Flax seed hair gel is all the rave in the natural hair care community and for good reason. The flaxseeds are easy to find, affordable and the volume of gel to flaxseeds ratio is extraordinary (meaning you get a lot of gel for a small amount of seeds because you can reuse the old seeds, at least thrice). Flax seeds create an effective gel that holds braids and twists patterns remarkably well. The gel works by breaking the hydrogen bonds in the hair. The water in the gel is able to form new bonds by combining with the hair’s hydrogen bonds and the mucilage acts as a binder prolonging the new bonds. The new bonds dry in a twist or braid out position and that’s how you end up with the curl pattern.
Hydrogen bonds are usually the ones affected whenever handle your hair – whether cleansing, styling or conditioning. The stronger disulphide bonds are broken when strong chemicals like relaxers are applied to the hair. Once broken disulphide bonds cannot be repaired, which is why a relaxer permanently removes the hairs natural curl pattern.
Flaxseeds are also packed with vitamins (A,B,D,E,K,B6,B12 etc), fatty acids (high polyunsaturated but also mono unsaturated and some saturated), carbohydrates and minerals (Iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium etc). Flax seeds are truly perfect for your hair and as a food. I sprinkle them on roasted vegetables every chance I get.
I had two issues with the flaxseed gel:
1. Rancidity – Because it has high water content, it needs to stay in the fridge to prevent molding.
2. Efficiency of use – The slippery consistency of the mucilage makes it difficult to use the gel effectively which can be wasteful (although it’s such a cheap gel so most people don’t mind).
So I made a flaxseed gel hair styler with a creamy consistency and added a preservative to resolve my two issues.
We’ll divide the recipe into oil and water phases.
- 1 up flaxseed gel – I used 1/2 cup of flaxseeds and 1oz marshmallow root (favorite for dry hair!) in three cups of water. I ended up with two cups of gel (one was used in the first batch)
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid germal plus. This preservative extends the shelf-life of your products to the same as commercial products. (I kept 4 oz of the first batch of hair cream preserved with liquid germal plus for observation. We are at 20 months and counting with no signs of rancidity).
**You can use any of the mucilaginous herbs. Just be sure to end up with a thick gel.
**You could also other water soluble ingredients like Shea Water Soluble (see video here), herbal teas, aloe vera juice, glycerin or just plain water.
- 1/3 cup Behetrimonium Methosulphate (BTMS). Key ingredient in this recipe!
- 0.5 Ounce Kokum Butter
- 0.5 ounce Murumuru Butter
- 1/3 cup Herbal oil, dry hair blend. This oil is available at my store. Click here.
**The role of this mix primarily lies with the flaxseed gel so the oil phase should not overshadow the water phase. Substitute ingredients with what you have/like but keep the water phase higher in proportion.
Making The Flax Seed Gel Cream:
- Add preservative to the flax seed gel and mix in thoroughly. Set water phase aside.
- Measure out your emulsifier, butters and liquid oils. Melt in a double boiler or hot water bath. Let mix cool for about 5 minutes.
- Pour flaxseed gel in a wide bowl and lightly blend using a hand blender.
- Slowly trickle the oil phase into the gel while mixing.
- When the mix become too thick for the hand mixer switch to a whisk.
- Use the whisk to mix the any oil you might have left.
- Cover with saran wrap (perforate the saran wrap so moisture can escape) and let mix cool for a few hours.
- Add essential oils and lightly whisk to mix them in.
- Label, bottle and you are done.
- Congratulations – You just made your own styling creme
I love twist out results using this mix. Video tutorial of how I use it will be up shortly.
PS: You can use this mix as a body moisturizer for body and hair as well. My boyfriend was so impressed he hijacked my first batch. I ‘m currently using a portion from this batch as a cuticle cream and will probably will use it as a body moisturizer as well.
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