By making your own hair care products you can cut down your chemical exposure and save money. I use clear Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel as styling gel. It works great!
plain gelatin (like Knox)
Heat 2 1/2 cups of water. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of gelatin into the water and stir. Allow the gel to cool and it may be used when it reaches room temperature. Store it in the fridge until you need to use it. The gel can be warmed up before use. Keeps 1 week in the fridge.
essential oil (optional for smell)
Dissolve the sugar in hot water, stirring thoroughly to dissolve. Remove from heat and add vodka. Cool and then add your choice of essential oil.