Flaxseed gel is probably one of the best DIY (homemade) gels to be used for styling our curly or wavy hair. There are various reasons why I favour the use of flaxseed gel.
1. It is very (very veryyyy) cost effective. 100gms flaxseed costs about 120bucks. It yields about 30+ cups of hair gel.
2. Flaxseed gel provides nourishment to the hair and keeps it healthy
3. Since this gel is made at home, we know exactly what went into making it and that it is totally safe and healthy for our hair.
4. It takes just about 15 min on the whole to prepare the gel
5. The hold it provides is totally awesome. Comparable to the store bought gels and even better than many out there in the market.
What more can we ask for?! Did this kindle your interested in learning how to make this super awesome gel? I really hope so….
Let’s look at procedure to make. To make it at home, all you need to do is measure the quantities and boil it with water and tada! Your gel is ready!!
- Flaxseeds – 1/4 Cup
- Water – 2 Cups
- Aloe Vera Gel (Optional) – 1 Tablespoon
- Any Essential Oil (Optional) – 4-6drops
- Air-tight Container (preferably glass)
- Egg beater/Spoon/Spatula (for mixing)
How to Make:
- Add 1/4th cup of flaxseeds to 2 cups of water in a pan. Keep it on high flames and bring it to boil.
- Once it starts boiling, reduce the flame to medium.
- Keep stirring it occasionally to avoid sticking of the seeds to the bottom of the pan.
- Keep boiling it for 5-6mins.
- The mixture will start frosting and will show a gel-like consistency slowly.
- Turn off the stove and strain
- Let it stand for few minutes so that the heat subsides a little
- Add the aloe vera gel and essential oils
- Use an egg beater/spoon to mix the contents together.
- Let it cool.
- Pour in the container and store in refrigerator once it cools down.
- Do not over boil, otherwise it might become thick and will be difficult to apply.
- The final product has the consistency of egg white.
- After filtering, mix the final gel to breakdown any lumps, to give a runny consistency and mix the ingredients.
- You can soak the flaxseeds overnight to get more gel yield. However, directly using the seeds is good enough.
- Always refrigerate the gel as it will get spoiled it left at room temperature.
- Wash the utensils immediately after making the gel. Otherwise it will get stick and tough to clean up.
- You can make this gel with only the seeds and water. Any other additional ingredient is totally optional. However, I find that adding aloe vera gel gives it a better consistency for applying and keeps hair more moisturized. Any essential oil can be used for fragrance and additional properties. If you are looking for curl enhancing properties, you can add a pinch of epsom salt (do not over do this since it is very drying for the hair).
- I feel that adding aloe vera gel makes the gel a little lighter and easy to apply also, doesn’t weigh down hair. For people looking for mild hold or ligher version can increase the quantity of aloe vera gel. I add Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel reviewed here.
- If you are not travelling then this is probably the best alternative to the store bought hair styling products, i.e. gel or mousse.
- Start with the basic version and the recipe given here and then you can try and customize this based on your hair needs and liking. 🙂
It is not difficult to make but might just take a little while to get it right. But don’t let anything from stopping you from trying this out!!
If you make and use flaxseed gel, comment below and let me know your feedback. Also, if you find it confusing or difficult to follow, fire away your doubts in the comments below or in the forum and I will try and clarify them!! 🙂