Your curls are beautiful just the way they are, but sometimes they might need a little helping hand and when it comes to definition, the more the better! When you are looking for an at-home solution to this issue, it never hurts to have a few tried and true recipes on hand for DIY curl definers. Here at the NaturallyCurly office, we love to experiment with store bought products but we’re never afraid to venture into our pantries for curl help, so here are some of our faves.

Check out these three great recipes for DIY curl definers!

Curl Definer

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Here are 3 tutorials and recipes for creating three different DIY curl definers to help you find the one you like best for your preferences.

1. Flaxseed Gel

This recipe is easy to do and lets you create a gel that is easy to store. Made with the powers of flaxseed to get a usable consistency, this YouTuber reports a good deal of curl definition from this easy to make, natural solution. Flaxseed is also a great ingredient to stretch the curl, so you get less shrinkage and a great moisturizer/definer. Find out more about flaxseed gel here.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • panty hose or a stocking
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil (from a capsule”>
  • few drops essential oils like rosemary, tea tree, and lavender oils
  • few drops scent oil such as jasmine

2. Apricot Curling Custard

Most naturals have a preference in the consistency of their styler, whether it’s gel, custard, spray on, or something else. If your curls react best with a custard, here is a great one. This is another recipe that is generally pretty easy to whip up and offers great benefits for the life of your curls. Custards also work super well for tighter coils, so Type 3 and 4’s try this one out! If you prefer a different fragrance you could leave out the apricot oil and fragrance and substitute your favorite essential oil.


  • 1 oz glycerin
  • 1 Tbsp xantham gum
  • 2 oz aloe vera gel
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp emulcifying wax
  • 4 oz Shea butter
  • 2 oz coconut oil
  • 1 oz apricot oil
  • 10 drops apricot fragrance

3. Moisturizing Defining Smoothie

When you want definition and an extra punch of moisture to get your curls through the day, this smoothie ticks all of the boxes. With this step by step tutorial and ingredient listing, get the inside scoop on giving your curls what they need with a few simple ingredients you might already have on hand! This recipe is packed with tons of moisturizing oils and all of the ingredients to give you great shine and luster.


  • olive oil
  • unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 avocado
  • sweet almond oil
  • honey

Of course, with any recipe you try out for your strands, it can be a lot of trial and error to find what works for you as an individual. Since no two curls are alike and we all have several different hair types on our heads, you may need to experiment with a few different recipes to nail down one that works for you, or even cocktail your products to work with your various hair types. With these three easy to make recipes to guide you, one of these will hit the mark!

What are your favorite home recipes to make for curls?

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