If you’re a curly girl you’ve seen these recipes flying around the internet & curly hair message boards for years. I seriously thought…ugh, no time. Must make a mess. That’s just nuts. In the words of Sweet Georgia Brown….
“Ain’t nobody got time for that…”
Well, I was nuts for not doing this sooner! I spend a LOT of money on hair gel. Scratch that I USED TO spend a lot of money on hair gel. Recently the salon I would buy my hair gel from told me I could no longer get the bar back size liters because the company wasn’t making them any more. Buying these gave me a HUGE savings from buying the insanely priced “regular” size bottles. She gave me a large discount on them, but it was still way more than what I was paying in the liter size and well, to be honest, more than I wanted to pay anyway. I noticed the gel also wasn’t “working” as well either… and started to flake, which it never did. I figured this was a better time as any to give making my own hair gel a try.
DIY Flaxseed Hair Gel
2 cups of filtered water
1/4 cup of brown flaxseeds
Container to hold your gel.
Bring 2 cups of filtered water to a boil.
Add 1/4 cup of brown flaxseeds to water. Reduce heat to medium to medium high. Stir for about 7-9 minutes. (I actually set a timer to keep track of the time.) Continue to stir to prevent the seeds from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Use your spoon or spatula to check consistency of the gel. It should start to stretch like gel…almost a mucus look. (I know gross, but trust me…)
Pour your flaxseed into the strainer. Stir seeds to push more gel through the strainer.
Once your satisfied with the amount of gel you pushed through the strainer you’re done! Put it into your container & into the refrigerator! That’s it! The gel will last about 2 weeks if kept in the refrigerator with no preservatives used.
Optional add-ins once it cools:
Pure Aloe Vera
Vitamin E Oil
The Vitamin E oil & essential oils can be used as preservatives to extend shelf life.
I actually use all of the above. The gel I buy is flaxseed & aloe gel, so adding the pure aloe vera was a no brainer for me. I also will find any excuse to use lavender essential oils…just a few drops is all you need!
***Many have also had good results with reusing the same flaxseeds. Just put the flaxseeds in the freezer or refrigerator for next time use. Nothing like extending your pennies even further!
Not to mention – it’s a lot of fun for 4 year olds to play with!
I was reminded… a picture of my curls was in order…
Here ya go – 2nd day hair too!