DIY Curl Cream

DIY Curl Cream

By Aniela M / May 21, 2017

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If you have curly or wavy hair, this DIY curl cream recipe will be right up your alley! Instead of saturating your hair with store bought creams and mousses that are loaded with drying alcohols and chemicals, this homemade curl cream is an amazing alternative that works just as well but without all the gunk! We used all natural aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and shea butter to make this luscious curl enhancing cream.

If you've ever used hair gel or curling mousse you know how it can leave your hair crunchy and greasy looking, but this DIY curl cream recipe will not. That's because it's made with hair friendly ingredients that actually enhance your hair's natural texture.

But, even if you don't have curly hair, this homemade curl cream can still help you achieve some much needed texture, bounce, shine, and volume. For those with fine hair who want volume and thickness, we highly recommend you blowdry your hair upside down using a diffuser.

DIY Curl Cream Recipe

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Benefits of DIY Curl Cream

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe is a natural gel and therefore works really great instead of an actual store bought hair gel. Aloe vera is also super moisturizing and healing, so if your tresses are stressed, this DIY curl cream will heal damaged strands as well.

Additionally, aloe vera has also been scientifically proven to restore dry and damaged hair, as well as to encourage growth. This is because aloe contains proteolytic enzymes which help to repair dead skin cells on the scalp, and therefore promoting healthier and faster hair growth.

To top it all off, aloe vera also prevents scalp itch and irritation, dandruff, and dryness, just to name a few.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil encourages healthy hair growth, hydrates dry scalp and hair, and also detoxifies. Because it's packed full of antioxidants and fatty acids, coconut oil can help retain moisture and heal a number of hair problems such as dry and itchy scalp and dandruff.

It also helps to prevent breakage and split ends because of the amount of fatty acids it contains. This in turn helps to promote healthier, faster hair growth, and also adds shine and luster.

Shea Butter

Shea butter adds shine and lush to drab locks and also makes sure moisture stays put. But the amazing thing about shea butter is that it has proven to help with hair loss. This is because like coconut oil, shea butter also contains a high amount of fatty acids which aids in the production of healthy hair follicles.

It is also anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and antiseptic, making it an excellent addition to any homemade beauty product.

All three of these ingredients combined make for a kick-ass curl cream that you'll love using day after day!

Home to Make Curl Cream:

  • 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 2 tbsp organic, cold pressed coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter


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  1. If need be, melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler method or in the microwave.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well incorporated.
  3. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat all 3 ingredients until stiff peaks form.
  4. Apply to wet hair starting from the middle of the head and running all the way down to the ends.
  5. As you do this, twist the hair around your finger to encourage curls.
  6. Air dry for a less pronounced more natural look, or use a blowdryer diffuser to get bigger curls and more volume.
  7. Use this after every shower for beautiful, natural and bouncy curls!


  • Depending on your climate, your curl cream may melt. If that happens, simply stick in the fridge for a few hours and whip again.
  • If your curl cream gets solidified (it gets too cold), throw back into the stand mixer and whip again.
  • Will keep for several months.
  • Feel free to add some of your favorite essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree, or check out some of our favorite essential oils for hair!

Here are some of our favorite essential oils to add to hair products! Simply add a couple of drops to this DIY curl cream:

Rosemary Essential Oil: This is a great essential oil to add to any hair product, including shampoos and conditioners. It's great for those with thinning and breaking hair, and also helps to prevent hair loss.

Sage Essential Oil: This is a great option for those with grey hair as sage essential oil can help slow down the hair's aging process.

Lavender Essential Oil: Helps to improve hair texture, is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, and also improves hair growth and strength.

Tea Tree Oil: Add this to your DIY curl cream, shampoos, or conditioners, to strengthen hair and also to keep dandruff at bay.

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DIY Curl Cream


Would this work for straight hair too??

Aniela M

Hi Leslie,

It’s best for wavy/curly hair, but if you were to apply it to straight hair, it would give you soft beach waves, which I guess is better than nothing 🙂

Anna-Maria Rucci

How long does it take for stiff peaks to form? I started using a hand mixer but after 10 minutes switched to my stand mixer. It’s been going for 30 minutes now and no peaks, just liquidy.


Aniela M

Hi Anna-Maria,

It shouldn’t take long at all…about 5 minutes if I remember correctly! If no stiff peaks form, place the mixture into the refrigerator until it hardens a little bit and try mixing again – that should work 🙂


What do you recommend. I have bleached my hair about 2 months ago, and last week I was crazy enough to put a perm. My hair feels so damaged. The mid shaft to the ends is so brittle and barely liiks permed. But from the root to the middle held the perm curls really good.
My hair is a wreck.. Please help. ???

Aniela M

Hi Erica,

I’m so sorry to hear about your hair! We’ve all been through it and the good news is that your hair WILL bounce back…it just might take some time! I recommend staying away from any chemical treatments (no dye jobs, perms, etc) for at least 6 months. During this time, take proper care of your hair by only washing it 2-3 times a week (even less if possible). This way, the natural oils can build up again and your hair will regain hydration. Also, try to stay away from heating tools such as hair dryers or flat irons which can burn the hair cuticle and risk further damage.

While your hair is repairing itself (slowly I might add), be sure to apply a homemade hair mask as often as possible. Once or twice a week would be ideal. Here are some of our favorite hair masks for damaged hair:

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