This post is dedicated to my wonderful Sista-Friend Trenice
I first told my friend Trenice about Flaxseed Gel recipe I'd tried so time ago. Since then, Trenice has been asking me to post a how-to of the homemade all natural gel. I tried the gel months ago prior to going full fledged no heat natural and I didn't like it. I realize now it was mostly due to not knowing how to properly style my hair with the gel. I gave it another go, this time adding some essentials, and to make a long story short...I'm not buying regular hair gel ever again for twists! I LOVE flax seed gel. It worked just as well on my hair if not better than the high cost all natural gel I usually use for my twists and twist outs at a tiny fraction of the price. I used the same recipe as one of my fave channels Naptural85 on YouTube used for her video. Very simple, budget friendly and it works...
|A small non-stick or stainless steel pot|
|Measure 2cups water to 1/4 cup Flax seeds|
|Bring water and seeds to boil on Med-High setting|
|After about 15 minutes or so water will thicken and become slimy (for lack of a better term).|
|At this point prepare the storage container with a strainer. You can use an old nylon stocking. I used old material similar to nylon hose. Whatever you use make sure the gel will strain from the seeds without the seeds getting in the gel.|
|This is the gel strained prior to squeezing out excess gel from seeds. A set of plastic tongs can be used for additional straining. I used my hands covered with rubber gloves...I didn't really like using that method so next time I'll use tongs.|
|As this photo shows the gel after seeds were squeezed with pressure and thickest consistency of gel was strained out.|
|Add 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil|
|Add 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil...this oil is very strong. My entire home smelled like Lavender and Rosemary for hours after making the gel with only 3 drops of each, container closed, and in my fridge.|
|If using the Flaxseed Gel for future use add a drop or two of Vitamin E Essential Oil as a preservative. |
In Part 2, I will demo how I applied the gel to my twists and post pics of the style.