These days I am high on DIY recipes and I am enjoying trying the new combinations. Many of us use homemade flax seed gel to style our curls and it has become staple in our curly hair routine. The problem that we face with the gel is, it is very slippery and becomes hard to apply thus wasting half of it which goes down the drain. Today, I will share my new experiment with flax seed gel which will make the consistency a little better and will enhance its effective to achieve moisturized curls. The recipe is based on my previous curl cream recipe.
2 Tbsp (or 2 part) flax seed gel
1 Tbsp (or 1 part) silicone free conditioner ( I used Giovanni smooth as silk)
1/2 Tbsp jojoba oil (or any other oil of your choice)
1/2 tsp glycerin
Make the flax seed gel following this recipe. Use basic flax seed gel without the added ingredient and mix the above mentioned ingredient and whisk it with a fork properly for 20-30 seconds. If the flax gel is cold and was stored in the refrigerator then warm it a little bit in the microwave before mixing the ingredients. The ingredients might not mix in the cold gel very well. After mixing it looks like the pic below.
If your flax gel has added ingredients then just mix the conditioner alone. If you want to be more experimental then you can also add aloe vera gel in it. And for extra hold and humid conditioner add 1 tbsp of hard hold gel (alcohol and silicone free) that are available in market. Increase or decrease the oil quantity as you like or you can completely skip it.
How to use: Use it the same way as we use flax seed gel on hair. Wash your hair as usual with sulfate and silicone free shampoo and conditioner. Apply styling cream in smoothing motion (like praying hand position) on wet curls. Leave your hair to air dry. Once hair is completely dry scrunch your hair to get rid of any crunchiness. You can use flax seed curl cream to refresh second day curls as well. To refresh curls use it alone on dry hair or mix some water in it.
I guess oil will weight down the hair ?
Yeah, it depends on hair type. As mentioned in the article, you can change the quantity of oil anytime or can skip it completely. If your hair is very dry and takes up oil very well then you can add some of it.
Hi asha, does it need to be refrigerated?
Yeah Rachel, we have to refrigerator it as well. Keep it in refrigerator for 10-12 days and discard after that. You can always make a small batch so that you wont waster any product.
hey where would one get this flax seed gel?
This you can make at home. Here is the recipe http://www.rightringlets.com/2014/11/all-nautral-homemade-flax-seed-gel-for-curly-hair/
asha, whats the role of glycerine in this recipe??? thanks 🙂 i luv the blog…
Thanks Nijoo..Glycerine is a humectant. A humectant attracts and retains the moisture in the air nearby via absorption. It helps to keep your hair moisturized.
does it really work?? wont it make curls hard???
Megha, It is good for moisture and also helps in defining the curls. When we use any gel especially store bought gel then we do feel hardness after hair gets dry. This is cast from the gel which prevents your hair to get frizzy while drying. When hair is completely dry then we scrunch hair again and then after this you dont feel your hair crunchy. Flax gel does not give hard cast but even if you feel it then scrunch your hair once it is dry and it will becomes soft again.