A personal journey to obtaining and maintaining natural hair
Flax Seed Gel
I have grown quite interested in learning how to make your own hair care products. One recipe I have wanted to try for some time now is for making homemade hair gel using flax seeds. I purchased some whole flax seeds from GNC a couple of months ago preparing myself to make it one day. Over the Christmas holiday I experimented with making some flax seed gel using this recipe:
Flax Seed Gel
1/4 cup of flaxseeds
2 cups of water
About a teaspoon or more of coconut oil (optional)
Nylon or mesh strainer (I used a knee high)
Using a medium sized saucepan pour in the flaxseeds and the water. Place the saucepan on the stove and using a medium low setting (my stovetop dial has numbers on it so I set it at about a 4 or 5) bring the flaxseeds and water to boil. This should take about 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to get a white froth on top. Be sure to stir often, while stirring the mixture should become more gel like.
Once the mixture has come to a boil turn off the heat. Using a nylon or mesh strainer placed inside a bowl, strain the mixture so that the gel collects in the bowl and the flaxseeds stay in the strainer. Be careful because the gel will be very hot. Since I do not own a nylon strainer I stretched a clean knee high stocking over a bowl to act as a strainer, it may sound strange but it worked.
I tossed out the cooked flaxseeds and added about a teaspoon or so of coconut oil to the hot gel. Transferred the flaxseed gel from bowl to an airtight container and let it cool. Since no preservatives were added to this mix flaxseed gel was stored in the refrigerator.
I tried the flaxseed gel on a wash and go and loved the curl definition I got from it. My hair was not hard and there were no frizzes. Here are two videos showing how I used the flaxseed gel on a wash and go and how I refreshed it the next day, actually I was able to refresh the style for a week.