- One cup water
- Quarter cup linseeds
- Optional additions include alcohol, grapefruit seed extract, essentials oils (about 4 drops)
- Mix one cup of water to a quarter cup of flaxseeds and add to a pan.
- Heat slowly, stirring often to stop seeds from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Continue to stir gently as water comes to a boil.
- A frothy jelly will form and it is crucial to turn the heat down a little when seeds settle in the jelly rather than falling immediately to the bottom of the pan turn the heat off.
- Carefully pour the liquid through a strainer over a bowl checking for any seeds that may have passed through.
- Essential oils or preservative can be added at this point.
- Mix the gel carefully adding any alcohol or preservatives to increase the shelf life of the gel.
Popular additions to flaxseed gel include grapefruit seed extract, essential oils with antiseptic qualities, honey and jojoba oil. Seeds can be saved for another batch of gel making it even more economical. This flaxseed gel should last for at least two weeks if kept in the refrigerator- even without preservatives.
Homemade flaxseed gel is an easy eco-friendly way to style curly hair. In addition to being cheap and easy to make it is popular with curly hair users due to the fact it doesn’t weigh hair down, dry it out or create flakiness.