I formulated this gel while in the process of trying to make a curl cream. I have a commercial curl cream that I use that has built-in hold, but sometimes I don’t want my hair so stiff. With a separate gel, you can completely control the level of hold you want on your hair and get the moisturizing benefits of your favorite curl cream. This gel can be used over your favorite curl cream to define curls and give a soft, touchable hold to the hair.
1 cup water
1/2 tablespoon Kosher Great Lakes unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon glycerin
Prepare gelatin by adding about 1/4 cup of cold water to a measuring cup. Add the gelatin slowly while stirring to wet the gelatin. Heat 1 cup of water to boiling. Once water is boiling, remove from heat and slowly add 3/4 cup of hot water to gelatin powder while stirring continuously until powder is fully dissolved. Stir frequently until gelatin cools to warm temperature. Add honey to gelatin mix and stir. Allow mix to cool to close to lukewarm. Add glycerin and stir until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate until just firm, about 2-3 hours, checking mix frequently. When just firm, remove from refrigerator. Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and use a stick blender to blend until mix turns creamy with a hint of green color. Refrigerate mix until firm and use immediately. Gel will only be stable for approximately 2 days.
On damp hair, apply your preferred curl cream as directed and allow curl cream to penetrate, soften, and set in the hair. Use a spoon to remove a quarter-size amount of gel from container and rub between hands to melt. Apply over curl cream and by smoothing and/or scrunching the hair and style as usual. Once applied, do not comb out the curls. Allow to air or diffuse dry.
Please let me know what you think of this recipe! ❤ Ally