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on 12/18/2018 10:58:00 PM
More reviews by Frequentj
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
This is so cheap and easy to make and it's the best gel I've ever used. My 2-3a hi po hair is so frizz prone, but easily weighed down by heavy products. With the flax seed gel, I don't weigh it down no matter how much I use, so my hair is actually curlier than usual. It gives me defined, soft, TOUCHABLE curls they don't frizz or go crunchy and brittle. It's also CHEAP, and you can really lux this out with added jojoba and essential oils. Love it and won't be buying the commercial stuff anymore. I like natural, and when it's an awesome product, it's a huge win.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 11/22/2017 3:06:00 AM
More reviews by CupcakesAndUnicorns
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
Best styler I've ever used for my confused 2a/2b dry, frizz-prone hair. It leaves me with defined, frizz- free waves that are still soft and touchable. Normally if I've used a curl cream or gel in my hair detangling while dry is a no go, but this is easily combed out with little to no tangles. There is a slight yeasty/bready smell if you put your nose right up close to the gel, but no smell once it's on your hair. The recipe I used: 1/2 a cup of flaxseed to 2 cups water. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally and take it off the heat when you get 'ropes' while lifting the spoon. Leave it in the pot for 30min to cool, and then strain through pantihose. Fair warning - it looks like something that would come out of your nose during a bad cold, but it's worth it. Absolutely amazing stuff.
on 5/4/2017 1:03:00 AM
More reviews by jrobsf
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Fine
Just hands down the best thing I have ever put in my hair. For real. I make a very thick version on the stovetop, just the seeds and water. I don't use anything added to it or layered under it, just a couple of large blobs worked through my wet curls. My hair air-dries shiny, spirally, and defined. Also, unlike pretty much every other hair product, flaxseed gel doesn't break me out. Wish I'd started using it years ago!
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 8/27/2015 11:41:00 AM
More reviews by anlong
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Where have you been all my life? Absolutely delighted with this .. it's a wonderful liquid styling gel for my curly frizzy hair. Makes hair soft and silky too. So happy to have found the recipe and it's so cheap to make as well.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 2/3/2015 9:08:00 PM
More reviews by Retromom104
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Other, Fine
I have fine medium length 3A curls. I went CG about 6 months ago and I am so glad I have found this recipe. It is the best for my hair.Now, I wash daily because my curls are fragile. After sleeping on them, the are a lost cause. Anyway, I had read on other sites how great flax seed gel is so when I found a simple recipe, I thought I would give it a try. I use this after using my co-wash in the shower and I use about 3 quarter sized handfuls and squish into my hair. Now, this does have a weird snotty, egg white consistency but it's worth it, It doesn't flake, it gives me great clumping and shine better than any other gel I have tried. I love how much moisture it gives my hair and it washes out easily. I have also noticed increased volume and my hair is shedding less. To make it, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube but I take a quarter cup of brown whole flax seed and boil it with 2 cups of water for 7 minutes and use a fine kitchen strainer to strain out the seeds. I use a cleaned out 8oz Philosophy bottle with a flip top which hold a whole batch and works fine. Store in the fridge. Love that I can make it when I need it,
on 1/9/2015 1:56:00 PM
More reviews by blooiejagwa
Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Edit- adding a couple of drops of honey and (simmered till thick) coconut milk (about 1/4 can for 2 T flaxseeds' gel) makes the curls last. Aloe vera mixed in also helps. --he majority of reviews have described in great detail how to make this--i want to add my experience with the resulting 'product.' smooth, bouncy curls (pincurl set), yes, but i have had better results by using a very $$$ product. This doesn't allow the set to last well, beyond 1 day, and it frizzes--compared to the other product that is hG but too pricey. It is a liquid-gel consistency--not stringy, but like JellO that has not set. It doesn't leave disgusting residue, crunch, or white flakes. Good for every day use. Will experiment with other ingredients to see if I can concoct a recipe that would allow for good hair beyond 1 measly day...
on 1/13/2014 8:07:00 AM
More reviews by maliciousdelicious
Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
At first, I found this incredibly difficult to make. If you wait for the boiling liquid to evaporate, you will have a thick lump of slime from which it is impossible to strain out the seeds. You need to strain this when it is still fairly liquid or add liquid if you've missed the boat.I also boiled methi (fenugreek) seeds with the (organic) flax seeds as in India they are popularly known to be great for the hair and scalp. However, the usual way is to mash them into a paste and use them. I cannot say that the fenugreek seeds have helped as I have only tried making the gel with them but I will make the next batch WITHOUT them and update.Not only does the texture make this gel difficult to make, it also makes it difficult to apply. It comes in huge slimy globs that are difficult to separate and tend to slip out of your hands. If you don't spread it properly, it can look like a giant blob of snot (sorry!). However, once you have it well-distributed in your hair, I find the best thing to do is to braid. The gel does not have great hold, but it will keep your braided hair in place and keep frizz and flyaways at bay. Later on in the day, if you want to unbraid your hair, you will find quite nice and smooth waves. However, I did not find that the gel had any permanent conditioning effect. Like all gels, it seems to make my hair dry overnight. However, I am happy that I am at least not chemically damaging my hair. I already have super dry, frizzy coloured hair. I am going to experiment with adding oil or aloe gel and see if it works out any different.The gel itself lasts quite a long time. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and it is fine as long as I refrigerate. It also does not have any smell.
