|A close up of my curls, and my hair clip.|
Hey Curlies! I assume that if you are reading this, you have curly hair and you are interested in hair gel! If not, that's cool too- its always good to know more stuff. And if it's your first time on this lil' blog WELCOME!
I have very curly hair. If you are hip to the lingo, I have Type 3C hair, with low porosity. It's fine, but I have a lot of it. And up until October last year, I chemically relaxed it religiously every 6 months for YEARS. I was also losing my hair in the front of my scalp due to tension alopecia, from pulling it back so tight for so long. So I cut it all off! And its definitely healthier now.
ANYWAYS, one of the products I use on my hair is really difficult to get in Canada right now. So I went back to my old curly faithful Flax Seed Gel (FSG) now that I'm curly again.
What I really like about using FSG is that it holds my curls well. And there is no hard cast on my curls once it's dry, and it doesn't flake. I use it will a watered down natural conditioner, and it doesn't flake with that added product. It also washes out very easily, so there little build up on my hair. And it makes my hair shine. I love it so much.
The benefits of FSG are noted in a lot of natural hair websites. The TL;DR is:
- its a source of omega-3 fatty acids that improve elasticity and strength for your hair
- its full of antioxidants that keep hair follicles healthy
- Flax is a source of protein that helps repair hair
- has lignans that can decrease inflammation on your scalp
You can buy FSG, but I prefer to make it myself because 1) its really cheap; 2) its pretty easy to do; 3) I can control what goes in it and on my head; 4) I can make it smell like anything I want.
When I say cheap, I mean CHEAP. I bought 1 kg of flax seeds for $3.59 CANADIAN. So cheap. And all you really need if flax seeds and water. But, if you want to make your gel work a little more for you, I have a few add-ins that I use that keep my hair moisturized and soft.
What you'll need:
- 1/4 cup of Flax Seeds (raw, not roasted)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerine (Available at drug stores and health food stores)
- 1/2 tsp some kind of oil that is good for hair (Jojoba; coconut- if your hair likes it; sweet almond oil)
- 1/2 of Vitamin E oil (or 2 capsules of Vitamin E oil that you can pierce and squeeze into your gel)
- and 6-10 drops of essential oil (I use Sweet Orange oil because I like refreshing it is; but you can use jasmine, lavender or any other scent you like.)
- a small pot
- a mesh sieve, or you can use old pantyhose to strain the gel
- a stick to stir the gel with
- a jar to store your gel
- In a small pot or saucepan, add the water, and the flax seeds and heat over medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.