Little by little we are replacing all of our questionable store bought products with their healthier and more natural counterparts. When we can, we find ways to make our own products, something that has definitely a trend in our house. No longer are our cabinets filled with all the name brands you will find at every big box store in the country. Instead, they are replaced with only a handful of natural ingredients that we use to make the majority of beauty products we need.
Once Kristyn and I started the shift towards a chemical free life, we started to discover a lot of scary stuff. So many common hair products are full of harmful chemicals that can damage the immune system, inhibit hair growth, and some are even being linked to kidney and liver cancer. Knowing this, the switch to something better was inevitable .
I’ve been making my own hair gel for months now and have been thrilled with the results. Even though I had high hopes, I was still surprised when this homemade gel becamequickly my favorite. Plus it’s a fraction of the price of any natural store bought. The only downside is that the homemade hair gel does need to be refrigerated. It’s a small price to pay for its natural and cheap goodness .
The hair gel is made with flaxseeds that become gelatinous when cooked. Flaxseeds are loaded with benefits for your hair. It enriches your hair with omega-3 fatty acids leaving it shiny and moisturized. Plus, it promotes hair growth. What other hair gel do you know that can say all of that? Get hooked on homemade natural hair gel yourself:
homemade natural hair gel:
ingredients:2 cups water ¼ cup whole flaxseeds 4-6 drops of essential oils – some of my favorites:
- peppermint oil
- tea Tree oil
- citrus oil
supplies:medium pot fine mesh strainer or new panty hose container or squeeze bottle
how you make it:
step 1. Add water and flaxseeds to a medium pot and cook over medium heat.
step 2. Bring mixture to a boil stirring often. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer the mixture until it begins to thicken.
step 3. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes. The gel is ready when it becomes similar to the thickness of egg whites.
step 4. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool completely.
step 5. Once the mixture is cool, strain it through a fine mesh strainer or panty hose into a bowl.
step 6. Stir in your selection of essential oils. I usually add 4-6 drops total.
step 7. Pour hair gel mixture into a sealed container or squeeze bottle. Store the hair gel in the refrigerator between uses to keep it fresh.
I tend to use the gel pretty liberally. I add it to my damp hair after a shower. It leaves your hair a little bit ‘crunchy’. After it dries, I usually gently brush it out with my fingers to soften it, and it holds strong all day. It’s as easy as that.