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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.
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 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!
THE NEW PACKAGING IS HERE! Happy to say these little boxes are compact, lightweight and made with 75% post-consumer waste. Not only do they make good packaging, but they are also handy to use as a travel box for the Shampoo Bar...WIN-WIN!
For those that have not ordered our Shampoo Bars, the previous packaging was a compostable cellophane bag. Although I was confident in the compostable cellophane bag used, I learned that most were not able to or did not compost the bag at all.
Recycling and composting are NOT the same things. Plus bags can jam up recycling machinery and I would never want to learn that my thoughtful packaging had done such a thing.
To celebrate...there is a multi-pack discount deal on the website.
Be sure to check it out! Save money and eliminate the wasteful plastic shampoo bottle.
Message me if you have any questions about out packaging or products.
Can you count on one hand the number of shampoo bottles you have thrown away (aka recycled) in the past 6 months?
If you can, that is 5 bottles too many.
There are many options for getting beautiful locks and healthy scalp without the excess plastic waste. Since healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, let talk conditioner. Have you tried an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse?
If your hair looks dull, dry, frizzy or weak; it tends to be more alkaline or higher on the pH scale. ACV can lower pH and bring a healthy balance back to your hair. One of the most important acids in ACV is acetic acid, which is packed with vitamin B1, B6, A and C, as well as iron and potassium. All these nutrients are essential for a healthy scalp and healthy hair in general. The cleansing nature of ACV helps to get rid of any build-up or residue on the scalp, leftover from hair treatments or other hair care products.
If you want to try ACV for scalp care and have never used it prior, it’s simple to test for allergy. Apply some ACV to a reusable cotton pad (or wash cloth) and dab it on your wrist or to the skin around your hairline.
While doing research for the Waste Free Products Shampoo Bar, I came across this well written and informative article. Before offering a shampoo bar, I wanted to make sure it would work well for many hair types, including colored.
Many homes have multiple people using the same products, so why not keep it simple. Offer a product that cleans well for curly hair, thin hair, coarse hair, frizzy hair and even hair that has been dyed. No one wants to spend money to dye their hair only to come home and have the dye “stripped out”. What a waste of time and money that would be!
Personally, I have never colored my hair but I have many friends and relatives who do so I’m familiar with the term “stripping out the color”. Since I wasn't sure exactly how and why that happened, I did some investigative work and only to find out out that it’s not really the soap that strips the color out.
Instead of me trying to explain it, I am posting the entire article I referenced in the opening of this post.
Written by Loma at Hair Momentum.
About the sulfate shampoos:
The 2 popular surfactants that people avoid are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate(SLES). These surfactants are very effective at cleaning with SLS being stronger. They remove oils very well and heavy build-ups of polymers from hair. That is why they are often included into clarifying shampoos or shampoos for fine hair. Some other versions are the ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate instead of the sodium.
The role of water in color loss: During hair coloring, the large dye polymers form inside the hair. These are trapped inside the hair because of their size. When hair gets soaked into water, the hair shaft will swell. In so doing, the cuticles are forced to open up as well. The dye molecules or fragments are then able to leave the hair.
The role of lipids in sealing color: The usual recommendations for those who color hair are to keep the hair conditioned at all times. Why? Because oils/conditioning polymers/butters etc. are hydrophobic: they do not like water. Therefore they prevent too much moisture from entering the hair by acting as a barrier and prevent too much water from leaving the hair as well. They control the rate at which water moves in and out of hair. This job is usually performed by the hair’s natural lipid layer: 18-MEA. During coloring however, that layer is destroyed leaving the hair unprotected. Replenishing with external products is therefore imperative to mimic the behavior of the 18-MEA layer.
Do sulfates actually strip color from hair? Like I mentioned before, the sulfate shampoos, being great cleaners, will remove those layers of conditioning. More importantly, they will remove the free lipids present in the intercuticular layers. Once the protective hydrophobic layer is gone, water can penetrate hair at its ease. The result: faster color loss. The more damaged the hair, the faster the loss.
True: The sulfate shampoos have an indirect contribution to the color loss. However, they are wrongly accused of extracting the color.
Final words:Unfortunately there is no such thing as a ‘color safe’ shampoo. Sulfate-free shampoos do not guarantee that the color
will stay in longer. They are only making sure that the cleaning process is mild enough that the fading rate is slower. But as long as water is involved, fading will occur.
In other words: water alone can strip color if you wet your hair on a regular basis.
So now you know: water is the major culprit. Sulfates are just the sidekicks aiding it to strip color from hair.
I hope you found this information and article as interesting as I did.
Please feel free to comment below, I would like to learn more about this topic.