No-fail flax seed gel - I finally did it...TWICE!

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I have some flaxseeds I could use for this! Does flaxseed gel work well for 2a/2b hair? My hair gets oily at the roots but the ends are dry Throughout the middle of my hair, it's generally not bad but can look greasy if I use too much product.
I have some flaxseeds I could use for this! Does flaxseed gel work well for 2a/2b hair? My hair gets oily at the roots but the ends are dry Throughout the middle of my hair, it's generally not bad but can look greasy if I use too much product.
Originally Posted by fihe
Did you tried the gel? I have the same problem and Im kind of new to all this curly idea... I also believe I have 2a/2b hair...
I've been avoiding making fsg as there is a flax gel that I can buy here, but it contains alone which I have finally figured out my hair hates. I decided to jump in with everything my hair loves so here's what I did.

2 cups water and 2tbsp flax, boiled for 5 min (next time I will boil longer)
1 sheet gelatin soaked in 2tbsp water while the flax boiled. Then I strained the flax gel straight into this, and added; 1/2tsp coconut oil, 1tsp each of glycerin, salt, honey and agave, and 1tbsp rich conditioner.

My hair is beyond happy, bouncy, curly and soft. I didn't use any other products at all. Why didn't I listen sooner?

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Weekly gelatin protien treatments.
Hi ladies, I'm getting slightly confused on preservatives. I'm hoping to find one that will keep my FSG from needing to be refrigerated, ideally I would like to keep in in the bathroom. Also, one that won't thin my gel out too much, I'm not fond of Xanthan Gum in my FSG. Lastly, I am a breastfeeding mama, so safety is a concern. So far I have been looking at Germabin, Germall & Optiphen Plus (from Lotioncrafters). Sorry if this has already been covered, I've tried looking through this thread, but it is massive!
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PT: IAGirls Gelatin
DT: GVP CB mixed with Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Agave (or honey).

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Can u use the pot, whisk, ect for food after msking this?!

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I made some of this yesterday, going with four tablespoons of seeds and two cups of water, half a teaspoon of Epsom salts and a little citric acid and lavender EO. I was too eager to try it to wait til morning so I co-washed and used it a couple hours before bed - it wasn't completely dry when I went to sleep. When I woke up, my hair was a little messy (I sleep like an eggbeater!) but I could see amazing soft defined spirals and very little frizz! I SOT(little bit of)C and it DID get a bit more frizzy, but overall I was really happy with it and will definitely use it again, letting it air dry in the morning this time. I may add a small amount of EVOO or EVCO to my next batch as my hair has reacted well to this in the past!

So much fun


Hello everyone,

I prepared some of this on Saturday, while I had my hair up with lots of coconut oil on the ends and some amla and shikakai (need to use up what I have).

My question is: is there any reason why it has to be with boiled water?

I am asking, because I would get the same consistency if I was just letting the seeds soak overnight.

As for the results, I must say I liked it (maybe I will need more gel in the future) but I will keep experimenting


I tried making flax seed gel for the first time today. I must have done something wrong, because it is not a clear or milky white gel...

The first batch is brownish and very foamy. I used about half of the amounts mentioned in the recipe. When I drained the seeds almost nothing came out. Just some thick foamy gel, almost like jello.

I figured I cooked it for too long. I was waiting for it to get foamy, which it never did. Maybe because I was stirring al the time?

I tried again with the same seeds. I waited until the seeds started to float upwards as mentioned in the recipe (still no foam like the first time) and then drained. The gel gathered was about 3/4 of the amount of water I used. Is that about right? It seems way more liquid than the first time. But it is brownish and not white...

What am I doing wrong here?????


Oh I used a non-stick pan, does that make any difference?
Hair type: 3b, normal porosity, medium texture

co-wash and rinse out: Inecto coconut conditioner
leave in: sHegron Aloe vera conditioner or Inecto coconut conditioner
styler: L'Oreal gel / mousse

Currently experimenting with home made flax seed gel (latest version with agave syrup and gelatine), home made protein treatments (latest version with gelatine and coconut oil)


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I tried making flax seed gel for the first time today. I must have done something wrong, because it is not a clear or milky white gel...

