Flaxseed gel is a well-loved ingredient within the curly community, it gives curls definition without flaking.
There are plenty of promising claims about flaxseed gel (like that it can help hair grow, keep the scalp healthy, and even reverse gray hair). So to separate fact from fiction and help you DIY your own dream gel.
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What Is Flaxseed?
The superfood is already famous in baked goods, smoothies, and oatmeal. Flaxseed is an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants, and is said to help balance hormones in the body. But this versatile seed can also be used for beauty in gels, moisturizers, and oils.
What is Flaxseed Gel?
Flaxseed Gel is a mucous-like gel that is created by boiling Flax Seeds. Once boiled, the Flax Seeds can create a thick gooey substance that can act as a hair gel. Flax Seeds themselves are derived from the Flax plant. See the picture below.
What Are the Benefits For Natural Hair?
“The top three concerns people have with their hair are dryness, frizz, and lack of hair growth, Flaxseeds are packed with things like vitamin E, fiber, and Omega 3 fatty acids which are great at combating the issues mentioned above. Our hair technically is fiber, so it makes sense that introducing flaxseed to our hair would greatly benefit it. In the same way, the Omega 3 fatty acids improve the health of your hair by making it stronger and improving the hair’s elasticity,. “It’s also good at binding moisture to the hair [to reduce] breakage, split ends, dryness, and frizz.”
Make Your Own Hair Gel with Flaxseed The Recipe / Directions:
Pour ¼ Flaxseed into 2.5 cups of water.
You make Flaxseed Gel by bringing a small pot of water to a low boil. Then you add your Flax Seeds to the pot. Give it a quick stir to hydrate all the seeds (to ensure each seed has been submerged in water) and let it boil for approx. 10 mins. You’ll want the texture of the flaxseed mucilage (the gel-like substance you’ll put on your hair) to consistent with egg whites. Not too thick, not too runny.
Make Your Own Hair Gel with Flaxseed: How do I strain Flaxseed Gel?
Then strain the seeds from the gel using a small strainer and a small spatula to separate the seeds to extract the most gel (You can use a larger strainer as well).
Some recipes recommend using a stocking, this is wrong. You risk burning yourself with boiling hot gel.
The only time a strainer is not sufficient is if you boil your gel for a VERY long time and it is too thick to separate. You don’t need gel this thick for the Flaxseed Gel to work. The gel will also thicken as it cools.
Make Your Own Hair Gel with Flaxseed Optional:
This step is optional, but you can add aloe vera gel and a few drops of your go-to essential oil to your mixture. To temper, an itchy scalp, add tea tree oil. For hair growth, add a few drops of lavender oil. Next, pour your gel into a glass bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator.
How Long Does Homemade Flaxseed Gel Last?
Flaxseed gel can last up to three weeks in the refrigerator with the help of essential oils like rosemary, jasmine, or lavender.
Enjoy your new DIY flaxseed gel for moisturizing, edging, and styling.