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Old 04-05-2013, 07:37 AM   #561
 
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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.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:06 PM   #562
 
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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.
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...
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #563
 
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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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Old 07-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #564
 
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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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Old 08-07-2013, 12:15 PM   #565
 
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Can u use the pot, whisk, ect for food after msking this?!

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:31 AM   #566
 
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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!

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Old 08-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #567
 
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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


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Old 08-19-2013, 12:20 PM   #568
 
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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?
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:55 PM   #569
 
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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?
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.

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:27 PM   #570
 
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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!
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Brown seeds will give you a brownish gel
This explains the reason why my gel has that color ... lol... thanks for explaining ....
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #572
 
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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)
No-fail flax seed gel - I finally did it...TWICE!-snapshot_20131002_7.jpg

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Old 01-02-2014, 06:46 PM   #573
 
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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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