Once boiling, add the flaxseeds to the boiling water and lower the heat. Keep heating over medium heat until the water starts thickening up and getting frothy.
When the water has thickened slightly, strain out the seeds using a metal sieve or other strainer. Work quickly as the gel will thicken as it cools, making it hard to strain.
Optionally, add essential oils to your DIY flaxseed hair gel for fragrance.
Store in the fridge for maximum storage time. Throw away and make a new batch when the gel starts to get cloudy, or after 10 days, whichever comes first.
Flaxseed hair gel can be applied to wet or dry hair. Some people also like to apply it to skin for its nourishing qualities.
Either golden or brown flaxseeds will work, but the darker flaxseeds seem to give off more gel than the golden flaxseeds, so you may have to play with the ratio of water and flaxseeds to get the consistency of gel that you prefer.The gel may also be a bit darker when made with the darker colored flaxseeds, but it also can depend upon how long you were boiling them in the water.If you want to avoid the straining step, you can boil the flaxseeds in a tea strainer or drawstring bag. Some people find it easier that way. I've done it both ways, but most of the time just choose to boil them directly in the water and strain later because I feel like they release more gel that way.If your gel gets too thick to strain it, you can always add more water and heat a little more, if necessary, before trying to strain it again.Flaxseed hair gel can be preserved with a natural preservative for a longer shelf life and no need to store in the fridge. Make sure that the pH of the gel fits within the proper pH range for your preservative and that you use the recommended dosage for the preservative chosen.
Recipe printed from Oh, The Things We'll Make! Blog. https://thethingswellmake.com/nourishing-diy-flaxseed-hair-gel/