Flaxseed gel guide: hydration and styling for your hair
Do you have curly or wavy hair? Are you looking for a natural styling product that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients for your hair? Are you in need of a remedy to hydrate and nourish your hair without greasing and weighing it down?
Flaxseed gel is the solution you are looking for.
Today I want to talk to you about this phenomenal gel, its uses and how to make it at home in a few minutes and using only a very simple ingredient that you find in the supermarket: flax seeds.
Flaxseed gel is a viscous substance, which in fact takes the name of the mucilage that the seeds release when they are left to soak in water. These mucilages contain a huge amount of very precious substances: minerals, proteins and lipids - in particular Omega 3 and Omega 6, the so-called polyunsaturated fats that you have certainly heard of. These are in fact the most beneficial fats that exist.
Both the seeds, as they are and as the mucilage, are excellent tonics for the whole body, used for irregular intestinal problems, particularly for constipation issues. The gel is also widely used in the kitchen because, thanks to its consistency and composition, it is an excellent vegan substitute for egg white in preparations that require a thickener or binder, such as biscuits, muffins, vegetable balls and so on.
As if that wasn't enough, flax seeds are a very powerful ally for your hair care regimens. Many shampoos, balms and beauty products, but also food supplements, contain flaxseed oil.
Today we will talk about how to use flaxseeds on your hair, in particular mucilage, which as I said you can get from the seeds directly at home quickly and easily. This fantastic gel, which is obviously completely natural and free of side effects, can be used both to prepare moisturizing and restructuring treatments, and, thanks to its consistency, as a styling product. Before talking about its uses, let's see how to prepare it.
· Flax seeds (preferably organic) 80 g
· Distilled water ½ Liter (tap water may also be suitable as an alternative)
· Vegetable glycerin - 1 teaspoon (optional)
· Honey - 1 tsp (optional)
· A low and wide pot or pan
· A fine mesh strainer
Start by pouring the water into the pot. The next step will depend on the type of strainer you have. Ideally, low and wide metal strainers are the best, because you can place them directly in the pot during the preparation. If that is your case, weigh the seeds and place them in the colander, which you will then put in the water. You must make sure that the strainer is placed directly on the bottom of the pot and that the seeds are completely immersed in the water. If you do not have a suitable strainer, put the seeds directly into the water and drain them later.
Leave the seeds in the water for five minutes and then turn on the stove on a low flame. Once the water boils, cook for an additional five minutes thereafter. The more you keep everything on the fire, the thicker the gel will become; personally, I advise you not to exceed the five minutes that I suggested because the gel, if very dense, becomes more difficult to use and pour into the containers you choose.
After turning off the heat, cover and let the mixture stand for five minutes. At this point, if you had already put the seeds in the colander, take a pot or a bigger and taller bowl, pour the gel formed in the pot and place the colander on it to drain well all the gel that has remained attached to the seeds for now. If instead you had put the seeds directly into the water, drain everything with the strainer you have available. Turning the strainer from time to time will help dramatically since the gel is so viscous it will take about 10-15 minutes for everything to drop.
At this point your gel is ready! If you feel like it, you can add a teaspoon of glycerin and one of honey, which will increase the moisturizing and fixing power. Don't worry if you don't have these ingredients, the gel works very well as it is.
Obviously, since this is a homemade preparation, it cannot be kept on its own. It will be kept in the fridge, in a resealable jar or bottle, and will last a maximum of one week. To avoid having to do it too often, the best solution is to freeze it in ice molds, so that you can defrost one cube at a time and, once defrosted, always keep it in the fridge. This trick will be particularly useful if you use it every day for fixing. If instead you will use it for wraps and occasional treatments, you can simply prepare the quantity you need each time.
Let's go now to see how you can use the gel.
1. RESTRUCTURING PRE-SHAMPOO PACK (for ALL hair types)
This treatment is good both for those with basically dry hair and for those with normal or even oily hair. A very common mistake for those suffering from oily hair is the refusal for any type of moisturizing or nourishing product or treatment. In fact, there is nothing more wrong. Oily hair is caused by an excessive production of sebum, but this does not mean that this type of hair is not exposed to the damage of time, the sun, chemical dyes and so on.
Like any organic tissue, even greasy hair can benefit from time to time through a restorative treatment, which restores its body, shine and hydration. Of course, in this case the nourishing treatments should not be too frequent, and remedies that are not excessively fatty should be chosen. The advantage of flaxseed gel lies in the fact that it is made up only in part of fats, and a good part of its effectiveness is also due to proteins and minerals. For this reason it represents a complete and effective remedy, which nourishes without excessively greasing, and is therefore suitable for all hair types.
As for the doses, with those that I have indicated you will get a sufficient amount of gel for even long hair. For medium or short hair simply halved.
Very often I simply use it alone, it's a bomb already like that. Otherwise you can indulge yourself and add ingredients you find at home:
· a spoonful of honey that contains vitamins and minerals, to further nourish without greasing
· a teaspoon of lemon juice to polish the hair and close the damaged cuticles
· a teaspoon of olive oil, argan, jojoba, or any oil you have at home to increase the nourishing effect. Coconut oil is particularly suitable for those with frizzy hair (naturally always not recommended for those with oily hair)
· 4-5 drops of lemon or rosemary essential oil
I always recommend to not put more than a tablespoon of oil per pack, because excessive greasing then forces you to make many shampoo passes to wash off the mixture, thus canceling the anti-dryness effect.
Always apply the compress on dry hair, keep it on for an hour and then wash your hair. If the weather and your type of hair allow it, let it dry naturally without using a hair dryer.
2. GEL FOR CURLY OR WAVY HAIR
Flaxseed mucilages are commonly called gels, precisely because they have a viscous and dense consistency that resembles styling products. Unlike many gels on the market, however, flaxseed gel is completely free of all chemical and harmful substances which unfortunately very often are contained in products of this type, and indeed, as we have seen, they will hydrate and nourish the hair with each application.
For this type of use on curly and wavy hair, I recommend keeping the gel in a container (which you will clean very well before putting the gel in it) that has a dispenser - you can very simply use the container of a finished hand soap. As I said, you will keep it in the fridge and take it out if necessary. You can use it after washing, on still very wet hair, to define your curls. If you have wavy hair, I advise you to pour a not excessive amount into your hands and then take the hair from the ends and "crush" it on the scalp. By doing so you will have a defined and lasting move. Even in the days after washing, you can pour a few drops on your fingertips (for this you need a dispenser) and perform the same movement on your hair to restore a new definition every day.
3. DAILY REVITALIZER FOR SMOOTH HAIR
If, on the other hand, you have straight hair, or a type of hair that does not need a real styling, you can still pour a few drops of gel in your hands and pass it on the tips or even on the whole hair. It depends on the type of hair. As I said the flaxseed gel does not grease, but for particularly oily hair it may be better to limit yourself to the tips or lengths. After distributing the gel, comb your hair. Your hair will immediately regain body, shine and softness.