As promised, I said I would share my DIY flaxseed gel. Until little over one month ago, I was only using one type of gel, the Camille Rose Curl Maker. This gel is still my favorite commercial brand gel, however, if I had to choose between my DIY flaxseed gel and the Curl Maker, my decision would be the flaxseed gel. In my opinion, flaxseed gel better controls the frizz of coily hair than most non-alcohol (fatty alcohol) gels. The only negative about this gel is the difficulty extracting the gel from the seeds. See the recipe for my DIY flaxseed gel below.
Flaxseed Gel DIY
¼ cup of flaxseeds
1 knee high tight *
2 ½ cups of distilled water
¼ cup of aloe vera juice (optional)
½ tsp of each oil your hair loves in a styling product (optional). The weather around you plays a big role in which oils to add to the gel. For an example, if the weather near you is highly humid, you should opt out the vegetable glycerin (humectant) and use olive oil, which helps reduce frizz. I prefer to add olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, and castor oil. I usually add whatever essential oil I want the gel to smell like. If you have a loose curl pattern and/or thin hair, you may not want to add too many oils. Also, if your hair density is lighter, you may want to make the gel thinner by adding more water. Adding oils is an optional step because flaxseed gel is super hydrating without adding oils.
*You can get some knee highs from the dollar store. If you don’t have knee highs, you can cut apair of tights at the knee level and use it as a knee high.
- Add water to a saucepan and add the flaxseeds.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Frequently, stir the mixture to prevent the seeds from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Caution: this mixture will start to boil quickly so don’t walk away.
- Keep the mixture boiling until you notice a medium size membrane swirl as you’re stirring the mixture (it’ll look white and foamy).
- Remove pot from the heat.
- Add the aloe vera juice and oils to the mixture and stir it all together.
- Let the mixture cool off for about 15 minutes. This wait period will give the gel some time to cool off before extracting it from the seeds. Don’t wait too long or it will be hard to extract from the seeds.
- Place the knee high tight over a large measuring cup or regular cup. It should be placed over the cups as if it was a strainer.
- Dump the mixture into the knee high then squeeze and strain the gel into the cup. I suggest squeezing the knee high into a downward motion. If you need a visual, there are many YouTube videos on how to extract gel from flaxseeds. My favorite reference is Naptural85.
- Store this in a bottle that exceeds the amount of water you added to the mixture. I prefer to use a pump bottle for easy application.
- Store the mixture in the refrigerator. Depending on your hair length, this mixture could last up to one month.
Unlike my DIY African black soap shampoo, this DIY is not easily redeemable. If the gel turns out to be too thin, the gel should still give you good curl definition, you’ll just have to apply more gel to each section. If the gel turns out to be too thick, just add more water to the gel and give it a good shake.
Benefits of this DIY
Flaxseeds are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which helps prevent dry brittle hair. These seeds mixed with water creates the best moisturizing gel. Also, aloe vera juice is moisturizing and helps close hair cuticles, reducing frizz. If you add oils, you’ll be incorporating more vitamins like vitamin A and E into the gels as well.
Another advantage of this gel is the cost. Flaxseeds are inexpensive and can last you a long time. If you’re really trying to pinch pennies, you can reuse the seeds an additional time before switching to fresh seeds. Just remember to store the seeds in the refrigerator after using them.
With only a few ingredients, this gel simply adds the most moisture you’ll ever experience from a gel. Flaxseed gel can leave your hair stiff like any other gel so be sure to moisturize your hair properly before applying it.
Have you tried flaxseed gel? If so, let me know in the comments your experience with Flaxseed gel.