Submitted 06/24/2011 by Curly-Spirally (3b)
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of flax seeds (linseeds in the UK)
DirectionsWhat you need for this homemade hair gel:
Large saucepan - you need room for the seeds to move around in the water
Wire or nylon mesh strainer - as fine as you can find, but mine is pretty loose, so I passed the strained gel through a smaller one I have - the small wire mesh type you'd use for OJ pulp
Large bowl - deep enough so that the gel can get through without the strainer touching the surface
Small wire whisk - not the springy kind you jam up and down like a plunger, but the classic teardrop shaped kind
4-5 oz bottle - for storing your finished gel
I poured 1 cup of water (not warm or hot - just cool from the tap) into my saucepan, then 1/4 cup of flax seeds (linseeds in the UK), and then turned the heat on high. Stir every so often to keep the seeds moving and keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan (I think this also helps the gelatinous stuff slough off of the seeds as you stir, as it seemed to help my consistency in the finished product).
Once your water comes to a boil, stir gently, but almost constantly. When you start getting a thin, foamy jelly, turn the heat down a little, but keep stirring, watching for the point when you let the seeds settle for a second and they suspend in the clear jelly instead of sinking to the bottom.
Once you hit that point, shut off the heat, give one last stir, and immediately pour the liquid and seeds into the strainer over your bowl. I let the gel strain out of the seeds while I rinse my pan (don't let the gel dry in there or you'll have a mess to clean up later!), and then I lift the strainer and check for stray seeds in my gel. If there are any, I pour the gel back into the pan for a second while I swap strainers for my finer mesh, then pour the gel through again.
If you want to add any AVG, EO, or FO, this is the time to do it (never add EOs or FOs to your water before boiling, because boiling breaks them down and destroys their scent and other properties). Then, I take my whisk and give the gel a good, quick beating (10 seconds or so), just to break up any really gelatinous strands there might be, or to mix in whatever I might have added in, and pour it into the bottle.
Sounds complicated, but the whole process takes me only about 6-8 minutes, and I have FSG the consistency of egg whites, which is perfect for me. If you want it thicker, you could always return it to the pan for a few minutes after it's been strained, but I think you would lose the FSG's ability to really get into your wet hair and give you great slip and clumping, because it would get too gloppy. Plus, the color of the finished product isn't green or yellow - it doesn't look like boogers at all. *lol* It's almost clear, but with just a touch of milkiness to it, and a little bit of a golden hue. Nothing obtrusive or offensive at all. In fact, if you didn't know what it was, you could easily mistake it for egg whites - color and consistency are almost identical.
Also, you can save the seeds and make at least one more batch of FSG from it - sometimes more, depending on the quality of your seeds. By watching your gel and knowing what point to strain, timing doesn't matter - I tried ten minutes once, and my gel was so gross, it was completely unusable. It was like Jell-o that had been all broken up, but couldn't be liquified, you know? Or, now that I think about it, it was almost EXACTLY like the drippings from a chicken or a turkey that had been left to cool, and got all jelly like. Color and all. *shivers* I was scared to try again, but I'm really glad I did.
Anyway, you can keep using the same seeds to make batch after batch of this homemade hair gel just by watching your consistency as it boils, until it finally just won't give you that jelly-ish consistency anymore. I put my used seeds in a ziplock bag in the fridge, and I'll use them again next week or the week after. Hmmm...I wonder if I can freeze the used seeds - do you think they would still work after
I dated an Ethiopian guy and his grandmother used to make this and put it on her hair. She kept it on until it was hard and crunchy and then rinsed it out. The only way this works as a gel to LEAVE IN is to make it thinner and add other ingredients (more water) otherwise its like putting egg whites in your hair.
my hair became quite hard and crunchy after applying this gel. i followed whatever the directions said. what should i do? what went wrong? also, HOW do you apply this gel on your hair? is there a procedure?
