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How To Make Natural Hair Gel

Updated on February 14, 2015

Hair Gel From Flax Seeds

Boiled flax seeds produces a gel that will make your curly or frizzy hair manageable and shiny. Flax seeds also contain antioxidants that will protect your hair from the elements and make it stronger. I have been using this natural gel for a long time now and my hair has become healthier and stronger. This gel will save you a lot of money since only need a small amount of flax seeds to make the gel. You can alter the following recipe to make more or less gel to suit your needs.

Ingredients For Making Natural Hair Gel

1/4 cup Flax Seeds

1 cup Water

Process For Making Natural Hair Gel

Mix the flax seeds and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. After the flax seeds are brought to a boil, turn down heat and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure that all of the seeds are not sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Finished Product Of Natural Hair Gel

Continue cooking the flax seeds until the gel is the consistency you like. Let it cool awhile and then strain it through cheesecloth or even old pantie hose to remove the seeds. You can add a little essential oil to the gel for scent. Aloe vera gel can also be added for extra moisture. Keep the gel in the refrigerator since there are no preservatives used. It will stay fresh for about a week if kept in the refrigerator.

Applying Flax Seed Hair Gel To Your Hair

This gel can be used on dry hair or wet hair. Thoroughly work it through your hair and style as usual. I make and use this frequently!

How to make flaxeed gel. This recipe calls for more water, but it still comes out great! Compliments of YouTube by scentfulbubbles

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      This is excellent! I love recipes for homemade products.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you Karen, I'm sure you'll like it!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh, this is brilliant - and a personal recommendation too - can't beat that. I have flax seeds in my fridge right now and can do this. How safe too. So many of the gel products are filled with toxic chemicals.

      This is a winner - yay! And rated up!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much BkCreative, It really does work great!

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      Lady Summerset 6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Like the information. Didn't know you could do that! A nice natural product!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      You sure can and it works great. It also helps make your hair strong and keeps it from breaking too, along with holding a style!

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Wonderful hub on hair care!! Cheers!!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much dreamreachout!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      creativelycc,

      Great information. Amazing what a pale blue flowers seeds will produce with allot of imagination - thank you!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      You are so right, GmaGoldie! Thank you for your comment!

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      Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Thanks for this. Will be a good protector for winter or summer!! Great hub!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      So true Wealthmadehealthy. Thank you for your comment!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm back because I am going to make this right now (this is why I bookmarked) - I have the seeds waiting and the measuring cup. Oh yay! I'm thrilled and everyone I know is waiting to hear about it. (one friend keeps nagging me)

      This is so great! How can we go wrong with natural.

      Oh, yay!

      CarolynOnMonday (I'm going to direct people to your hub)

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Hi BkCreative,

      Good luck, I hope it comes out well. I have been using this for a while now and it does work good. My daughter told me that a friend of her's uses panty hose to strain the flax seeds from the gel. Let me know how it turns out. Thank you for directing people to this hub!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great idea with the panty hose - I have knee highs waiting to be thrown out but I can use! I am very satisfied. After washing my hair, when it was almost dry (I have locs) I ran the gel through and then braided. Opening it this morning it feels good and helped the set - and no flaking.

      It cooks fast and I let it get a bit thicker. I'll use this rather than all the chemical types. Plus it smelled good when I was cooking it. I mean it just has to be so nourishing for my hair knowing the awesome benefits of flax seeds.

      Thanks a bunch!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Hi BkCreative,

      I'm so happy you liked it. I'm sure your locks look beautiful! The flax seed gel should be very nourishing and moisturizing for your locks. You can also add aloe vera to it for added moisture or any kind of oil. Over time you'll develop your own technique for making the gel and straining it. Sometime I just skim the gel from the top of the liquid, add more water and recook the seeds. You can reuse the seeds a second time, producing more gel.

