Creating a hair gel is simpler than I ever imagined. I’m also surprised in how quick and easy it is to make and that it cost under a dollar to make a two or three month supply. This gel gives a great hold and is wonderful for natural wavy and curly hair as it really helps your curls clump together without the drying effects of store bought gels.
This is a phenomenal hair gel made with flax seeds and water, yet nothing new to the curly hair community.
What you will need:
Simply heat 1/4 cup of flax seeds with 2 cups of distilled water in a small pot. Stir constantly as it begins to boil then lower heat. Heat the flax seeds for about ten minutes or more while stirring. I usually turn of the heat when the foam from the flax seeds turn from a white to off white or yellow color. Next strain the contents into a glass jar. You can reuse those same flax seeds with one cup of water to create more gel. Store the gel in the refrigerator and use as you desire.
I enjoy adding five drops of lemongrass essential oil and five drops of rosemary essential oil to my gel. In general this DIY hair gel should keep in the refrigerator for at least two weeks and even longer if you add a natural preservative like grapeseed extract or vitamin E. You may also add olive oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, or vegetable glycerin to your gel although this natural hair gel is wonderful all by itself. If you make more than you know that you will use, freeze the extra portion in a freezer safe container.
You can find more DIY Hair Leave-In/Styler recipes here. To see my latest beauty regimen included hair care go here.
(General Note: Please research new herbs to ensure there is no conflict with pregnancy or medical conditions before using.)
(Image by Dawn Michelle)