Yes, you read that correctly, and no I am not crazy. I really do make my own hair gel. I have been making this a long time, and I love it more than anything I have bought in the store! It only takes a few ingredients, and lasts me a long time!
I looked for a long time for a hair gel that did not have a bazillion ingredients in it that I had no clue what it was. My hair is naturally curly and really thin. I have to put something in it when I get out of the shower! It just kinda hangs there without any help. I can use all the volume I can get in my hair! I add honey to my hair gel, because it helps me “scrunch” my hair, and brings out the curly-ness.
This process of making hair gel has been all over the internet. Mama Pea posted about it, as did Crunchy Betty, just to name a few! If you haven’t tried this, you should! Since I started making it, I haven’t bought any hair gel in the store, and I love being able to make it at home!
Flaxseed Hair Gel
2 cups water
1/4 cup whole flax seeds
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tsp jojoba oil
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (or squeeze the oil out of a couple vitamin E gel capsules)
20 drops rosemary essential oil
In a medium saucepan, combine the water and flax seeds.
Bring to a boil, and boil constantly for 10 minutes. It will turn into a gel like consistency.
Now, strain the flax seeds from the gel. I have found the easiest way to do this is to use a knee high panty hose – place the panty hose over a jar (I use a quart canning jar), and pour in the mixture.
The “gel” will separate from the flax seeds. I use a pair of tongs to help get all the gel out.
Add your “addins” to the gel.
I use honey (to give my hair more scrunch-a-bility), aloe vera gel (to moisturize), vitamin E (acts as a preservative), jojoba oil, and rosemary essential oil.
Stir well, and let cool. When cool, store gel in the fridge.
And TRUST ME, you want to store this in the fridge. It will mold if you leave it out! It is a real food, and will go bad. This will last me a couple of months in the fridge.
After I get out of the shower, I just pour a little on my hands, and massage into my hair. I let my hair air dry while finishing getting ready, and then usually blow dry my hair as the last thing I do before I leave the house.
Yummy! All natural, good for your hair, and easy to make! Win win win!