      Enjoy, and thank you so very much!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Wow. I cannot wait to try this! Thanks so much. I would like to link this to my flax hubs if you have no objection. Voted up...just wish there was a way to list all the reasons why with the vote!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you so much RTalloni, it really does work good. I'm going to tweak the process, so watch for the change. Through research, trial and error, I've found a better way to make and strain this.

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      sanpmd 6 years ago from Trivandrum/kerala/India

      very good,I will try

      thank you dear friend

      god bless you always in your life

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you sanpmd,

      This really does make your hair beautiful!

      Many blessing to you!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Are you tired of me yet?

      Just yesterday a friend from out of town came to visit and pulled out her store bought hair gel that she wasn't too happy with. And I reminded her of how beautiful and soft my hair felt after using your gel recipe.

      So yes indeed that is our project. And I have knee highs this time to use as the strainer.

      Thanks again and again.

      Carolyn

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      I will never get tired of you! Knees highs are the best to strain the flax seed gel with, I hope she likes it!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      This sounds simple enough. Thanks for sharing, am going to get some flax seeds and try it out

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      It is very simple and works great, I use it a lot. Last week I added a little orange oil to it and it made my hair smell so good. Thank you for your comment Cashmere!

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      awesome 5 years ago

      what if u dont hav flax seed any other seed or meterials i can use ??

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      Unfortunately I don't know of any other seeds that will gel. Flax seed are the only ones I know that will. Thank you for your comments!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      I couldn't believe gels from flaxseed can be easy! I just dab into the passion of mixing essential oils into my favorite perfumes, I think I'm now beginning to make gel out of them, as well.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      That's an excellent idea Tonipet! Thank you for your comment!

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      Mary Gaines 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Wow, this was so interesting will have to try it. Thanks so much!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Thank you so much Whidbeywriter for your comment. It works great and is so good for your hair too!

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      Ronda 4 years ago

      thank you so much this is exactly what I was looking for. We we currently purchasing a brand that cost $12.99 for 8oz I can make this for about $0.50 for the same amount WOW

      to mine I added a little aloe vera liquid-1/8 tsp powdered Vit C 1/8 tsp MSM powder and 4 drops of ylang ylang essential oil & 1 drop lavender essential oil

      amazing and it works 10 times better than the crap we (were) using.

      I was thinking for those that wanted it a little stiffer like to spike their hair--couldn't they add a small ant of arrowroot (same as cornstarch) w/o the chemicals?? just wondering I might try it

      thanks again

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      You are very welcome Ronda!

      So happy to have helped you. I think it's wonderful that you are improvising by adding other healthy ingredients and I bet the arrowroot will work great for making the gel stiffing for styles like spiking. Let me know if you try it.

      The best to you!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for this useful hub! I am in serious need of a good hair gel and will only put products on my hair that are safe. Who knew that flax seed and water could be combined to make hair gel? Voted up and will have to attempt this one when the extensions come out.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      You are very welcome healthylife2 and thank you for your comment. This natural gel does works great. I can't wait for my hair to grow back after chemo to start using it again. It makes your hair shiny with great body. Several of my friends have started making and using it and they love it. Just keep it refrigerated as it only stays fresh for about a week. Make a little at a time so you won't have to waste too much. The best to you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi creativelycc,

      Love this gel with flax seed it is fabulous to make your own and I have used gel so much. As you know I am a big fan of homemade products and did a hub on scented hair gel awhile back. Congrats on a great simple recipe anyone can do which is what I love about this plus you are cutting out so many nasty chemicals, synthetic fragrance etc . . . Voted up, useful, shared and pinned to my saving money board!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Hi Suzie,

      Thank you for visiting and I'm happy you like the flax seed gel. It does work great. Thank you for pinning this hub to your money saving board. The best to you!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. Thanks for useful tips. Voted up!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Hi Prasetio,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comments! The best to you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is a nice natural idea. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 3 years ago from Maine

      You are very welcome Flourish Anyway!

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