Hair gel is a staple for girls with curly and kinky hair. Many women use Eco Style gel because it works! Unfortunately (or thankfully…), we now know that many Eco Style gels contain Triethanolamine which can cause skin and respiratory issues, and possibly cancer. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
A natural alternative is Flaxseed hair gel. Rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, this gel moisturizes, strengthens and promotes hair growth. It’s also known to treat dandruff. Some natural hair care lines currently sell variations of Flaxseed hair gel but honestly, you can easily make your own for cheap. It’s literally two ingredients!
The best part is you can add Essential oils to best fit your hair needs or leave it plain. In this recipe, I add in a few extra ingredients that best suit my hair.
Flaxseed Hair Gel
Prep Time: Less than 5 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Servings: 1-2 depending on the style
- 2 cups of Distilled or Purifed Water (tap water, if necessary)
- ¼ cup of flaxseeds*
- 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Hemp Seed Oil
- Cheesecloth or pantyhose
- Glass Jar
- Plastic container
- Bring flaxseeds and water to a boil. Stir occasionally.
- The flaxseeds and water will begin to thicken. Continue stirring until it forms a gel-like (slimy) substance.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Place cheesecloth or pantyhose over the glass jar.
- Pour in mixture and with your hands, squeeze the gel out leaving only the flaxseeds in the cheesecloth.
- Mix in Lavender, Jojoba and Hemp Seed Oils.
- Gel can now be moved into a plastic container.
- Store in refrigerator and use within two weeks.
- Discard the flaxseeds or save for another use.
*You can use milled flaxseeds but you will have to strain multiple times.