air.

3. Excessive washing and using hot water

Washing your hair too often or with hot water can strip away the natural oils, making your hair dry, the expert tells Health Shots. Also, if you wash your hair in very hot water, it can cause the same effect as humidity.

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4. Using harsh hair products

Using shampoos and hair styling products like hair gel with harsh chemicals can be detrimental. They can strip the hair of its natural oils that can smooth the hair. So, stay away from products containing sulfates and alcohols.

DIY hair gel recipes for dry and frizzy hair

While there are homemade hair masks that you can try to hydrate your hair, you can also go for natural hair gels.

Aloe vera
Use aloe vera as hair gel. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some options –

1. Aloe vera hair gel

Ingredients

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• One leaf of aloe vera
• One cup of water
• One lemon

Method

• Take the gel off the aloe vera leaf.
• Boil the cup of water and add juice of the single lemon as well as the aloe vera gel.
• Boil it for another 5 to 10 minutes till the mixture begins to thicken then let it cool.

Dr Saurav says aloe vera is known for its hydrating properties, so it can moisturise hair, reducing dryness and frizz while styling your hair.

2. Flaxseed hair gel

Ingredients

• One cup of flaxseeds
• One cup of water

Method

• Take a bowl and soak the flax seeds overnight and the following morning boil them in water.
• Boil the seeds for at least 30 minutes till you get a gel consistency.
• Separate the gel from the seeds.

Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids that moisturise hair, and as a styling gel, it can enhance your curls or straighten your hair.

3. Shea butter hair gel

Ingredients

• One tablespoon of aloe vera gel
• One tablespoon of shea butter

Method

• Take the aloe vera gel and shea butter and blend it till you get a smooth mixture.

While shea butter can deeply moisturise your hair, aloe vera is good for hydration.

4. Chia seed gel

Ingredients

• One cup of chia seeds
• Four cups of distilled water
• Two tablespoons of castor oil
• 10 drops of vitamin E oil
• 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Method

• Take a pan and mix the chia seeds with distilled water.
• Cover the pan and let the mixture stay overnight.
• Heat the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.
• Stir then strain the mixture through a sieve and discard the chia seeds.
• Add the vitamin E oil, lavender essential oil and castor oil and mix them.
• Let the mixture cool down then pour it into a sterilized container.

Chia seeds contain vitamins and minerals that help to strengthen hair, castor oil is more like a natural conditioner, vitamin E may help to support a healthy scalp and hair, and lavender essential oil may help to promote hair growth.

Use these natural hair gels to style your hair as you want to.

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About the Author

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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