The first batch is brownish and very foamy. I used about half of the amounts mentioned in the recipe. When I drained the seeds almost nothing came out. Just some thick foamy gel, almost like jello.

I figured I cooked it for too long. I was waiting for it to get foamy, which it never did. Maybe because I was stirring al the time?

I tried again with the same seeds. I waited until the seeds started to float upwards as mentioned in the recipe (still no foam like the first time) and then drained. The gel gathered was about 3/4 of the amount of water I used. Is that about right? It seems way more liquid than the first time. But it is brownish and not white...

What am I doing wrong here?????


Oh I used a non-stick pan, does that make any difference?
Originally Posted by _Eva_
Brown seeds will give you a brownish gel, I prefer the golden ones only because the gel looks better. The brown seeds work just fine.

It sounds like you probably did cook it for too long the first time.

Depending on how high the temp is, it may not foam up while cooking and yes, constant stirring is fine, but may have hampered the foam.

The second time you use the same seeds, the gel is always thinner.

Yes, you will end up with less gel than the amount of water you started off with...some of it will evaporate as it boils.

Don't give up!
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Styling - True Polaris Truly Curly Styling Gel I add 'cones in summer Truly Frizz Free Hair Serum
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Thanks so much Ceri! That is quite helpful! I did not know golden seeds existed. I'll start looking for those and try again!
Hair type: 3b, normal porosity, medium texture

co-wash and rinse out: Inecto coconut conditioner
leave in: sHegron Aloe vera conditioner or Inecto coconut conditioner
styler: L'Oreal gel / mousse

Currently experimenting with home made flax seed gel (latest version with agave syrup and gelatine), home made protein treatments (latest version with gelatine and coconut oil)


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Brown seeds will give you a brownish gel
Originally Posted by Ceri
This explains the reason why my gel has that color ... lol... thanks for explaining ....
Hi, Im new . I try today the flax seed gel and I in love with it. My recipe is:
  • 2 1/2 cup of water
  • 1cup of flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of black castor oil
I put the seeds in the water and when boiled it started to move so they do not stick together. When she was egg white consistency and put it out. When was warm add the oil mixture and stir to mix well. I apply in my damp hair.
The results is amazing, my hair is shinning, my curls have a great definition, non frizz or shrinkage today.

Before and afer pic (after 1 hour later)
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I tried this today (after ordering some online and getting too impatient waiting for it to arrive- haha). I was surprised how easy it was to make. The only thing I added to mine this time was some mint extract. Unconventional choice, I know, but I love the smell! My curls are so soft and moisturized. I can't wait to see what it does as I continue to play with it! I attached an "after" picture but I couldn't figure out how to attach more than one picture at a time, sorry.
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I just whipped up a batch of this while I wait for my SweetCurls Elixirs order to ship. I added a Tbsp of Aloe Vera juice and a couple drops of lavender EO. It was so ridiculously easy to make! I want to try adding marshmallow root, xanthan gum, and coconut oil next time.
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Do not add salt unless you are a loose wavy type 2!
Salt dries the hair out and frizzes it but shrinks your curls tighter and frizzier. So curlies, unless you want to be kinkies, do not add salt. For wavies who want to be curly it's ok...sort of.

Last edited by dixygirl; 05-01-2014 at 08:16 PM.


Hello everyone,

I prepared some of this on Saturday, while I had my hair up with lots of coconut oil on the ends and some amla and shikakai (need to use up what I have).

My question is: is there any reason why it has to be with boiled water?

I am asking, because I would get the same consistency if I was just letting the seeds soak overnight.

As for the results, I must say I liked it (maybe I will need more gel in the future) but I will keep experimenting


Originally Posted by arel
That's what I do. I pour hot, purified or distilled water that I buy over the seeds and then let it sit for 3 or 4 hours. I then strain using a regular mesh strainer, and then once again, using one of those permanent coffee filters. I then mix in my additives, pour it into a spray bottle, and I'm good to go for the week with much less fuss and muss. I've also made the regular gel, but this works just the same for me, probably because my hair is so porous.


