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How Do You Make Your Own Hair Setting Lotion At Home?

Today, styling someone’s hair is a piece of cake with the support of hundreds of hair care items.

If you are born with straight hair and you want to curl it, and vice versa, there are actually many ways that help you. One of them is using hair setting lotion.

Of course by opting for this method, you will apply a certain amount of chemicals on your hair and your head.

And a thought of making a more natural hair setting lotion at home will definitely pop up in your mind in this case.

Let’s find out some interesting knowledge about this topic in this article with us.

See also: What Happens If You Put Lotion In Your Hair?

What does setting lotion do for your hair?

Firstly, we would like to make sure that everyone truly understands what this thing will do for our hair.

Typically, people use setting lotion to curl their hair. It will help your strands wet during being set in the rollers, and once the gel is dry, your hair will be in the desired shape for a long period of time.

How do you make your own hair setting lotion at home?

Besides the wonderful use of this hair care product, we understand that there are millions of people still hesitate to use it because of the long-term effect of chemical content.

Don’t worry, you can actually create a homemade version with some easy-to-find ingredients and tools.

Below are two ways to help you make your own hair setting lotion at home.

Method 1: Using sugar

Sugar is one of the staple materials in every kitchen. And you’ll surprise how it works in curling your hair referring to our suggestion below.

Things you’ll need:

  1. A saucepan
  2. A whisk
  3. A spray bottle
  4. A funnel
  5. Granulated sugar
  6. Water


  1. Bring a saucepan of distilled water to boil on a stove.
  2. Turn off the stove and remove the pan.
  3. Add 6 teaspoons of white granulated sugar for each half cup of water to the hot water.
  4. Use a whisk to stir the mixture well until completely dissolve the sugar.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature.
  6. Use a funnel to pour the setting lotion to the prepared spray bottle.

After done, just use it as a store-bought setting lotion to apply to your hair and creatively style it.

Method 2: Using gelatin

Another way to make your own setting lotion is using gelatin, which is very common in making jelly. Your result is cheap, but very efficient.

Things you’ll need:

  1. A measuring cup
  2. A whisk
  3. A spray bottle
  4. A funnel
  5. Unflavored gelatin
  6. Water
  7. Essential oil (optional)


  1. Prepare a cup of warm water.
  2. Add one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin into the warm water.
  3. Use a whisk to stir the mixture well.
  4. Use a funnel to pour the lotion to the prepared spray bottle.
  5. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture.
  6. Cover the bottle and give it a well shake.

The finished product is not only easy to make, inexpensive, but it also possesses a fragrant aroma.

Can setting lotion be used on dry hair?

The answer is yes, you can still set on dry hair. However, for the most efficient result, it is advised to use setting lotion on damp hair.

It must be damp, not too wet like right after you take a shower. You better follow the instruction of the manufacturer if you use a store-bought setting lotion for the best outcome.

What can I use instead of setting lotion?

We cannot deny the magical result of hair setting lotion, but it is not the only choice once you want to style your hair, especially curl it.

You can even just do a roller set without any hair care product, but you need to ensure that your hair is wet while setting.

Some people use diluted Shea butter or mix it with other gel or mousse products to shape their hair.

As you can see, there are several ways to set your hair with or without using setting lotion. Choose your favorite one and experiment, the result will surprise you, in a good way, indeed.

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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