DIY (sort of) all-in-one spray on detangler, leave-in conditioner and gel


Years ago I discovered glycerin for hair.  My fine, thin, wavy, tangle-prone and frizzy hair loves glycerin. Glycerin feels like the thickest, glue-like gel you could imagine, but it essentially disappears once its on your skin or hair (as long as you don’t use too much).  I like glycerin for my hair because it helps my hair attract and hold moisture, helps tame frizzy hair and conditions dry hair.   Since my hair is on the fine and thin side, I cannot use the oils that many use for the same purpose because I end up looking like a soaked cat. Glycerin is great because it doesn’t weigh down the hair and does not leave the hair looking like you have obviously coated it in oil.

For years, I was applying it straight from the bottle and doing it that way makes it somewhat difficult to distribute evenly as it is very sticky.  I was also adding a separate gel on top of the glycerin to help my waves separate and become defined.  I love Shea Moisture products because you can look at the ingredients and know what everything is, or at least know that it comes from some type of plant.  I tried the curling gel souffle product made with aloe vera gel, flax seed gel and coconut oil but unfortunately it was just too heavy for my fine hair.  I had almost a full jar of it sitting in my bathroom for the longest time, unable to use it.

As I was trying to come up with a homemade gel of sorts to use on my hair the idea hit me to use a watered down spray version of the Shea curling gel souffle and add in my beloved glycerin as well!  I loooooove it!  The resulting solution is a lightweight leave-in conditioner/detangler/curl defining gel/frizz tamer for my fine hair.  Ah… my hair hasn’t felt this soft since…. ???

The funny thing is I put the solution into a spray bottle that had been repurposed from another commercial hair product I tried, and Mr. Consumer (my 15 year old son who is anti-homemade everything) saw it, tried it and loved it (he has similar hair type frizzy, wavy to curly, thin hair, but a bit coarser than mine).  He said, “I will use this, not any of your ‘homemade stuff’.  This works!”  Ha!  The sad thing is that most of the commercial products he tried for his hair made his hair look crispy (not to mention the irritation on his forehead with his sensitive skin).  Those products are simply overbearing on someone with thinner or finer hair.  My version makes his hair look styled, not baked.

Here is the gist of the ingredients.  The proportions should be based on your personal hair type.

  • water
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle
  • Drop of essential oil for fragrance (optional)

In a small, travel sized bottle, I added about a little less than 1/4 full the Shea Moisture product, a little more than 1/4 full glycerin, and the rest water.  Shake it well to mix.  Spray liberally throughout on WET hair.  My hair is quite a bit different than most girls, so I don’t know if it would work well on other hair types. My hair is dry and has a bit of damage also from previous bleaching.  If you have thicker or courser hair you may want to add a bit of argan oil.  If your hair isn’t dry, you may want to add less glycerin.

If you think the mixture has promise, experiment on the proportions and ingredients and let me know how it turns out!

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