Need a refillable Hair Gel? You can use flax seeds! Suited really well for wavy/curly hair, this DIY hair gel is all-natural and plastic-free. Flax seeds are usually available at bulk stores. 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 will keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator or keep frozen until ready to use.
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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 optional but it also beneficial to your hair and nose. Add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or tea tree (good scalp stimulation) and any scent you prefer.
The gel will last 3 weeks 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 add them to my smoothies.
This recipe makes quite a bit so you may reduce the recipe by half for your next batch if you don’t use it up quickly enough.
I apply the gel to my hair when it's wet and use a liberal amount. I let me hair dry naturally and it 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!