What You’ll Need
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seed , depending on how thick you want it to be
- 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel (optional)
- 3 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Strainer (fine mesh)
- Wooden spoon
- Bowl or air tight container
How to Make It
- Pour 2 cups of water and flax seed into a pot, on low/medium bring it to a boil stirring flax seed often, and gently, with the spoon.
- Turn off heat when a white frothy gel like liquid forms (it will have a raw egg white consistency).
- Continue stirring while it simmers. Put the strainer on top of your bowl or container and pour the mixture in.
- Let it cool down, and, if you want to, add aloe gel and essential oil.
Keep the leftover flaxseeds in a ziplock bag for another use or two!
Applying the Gel
Use gel while hair is clean and damp to wet. It may have a “goopy” consistency, so you may have to “play” with your recipie a bit by adding or lessening the amount of flax seed as you create it.
Place the rest of the gel in an air tight container. The shelf life is 12-14 days in the refrigerator. Put the used flax seeds in a container in the fridge so that you can reuse them.
Our Top Tips
If your curls need moisture
- You can add EVOO to your mix for a more nourishing gel
If your gel is too thin
- Try adding a bit more flaxseed to your next batch
- Add a touch of honey
- Or experiment with a teaspoon of xanthum gum for a thickener
If your gel smells
- Adding a favorite essential oil can enhance the smell of your gel, and your locks
What’s been your experience with flaxseed gel?