So here we are. Third week in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and your girl has run out of haircare products. In particular curly hair styling gel/mouse/cream. You get the idea.
Yeah, I know. There are bigger things to worry about than your hair holding a nice curl. But let’s face it, knowing how to look after yourself is kinda shit-hot-survival-sexy stuff! We want to feel our best especially if a zombie apocalypse is about to hit!
Making hairstyling gel with only ONE INGREDIENT has me super excited. Like… what? Why have I never heard of this? I tried it out. And my hair has not felt or looked better.
I have very thin curly hair and it looks straggly and frizzy at the best of times. I honestly did not have high hopes for this recipe. But boy was I wrong! It is worth all the hype!
Go make some. Seriously. You will thank me later. I have to warn you though. It looks and feel super slimy. But it washes off your hands super quick without residue and it washes out of your hair equally as quick. And no build-up of weird chemicals.
You know the saying! IF YOU CAN EAT IT, THEN IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO PUT ON YOUR SKIN. Anything toxic you put in your hair and body will find its way into your body. I don’t want to add more toxic stuff. So, this feels perfect. And it is helping towards zero-waste. Not buying extra bottles of stuff, that just land up in landfills, feels great. let’s keep things simple!
How to make flaxseed hair gel
Most people will have flaxseeds in their cupboard, so it won’t be an extra expense. If you need to buy some, it is a cheap ingredient; making this recipe very cost-effective.
What you will need
- 2 and a half cups of water
- 1/3 cup of whole raw flaxseeds/linseeds
- Muslin bag/nut-milk bag or stocking
- Add the flaxseeds and water to a pot and boil for about 10 minutes. The mixture will bubble and should be thick dripping off your spoon. When you stir it, there should be a slimy trail forming after your spoon.
- Let it cool in the pot for about 30 minutes.
- In a container, line it with a muslin bag, nut milk-bag or stocking. Pour the flaxseed mixture into the bag.
- Use your hands and try squeeze out all the gel. It should make about 3/4 of a cup of gel.
- Store it in an airtight container and use as needed.
- Style your hair by scrunching your hair up, while you air-dry it. Once it is dry, run your hands vigorously through your scalp to add some volume.
And that is it! Easy peasy home-made hair-styling gel! I hope you will try it too and that it is as successful and exciting to you as it was for me. If you do, please tag me on my Instagram handle @organicgypsy – so I can see your lush locks doing it’s thing.