So I got bored last night and decided to make some do-it-yourself hair gel.
(Okay, I’ve just been informed that this is in fact a “pomade,” and not a hair gel. And I kinda knew that, but felt that this story was already getting pretty gay, and feared that using the word pomade would put it over the top. Not that there’s anything wrong with that ;-)
Well, it wasn’t simply boredom that inspired me. I’m running out of the hair gel I like, and having the dark curly Greek variety, I find my mop needs a little taming. And the only stuff that works, and doesn’t stink to high heaven with asthma-inducing perfume is “Murray’s.”
Murray’s is some stuff I found at the local drug store here in DC years ago. Judging by the label, it’s made for folks trapped in the 1970s along with their hair with attitude.
The thing is, I’ve found that when my hair is long – well, longer than buzzed – I need Murray’s light variety, that’s rather smooth and oily. But it’s hard to find, and costs a fortune on Amazon. So, since I recently made some beeswax butter to treat some furniture, I thought, why can’t you use the same ingredients for your hair?
In fact, it is the same stuff. Beeswax and mineral oil (and maybe some Vitamin E, as some people say it helps to preserve the stuff).
So, always being big on the experiments, I set out to recreate my Murray’s. The only thing is, I remembered that I had two jars of a variety of Murray’s that was still too hard — too much wax — so I decided to melt it down and add some oil, and see what happens.
Now, I don’t have a recipe, yet, for making this yourself. As I started out with a gel that needed tinkering. But from what I’ve read online, I’m suspecting you’ll need about
4 parts beeswax to 1 part mineral oil, depending what consistency of gel you like. Strike that, make it: 2 to 4 parts oil to 1 part beeswax. The nice part is that you can melt it down again and add more oil, if it’s too firm, or add more wax if it’s too loose. It’s SO easy to do this in a double boiler. Here’s the beeswax I used – 1-lb Pure White BEESWAX Pellets-100% Pure – I got it from Amazon. I like it a lot, no impurities that you can see, and no real smell:
And mineral oil is cheap from any pharmacy.
Join me on my journey.
Assuming I don’t poison myself, when I run out of this stuff, I’ll attempt to make it from scratch next time, so it has no scent at all, which is what I prefer.
Hey, I got bored. And I like to tinker. What can I say.
PS And totally feel free to put this stuff on your wooden cutting board or wooden utensils. Well, not the stuff with the pomade inside.