DIY Hair Straightening Cream

DIY Hair Straightening Cream

By Aniela M / June 12, 2017

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If you have curly or wavy hair, this DIY hair straightening cream will do wonders for you! Even if you already have straight hair, this cream will give you super sleek, shiny strands. Made with all natural ingredients, this DIY hair straightening cream won't leave your hair feeling heavy or oily whatsoever. Instead, you'll only see super sleek, shiny, manageable hair.

Put down that flat iron, that blow dryer, and say hello to natural hair! No need for heat protectant products or expensive hair treatments because this hair straightening cream will do wonders for your hair.

If you straighten your hair on a regular basis or get relaxed treatments, you know the amount of damage this can cause to your hair. Instead, we say let your natural hair shine through and own it, OR, change your hair naturally! Because natural is always best, and in this instance, can be a huge helping hand to your hair.

We love this hair straightening cream because it gives straight shiny hair after just one use. But that's really not all! It actually helps to promote hair growth, strengthens hair, and adds shine and brightness to otherwise dull hair. Controlling frizz is also a thing of the past with this straightening cream because it helps helps to seal is moisture which in turn controls fly-aways and frizz.

DIY Hair Straightening Cream Recipe

This DIY hair straightening cream will work on ANY hair type and only takes 30 minutes! So instead of chemically treating your hair, or using flat irons which burn the strands, try this cream and you won't regret it!

This recipe will work for all hair types, especially those with naturally curly, frizzy hair. The gelatin in this recipe is what helps the hair to straighten and gives it that sleek, shiny look. The ingredients in this recipe are all 100% natural and each and every one has a special role to play:

Coconut Milk

coconut milk for diy straightening cream

Packed full of nourishing properties, coconut milk can help repair damaged, dry hair. It's high in fatty acids, vitamin E, and a slew of other vitamins and minerals which help to penetrate the hair shaft and hydrate.

Coconut Oil

coconut oil for straightening cream

Like coconut milk, coconut oil is also packed full of fatty acids and nourishing properties which penetrate the scalp and hair. Coconut oil is especially great for African American hair because it helps to nourish dry scalp and hair.

Gelatin Powder

milk and gelatin for pore strips

Gelatin is the key ingredient here in this DIY hair straightening cream. This is because gelatin has the ability to seal in moisture, tame fly-aways and frizz, and therefore leave hair sleek and shiny. Gelatin is also packed full of protein and complex amino acids which help to strengthen the hair follicles. Also check out this DIY gelatin mask that will also smooth and straighten curly hair!

Corn Flour Powder

organic brown rice flour

Corn flour powder helps to soak up excess oil (sebum) from the scalp. In this instance, it will simply help to thicken the cream, giving it a texture that's easier to work with.

Lemon Juice

lemon juice for hair straightening cream

Lemon juice can be applied to damp hair to lighten it, but in this case, it's used to brighten, cleanse, and encourage growth. Lemons are full of vitamin C which helps to boost collagen production. They also contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which help to maintain a healthy scalp.


honey treatment

Honey is a natural emollient which means it helps to seal in moisture. This will help hydrate dry, brittle locks, all while keeping the hair soft and conditioned. It's also rich in antioxidants which help prevent damage, strengthen hair follicles, and prevent hair loss.

You'll Need:


  1. Place the coconut milk in a pan over low heat and add the coconut oil. Stir well.
  2. In a separate bowl, add your gelatin powder and your corn flour powder.
  3. Pour the mixture into the coconut milk pan and stir well.
  4. Keep stirring until the coconut milk mixture becomes a semi-thick consistency.
  5. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Add the lemon juice and honey and stir again.

How to Use The DIY Hair Straightening Cream:

before and after curly hair
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  1. Before applying, make sure hair is dry and brushed through.
  2. Begin by applying the cream from the roots to the tips using a brush.
  3. Separate hair into sections, and keep working each section from top to bottom.
  4. Use your fingers to pull down each section, as if straightening it.
  5. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse out. Do not shampoo.
  6. Apply conditioner, and let your hair hang straight down for 5 minutes while the conditioner works away.
  7. Rinse off with cool water.
  8. Use a wide-tooth comb or a straightening brush to brush hair, and do not towel dry or blow dry.
  9. Let hair dry naturally.

Use this cream 2-3 times a week to straighten naturally wavy or curly hair. Avoid using any styling gels or creams for a week, and if possible, do not shampoo hair for a week after the first application. To get permanently straight hair, use this cream 2-3 times a week for up to 2 months. If possible, avoid the use of styling tools which can cause heat damage. If you must, be sure to use a heat protectant spray.

Benefits of Straightening Cream

This cream doesn't just help to straight hair and reduce frizz, but also has some other pretty great benefits! Using this hair cream on a regular basis can actually reduce split ends. The ingredients in this recipe hydrate the hair strands deeply, which in turn prevents split ends. Of course we still recommend you get regular trims, but this cream can help keep them at bay for longer.

Hair straightening products can contain a ton of unwanted chemicals, which can actually dry hair even more. With continued use, your hair will be more hydrated. The cream smooths hair, is anti frizz, and also adds a ton of shine.

homemade straightening cream
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DIY Hair Straightening Cream

A DIY hair straightening cream recipe that's quick and easy. Great for all types of hair!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Hair Care
Cuisine: Straightening Cream
Keyword: hair care, hair recipe, straightening cream
Servings: 1
Calories: 1kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp gelatin powder
  • 2 tbsp corn flour powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp raw honey


  • Place the coconut milk in a pan over low heat and add the coconut oil. Stir well.
  • In a separate bowl, add your gelatin powder and your corn flour powder.
  • Pour the mixture into the coconut milk pan and stir well.
  • Keep stirring until the coconut milk mixture becomes a semi-thick consistency.
  • Remove pan from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and honey and stir again.


Alternative Recipe

Courtesy of The Simple Care

If you don't have all the above ingredients, there is also another recipe you can try, which works out very similarly! This formula will help to loosen up curls, add shine, smooth hair, and control frizz.

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I don’t have any corn flour. Is there anything I can substitute it with?


how often can i use this?


Does hair straightening cream damage hair?


awesme recipe, really works to straighten my hair!!


super cream!!! Left my hair silky straight 😀


this is a really good straightening cream, even if u have curly hair!!


Hi there. Just wondering if you can substitute almond flower instead. Also, is gelatin necessary or can I try cornstarch. I would love to try this on my frizzy hair