Throwing flaxseed into our smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt bowls, baked goods, anything – is a staple in our house. It’s no secret they are rich in vitamins, fatty acids, omega-3s, and minerals. But they also work as an incredible curl enhancer.
Growing up, no one around me had curly hair aside from my father. As a pre-teen, I was left fumbling around with frizzy hair, styles and cuts made for girls with straight hair, products that were never meant for my hair type. My sister, her hair pin-straight – styled and cut correctly, would try to help me but to no avail. I never had the opportunity to learn how to take care of my curls correctly so I always felt uncomfortable. The ones surrounding me had hands only meant for straight hair and they couldn’t see the world through my spiral lens.
Entering middle school, I wanted to shed my curly hair so I started straightening it. It became years of this, weaving in and out of curly and straight hair, I finally said enough is enough.
I embraced my curls entirely.
Curly hair is like having to become a chemist. Certain products are better than others, certain ingredients will be a hit or miss. It’s a huge learning process to see what works and what doesn’t. Following the curly girl method has been the best thing for my hair.
I recently made this homemade flaxseed gel and I’m obsessed.
Bouncy & soft, low-frizz, low-waste, and increased volume? My kind of product.
All you need:
4 tablespoon flaxseed
1 cup water
What to do:
Pour water & flaxseed in a pan on the stove. Bring it to a boil.
Once it starts boiling, lower the heat.
Begin stirring for 3-4 minutes on low heat. You want an egg-white consistency.
Once it’s finished, let it cool for about 10 minutes. You can attempt to put it into a very fine strainer over a bowl to allow some of the gel to come out. It didn’t work for me but it may work for you.
Once cooled, grab nylon pantyhose or a cheese cloth. If you’re using a nylon pantyhose, stretch it over a big measuring cup. Scoop the mixture into it, take off the nylon, and start squeezing it into a bowl/container/etc. It feels and looks strange but it’ll be worth it. If you use a container with a big enough opening, you can get as messy as you want.
Squeeze it all out and you’re done! Store it in the fridge until you’re reading to use it.