This is my third article on a homemade plant-based gel for hair. Previously I had shared videos about making and using okra gel and aloe vera gel for hair care and styling.
I am a big fan of natural home-made plant-based gels.
In this article, I am going to talk about one more natural gel option which is the very effective and easy-to-make, i.e. FLAX SEEDS GEL.
Flax seeds are rich in all hair-friendly vitamins and minerals such as protein, biotin, zinc, folic acid, calcium and vitamin E.
Flax seeds also have omega 3 fatty acids (ALA-Alpha Linolenic Acid) and omega 6 fatty acids (LA – Linolenic Acid), both of them are essential amino acids as our body can’t produce them, and Vitamin E.
These fatty acids and Vitamin E is excellent for hair and skin and balances skin’s PH levels.
The omega 3 fatty acids and protein in Flax seeds make our hair stronger and thicker. It also provides proteins to our hair and moisturises our dull lifeless hair.
Flax seeds are excellent in improving the elasticity of our skin.
Applying flax seeds gel regularly on the skin improves our skin’s moisture-holding capacity which adds lustre to our skin as well as brings back our natural glow.
How to Make Flax Seeds Gel?
There are two methods to make this gel:
Soak a tbsp of flax seeds in one glass of water overnight.
The next day pour it in a saucepan and heat it.
Keep heating on a low heat until a thick gel is formed.
Switch off the flame and keep it aside to cool down completely.
Once completely cooled down, strain it using a cheesecloth or an old stocking.
Try and squeeze hard as this gel is very slimy.
Transfer the gel into an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator.
You can also make this gel instantly by adding 1-2 tbsp of flax seeds powder into 1 glass of water and then heating the mixture until you get a gel-like consistency.
Extract the gel similarly and our flax seeds gel is ready.
*But from this method, the gel we get is of a little grainy consistency as the small particles of flax seeds powder are tough to strain.
If you want, you can use this gel on your skin and avoid using it on hair.
Flaxseeds Gel Usage
To apply on hair we need to wet our hair first.
So either apply it on towel dry hair directly after shower or water spray your hair first.
(I am adding a few drops of lavender essential oil into my spray bottle to give that soothing fragrance. You can use any of your favourite essential oils too. Essential oil is completely optional.)
You can apply it raw on your hair and scalp as you apply your hair styling gel or serum or you can also add other gels too like aloe vera gel or okra gel.
Here, I am adding aloe vera gel which I preserved with agar agar.
In a small container take equal parts of both.
Flax seeds gel and aloe vera gel with agar agar (Or you can also use raw aloe vera gel)
Mix these ingredients well.
Method of applying this gel
Take a small amount in your palms, rub your palms and apply it on your scalp first.
Then slowly apply over your entire hair. And if you have curly hair then apply on the ends and scrunch.
If you feel the ends are too dry, spray some more water and apply this gel evenly and scrunch.
Scrunch through the entire length of your hair and see the transformation.
Clean your face first.
Then apply this raw flax seeds gel on your face and let it dry.
Once dry, wash your face and see how glowy your skin becomes.
You can add, half a tsp of honey or glycerine to 1 tbsp of flax seeds and apply on your face as a face serum. This will make your skin soft and supple. You can also make your gel cream by adding:
1 tsp flax seeds gel
1 tsp aloe vera gel
¼ tsp jojoba oil and
3-4 drops of lemon essential oil.
Over to you..
I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments.