DIY Natural Hair Pomade

Posted by Bonnie

I would like to say that one day I was reading the back of the jar that Kyle’s styling paste came in and that I was shocked; There were so many unnatural ingredients and he was smearing his head with chemicals everyday. But I can’t because that didn’t happen.

Truthfully I’m sure there are some man made substances in the products we bought at the store, but I never really thought much about them and really, without an INCI dictionary who really knows what those ingredients are. If there is anything I know from my soap making it is that benign ingredients can sound really scary once combined with others in a natural recipe (sodium olivate… made up right? Nope. Olive oil in a soap recipe). The reason I started making hair products was simply because Kyle was almost out and he was sick of buying it! He found a recipe online for a DIY product and asked me to recreate it, so with a few tweaks I created the product he is using today.

The formulation he found online was very simple.

  • 2 Tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
  • 10 drops sandalwood essential oil

First off, this is me we are talking about and I LOVE simple. Or at least, not unnecessarily complicated. So this formula really appealed to me because of the short list of ingredients (and also because I already had everything I needed to make it in my soap lab). But I was a bit worried about the clay giving the pomade a bit too much grit (although it would have a mattifying effect) and Kyle has pretty short hair, so I wanted to add some dry liquid oils to try and make a more spreadable product. I used:

  • 5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon argan oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 8 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 8 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 oz container (old hair product container, or you can order them from Amazon here)

To make the pomade, melt your ingredients (just not the essential oils) in a double boiler or do like I did and make your own double boiler using a pot and a small stainless steel bowl. a stainless steel pot on a hot plate with a small stainless steel bowl inside it acting as a double boilerMake sure your ingredients are fully incorporated and remove from the heat. Stir in your essential oils of choice and carefully pour your concoction into your container.DIY hair product pomade being poured from a stainless steel bowl into a 4oz metal tin

Let it set.

Doesn’t it look fabulous? But unfortunately you’re not done yet… Because this is all natural and contains a high percentage of beeswax it is VERY hard to spread. The beeswax is required for it to have hold though. If you reduce the beeswax and increase the liquid oils you may be left with a product that gives you some definition but not much hold. So there are two options: Use your fingernail to claw it out of the container or remove it, whip it up, and replace it. I decided to whip mine because I can’t stand having stuff under my fingernails. I simply removed it from the container, placed it into the stainless bowl and smashed it up with a fork until it was good and smooth. Spoon it back into the container and you have a beautiful natural hair product that is easy to apply!

DIY hair product pomade in a 4 oz metal container held in a womans hand in a bathroom
See, I actually use it! Everyday! This is after about a weeks use and I’ve barely made a dent.

Kyle uses this product on his short hair just to give it a bit of texture but I use it on my medium length naturally curly hair and I am not exaggerating when I say it is hands down the best product I have used on my hair to give my curls definition without excess weight or ‘crunchiness’. Take a small amount and rub it between your palms to warm the solid oils. Use your fingers to comb it through your hair. That’s all there is too it!

woman in front of a shower stall
Ok, try and look past the no-makeup and the end of the day hair… WAIT. Don’t look past the end of day hair – It is FABULOUS thanks to my DIY hair pomade!!

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