Don’t you just want to banish frizz and get more defined curls? Flaxseed gel is the solution. Many curly-haired women swear by flaxseed gel as it defines their curls without being flaky. Plus, you can very easily make it yourself and so, you won’t have to worry about restocking when you run out of it. With DIY flaxseed gel, you also know what you are putting in your hair.
Besides, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on salon hair treatments to define your curls and make them smoother. Before you start making this gel with the given DIY Flaxseed Gel Recipe, read on to know more about what flaxseed is and the benefits it offers.
What is Flaxseed?
Flaxseed is a superfood, especially for hair. It is a great source of protein, antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. It is already found in different food items like oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods. But now, you will see it being used in gels, moisturizers, and oils.
What are the benefits of flaxseed for hair?
Flaxseed combats the three main issues of natural hair that is frizzy, dryness, and lack of growth because it contains vitamin E, fiber, and Omega 3.
How to make DIY flaxseed gel?
For making a DIY flaxseed gel, you will need the following:
- A quarter cup flaxseed
- 2.5 cups water
- Essential oils (optional)
Pour a quarter cup flaxseed into 2.5 cups water. Use more water and fewer flax seeds if you want thinner gel. For thicker gel, use more flax seeds and less water.
Pour the mixture into a saucepan or pot and bring to a boil on medium heat while stirring frequently to ensure that the flaxseed doesn’t stick to the bottom.
After about 10 minutes when the mixture becomes frothy, turn off the heat immediately. If you want thinner gel, boil it for 5-7 minutes. For thicker gel, boil the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Using a strainer, strain the seeds from the gel. You can also use clean knee-length stockings or pantyhose for straining. Make sure that the seeds are separated from the gel at this point. Your mixture should have the consistency of an egg white, it should be not too thick or too thin.
Let the mixture cool for a while. When it has cooled down, add essential oil. You can use any essential oil like lavender oil for hair growth or chamomile for soothing the scalp. Although this is an optional step, it will allow the gel to last longer and give it a nice scent. Plus, you will be able to get the best of these oils along with the benefits of flaxseed. Apart from essential oils, you can add shea butter or aloe vera gel for a thicker consistency.
Pour the mixture into an air-tight jar and store it in a refrigerator once you are done with mixing the essential oils and other items in the flaxseed gel.
Enjoy your DIY flaxseed gel for moisturizing and styling.
How to use flaxseed gel?
Before you apply flaxseed gel, be sure to cleanse your hair before applying flaxseed gel as it can only penetrate clean hair. You can use a water-based moisturizing gel for that. After cleansing, use a hydrating conditioner and then apply the flaxseed gel. It is best if you apply it after taking a shower and washing your hair as per your regular routine.
Like any other hair gel, use this on detangled and sectioned hair. Using a comb or your fingers, apply a dollop on each section. Use your fingers for the application. Continue with the application until all sections are complete. You can use it to tame the edges or define your curls.
Once applied, let the gel dry. Don’t play with your hair or run your fingers through your hair while the gel is drying. At this point, your hair might feel stiff but don’t worry, this stiffness is only temporary. You can brush your hair to reduce the stiffness. For defined curls, you can scrunch your hair with your palm after flipping your head down.
How long can you keep flaxseed gel?
You can keep this jar of homemade flaxseed gel for about two to three weeks. It will expire after that. However, you can add 1% german to the gel once it has cooled down to prolong its life. You can also store the jar full of flaxseed gel in a freezer for making it last longer. Whenever you need to use it, just take out some in a bottle and leave the rest in the jar.
Be sure to take out the jar and smell it before use if you have left it in the refrigerator for more than a couple of days. If the gel gives a bad smell, then it is time to toss it in the bin.
How to preserve flaxseed gel?
You need to keep the container of flaxseed gel in a refrigerator in order to preserve it. You cannot travel with it as it will get spoiled if you leave it out for long. So, if you intend to travel, just go for store-bought flaxseed gel or whip up a new batch if you have access to a kitchen.
How often can you use flaxseed gel?
You can use flaxseed gel as much as you want. However, if you have applied it earlier, be sure to wash your hair before applying it again. Otherwise, if you reapply the gel without washing your hair, it can cause flakes.
Does flaxseed gel damage hair?
It does not really damage hair but some people can be allergic to it. For such people, it can cause problems if applied near or the scalp. So, it’s best to do a patch test before applying the gel.
Also, while it leaves behind a residue that can make your hair stiff but it does not dry or damage hair. This stiffness usually goes away the next day without doing anything.
Where to buy Branded Flaxseed Gel?
The flaxseed gel can be bought online with limited time discount from following links:
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