Hello, everybody! Today, let’s prepare a natural hair gel with linseed! A few days ago, I saw a pack of linseed (also called flaxseed) looking through the shelves of an organic supermarket. Remembering that I read somewhere that these seeds are really good for health, I bought them and promised to look for more information once at home. What I found out was amazing. These little seeds seem to be really good for our health and also allow us to create great hair products for just a few $ or €. In this post, I want to tell you what I found about it and create a hair gel ideal for curly hair.
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Linseed (flaxseed) Benefits
Searching on the internet, I discovered that linseed are an excellent source of fibres, antioxidants, omega-3s and above all lignans. These latter have been studied by many researchers, showing that their intake can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer or prostate cancer. In general, it is also recommended to eat linseed in case of irritated bowel or constipation. It is preferable to take them either crumble them into powder or leave them overnight in the water and drink their water full of nutrients.
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Linseed gel for curly hair
The many properties of linseed can be used in beauty especially to nourish the hair. With linseed you can create nourishing masks or an excellent hair gel that not only fixes but also revives the appearance of our hair.
How to make a Linseed gel
Creating a hair gel with only linseed is very easy and time-saving. It is a great product for those who want to use only natural products and saving something. This because with only 40g (1.4Oz) of linseed you can make about 250mL (8.4flOz) of gel for about 10 cents. For 500g (17.6Oz) of Organic flaxseed I paid them only 1.35 € (1,50 $) that for 40g(1.4Oz) is equivalent to 10 cents.
What you will need
For the simplest recipe we’ll only need two ingredients and a few tools:
The recipe is very simple! Weigh 40g (1.4Oz) of linseed and pour it into the pot (2) with the weighed demineralised water (1). Bring the water to the boil over medium/high heat. As soon as the water starts to boil, stir and leave to cook for another 5 minutes (3). Note: Doing the recipe several times, I noticed that it is better to leave the gel more liquid at this stage. This because it will be very difficult to filter it by separating it from the seeds. After 5 minutes, remove from the heat and let the gel cool down.
At this point, the fun phase of filtering the gel begins! 🙂 If you have a tea strainer with a large enough mesh, you can use this method to filter the linseed. If on the one hand this method is very practical, on the other hand you risk leaving most of the gel together with the seeds. This because it will be difficult to separate it. The second method is simpler and it’s the sock method! Just a nylon sock for quick and easy separation of the gel. For this method, I needed just to put the gel in the sock and squeeze it. The gel will come out of the mesh and be ready to use. Between the two methods the second is my favorite!
This gel can be stored in the fridge. Since we have no preservative we can use it for a week but if we notice a strange smell we should throw it away immediately.
To customise our gel we can enrich it with the following ingredients: