DIY FLAXSEED/LINSEED GEL
I recently discovered this gel and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. The first time using it, I immediately fell in love with the gel and how great it made my hair feel. I will start by defining what this gel is most popular for. For those hearing about this gel for the FIRST time, it is a natural product currently popularly used to define and moisturize curls without crunch and stiffness. However, based on how tight one’s curl pattern is, the definition will differ. The way it is applied onto the hair determines how the curls will appear. Work in small sections for better results. Although some use this gel primarily for curl definition, the purpose of this post is to enlighten and highlight other benefits of using flaxseed gel in addition to curl definition and how you can make it from the comfort of your home. I have had a few friends who have been discouraged from trying out this gel because their hair simply won’t get as defined as a looser curl texture. This is just one of the ways this gel can be used. Below are some even more exciting benefits;
Benefits of Flaxseed gel
- Nourishes and conditions hair
- Cost effective
- It is highly moisturising and can repair damaged and brittle follicles and a remedy for split ends
- Hair growth- When used regularly as a conditioner, it will help your hair grow longer, because follicles are less likely to dry and break by increasing hair elasticity. The gel provides extra strength without harmful additives usually found in store products.
- Flaxseed gel massage stimulates hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation.
- It helps treat issues such as dandruff, hairbreakage and hair thinning
- Naturally thickens hair when used consistently
- Flaxseed gel helps to regrow hair at bald patches
- Flaxseeds are high in Omega- 3 fatty acids which help in avoiding scaly/dry scalp.
Ingredients & tools
- ¼ cup flaxseeds /200g of flaxseed
- ½ cup of water/500ml of water
- Applicator bottle/ mason jar/ air tight storage container
- Pantyhose/ knee high nylons/cheese cloth / strainer
Depending on your hair needs, you may customise this Homemade Flaxseed Gel. The process is very easy and time efficient, approximately 10 mins. The gel will last about 2 weeks without preservative. You can also refrigerate to keep it for later use.
- Put the flaxseeds into a saucepan containing water and cook over medium-high heat.
- Once the mixture starts to boil, stir gently and constantly with wooden spoon to make sure the seeds are not sticking to the pan.
- Reduce to medium heat once you start to see a foamy gel consistency, a thick string of flaxseed ‘mucus’ trail.
- Let the gel get a bit thicker, once you see that ‘mucus’ trail that we are looking for, that’s how you know you are all set. Turn off the heat. Turning off heat at sight of the trail prevents your gel from getting too thick.
- Allowing to cool for about 30-45 mins allows the gel to thicken naturally to form a great consistency similar to egg whites.
- Use a strainer or pantyhose, cheese cloth or some cheap knee-high nylons to separate the seeds from the gel. You can wash these to use them the next time. #savemoney.
- Get a jar and place the pantyhose onto the mouth of the jar and pour the mixture into the pantyhose.
- Release pantyhose from cup and use hands to squeeze all the gel out.
- Add an essential oil for fragrance and honey or coconut oil as a preservative after the mixture has cooled and mix the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into mason jar/ air tight storage container or applicator bottle for easier application.
- Keep in the refrigerator for maximum shelf life.
Styling Hair with Flaxseed gel
- Apply the gel to your hair by smoothing it on.
- The hair should feel saturated and slimy, be generous otherwise the gel will not be effective.
- Style with either flatwists, bantu knots, twists, finger coiling or shingling method and let the hair completely air dry for best results or use a diffuser attachment with your blow-dryer. If you are aiming for a twist out, only take out the style after the hair has completely dried.
More visible/defined results are seen by people with naturally curly and wavy hair when used to add definition to curls. I recommend applying this gel alongside a moisturising oil of your choice, if curl definition is your goal. I am emphasizing the difference in results for different textures because the idea of curl definition tends to be an issue within the natural hair community. The false expectation of obtaining homogeneous results while natural hair textures are diverse and unique causes frustration among many.
Below are different results of using flaxseed gel on different textures
I would like to hear about your experience with using this gel. Please share in the comments below.
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