Do you make your own spray gel? Recipes and ratios, please?

I have the best 2nd day hair but can mess it up by over applying more gel. Sometimes spritzing with lavender water is enough and sometimes I need a touch of gel.

Was thinking of making my own spray gel to get the best of both worlds.

If you make your own can you tell me recipe or ratio of water to gel? Do you use your fav gels or others that were good but not the best?

Thanks!!
I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
CG since 7/1/2010

Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
Condition: DevaCurl OC
LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
Curl Enhancer:
CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler,CJRM
Hi, I make my own spray gel! What i do is add 1/2 cup of gel to 1 cup boiling water. Usually i use the L.A looks gel and it gives me a relatively nice strong hold. Give it a try!=)
I have used Garnier Fructis Style Curl Shaping Spray Gel and liked it. It is CG.

I've never made my own. I imagine you can take some water and just start diluting. What about taking FSG and making it runny?


Here's a link to a discussion about sprays
All in One Spray (UPDATED)

The majority of the homemade hair gel involved this recipe or a close variation.

Homemade Mamas: Spray Hair Gel
1 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Simply mix the ingredients in an empty spray bottle. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then you are ready to style. You can add a tiny bit more gelatin to make a stronger hold, but too much will clog your bottle. Store your gel in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
For 2nd day hair I either use a mix of water and AVG with a drop or two of lavendar EO, this works great. I've also made a spray gel using less than a tablespoon of Ecostyler gel (olive oil), because it just kept thickening, with water in a spray bottle. In the curly girl book I think it says to start with a 50/50 ratio and go from there, which is what I would do with a regular gel. I prefer, for now, gels that I don't use often to get them used up first. Surprisingly, the Ecostyler one has worked great. I've also used Pantene's spray gel and really like it. HTH.
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Thanks! I will whip up a batch and try it in a few days after I wash again.
I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
CG since 7/1/2010

Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
Condition: DevaCurl OC
LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
Curl Enhancer:
CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler,CJRM
The CG book includes this recipe for spray gel:

Combine 1/2 cup gel with 1 cup boiled water. Allow the mixture to cool, then pour it into a spray bottle. If you think your hair needs a stronger hold, experiment by gradually adding more gel to the mixture until you achieve the consistency that works best for your curls.

I've never had luck with spray gel on first day hair -- it never gave me enough hold and I think my hair just needs something heavier -- but it may work for second day hair. I always scrunch in a little gel after I spray my hair with my water/condish mixture anyway. I used to add gel right into the mixture "back when I used sulfates," and it worked pretty well then. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
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