DIY: Flax seed Gel
by Ebony Clark-Bomani
What is the big deal about flax seed gel? Flax seeds, themselves, are rich in essential fatty acids that your hair (and body) needs---particularly Omega-3. Flax seed gel will not only nourish your hair, but it will make your curls defined, moisturized, and shiny. You'll have hold without the flaking or dryness that you can get from gels that are made with artificial ingredients. Flax seed gel is ideal for wash and go styles, twist/braid outs, sleek styles, twists, etc. Although you can use it whenever you like, it's best used on clean, damp hair. An added bonus---it's cost effective!
Here is what you'll need:
2 cups of purified water
1/4 cup flax seeds
strainer or nylon knee-high
1 tsp of aloe vera gel or juice
1 tsp of vitamin E oil
1 tsp of carrier oil of choice (optional)
10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
glass bowl for straining
air tight container for storage (I prefer a bottle)
Here's what you'll do:
Add water to a sauce pan and bring it to a low simmer over medium heat. Stir in flax seeds with a wooden spoon and allow them to come to a simmer, stirring often. Flax seeds should start to produce an egg white consistency. The longer you let them simmer, the more jelly-like the mixture becomes. Eventually it will become thick and mucous-like. Personally, I prefer to turn off the heat when the consistency is like a thin jelly.
This particular consistency is great for fine to medium hair types. However, if you prefer a thicker gel with stronger hold, simmer until the seeds stay suspended in the jelly rather than sink to the bottom. This thickness is great for medium to coarse hair types. Remove from the heat and strain the gel into your glass bowl. If you opted for thin gel, using a strainer just might suffice for you. If you chose to make yours thicker, it would be easier for you to stretch your knee high over your glass bowl and strain it that way. Once you pour the gel inside the knee high, you will have to squeeze out the remaining contents because of the thickness.
Allow your gel to cool. Once cooled, add the remaining ingredients and mix them together using a whisk. Pour into your air tight container for storage. You can use a bottle if your gel is more of a liquid. It would be easier to use a jar if it's thick. Your new, all natural gel is ready to use! Shelf life is no longer than 14 days, and refrigeration is highly recommended.
Do you plan to try our DIY flax seed recipe? Have you made your own already? We'd love to know.