Flaxseed hair gel is an inexpensive, natural hair product that is best suited for curly hair. It moisturizes and defines curly hair without creating crunchiness or stiffness. Also known as linseed, flaxseed comes from a fibre crop known as Flax. It contains Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B1, dietary fibre and so much more! Some people call it the wonder food because it aids in lowering the risk of cancer.
Fortunately, you can also use it for a little sustainable vanity too in preparing hair gel. Moreover, you have the option of adding several other ingredients to your homemade flaxseed hair gel as a way of customizing it to suit the particular needs of your hair.
This DIY process is very simple and takes less than 7 minutes. When refrigerated, Linseed/Flaxseed lasts over 2 weeks or longer with added preservatives. You may also freeze it for later application.
• 1/3 cup golden flaxseeds
• 1/5 drops tangerine oil
• 1/3 tablespoon citric acid
• 1/3 cup Aloe Vera
• ½ tablespoon honey
• 2 cups water
1. Soak the golden flaxseeds overnight. The purpose of this is to increase gel yield, cooking time and the ease of straining. Note that this step is optional but recommended.
2. Combine water and flaxseeds in a saucepan and turn heat to high, stirring. Stir in Epsom salts, although this is also optional.
3. Continue to stir until the mixture comes to boil. Turn the heat to medium as soon as the mixture’s consistency changes to a thin, foamy jelly.
4. When the flaxseeds become suspended in the jelly instead of sinking to the bottom of the saucepan, remove from heat and drain well through a strainer into a bowl.
Note that the pot should be rinsed immediately to avoid encountering a difficulty cleaning it later.
5. Stir in a preservative once the mixture cools slightly. (Optional). Add any preferred ingredients such as Aloe Vera gel, tangerine oil, citric acid, butters and honey.
6. Whisk the mixture so as to break up any remaining clumps and combine the ingredients well. Also, the flaxseed gel should attain egg white consistency.
7. Pour the mixture into a container.
8. Your flaxseed hair gel is now ready for use. Store it in your refrigerator for maximum shelf-life and optimum performance.
The best thing about this gel is that it costs a mere fraction of the price of anything you’ll buy from stores and it works just as well, in fact, even better on curly hair.