I have 3b very bulky hair that is like a sponge for products, which can be very costly; i can go through a bottle of gel/cream in 2 weeks. I have been using the CG no-poo/con-poo method for about a month and Sulfate free for about a year. I love this recipe! I added 2 tbs of raw coconut oil and some EO (lemongrass)to my recipe:) would def recommend to all curlies. Thanks so much. *** in response to tanvi0403: depending on your hair type different products will work. For my 3b curls i usually layer products. starting with my condish (a little left in from shower) adding a leave-in condish or cream then finishing off with this gel. i define a few out of place curls and make sure everything looks right, then I "plop" using one of my hubbys old longsleeve T's. for as long as i can. If its still a little crunchy once dry, just scrunch it out and viola' perfect curls every time.
i made a few days back when i ran out of edge control and all the stores were closed for the evening. i followed Naptural85 video on youtube. and i swear its better than my edge control. slicks my curls down no frizzes and it doesnt leave a residue or high glossy finish like the argan oil edge control or the ORS which are the ones i used to use religiously. give it a try, you"ll love it
I have thick, coarse, porous 2C/3A hair. My hair wants to do all sorts of things! What I want is defined curls that stay down. I only made this gel minutes ago-it was very easy, and I love how my hair did what I hoped it would! Maybe it's too soon to review, but having tried tons of products in my lifetime, I am definitely impressed. I bought dark flaxseeds because they were cheaper and my hair is dark anyway. The gel is a darkish color and smells slightly flaxy but who cares!This is a good complement to the shea butter I've been buying by the bucket at the flea market. I have used both cheap stuff and expensive stuff, usually opting for the all natural pricey stuff at Whole Foods, so I am definitely pleased that I can stay natural and save a ton of money. Thanks for posting this recipe! ????
FSG is damn good. i have rough and dehydrated hair(2C). after shampoo i always used to tie up my hair but FSG helped me to flaunt off with my curls. it defined all my curls. thanks for this lovely recipe.
Flaxseed hair gel is AWESOME! LOVE LOVE this stuff. I make my with 2 c of water instead of one. For me, 1 c of water is too thick.
I'm more than a little surprised and very impressed! I applied the gel very liberally to my hair after a shower, so it was pretty wet and scrunched into very defined ringlets when it started to dry (I'm 2c). Once it was dry, it was a little crunchy, but after I shook-out and separated the curls a bit, it was perfect: defined, and not crunchy at all! In fact I'm amazed at how much "abuse" it can take (I've been tossing my head around to test it!) and still retain definition of curls. TL;DR: definitely try this before you spend a boatload on salon products, it works just as well if not better for me, and maybe for you too!
I love this gel too, but I make it a little different: 1/4 cup flax seeds and 1 cup boiling water. I put them in a glass jar and leave for 24 hours. I wrote about it in a blog post: http://endlesslyinspiredonline.blogspot.ca/2012/11/natural-me-flax-gel.html Anyway, this is such a great gel, I think I'll try your cooking method and see if the results are any different. Thanks for sharing!
I made this the other day and first attempt turn out too thick (boiled it too long). Second attempt on the other hand turned out good and I have been using it in my hair along with some left in conditioner. Awesome! Soft, clean and fresh feeling. Good hold. I have frizz issues mostly and works great with that. I am have corkicelli curls (3a/b mix). (It will not let me rate this changing the number, but I'd give it a five. )
I love this hair gel. TIP: I strain it through a cheap nylon knee-high into a mason jar. Roll the knee-high over the opening of the jar and pour while still very hot - its faster and easier than a strainer. I've played around with the recipe a few times and have learned my hair does not like aloe, so no longer add that. I add to the finished gel 8-12 drops of vegetable glycerin for shine. I have also added honey for stronger hold, and it works well.
To say I love this gel is an understatement!!!! It is by far the BEST product I have used in my hair, and pretty much the ONLY product I need. My curls have never looked better! No dryness, no crunchiness, and more coils than before. Usually I have to rinse my hair every 2-3 days to revive my curls, now all I have to do is put in some leave-in conditioner and this gel. Today is day 4 and my hair looks freshly rinsed! This gel is DA BOMB!!!! (3b/c curls)
In fact you can freeze them. I have not tried the flax seed gel yet but my roommate and friend has and swears by it so I bought my first bag of seeds today and noticed it said kept best refrigerated or frozen.
I use 2 cups of water for 1/4 cup flaxseed. Then is you boil 8-10 minutes and consistency isn't like jello. Mine like snot. I add essential oils and vitamin e. Love it.
New CG here; I tried this recipe after only one week of taking the plunge to stay curly. It turned out a little thicker than I like, but it really does make my curls more defined and softer. Still have lots of learning to do though but do like this HG.
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