Okay. So I recently came across this idea for “Flax Seed Gel.” In theory it makes perfect sense if you have ever used flax seed and experienced the sticky gummy mess when they get moist. Most of the posts I read about it said it WAS great… in theory…. but very messy and not necessarily worth it.
I gathered all my courage and decided to give it a shot. Here’s the recipe I used…
1/2 C. Flax Seed
2 C. Water
1 tsp Coconut Oil
10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 Drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Here’s the star of our show:
Flax seed. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, these little seeds aren’t just not bad for your hair, they are good for it! The consumption and topical application of flax seeds and flax seed oil with revive and strengthen your hair.
I poured a half cup of these little guys into a pot with 2 C. water
I turned the stove onto medium heat and stirred regularly as it came to a boil.
In between stirring I prepared for the next step of the experiment….
I have read different methods for extracting the gel from the seeds, and while I would have preferred a fine strainer (especially after having tried the stocking technique), I didn’t have one on hand. I used the toe off an old pair of tights and as you can see I tucked it over the lid of a mason jar. After taking the picture I secured it with a rubber band.
After a few minutes of boiling, the seeds and water started to get a milky color and became the consistency of egg whites.
Everything I read spoke of the horrors of letting the seeds boil too long, so as soon as they got to this point I took them off the heat. Honestly in hindsight I think I should have waited a few more minutes. But continuing on…..
At this point I took a ladle and poured the flax seeds and water into the “strainer”
Everything was smooth sailing up until this point…… You see, I underestimated just how much tights can stretch. That little bit of stocking I left hanging in the chair quickly expanded….
It’s hard for the gel to drain when it’s sitting in itself, if you didn’t know.
I would have just lifted it up and squeezed the gel out, but it was still boiling hot so I stuck it in the fridge for about 5 minutes.
I don’t know if you can see the stream of gel being squeezed out inside the jar. Slowly but surely the jar was filling with gel.
This is where I realized what exactly this gel was going to be like, and this is where I am torn.
Do I rave about the wonders of this magical gel contained in flax seeds? Or do I tell the truth about what I discovered?
I’ve always been taught honesty is the best policy…. so here we go.
It looks like snot.
It looks and feels exactly like snot, and honestly, that is kind of a hard thing for me to get past.
I really wanted to throw in the towel, or the stocking, rather. It was slimy, it was gooey, it was gross.
But I put on my big girl pants and decided to persevere for the cause. What cause? I’m really not sure.
It was kind of fun to play with… see my webbed fingers??
I squeezed until the stocking started to rip and I had to give up. I just know there is more gel in there. Oh well, I am told you can reuse to flax seeds so maybe I’ll give it another shot and get the rest of the gel out.
At this point I added my essential oils and coconut oil and whisked it up.
You can see it still has a mucous like consistency. I think some of that could have been solved by letting it boil longer and gel more. I took this picture with the whisk held up so you can see how runny it is.
So that was the final product. Gross, but with the coconut oil and EOs it smelled yummy, at least!
Again I gathered my courage as it was time to try it out. I’ll preface this by saying, I don’t by any means have curly hair. My hair has a mild wave, and I’m pretty sure the ends are still especially wavy due to a lingering perm from 4 years ago.
Or maybe I’m just crazy. I don’t know.
Anyway, I got my hair damp and scrunched it in. It was really hard to scoop out of the container and get in my hand due to the texture. It all wanted to run back into the container.
Kind of like snot.
Just like snot, actually.
Once I was able to get it in my hair, it actually had a really nice texture and made my hair feel especially soft. What surprised me was how it made my hair feel so soft, yet as I scrunched it actually held my hair and created soft waves. I would go as far to say some part of my hair looked downright curly!
Did it work? You can decide for yourself….
My hair is still slightly damp in these photos so it looks a little crunchy. It has dried soft though, while maintaining a pretty strong hold. Impressive!
So… was it worth it?
If you have curly or wavy hair and use gel or some sort of styling product on a daily basis, I would say go for it. I think with some tweaking and practice you could find a way to make this an easier process and it would really work for you. So yes.
For me with hair that I rarely scrunch or use gel on, I’m not sure it’s worth the effort for a product I don’t really use anyway.
(And it looks like snot.)
Are you going to give this recipe a try? Leave me a comment and let me know how it goes!!