Friday, March 4, 2011

Homemade flaxseed gel

Made my own flaxseed hair gel and I love it! My curls are bouncier and better defined.
To be honest I've had the flaxseeds sitting in my pantry for the past year. I've been procrastinating making it because I thought it would be harder and a lot more messy. It wasn't either. It was pretty simple and took hardly no time at all to make. The great thing about it is that once you understand how to make the basic recipe you can easily customize it to your hair needs(ie. no humectants and oils for those with fine hair, or no protiens for those with coarse hair) adding other ingredients to make it unique to you. Cool huh?
Since I know you're going to want it, here's the recipe.

Basic flaxseed hair gel recipe:
1/4 cup flaxseed
2 cups water

Tools you'll need:
Medium sized pot
Wire mesh strainer
Squirt bottle with pour spout

Pour flaxseed and water into a medium size pot. Place on stove and set heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil and then allow to boil for about 5 minutes; stir often. Pay close attention during this time because you don't want it to overflow, adjust heat as neccasary. After 5 minutes turn heat down to low. Continue stirring until mixture thickens and makes a long slimey trail from the tip of the spoon down to the mixture, when you lift the spoon out of the mixture. It should be the consistency of egg whites.
When the gel is at the right consistency, turn of the stove and pour the liquid through the wire strainer into the bowl. You want to try to remove all the seeds, cause nobody wants seeds in their hair. :) Once gel has cooled slightly pour it into a squirt bottle with the help of a funnel. Allow to finish cooling and then put it in the fridge. It should stay good for up to two weeks in the fridge. You'll know when it's time to make more cause it will smell funny or it's all gone :)
Enjoy and let me know what you think.
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