For those with naturally curly hair, you’ll want to have a flaxseed gel in your hair care arsenal. Why? Because it offers the perfect balance of moisture and definition. #flaxseeds are rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which can nourish dry, damaged hair.
How to make your own DIY gel at home.
- 1½ cups purified or distilled water
- 3 to 4 Tbsp. flaxseeds (depending on how strong of a hold you’re looking for; the more flaxseeds, the stronger the hold)
- Fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or pantyhose (work with what you got)
- Measuring cup
- A jar with a lid
- Essential oils (optional)
- ¼ to ½ cup Aleo vera (optional)
- Place the water and flaxseeds in a small pot on medium-high heat, stirring often.
- Keep stirring until the mixture forms a gel-like consistency (it usually takes just a few minutes).
- Remove from the heat when the liquid starts to boil and a film of thick, white foam comes to the surface, allow to cool to room temperature (approx 30 minutes)
- Filter the mixture through your cheesecloth or strainer (or pantyhose), saving the liquid in a bowl. You can discard the flaxseeds after you’ve strained all the liquid.
- At this point, you can add in 9 drops of the essential oils of your choice (we love rosemary for its antifungal properties or lavender for its calming sensation). Shake or stir the mixture super well, then pour it into a clean glass jar.
- For extra moisturizing properties add 1/4 to 1/2 cup Aleo gel and stir.
- Store the gel in the fridge, and allow it to completely cool for a few hours before using.
Always apply flaxseed gel on wet hair. That way, it’ll be much easier to work with and render the best results. “It’ll glide through your strands and deliver ease of application.
And on that same note, don’t run your hands through your hair after you’ve applied the gel. As with all air-drying products, trust that the flaxseed gel is working its magic. “The more you touch your curls, the more likely your hair will frizz. Use a diffuser in order to set the curl.
In terms of layering products, be mindful of what you pair with flaxseed gel. Using it alone is best.
To preserve your style while you sleep, feel free to wrap your hair in a silk or satin headscarf at night. Especially if you wash your hair at night, “you’ll get the most benefit from your application.
If you have tried Flaxseed gel, share your experience in the comment box below.