Hello everyone,

I prepared some of this on Saturday, while I had my hair up with lots of coconut oil on the ends and some amla and shikakai (need to use up what I have).

My question is: is there any reason why it has to be with boiled water?

I am asking, because I would get the same consistency if I was just letting the seeds soak overnight.

As for the results, I must say I liked it (maybe I will need more gel in the future) but I will keep experimenting


Originally Posted by arel
That's what I do. I pour hot, purified or distilled water that I buy over the seeds and then let it sit for 3 or 4 hours. I then strain using a regular mesh strainer, and then once again, using one of those permanent coffee filters. I then mix in my additives, pour it into a spray bottle, and I'm good to go for the week with much less fuss and muss. I've also made the regular gel, but this works just the same for me, probably because my hair is so porous.
Originally Posted by BeinDeb
Thanks for letting me know... I finally (two weeks ago) found out my hair is porous and this might help ... I cannot style it yet... (still learning).... I get nice waves on wash day... but they don't last... and I would like to keep the shape for as long as possible...

I need to get back on track and prepare some of this and give it another try...
My hair loves this stuff! The only thing I add to it, is Sally's Colorful Neutral Protein Filler (CNPF), a smidgen of vitamin E, and a 3 or 4 drops of essential lavender oil. As my hair is naturally porous, it requires protein to keep the curls lively. My last batch, I tried adding a bit of aloe vera gel to it, and it didn't seem to work near as well.
Sorry, this post is kind of long!

I made a batch of FSG a couple of days ago with a few modifications. Like a lot of people, I was getting frustrated with having to keep it in the fridge or having it go sour, so I've been adding Liquid Germall for several months, and I don't feel there is any difference to the quality or performance of the gel. It is odourless, and doesn't seem to be drying. This time, I decided to experiment with castor oil and glycerine, but these can certainly be left out. I added a little bit of xanthan gum to thicken the gel slightly. I've also found a way to avoid the bother of straining the gel by boiling the seeds in a cheap nylon knee-high stocking. I have used this new concoction twice, and both times, it has given me excellent clumping and defined my normally skinny little waves into big, soft, thicker waves that I've been hoping for. My hair is as shiny as it has always been using the more traditional FSG recipe. So far, this new blend is a winner! Hope you all have luck with it, too.

Jude's FSG

1 cup water
1 cup orange flower water or rose water (or total of 2 cups plain water, if preferred)
1/2 cup whole flax seeds (I use brown)
1/2 tsp epsom salts (if extra curl is desired)
1/2 tsp castor oil
1/2 tsp glycerine
1/2 tsp liquid Germall
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
6 drops essential or fragrance oil of your choice (I used Sand & Surf perfume oil from Lathers & Lights)

Place 1/2 cup flax seeds in the toe of a nylon knee-high sock and tie the end tightly. Cut off excess nylon and save for another use. Place water and seed pouch in a plastic bowl or ziploc bag with the 2 cups of water, seal bowl or bag and soak overnight.

Transfer liquid and the knee-high full of seeds to a pot, add epsom salts if desired, and bring to a full rolling boil. Reduce to medium heat and continue to boil gently 5-7 minutes (or longer if a thicker gel is desired). While the seeds are boiling, "squish" the pouch several times with a wooden spoon to release the gel. Meanwhile, mix castor oil, glycerine, liquid Germall and xanthan gum with a spoon in a small bowl. Remove pot from heat and carefully remove the pouch of seeds with tongs. Try to squeeze excess gel from the pouch and add it back into the pot with the rest of the gel. Scrape the glycerine mixture into the pot, add essential/perfume oil and blend well with whisk. If desired, blend the gel further in a Magic Bullet or blender to fully incorporate all ingredients. When cool, pour into an empty bottle and use in good health!
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