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DIY Flaxseed Hair Gel
No Bad Hair Days With This Gel!
Tame the Beast!
Are you going broke buying hair products to tame those curly tresses? Or maybe your finding the ingredients, like alcohol, in store bought hair gel drying out your mane and turning it into a frizzy mess? Yea, I was too, this is why I started experimenting with making my own hair gel and I can confidentially say I will never go back! Flaxseed not only moisturizes the hair, but it also defines and holds the curl- all without the crunchy wet look! This recipe also does not need refrigeration, even though if you do refrigerate it will last longer. I put a lot of natural preservatives in this gel so it does not go rancid as quickly as the other recipes out there, so it is perfect for taking on vacations for a couple weeks at a time!
The Benefits of the Ingredients:
Ever since using this gel I have noticed my hair feeling softer, looking shinier, less breakage, and it's growing faster! There is a good reason for this. Many of the ingredients in this recipe have proven benefits for hair. From the coconut oil to the lemon juice mother nature has proven she knows what is best for us, yet again! Here is a list of the ingredients which help nourish and keep hair clean:
Flaxseed Gel: This tiny seed contains large amounts of omega-3's (fats) and protein. Hair loves these two nutrients. The fat protects the hair follicle and deeply conditions every strand it touches. While protein helps to strengthen the hair.
Lemon Juice: Fresh squeezed lemon juice isn't just for lemonade! Lemon is rich in Vitamin C, B, and phosphorus, which is great for strengthening hair and preventing hair damage (recipes.organixbenefits.com, 2013). The acidity in lemon juice aids in balancing the pH of the scalp which helps prevent dandruff. Also, if you wish your hair to be lightened, the lemon juice in this recipe will lighten your hair up while adding incredible shine!
Coconut Oil: How can one ever go wrong with coconut oil? This saturated fat penetrates deep into the hair follicle moisturizing it to the fullest! Coconut oil contains Vitamins E, K and iron which gives the hair shine while softening (truehairgrowth.com, 2013). Furthermore, with its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it provides further protection against dandruff (truehairgrowth.com, 2013)
Peppermint: Not only does peppermint have a wonderful and uplifting scent, but it's good for your hair too! Just like coconut oil, peppermint oil has antibacterial/antimicrobial attributes which prevents dandruff, balances the scalp's pH and keeps the hair follicle clean (this is especially useful if you do not wash your hair everyday).
Honey: This simple sugar moisturizes and conditions the hair. With honey containing Vitamins D, E, and K it truly is food for your mane!
Keep Making Honey for Our Hair Gel!
All You Need!
- 2 cups filtered water
- 3-4 Tbsp. flaxseed
- 1 whole lemon
- 1 Tbsp. cloves
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 green tea bag
- 15-20 drops peppermint oil
- 1 strainer
- 1 2 quart saucepan
- 1 air tight container
- First take two cups of filtered water, green tea, honey, coconut oil and cloves and combine in 2 quart sauce pan. Bring to a boil and stir ingredients together, the green tea and cloves makes the water’s pH slightly acidic while the honey and coconut oil add even more moisturizer to the gel.
- Now, take your lemon and cut it in half and squeeze as much juice (from both slices) as you can. The acidity of the lemon is really important in preventing bacteria buildup so try to get as much as you can out of it!
- After the tea has steeped in the mixture for 3-5 minutes remove from heat. Strain the liquid into a bowl, pour it back into the saucepan and then return to heat.
- Bring to a boil again and add the flaxseeds. The more flaxseeds you add the thicker the gel will be. Constantly stir this mixture to keep from boiling over.
- Check consistency, the thinner it is the less of a hold it will have, once cooled it will thicken up a bit, so keep that in mind. A good consistency test is to take a spoon, scoop some of it up then slowly pour out. I prefer mine slightly thicker looking than uncooked egg white, but don’t make it too thick because then it will be tough to strain!
- Strain your flaxseed gel into the air-tight container you will be storing it in. Add the peppermint oil, this will add more antibacterial properties and a nice clean scent! Stir vigorously in order to mix the peppermint in and Enjoy! NOTE: Since there is lemon in this gel if you wear it in the sun there is a good chance it will lighten your hair.
recipes.organixbenefits.com.(2013). Lemon Juice Benefits for Hair. Retrieved December 3, 2013 http://recipes.organixbenefits.com/lemon-juice-benefits-for-hair/
Marina.(2013).truehairgrowth.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013 http://truehairgrowth.com/about/coconut-oil-for-hair-growth