Please note this flaxseed hair gel recipe has been recently updated.
One of the first tasks I set on myself upon going natural was to source an effective styling product that could moisturise and add just enough hold to my often unruly hair. After many hours in the aisle of my local grocer, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the best gel my hair has ever had – enter the miracle of flaxseed gel! If you have been a natural for some time, you are likely familiar with flaxseed gel. For those interested in having a light flaxseed gel recipe (cost-effective no-less), I have provided the below for your use. Again, like any recipe, please feel free to adapt accordingly. This recipe was adapted from Youtuber: theMANEtopic.
- Used on Hair Type: 3c (back); 4a (sides); 4b (crown)
- Used on Hair Strand Thickness: Fine
- 1/4 cup organic flaxseed – Great for: omega fatty acids (adds shine and softness)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp guar gum – Great for: firmness, emulsification, slip
- 2 cups water – Great for: moisture
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice/gel (organic) – Great for: pH balance, moisture
- 1 tsp organic hemp seed oil – Great for: omega fatty acids, moisture, shine
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil (or essential oil of choice) – Great for: great for hair loss, blood circulation, pH balance
- 2 capsules of vitamin E (naturally sourced; 400IU/capsule) – Great for: anti-oxidizing agent
- 1 tsp ascorbic acid (naturally sourced, non-GMO) – Great for: natural preservative
- In a pot, bring flaxseed and water to a boil – stirring occasionally (make sure to stay by the stove; heating should take approximately 7 minutes).
- Once gel becomes mucinous (overflowing, boiling, white appearance), the gel is approaching completion. Check with a spoon to test stickiness; the longer you cook the mixture, the thicker the gel will be. To ensure gel is able to easily pass through strainer, 7 minutes should suffice.
- Once satisfied with consistency, remove pot from stove.
- Place strainer over a container (heat proof), and pour the hot gel into the container (i.e. glass measuring cup).
- Let cool for approximately 5 minutes.
- Add the aloe vera to the gel container.
- Add – sift – ascorbic acid to gel container. Stir well.
- Once ascorbic acid is added to gel container, gently sift guar gum into the gel. (This should be added similar to the method of the guar gum hair gel recipe. If the guar gum is carefully sifted into the mixture, straining should not be necessary).
- To a storage container, add the oil-based ingredients – hemp seed oil, essential oil and vitamin E (just cut/pierce open the capsules).
- Once the container with the flaxseed gel contents are cooled, add to the storage container .
- Thoroughly mix the oil-based and water-based ingredients in the storage container.
- Store in refrigerator or cool/dry area.
Tips when preparing flaxseed hair gel:
- Boiled flaxseeds can be reused for additional gels; just let seeds cool once strained and transfer to a container and store in the freezer. [Personally, I feel in order to have some hold from gel, I reuse the seeds just once (1x)]
- Prepared gels can last as long as 4-6 months in the fridge.
- When selecting vitamin E, it is important to note the most biologically active form (what the body actually uses) is alpha tocopherol (α-tocopherol). The α-tocopherol capsules are usually 100-400IU/capsule in opposed to the synthetic forms of the vitamin being 28,000 IU/4oz.
- To avoid contamination, containers and/or utensils used for preparing/storing gel should be sterilised.