A couple of weeks ago, my co-worker and me were having a discussion on home product conditioners. The conversation was around how to keep knots out of hair – I suggested using mayonnaise, olive oil or coconut oil. My co-worker decided to try mayonnaise, but it was hard to get it all out of her hair. She did some research on other options and came across flax seed hair gel. She came into work and told me about it – I was intrigued. She has finer hair and thought it would be too heavy for her. I went to the internet and did some research – reading fantastic review after fantastic review and decided to give it a try. Many recipes suggest adding aloe vera gel, honey or essential oils, but I decided to keep it basic at first and see how it worked.
According to many website, flax is very beneficial for your hair and your pocket book- these include:
~leaves hair soft, shiny and moisturized
~promotes hair growth
~gives curls definition
~gives hold with no crunchy residue
~cost less than store bought hair gel
~can reuse the flax seeds
Flax Seed Hair Gel
2 cups water
1/4 to 1/2 cup flax seeds (the more flax seeds the thicker the gel)
Panty hose, cheese cloth or strainer
1. Mix the water and flax seed together in a pot.
2. Cook over medium low heat, mixing with a wooden spoon, pretty consistently – but not constant.
3. You want to bring it to a boil and when a white froth forms on top (looks like egg whites) turn the heat off and allow to simmer, keep stirring.
4. Pour the the mixture through a strainer, stocking, etc. into your container or I found that a glass measuring cup worked really well.
5. Wash your pot immediately – if not the gel will harden to your pot and it will almost be impossible to get it off.
6. Let it cool down and add the aloe vera gel and/or essential oils if using.
Keep in the refrigerator between uses. Will keep for up to 3 weeks.
To use: Take a small amount in your hand and distribute through wet hair. Scrunch your curls or twist you hair for curl. You will love this!