Flax seed gel is basically flax seed extract used as a natural styling gel in the curly hair community. A jar of flax seed gel can be made for less than 25 cents, leaving hair moisturized, frizz free, and never crunchy like traditional hair gels. I’m in complete awe that you do not need to use heat to create flax seed gel.
I’ve revisited flax seed gel for an ingredient in a new leave-in hair product that provides a slight hold. This time I decided not to cook the flax seeds in water on the stove. Instead I put 1/4 cup of flax seeds in 1 cup of boiled water in a glass jar and left it alone for 24 hours. The gel released on its own and strained easily through a nylon with tongs. I added a few drops of neem oil and other essential oils for their antibacterial properties.
This method was almost too easy. Less cleanup with amazing results. Flax seed gel should be stored in the refrigerator after it has been strained and reintroduced to air. The price and effectiveness of making this curly hair concoction can’t be beat!
*Using room temperature water using this method yields more of a very light extract similar to a curl refreshing spray.
(General Note: Please research new herbs to ensure there is no conflict with pregnancy or medical conditions before using.)
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