Flaxseed gel is a life-saver when it comes to curly hair. It defines your curls without creating unwanted frizz.
When I got into the SG method I felt like I discovered a brand new world. I had no idea how to take care of my curly hair and to be honest, I thought my hair was wavy because of years of straightening and dying.
There were so many things to learn that I became a bit overwhelmed with the information. I wanted to know how to DIY at least my gels to save a bit of money.
For the recipe
Only for the gel
1/8 cups (two tablespoons) of whole flaxseed (golden or brown)
1 ½ cups (350 ml.) of water
3 drops of essential oils (optional)
If you want to make the mask:
¼ cups (4 tablespoons) of flaxseed
2 cups (500 ml.) of water
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tbsp of argan oil
How to make flaxseed gel
1. Put water and two tablespoons of flaxseed to a pan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Stir vigorously to reduce clumping the flaxseed.
2. Continue stirring after the boil until you reach a mucus, snot-like consistency. Once you’ve got the desired consistency check with a spoon. If the mixture makes a white trail that means it’s ready. Usually, it takes 2 to 3 minutes after boiling to get to that frothy consistency.
3. Turn off the stove and let it sit until it cools down for 30 minutes.
To separate the gel from the seeds use a cheesecloth or a pantyhose. Place the pantyhose or the cheesecloth onto a jar or a large cup and pour the gel. Now squeeze the pantyhose to release the gel into the cup.
This is what’s left at the end. If you want to reuse the pantyhose you can throw the flaxseeds and hand wash it.
Add the essential oils after you’ve strained the gel. Place it in a container and you’re done. The amount of gel used in the recipe is enough to last you for a week.
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What makes flaxseed so special?
You should know that flaxseed is classified as one of the superfoods, yes you can eat it and put it in your hair.
Flaxseed is extremely rich in proteins, fibers, has omega 3 acids, micro, and macronutrients. You can sprinkle flaxseed on salads, add them to smoothies or even roast them.
Is flaxseed SG (curly girl method) friendly?
Short answer – Yes. Flaxseed is SG friendly and many girls who follow the method swear by it.
For any of you that don‘t know the curly girl method was developed by Lorraine Massey the author of the Curly Girl the Handbook. The basic rule is to avoid products with silicones, sulfates and alcohol and drying your hair with a towel because it causes frizz.
If you‘re interested in knowing more about the curly curl method let me know in the comments below.
How to make yourself a flaxseed mask?
As a bonus, I‘m sharing with you one of my favorite hair masks which helps nourish the scalp and promotes hair growth.
After you’ve made your flaxseed gel just separate 3 tablespoons of it in a cup, add two tablespoons of coconut oil and the same amount of argan oil.
Mix it all.
Apply everywhere on the hair including the scalp. The longer you leave the mask on, the better the results you would get. I usually leave it on for 1 hour and then I wash normally. (If your hair feels greasier because of the oils, just shampoo twice) Style with the gel and see if you like the results.
Tips on how to apply DIY flaxseed gel
- You would get better results if you apply the gel onto clean hair. So, after you hop out of the shower go straight for the flaxseed.
- Don‘t mix it with other products thinking it would give your hair more definition. In reality, it would clumb hair strands together and make you wish you never did it.
- Always apply on dripping wet hair to distribute the flaxseed gel more evenly.
- Diffuse or blow-dry. Air drying is, of course, the best option for your hair. If you decide to air dry you‘ll notice your hair is more on the crunchy side. Scrunch it out when it‘s dry to loosen up the curls.
How to store my flaxseed gel?
Flaxseed gel can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. If it starts to smell funky then it‘s time to go. If you want to extend its shelf life the best essential oils that can serve as preservatives are tea tree, lemongrass, and oregano oil.
Add 3 drops of oil and store in a container for a maximum amount of 3 weeks. Again if it starts to develop a smell, just make a new badge.
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