Almost 6 months ago I made my first batch of Flax Seed Hair Gel. It's another product I wanted to make myself to eliminate the plastic bottle waste from buying store-bought brands. I want to give you an update and let you know how it's going. Here is my 6 month update of using homemade flax seed hair gel. This is the easiest DIY hair gel I've ever made!
First to recap, the gelatinous natural of flax seeds helps to moisturize hair and give great definition to curls, without the crunchiness.
Because it is made without preservatives, it is important to use essential oil to give it some refrigerator shelf life. The homemade hair gel recipe I used made 2 cups, which makes quite a lot. You can reduce the recipe by half if you want to make less. I shared the DIY flax seed hair gel I used at the bottom of this post.
When I made my first batch, I thought it would keep for up to a few weeks in the refrigerator. I was wrong. It will store well for months!
I separated the first batch into two jars. I kept one in the refrigerator door for easy access and the second jar stored in the back of the refrigerator until I was ready to use it.
Jar #1: 8 ounces. Enough to last me for about 3 months and I used it at least 3x week.
Jar #2: 8 ounces. Started using it about 3.5 months after making it. It's now 5.5 months old and I am still using it.
Tools for the job:
1. In a small pot, add 2 cups water and ¼1/4 cup flax seed, heat on medium high. Stir well so the seeds don’t stick to the bottom. After a few minutes it should come to a rolling boil and you will see a white froth forming on the top of the mixture. When the consistency is gel-like you can then lower the heat and prepare the strainer. Pour through a strainer carefully, the mixture is hot. With the back of a wooden spoon (or spatula) press the seeds in the strainer to remove the remaining gel into the bowl.
At this point you can add some extra hair boosting benefits. I add about a teaspoon of glycerin (or vitamin E oil when I have it), which acts as a preservative. The gel will continue to thicken as it cools.
Once the gel as cooled a little, the final step is beneficial to your hair, nose and preservation.
I used lavender, tea tree and peppermint essential oil blend.. I added about 5 drops of each.
The gel will last months in the refrigerator. You can make a large batch and then freeze it in smaller jars. Take a jar out of the freezer when ready to use and let it defrost overnight in the refrigerator then add in your essential oils.
The boiled flax seeds can be reused or eaten. I added them to my smoothies.
The consistency will be thick and slimy. Sorry but there is no better way to describe it. I scoop a bunch out into my hand and apply the gel to my hair when it's wet, using a liberal amount. I hardly use a hair dryer and this gel keeps my natural waves looking good without the crunchy, dry feeling that I have experienced with other brands.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do!