Please note this natural guar gum hair gel recipe has been recently updated.
I tried guar gum hair gel when I first went natural, and though I loved the slip guar gum provided the hair when wet, when my hair dried, I was left with flakes from root to tip. After much trial and error, I worked out a formulation that provides my hair with ample slip when wet, yet free of flakes when dry (yay!). Again, like with any recipe, feel free to adapt according to your specific hair.
- Labelled: Vegan
- Used on Hair Type: 3c (back); 4a (sides); 4b (crown)
- Used on Hair Strand Thickness: Fine
- 1/2 tsp (leveled) guar gum powder – Great for: firmness, emulsification and slip (lubrication)
- 1 cup warm water (distilled) – Great for: moisture
- 1/4 cup natural aloe vera juice/gel – Great for: pH balance, moisture, shine and slip
- 3 capsules of fish oil/krill oil mixture (given smell, may wish to substitute for organic hemp seed oil) – Great for: shine, softness
- 3 drops peppermint essential Oil (or essential oil of choice) – Great for: blood circulation, hair loss, pH balance
- 4 naturally sourced vitamin E capsules (400IU/capsule) – Great for: natural antioxidant, shine
- 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid (naturally sourced, non-GMO) – Great for: natural preservative
You will also need:
- measuring cup/spoons
- strainer (small mesh)
- storage container (i.e. glass mason jar) for finished gel
- Pour 1 cup of warm water into bowl.
- Slowly sift a thin layer of guar gum onto the top surface area of the warm water. Once the surface area is mainly covered with guar gum, rigorously mix and dissolve the powder into the water. Once the guar gum is evenly mixed, add another thin layer of guar gum, rigorously mixing and dissolving the powder until no lumps.
- Continue mixing in thin layers of guar gum into the thickening mixture until guar gum is done.
- Continue to rigorously mix the contents of bowl.
- Place strainer over the storage container and pour contents of bowl through the strainer, making sure to trap any lumps in the strainer. (Once strained, gel should be free of obvious lumps).
- Pour 1/4 cup aloe vera juice/gel into the strained gel mixture. Stir well.
- Add ascorbic acid to the gel mixture.
- In the storage container, combine all the oil-based ingredients [i.e. essential oils, fish/krill oil capsules, vitamin E capsules, and hemp seed oil (optional)], making sure to gently cut/pierce open the fish/krill oil and vitamin E capsules into the container.
- Pour the water-based ingredients into the storage container that contains the oil-based ingredients. Thoroughly stir the contents – oil-based and water-based – and refrigerate before using.
Note when making guar gum hair gel:
- Water should be warm (not hot); the temperature of water should be easily tolerated to drink.
- Fish/krill oil capsules naturally have an orange/crimson red colour and as the name implies, a fishy ordour (hence, the option of adding hemp seed oil!)
- When applying guar gum, less is more. Depending on your hair, as little as 1 tsp. could suffice. Make sure the gel is thoroughly mixed into the hair – with no gel/liquid drops visible when wet. (Unlike other products that will dry with no visible residue, any visible excess gel or liquid droplets will leave visible residue when hair is dried).