Making my own Aloe Gel for hair

I really like Ohm Aloe Gel but it's $$$

So I've come up with all the things I want to put into my own aloe vera gel but how do I infuse my aloe with herbs like lavender? I thought I would put the aloe gel and herbs into the pot and boil it. Does anyone know if this will work? I'm kinda excited about doing this. If it turns out good I'm not going to buy Ohm stuff anymore which will cut my hair budget down a good amout. Thanks!
ETA: Sorry - you plainly say aloe gel, but I was thinking flaxseed gel - that's what everyone usually asks about - never mind . . . .

Tho I haven't seen anything here lately, there have been several threads about homemade flaxseed gel. Should be able to find them easily with a Google search. I think folks usually use essential oils, e.g., rosemary, for fragrance and preservation rather than adding the actual plant when cooking the gel.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

Last edited by auntnett; 04-27-2009 at 12:11 PM.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Natural Thickener, Nettle, Horsetail, Lavender, Yarrow, Vegetable Glycerin, Fragrance blend, Grapefruit Seed Extract-Preservative.

looking@ the ingredients, I would make a tea with water & herbs first,strain it, then incorporate it with the aloe gel & gylcerine... wondering if the thickener that is used is guar gum....
I really like Ohm Aloe Gel but it's $$$

So I've come up with all the things I want to put into my own aloe vera gel but how do I infuse my aloe with herbs like lavender? I thought I would put the aloe gel and herbs into the pot and boil it. Does anyone know if this will work? I'm kinda excited about doing this. If it turns out good I'm not going to buy Ohm stuff anymore which will cut my hair budget down a good amout. Thanks!
Originally Posted by curlygirlyme
If you boil the aloe, you'll kill off most of the benefits.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Natural Thickener, Nettle, Horsetail, Lavender, Yarrow, Vegetable Glycerin, Fragrance blend, Grapefruit Seed Extract-Preservative.

looking@ the ingredients, I would make a tea with water & herbs first,strain it, then incorporate it with the aloe gel & gylcerine... wondering if the thickener that is used is guar gum....
Originally Posted by msjaim
Either that or Pectin, which is also commonly used in gels.
Nappy is not an 'N' word.
Photos:
http://xrl.us/beauk7

Recipes:
http://mixology101.ning.com/profile/shawnette
aaaah, thank u , I forgot about pectin!!!!!
I think this would be easy for the OP to replicate.. fairly simple ingredients.. Im sure u could come up with something close.. Ill def be looking out for this one. Ive never used the original product, but this sounds like something I may try to cook up just to see how it turns out
Yeah I was worried if I boiled the aloe that might happen... but then if I made a tea and added it to the gel I was worried it would be too thin. I think I will added irish moss and xanthan or guar gum to it and see how it goes. Thanks for the help

Last edited by curlygirlyme; 04-24-2009 at 10:27 PM.
Yeah I was worried if I boiled the aloe that might happen... but then if I made a tea and added it to the gel I was worried it would be too thin. I think I will added irish moss and xanthan or guar gum to it and see how it goes. Thanks for the help
Originally Posted by curlygirlyme
Well, the 1st ingredient is distilled water. Just make the tea with distilled water. I would make it fairly strong, that way it's more concentrated, so you don't have to use as much liquid. Also, get the thickest aloe you can find. I'm pretty sure the people who work at Chamberlin's think I'm crazy. I hold the bottles up to the light and tip them back and forth to see how thick the gel is, lol. And once you add your thickener, the amount of water isn't a big deal. Guar works really well, but I would probably go with the pectin for this recipe.

Hmmm. I just took my braids out so maybe I'll try it out, too...
Nappy is not an 'N' word.
Photos:
http://xrl.us/beauk7

Recipes:
http://mixology101.ning.com/profile/shawnette
The recipe called for aloe vera juice so it is definitely going to be watery. I think using the irish moss sounds yummy.
I wish I knew what the original gel looked like & what the texture was like. I went a head and made a gel that didnt turn out that badly. Ill probably end up duplicating it but mixing it with a few additional things to make a cream so I dont have to layer it with moisturizing agents

I heated up 6 oz of purified water in the microwave
In an unbleached type re-usable tea bag I added:
1tbsp yarrow
1tbsp nettle
1tbsp horsetail
1tbsp irish moss
I let that steep for about 15/ 20 mins- sqeezed the bag to get all of the goodness out
I rinsed the tea bag out & poured the tea through it 2 more times just to get as many particles as possible out.
when I heated the water it evaporated a lil bit, maybe about an ounce or so.

I added about 2 ounces pectin gell & about 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to help it set a bit, I then added about 3 ounces of whole leafe aloe juice.. it turned out pretty decent. Im thinking this might put up a fight againts this chicago humidity. Ill try & post a pic of my hair & the gel later
No luck still stuck!!

I tried making this several different ways by boiling the herbs lose in the water then straining, putting the herbs lose into a container then straining, adding a little guar gum at a time, etc. it's just not going well

I get

A pile of goo
Pieces of the herbs left behind
Gel with big chunks of guar gum in it

Anyway it's a mess. I was thinking of trying xanthan gum or pectin for a better thickness. I was also thinking of either A) trying tea bags to infuse the water with the herbs or B) trying to use herb powders instead. Any advice would really be helpful. Thanks again
Guar Gum must be carefully dissolved. It should be ground first and then you really need a stick blender to get it dissolved properly into some very hot water. Otherwise its a LOT of stirring. And I'd seriously look into using herbal extracts. When most cosmetics list herbs its the extracts and not the actual plant.

