If you are on a tight budget, spending money on hair products such as setting lotion may not be within your budget. Whether you are creating a wet set, curler set or going for a wavy, natural look, a setting lotion helps to hold your hairstyle in place. You can make your own setting lotion quite inexpensively using items that you may already have in your pantry.
Pour 1 cup of warm water into a large measuring cup. Peel open a package of unflavored gelatin and add 1 teaspoon to the warm water.
Stir the warm water and unflavored gelatin to combine, using a metal whisk. Pour the gelatin-based setting lotion into a 12-ounce squeeze bottle.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the setting lotion. Attach the cap to the squeeze bottle and give it a shake, dispersing the scent throughout the setting lotion.
Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of setting lotion into the palm of your hand. Massage the setting lotion in your damp hair prior to styling.
Store the homemade setting lotion in your refrigerator between uses.
Do not add more than 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin to 1 cup of warm water. Doing so will form a thick gelatin that will not spread evenly through your hair.