Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY Gel - My Recipe & Review

So, I tried the DIY conditioner recipe, but of course I personalized it and confused the amounts of guar gum and xanthan gum, lol, so I made a gel, OOPS. Here's what I did and FYI I was being totally lazy and didn't do all that formulating so bare with me, lol.


  • 4oz Distilled Water
  • 2 tsp Shea Oil
  • 1tsp Castor Oil
  • 1tsp DL Panthenol  conditioner
  • 1 tsp Sodium Lactate humectant
  • 1/4 tsp Guar Gum
  • 1/4 tsp Extraordinary XG
First I want to explain the Extraordinary XG, this is a derivative of Xanthan Gum (XG) and I had some so I decided to use it( I don't like to waste), but it gave the mixture a jelly like consistency.  I also used more oils, since my hair is very dry.

  1. Mixed liquid ingredients in pyrex measuring cup
  2. Add Oil(s)
  3. Pour Liquid into blender
  4. Start mixing liquid phase of recipe, while slowly adding in Guar Gum and/or XG( this will help w/ hydration of GG and XG and avoiding flakes)
  5. Mix
  6. Let sit for 2 minutes and blended some more (allows guar gum and XG time to hydrate)
  7. Let sit for 5 minutes and blended some more
  8. Poured into 4 oz plastic jar.
  9. Refrigerate

There was some left overs so I used that to test the PH and twist my hair for a twist out.  PH=7/7.5 ( these PH strips are not easy to read, ugh)

My Review and Recommendation:
  • Store mixture in a bottle with dispensable top to help reduce contamination since I used no preservatives( eliminates hand in jar)
  • Pour mixture into bottle before it fully thickens( makes transfer less messy and avoid contamination) or use the baggy method to transfer mixture
  • Eliminate the Extraordinary XG, makes mixture gel like instead of creamy leave-in
  • I personally would store in the refrigerator no more than a week and definitely not past 2 weeks because I use no preservatives, but you can add your own preservative to be safe. 
  • It felt gooey too, kinda like Kinky Curly Custard , but it dries better on the hair ( no gooey sticky residue)
  • Add Guar Gum and/or Xg slowly,, don't just dump it in water phase
I tried this recipe for a twist out.  I only dampened the hair with water for detangling and then applied the mixture.  I must say this is more like a moisturizing gel.  The hold is great and my twist out is very defined and moisturized.    The only thing I would be aware of is applying too much( I can get heavy handed).    It will flake up a little, but not very bad.( the flakes may also be due to my not following step 4 and just dumping GG and XG in still water, thus allowing it to clump a little)

I'm going to try using this mixture this weekend for my mini twists and as a base for a deep conditioner(I'll add more water, EVOO, Coconut Oil and maybe an egg).  I might also try this for shingling style.

Update:  I used this for both the deep conditioner and my mini twists.  I liked the hold and as a moisturizer for my mini twist, but it caused flakes later own.  As a base for a deep conditioner, not so much.


1 comment:

  1. I use Extraordinary XG for my hair gel. The place I bought it says it doesn't flake but I am having issues too. Time for more experimentation.