The other thing to do is to make the herbal tea first and then strain it. You'll probably need a coffee filter for this. Put it in your strainer and let the tea drip through it slowly. That will get all the plant tid bits out of it. Then you can add your gum to it to thicken it.
TIA,

Morrignu

Curl Wiki - Hair Recipies - Hair Photos

I have not been able to find herbal extracts anywhere. Otherwise I'd get lazy and do that.
I have not been able to find herbal extracts anywhere. Otherwise I'd get lazy and do that.
Originally Posted by curlygirlyme
Whole Foods sells herbal extracts. You should be able to find them at any decent sized health food store. They come in little dropper bottles, like EOs.
Nappy is not an 'N' word.
Photos:
http://xrl.us/beauk7

Recipes:
http://mixology101.ning.com/profile/shawnette
The nearest Whole Foods is 3 hours away. Anyone know where I can buy it online or make my own?
I found this

Make Your Own Liquid Herbal Extract

While paying for the convenience of a manufactured herbal extract can be nice, we have found that the best medicines are those we make ourselves. Not only that, but for those of us that incorporate extracts into our daily diet the costs really begins to add up. Making your own extracts will save you hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.
This recipe is the simplest way to make your own liquid herbal extracts in your own home. Start with a clean jar that has a tight fitting lid and the herbs of your choice. If you can use fresh herbs, then fabulous! Fresh material is always preferred but availability is determined by your local bio-region, climate, etc and many quality herbs may not be available. If you cannot locate fresh materials, be sure to get good quality, organic herbs from a reputable supplier. Note: Try not to use powdered herbs; they will be difficult to filter out in the end and the debris will settle in your final product.
If using fresh material, chop the herbs finely. Then put in the glass jar. Next, pour a good, strong grain alcohol or Vodka over the herbs, completely covering the herbal material. If you are using dried herbs you will need to add more alcohol over the next day or two as the dried herbs absorb and expand. A good ratio for dried material is about 1 part herb to 5 parts alcohol and with fresh material 1 part herb to 3 parts alcohol.
After you have done this, cover with tight fitting lid and be sure to place a plastic bag sandwiched between the lid and the jar. This will prevent rust contamination from spoiling your extract.
Shake well and place the jar in a dark place & allow the herbs to soak or macerate for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake every few days. The alcohol will siphon and extract the active constituents from the herbs. After 4 to 6 weeks strain the herbs. Use a large sieve, strainer, press or potato ricer lined with fine mesh cloth or cheesecloth. Then pour into another large bowl or container. After you have done this grab the soggy herbal material and place in muslin, cheese or another fine cloth and tightly squeeze the material to extract every last drop from the cloth. The herbal material left over that is saturated, is the strongest in terms of active medicinal constituents. Now funnel the material from your larger container into smaller bottles, preferably amber bottles and store your tinctures in a cool dark place. Voila! You have now made your own remarkable medicinal herbal extract for a fraction of the price you would have paid at the store. By now you have probably noticed that your pantry is stored with some 16-20 ounces of liquid herbal extract……this will last you for some time. (It will keep for 3-5 years) Enjoy!


Anyone ever tried this?
curlygirlme -- I've actually made my own herb extract before (mmmm did my own vanilla too), however, that is a LOT of work just to try out a recipe that you're not sure you're gonna like. I'd try the tea bag recipe first. Or try morrighu's idea of boiling herbs in water and straining the juice through a coffee filter if you can't get ahold of the empty tea bags.
Grand Goobah Caedran, Aqueous Infusion of Demulcents, Order of the Curly Crusaders

Fia 2cFi, fine texture, med porosity CG 5-29-09 * My hair loves protein! Currently using : DermOrganics Shampoo and IHM, G2B Kinkier Mousse, Re:Coil VMM, Anything Spiral Solutions! MO Sealing. Coconut Oil Pre-Poo, once a month Hard Water shampoo. Avoiding Glycerin in finishing products.

I bought a can of 4 oz canning jars and a litter of vodka--have tons of organic herbs. Thought if I did a bunch it would be less total effort. Most of the recipes I found online only called for two weeks of soaking to make a tincture. Anyone know if more is better?
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I can't remember how long I did the herbs? I know I let the vanilla go for a month, but the thick beans are a little bit different than the herbs.

Just scanned various places on the net and they say anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 weeks. I didn't catch any right away that suggested 6 weeks.
Grand Goobah Caedran, Aqueous Infusion of Demulcents, Order of the Curly Crusaders

Fia 2cFi, fine texture, med porosity CG 5-29-09 * My hair loves protein! Currently using : DermOrganics Shampoo and IHM, G2B Kinkier Mousse, Re:Coil VMM, Anything Spiral Solutions! MO Sealing. Coconut Oil Pre-Poo, once a month Hard Water shampoo. Avoiding Glycerin in finishing products.

I can't remember how long I did the herbs? I know I let the vanilla go for a month, but the thick beans are a little bit different than the herbs.

Just scanned various places on the net and they say anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 weeks. I didn't catch any right away that suggested 6 weeks.
Originally Posted by goobernut
That was in the directions that curlygirl me posted in #16. It said 4-6 weeks. Maybe I'll aim for around 4 weeks.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com