If you are looking for a product that suits your budget, provides nourishment to hair and act as a curl enhancer then answer to your quest is ‘flax seed gel’.
We all know the great benefit of flax seed (Hindi name Alsi), how it is packed of omega-3 and rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. So there is no doubt that it is nourishing to our hair.
Apart from nourishing to the hair, it comes very cheap. 100 gms of seeds costs around Rs. 45 and you may get it at your local store for as little as Rs. 20. So there is no reason we should not be using it.
Flax seed gel also acts as a curl enhancer. I feel whenever I use it my curls form tightly with very good clumps and have good hold the whole day.
The funny thing about this gel is, it’s consistency which is kind of slimy. So while applying it in your hair you will feel, “I just washed my hair and how can I apply this to my hair”. But trust me, this is the best thing your hair had gotten in years. My curls can’t live without it. If I skip using it, then my hair gets frizzy only within 4-5 hrs of washing.
How to Use it
- After applying leave-in conditioner, rake-in flax seed gel in soaking wet hair. Make sure that you are using sufficient quantity to completely load your hair (I know it feels kind of gross). If you will use less quantity you will not get a good curl definition. If you have fine hair just experiment with the quantity and find out the right quantity for your hair.
- Scrunch your hair firmly.
- To get the extra hold, scrunch in your market bought styling gel.
- Air dry your hair. Once your hair is completely dry, you will feel crunchiness in your hair.
- Scrunch your hair to remove the crunch for the soft, nourished and defined curls.
Flax Seed Gel Recipe
Here is the recipe for making flax seed gel.
1. 1/4 Cup flax seed
2. 2 Cups water
Mix the seeds and water together and bring it to boil on medium to high heat. Keep stirring the mix so that it does not stick to the bottom. Keep it boiling for 7-8 minutes and check the consistency. Take some gel on the spoon and pour it. It should pour down in string consistency. After this, strain the gel right away and do not wait to let it cool. If you are adding the below optional thing, add all things while it is still hot.
You can add below optional things for extra nourishment. After adding these, whisk it for 10-20 seconds and you will have your own all natural homemade flax seed gel. When you add aloe vera gel to flax seed gel and whisk it for a few seconds then it makes flax seed gel more spreadable and easy to apply.
1. 1-2 tbsp Aloe Vera gel
2. 1/2 tsp Glycerine (or you can try adding honey which acts as natural humectant)
3. 1/2 tsp Oil of your choice – coconut, jojoba oil (increase the quantity based on your hair)
4. Few drops of essential oil of your choice like lavender or rosemary.
You have to be careful about the consistency of the gel. If you boil it for a long time it will result in a thick gel which becomes bit hard to spread on hair. It takes me only 7-8 minutes to get the right consistency.
Here is the video for the making the gel.
Please note that, as this gel does not have any preservative added, so keep it refrigerated. Even after refrigeration, it lasts only for one to one and half weeks. So make sure you discard the leftovers and make fresh batch after 10-12 days. You can also store half of gel in the freezer to make it lasts for longer.
You can reuse your seeds next time you make a new batch. Once you strain the gel, store the seeds in the freezer and use it when you are making the next batch. I reuse my seeds 2-3 times.
Let me know how it works for your hair!