Making your own products is a great alternative to store bought items. It’s a little less convenient, but you can save a significant amount of money, produce products in bulk and have complete control over the ingredients you’re applying to your stands.
Just like Shea Butter Cream, Flax Seed Gel is another product you can use everyday and make in your kitchen. Flax Gel is awesome because you can use a good amount of it and it doesn’t cause flakes. It’s a product that provides hold, but doesn’t make your hair stiff like other gels. I like to use it in combination with a butter when doing twistouts for added definition and hold. It’s also great for wash-and-gos.
– 1/4 CUP Whole Flax Seeds (raw not toasted)
– 2 CUPs H2O
– 2 TBSP Total of Nourishing Oils (Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, etc.)
-1.5 TSP of Scented Essential Oils (Grapefruit, Lavender, Tea Tree, etc.)
1. Add Water and Flax Seeds to a pot and bring to a boil. Once water boils, turn heat down a little and continue to stir keeping the seeds from sticking to the pot.
2. While gel is heating on the stove, prepare a container (i use glass jars from the container store) by putting a pair of pantyhose (cheap kind from convenience store) over the top for straining.
3. Turn heat off after about 5-7 mins mins once water thickens, foam forms at the top and becomes gooey consistency. You don’t want it to be too thick, since it will be difficult to strain.
4. Pour the mixture into the stocking and use tongs to strain the remaining gel from the flax seeds. This process gets a little tricky as the gel begins to cool.
5. Add in the Nourishing and Essential Oils of your choice and mix until fully incorporated. My latest mixture uses Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lavender Oil, and Rosemary Oil. But tailor your recipe to what ever you have in your kitchen.
6. Let flax gel cool and then store in the refrigerator. The gel usually keeps fresh for a few weeks in the fridge.
I love this recipe because it smells really great, is incredibly moisturizing and uses flax seeds which I always have around in the cupboard (great for topping yogurt or adding crunch to oatmeal). Enjoy!