Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY ~ Pink Grapefruit Styling Gel

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Just 5 ingredients . . . easy to make . . . safe . . . and cheap!

My old mousse . . . . water, isobutane, propylene glycol, acrylates copolymer, propane, phenoxyethanol, triacetin, aminomethyl propanol, polyquaternium-4, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, methylparaben, fragrance, polysorbate 20, amodimethicone, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, PEG-70 mango glycerides, shea butter, tridecth-6, linalool, amyl cinnamal, cetrimonium chloride, F.I.L. That's 25 ingredients, plus whatever chemicals they combined for the "fragrance". There is also a warning about it being flammable and to keep out of reach of children.

My hairspray? Only 11 ingredients, plus whatever combo of "secret chemicals" are are used for fragrance . . . flammable, must be used in a well ventilated room, and kept away from children.

My new styling product, Pink Grapefruit Styling Gel has replaced both of the above! That's 36 + less chemicals in my haircare regiment! My product warning? Totally edible and tastes good . . . KEEP AWAY FROM HUNGRY CHILDREN! Can be used as a cold remedy in a pinch (just kidding)!

Grapefruit juice is full of natural sugars that help hold hair in place. The protein from the gelatin gives hair extra body, shine and hold. The combination makes a "firm hold" styling gel for every hair type.

PINK GRAPEFRUIT STYLING GEL - Adapted from Natural Beauty at Home

1/2 cup warm water

1 packet, approximately 1 tablespoon, unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice

1 teaspoon glycerine

1 crushed vitamin C tablet

Optional, red food coloring paste or gel, just the tip of a toothpick, because I like a little color

  • Combine warm water and gelatin in a glass measuring cup; stir until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Add grapefruit juice, glycerine, and crushed vitamin C tablet; stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
  • Refrigerate the mixture until solid (about 2 hours).
5 simple ingredients!

Ready for the fridge.
My 1/2 batch was made on December 31, 2012.

The recipe says to refrigerate for 2 hours, let gel come to room temperature, stir, and it's ready to use. I like to just keep my styling gel in the refrigerator, when I need it, I warm up a bit in my hands, run them through my hair, style and let my hair dry naturally or blow dry it.

It also works well as a styling gel in dry hair. I put some Pink Grapefruit Styling Gel in Grand, John Isaac's hair to spike it, and it was still spiked the next morning!

For my personal use I mix up 1/2 a batch (1/2 a cup) and it lasts me for over a month. This gel will loosen up after a couple weeks or so, but doesn't lose its holding power.
Going natural with my haircare products feels so right! Next on the agenda, when weather permits (gets warm enough to open the windows), (because I'll be working with lye and have exotic birds in the house) I'll be trying my hand at making shampoo bars . . . Over at Julie's!!!


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