Because I am not a fan of using normal store bought gel for my hair (after having a really bad experience with it!), I have been trying more natural ways to make my own gel. For my flexi rod set, I used flax seed gel.
Flax Seed Gel Looks Great in Hair but is so much more Beneficial in your Diet!
With the research I did about it, I think having flax seeds in my diet would definitely be more beneficial than using it as gel in my hair! Flax seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, and they come from one of the oldest crops in the world. Flax seeds contain high amounts of fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. With a tablespoon of ground flax seeds, you get 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as 2 grams of fiber; great on the calorie count and excellent for your body.
So here’s how I made my flax seed gel:
My prep time was half an hour and included:
- 1/4 cup of flax seeds: which I got from Super Spar in Windhoek, Namibia
- 2 cups of water
- Normal sized pot
- Clean plastic container
- Essential oils: peppermint and lavender
- Tea strainer or pantyhose
Step 1: This was a very simple gel to make. You add the flax seeds and the water into the pot and bring it to the boil on high heat. After five minutes the water will start to foam and create a jelly like consistency. I kept it on the stove for ten minutes because I didn’t want a watery consistency to my gel; it eventually became nice, thick and jelly like.
Step 2: After it reaches your desired consistency, you have to remove the flax seeds from the gel the water has created. Some people use pantyhose to strain the gel from the seeds, I used a tea strainer, it worked just as well and was quicker. I strained the gel into a clean plastic container.
Step 3: Let the gel cool outside or in the refrigerator. You will notice that it becomes more firmer and gooey (ewww like snot lol 🙂 )as it cools. When cooled, add some essential oils to promote hair health while the gel is in your hair. I added ten drops of both peppermint and lavender essential oils to mine.
And that’s it, your gel is ready to use! Store it in the refrigerator so that it can last longer. Maximum time for me was a week, and after that I tossed it out. However there where some things I did not like about the gel…
Problems with Using Flax Seed Gel
You have to be careful about how much gel you apply to your hair, when my hair dried, it dried in white flakes, and I had to spend some time fluffing out my hair to get rid of the flakes. Also watch how much oil you apply to your hair before applying the gel, it could have been that I had too much oil on my hair as well.
All in all, I love the curl definition that the gel gave to my hair, but I think I will reserve the use of flax seed gel for special occasions 🙂 🙂 , and stick to using it in my diet instead 🙂
Happy Experimenting Ladies!
Kinks and curls,
Sharon, Afrorage 🙂