Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Homemade Hair Gel - Part 1

So ... I paid 30 cents for flax seed??? 
Let's try this!!

Flax Seeds are also called Linseeds;
the brown seeds were 10 cents cheaper!

Naturally Curly Recipe: DIY Hair Gel

(1 part flax seeds: 4 parts distilled water)

2 cups water
1/2 cup flax seed

Yield: 4-5 uses
  • Use a high heat and stir with a wooden spoon
  • When it comes to a boil, stir vigorously
  • Watch that the seeds start bubbling up and foaming, when they look like they want to sink to the bottom of the pot, keep stirring and you should get a second foam then turn off the heat
  • Use a mesh strainer, pour the mixture through the strainer 
  • Reusing the seeds don't seem to give the same consistency
  • Put into an air tight container and be careful to let it cool before putting it into glass or plastic
  • The consistency is not gel like, it's like egg whites and smells like honey.  
This is the recipe above is the one I'll follow.  
See Homemade Hair Gel - Part 2 
for the process of me actually making it (and screwing it up!)

And another video... this shows her actually cooking up the batch, great to see the texture, and the application although I'm not really loving the curls, I would use much smaller sections and tease out the curl definition by plopping it to dry to get more volume.

Note: She does add a second coat when dry, and she refrigerates it.

And another option is to add coconut oil right into the gel.

Lulastic's Hair Gel - click here

Flax Seed/Linseed and Coconut Oil Hair Gel
(1 part flax seeds: 3 parts distilled water)
  • A tablespoon of Linseeds aka Flax seeds
  • 3 x table spoons of water
  • Boil them together for 7ish minutes, until the water turns thick and slimey, sieve the linseeds out and pop the gel in a container.
  • Melt a bit of coconut oil until runny and add half a teaspoon to the mixture.  Mix it really well. Add more oil if you want it more waxy/ soft, and less if you want it to remain crisper!
And finally... this lady turns her frizz hair day into a fabulous hair day overnight.  It was very interesting for styling tips and DIY product.

And if you've reached this far, here's a bonus treasure trove of recipes for you:

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