*Long post alert* lol
So I have had some flax seeds sitting in my kitchen for over a year…literally lol!! I bought some from Whole Foods a LOOOOONG time ago after seeing a few YouTube videos on how to make your own hair gel for less than a few bucks AND you can re-use the seeds to make more gel! Needless to say, I never got around to using them lol until now! Glad they keep well and don’t go bad haha
So you may always hear me complaining about how I just can’t seem to get wash-n-gos right blah blah blah, so I’m like hmmmm, maybe the answer to all my hair problems is FLAX SEEDS!! lol well, I guess I dream big but I can’t say it is the answer l but I think I am a few steps closer which is good :o)
You may already know that flax seeds are super healthy and beneficial to the body internally but here’s a little bit about how flax seed gel is good for your hair. Flax seed gel is rich in omega-3 so its extremely nourishing and makes your hair soft and shiny. It helps define your curls because it has a light hold. You can use the gel for wash-n- go’s, twists, twist outs, etc. Another great thing about this homemade gel is it mixes well with other products, you know how sometimes commercial gels mixed with conditioners and other products can create white, cottage cheese like chunks all in your hair? Well, no worries with flax seed gel (another example of how all natural products work better and are in harmony with each other!)
Ok so how did I make the gel? Well, there a ton of recipes out there but it seems that the basis of all of them start with a simple ratio of flax seeds to water in order to get a good consistency — 1/4 cup of seeds, 2 cups of water ((most people say use distilled water which I’m sure is better but #AintNobodyGotTimeFaThat and I use good ole tap water)). Here’s what else you’ll need:
- A stove :o)
- Medium sized sauce pan
- Wood spoon to stir mixture
- An old stocking or small strainer
- 1/4 cup flax seeds (You can use more/less seeds for thinner/thicker gel)
- 2 cups of water
- Carrier or Essential oils (optional)
- Air tight container to store your gel (an old product container will be perfect…oh and one that doesn’t melt easy preferably….you’ll see why in a sec)
So for the oils, I used a mixture of myrtle EO, lavender EO, peppermint EO, cederwood EO and castor oil. I love essential oils and tend to use them all at once lol They smell so divine!! Oh and I love Chipotle too lol
Alright so I poured the 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of flax seeds into a sauce pan, set the stove to a about medium heat and bring it to a boil. You have to stir often to make sure the seeds don’t stick. Once it starts boiling, you will see a frothy white covering on the top and the water will start to thicken. It’s kind of fun to watch lol I like “science-like” projects like these haha same sort of excitement when you mix baking soda and liquid aminos hehe
Here I turned down the burner a bit and you can really see the gel forming, its got a gooey, mucusy consistency. It will still be somewhat runny at this point because it is hot, once it cools it will thicken. I let it boil for about 7 mins or so.So here is the tricky part that I really wish someone would have told me about lol ((or at least my common sense should have kicked in lol)). Alright so transferring the gel from the pot into the container was a MESS. FIRST, I should have realized that I should let the gel COOL DOWN a bit BEFORE trying to pour it into a plastic container or else THIS will happen….
WHOMP WHOMP……. #Fail. -__- and yes the gel gets HOT, boiling hot to be exact duh Lauren!
Luckily, I had a glass jar available and I ended up using that BUT another very key step in transferring the gel into that container is to put the stocking around the opening of your container. I realized this AFTER I attempted the pour it into the melted container and I ended up getting seeds everywhere, I had like 3 bowls, a cookie sheet trying to control the mess. It was hectic needless to say lol and it shouldn’t have been! I had to think fast so I like grabbed everything that was in sight lol another one of my kitchen escapades of course haha I am sure if you attempt this, it will be a much smoother process :o)
So I say all that because in the pic below, you’ll see the stocking wrap around the top of the bowl ((just imagine the bowl is a nice, non-melted jar)), and you pour the gel and the seeds in the middle of the stocking. This prevents the seeds from getting in the gel.Then, you have to squeeeeeeeeze all the gel out through the stocking. I used some tongs to do this because, again, the gel is still quite hot. So keep doing this until you can get a good amount of the gel out through the stocking.
After all the squeezing, I added the oils I mentioned at the beginning of the post, stirred it a bit and poured the gel from the bowl into a jar (of course you will have already been squeezing it into your final, non-melted jar)…and thats it! The final product will look like the pic below. The gel will keep for about 2 weeks if you keep it in the fridge.
If none of the above made any sense lol just watch this video by one of my hair crushes Naptural85 below ((I know, I know, I probably could have spared you and put this at the beginning of this post haha))
Annnnnddd for the results on my hair…. ok so I am still very torn about wash-n-go’s. I feel like this did nothing for me when I used it straight up on my natural curl pattern BUT keep in mind, my hair in the pics below is extremely raggedy on the ends because I am growing out old color and it makes my curl pattern look all jacked. I say this because I got a trim since I did this WNG and my curls are definitely more poppin but yea….so um I may have to revisit this wash-n-go and I need to put a really good leave-in on first. Ugh, I’ll figure it out one day…
Freshly applied, day 1….
BUT WAIT!!! There is hope for this gel!!! I have seen several gels advertised to be used for twists and I would just always write that use off because I always think of anything pertaining to gel being crunchy and without movement, not soft and full of body like butters so I am like how is that supposed to work for twists? Unless you wanted some stiff crunchy twists. But I had seen several fellow curlies use gels but mixed with a butter or leave-in for twist-outs. The butter/leave-in helps keep the hair soft and pliable while still allowing some hold from the gel.
So when in doubt, I always return to my trusty twist-outs and I decided to try it with this gel. And let me tell you, I like it!! I don’t know why I had never tried this before! I used the flax seed gel and a butter and I LOOOVED the results!! My hair was very defined, soft and super shiny! Plus I was able to get all the benefits of the flax seed. I also really loved that the gel sort of kept my hair from feeling oily or heavy. It also helped battle humidity a bit which is a HUGE plus over here on the east coast. Check out the results below!
Hopefully you’ve made it this far down the post and are still reading this lol but I hope you can benefit from making a homemade gel and save you some dollas. I am certainly working on my wash-n-gos this summer and have a few things I want to try and hopefully get it right. I have gotten quite a few tips from readers and I will definitely be taking your advice! I will be sure to post my results!
Alrighty, that’s enough for now. Until next time :o)