It has been a long time since my last post. I have been quite busy for the past few months due to our relocation. Now things have been settled so I will again be a regular here :).
Today I will be sharing my DIY recipe for a curl styling cream that we can use to enhance the efficacy of our styling gels available in India. As we all know how hard it is to get a styling product that can provide hold to our curls and add moisture. Most of the gels that are available in market are targeted for males to keep their short styles in place. These gels mostly contain styling polymers that provide hold to hair and rarely contain ingredients that can provide conditioning and moisture. So, when we use these gels on our curls, then the results are crunchy and dull hair.
So, I thought may be we can make our own curl cream using these gels by adding ingredients that are already available in our home. For this recipe choose a silicone free hair gel that does not contain drying alcohol like alcohol denat, SD alcohol etc. You will find more information on these types of alcohol in this post on ingredients to avoid in hair care. You can use gels like Garnier Fructis Style hard gel ultra, Garnier Fructis Style styling gel strong, Set Wet Hair Gel Casual Hold (blue color and comes in a tub), set wet cool hold (comes in tube), Giovanni LA natural styling gel, Loreal Studio Line Invisi’hold 24h natural clear gel or any other silicone free and alcohol free gel available in market.
2 Tbsp Styling gel (silicone-free, alcohol-free)
1 Tbsp silicone free conditioner
1 Tbsp jojoba oil (or any other oil of your choice)
1/2 tsp glycerin
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk. And that’s it, you are done with your own styling cream 🙂 !!!!
How to use: Use the styling cream the way you use other styling products like flax seed gel or other gels, mousse that we use to provide hold and definition to our curls. Wash your hair as usual with sulfate and silicone free shampoo and conditioner. Apply styling cream in smoothing motion on wet curls. Leave your hair to air dry. Once hair is completely dry scrunch your hair to get rid of any crunchiness.
Results: It can be a really good option other than flax gel and you can also use it while travelling. Hair were soft and non crunchy after using the cream. There was not much frizz even after many hours. If you have oily hair, then you can reduce the oil quantity. Also if you don’t have much stray hair, then you can reduce the gel quantity as well based on your liking.
I would really recommend you to try it and please let me know your feedback or any tweak you have done with this recipe.