The Benefits Of Flaxseed Gel For Natural Hair
Flaxseed gel is one of those natural hair staples that many of us love to make and use.
I first discovered flaxseed gel after I big chopped. I made a batch and was hooked. This gel perfectly defined my TWA, it wasn't crunchy and did not leave build up like I had experienced with other gels.
The two types of flaxseeds, also known as linseed, are either a light golden yellow or brown. They are totally natural and come complete with a rich dose of omega-3 fatty acids, with the brown flaxseeds containing a slightly higher amount. Those omega 3 fatty acids are known to support scalp health, making flaxseed gel a healthy and beneficial alternative to most over the counter gels.
Overall, flaxseeds are safe for our hair because they are safe to eat and provide for plenty of fiber in our diets. The added bonus of the resulting gel from boiling the seeds provide amazing benefits for our hair.
Since the DIY flaxseed gel is a natural product, you'll want to remember that the shelf life will be shorter than the counterparts sitting on store shelves with preservatives in them. My video tutorial below covers a couple of alternatives for adding preservatives.
I recall my first YouTube video I made, after my first batch of flaxseed gel went bad. Looking back, it was pretty funny and funky! Rest assured, I learned the hard way that a refrigerator was in order!
Why I Added Marshmallow Root To My Flaxseed Gel
Wonder what made me add marshmallow root to my own do it yourself homemade flax seed gel? Well, since I loved the slip from Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner as well as the Curling Custard, I was curious about their ingredients. I discovered they both contained marshmallow root and thought I'd give it try in my own homemade products!
Marshmallow root, derived from the Althaea officinalis plant, is actually an herbal supplement. It has a long list of medicinal uses such as reduces inflammation of the skin and can be effective when taken internally. It also comes in different forms, such as the natural root form, powders and pills.
Marshmallow root produces a mucilage that provides slip when soaked or boiled, similar to flaxseeds, so I did just that to take my flaxseed gel up a notch.
I was pleased with the results and wanted to share the recipe with you so that you can make your own flaxseed gel with marshmallow root!
What You Will Need To Make It!
- Flax seeds - 1/3 cup
- Filtered water - 2 cups
- Marshmallow Root - 2 tbsp.
- Xanthum Gum - 1 tsp. (optional, gives gel a firmer hold)
- Citric Acid - 1/4 tsp. (optional as preservative)
- Vitamin E oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Essential Oils - I use lemon & lemongrass
- Wire or mesh strainer
- Large Bowl
- Mixer or whisk
- Container to store gel