After I discovered emulsifying wax, the first recipe I wanted to re-vamp was my hair serum. I chose to make it an emulsion so I could cut back on the percentage of oils in the recipe, but in the end it didn’t emulsify very well without any beeswax or borax. So, I melted the original batch back down and added a few grams or e-wax, and that fixed it. But now that I knew I could make a formula that was 75% water instead of 50%, I had to give it another go.
Now, not to toot my own horn (ok, I’m lying), but this stuff is great. Not only is it anti-frizz, but it makes brilliant leave-in conditioner/hair lotion. I massaged a fairly healthy amounts into the bottom 6″ of my waist-length hair two nights ago, and my ends are beautifully soft and shiny. And not at all greasy looking!
This formula uses most of the same ingredients, but results in a more fool-proof serum since it’s mostly water, which won’t turn your hair into a stringy mess. The base of the serum is aloe vera juice and a selection of hair-healthy oils. I spiked it with phytokeratin, bioplex, vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E. Last but not least, essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and lemongrass.
Ultimate Homemade Hair Serum
65mL aloe vera juice (not aloe vera gel! You can also use distilled water)
5mL phytokeratin (optional, can be replaced with aloe vera juice)
3mL vegetable glycerin (optional, can be replaced with aloe vera juice)
2mL bioplex (optional, can be replaced with aloe vera juice)
10g camellia seed oil
7g jojoba oil
5g castor oil
2g vitamin E oil
Essential oils of lavender, lemongrass, and rosemary
Heat the aloe vera juice, phytokeratin, vegetable glycerin, and bioplex in a small saucepan over low heat until the vegetable glycerin dissolves.
Heat the oils (minus the essential oils) over low heat in another small saucepan until the emulsifying wax melts.
Let both cool, stirring the oils. Once the oils start to thicken, and both parts are approximately at room temperature, begin whisking the aloe vera juice mixture into the oils. The mixture will thicken a lot on the first addition of water and thin out from there. After all the water is incorporated, add essential oils as you like.
Once combined, decant into a bottle with a squirt or disc top (something suitable for a thinner lotion; I used an old hair serum bottle from the grocery store). Shake occasionally as it cools.
To use, squirt a small amount into your palm, rub your hands together, and glide over your hair. Once the water evaporates, you’ll be all shiny and set! I also love to use this as a leave-in conditioner for my ends.