DIY Flax Seed Hair Gel
I know!! Right! Hair gel made from flax seeds – and it is FABULOUS!! My beautiful friend, Becky Ayers turned me on to this recipe that she uses for her hair all the time. I haven’t used hair gel in over 10 + years. Most hair gels on the market are full of toxic crap that is harmful to the hair, strips it, breaks it and much more. It absorbs into the skin and is NOT good for our systems. I am NOT a hair gel kind of girl, but you know me, I’ve got to try something once and this was a fun one. It is absolutely dirt cheap to make it too! Score!
Guess what, I LIKE hair gel again! THIS kind of course! This is SUPER DUPER natural. I am known to put food on my face and in my hair, but I usually wash it out. Not this stuff. You leave it in, style as usual and SHAZAAM! Lustrous, bouncy, soft and BODY! All from a beloved little brown seed that I use every day in a smoothie or my hot oatmeal ( I use the flax meal here). Go figure! Thank you, Becky, for sharing this EASY DIY hair gel with me to share out to others. She gave me more BEAUTIFYING hair recipes and secrets that I will share with you soon as soon as I experiment with them on my own.
Watch the video for directions and a guest appearance from my lovely assistant.
Flax Seed hair gel:
1 cup water
2 TB. organic flax seeds (brown or golden – doesn’t matter) – (linseeds in the UK)
I poured 1 cup of water into my medium sized saucepan, then 2 TB. of flax seeds and then turned the heat on high on my stovetop. Stir every so often to keep the seeds moving and keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan (I think this also helps the gelatinous stuff slough off of the seeds as you stir, as it seemed to help my consistency in the finished product).
Once your water comes to a boil, stir gently, but almost constantly. When you start getting a thin, foamy jelly, turn the heat down a little, but keep stirring, watching for the point when you let the seeds settle for a second and they suspend in the clear jelly instead of sinking to the bottom.
Once you hit that point, shut off the heat, give one last stir, and immediately pour the liquid and seeds into the strainer over your bowl. I let the gel strain out of the seeds, while I rinse my pan (don’t let the gel dry in there or you’ll have a mess to clean up later!), and then I go back to the strainer and start pushing and stirring the mixture through the sieve with my fingers or a spoon. Add any essential oil of choice at this time and stir. I then transfer this gel to a sealed jar (recycled ghee jar works great for me).
The color of the gel is almost clear, but with just a touch of milkiness to it, and a little bit of a golden hue. Nothing obtrusive or offensive at all. In fact, if you didn’t know what it was, you could easily mistake it for egg whites – color and consistency are almost identical.
Now, it’s ready for use. That’s it! Easy-peasy!
Add a pinch citric acid as a preservative, or you’ll have to store it in the fridge, and even then it will last less than a couple weeks.
Add 1/4 teaspoon epsom salt for curl enhancement.
Be prepared for a little trial and error. Some people boil the seeds for 10 minutes, but on my stove, it’s more like 7. It also depends how runny you want it. More time = thicker gel. But cook too long and it won’t strain very easily, or at all. The gel will thicken upon cooling – so keep that in mind.
But it’s really not hard, once you get it down.Leftover flax seeds will go into a green smoothie. NO WASTE!