on 12/7/2013 11:55:00 PM
More reviews by NehaN
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Okay, so I have experimented with the 'recipe' out there, which is basically boil 1 tbsp. of flax seeds in 1 cup of water for about 10-15 min. Then spend like an hour straining the seeds out !!! Ain't nobody got time for that! What I've found is you don't need to boil it until it becomes all goopy to work, and if you want you don't even have to boil the seeds - just soaking it overnight works too. My way: Boil 1 tbsp. of flax seeds in 1 cup of water just until the water starts changing colour - about 4-5 minutes. At this point it's a bit thicker than water but still very runny. Then while it's still hot pour it through a tea strainer to get the seeds out. Pop the 'gel' into the fridge/freezer and it will firm up and become slightly goopy. Done!A thinner 'gel' works for me but if you want thicker gel for hold obviously you can boil it for longer, but then you will spend more time getting the seeds out. I gently put about a tbsp. of this gel in my hair while it's wet, and when my hair dries I have lovely shiny frizz-free not-at-all-crunchy curls (I have curly 3A ringlet-y hair). Dirt-cheap, only two ingredients, and easy to make (my way) - what more could you want?Bonus: Use the gel as a face mask, and it seriously leaves your skin feeling like silk. It's supposed to be good for you if you add it to food too. ETA: - I forgot to mention, as there are no preservatives the gel does go bad - in about a week if left outside, 2 weeks in the fridge. When it gets a vinegary smell I throw it out. I did once use some slightly vinegary smelling gel and it worked fine lol but just to be on the safe side I wouldn't recommend doing that...- Oh, and while I'm glad someone took the time to take pictures, those pictures look suuper gross. FYI what you will end up with is something that looks and feels like egg white. In fact, vegetarians use flax seed gel as a substitute for egg.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 5/19/2013 2:05:00 AM
More reviews by lotusfairy
Skin: Oily, Medium, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
I have made this a few times every couple of months to use as a styling gel. It gives amazing shine and curl definition for me as it is completely organic. I only make small batches and keep in the fridge for a day or two since I don't add any preservatives in mine and don't want to risk spoilage. I usually experiment with consistency and prefer it to be slightly liquidy. It has decent hold, but can be layered with another gel. If you want a tiny bit more moisture, you can try adding 100% agave nectar or real honey (avoid the one in the plastic bear bottle). You can also experiment with different hair oils to add. I like to switch between jojoba oil or grapeseed oil as they are both light enough to use on my hair without effecting clumping. It is a process to make I admit and comes with a bit of trial and error. I do suggest that you don't overcook them (10-15 minutes on medium heat, constantly stirring until you get the consistency you want) as they will be a pain to strain out. You can try using a pair of panty hose if this does happens but it will be very messy. Also wait for it to cool down before storing or using. I use a regular Tupperware container to store mine in the fridge.
on 5/8/2013 10:41:00 PM
More reviews by Ultraviolet
Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Medium
What you need: 1) A pot/wok that you don't mind scraping.2) A few hours which you don't mind spending on the...3) ...Few ounces of flax seed and water you've faithfully stirred/whisked in the hopes of...4) ...Majority Holy Grail hair days. I purposefully did not provide measurements (yet) for flax vs. water, as your hair made need more or less tacky slime than mine does. Hint--don't use cookware you love when you're making this gel. It may be ok. It may be trashed. "So if this fails, I can reconstitute the glop as an Omega-3 smoothie add-in?"No review should ever begin that way, but considering that this experiment began when I was seeking a side dish for halibut? It is what it is. And what I have is about 16 fluid ounces of the goo left over from boiling 1/4 cup of flax seeds in five cups of water for two hours. This was not an Uncle Ben's pour and dash--this was an arborio nurse and observe. If I count the extra 10 ounces which is still reducing on the stove? I've either lucked upon one great hair product or a wasted evening. As this became a two-hour mix/strain/mix/stir/boil/wonder why I'm going to put this into my hair/rinse/repeat saga. I really didn't think this few flax seed could produce this much...of whatever is inside of them that's...gooey. I'm on my fourth reduction, and this seems to be the last run for the seeds as the liquid in the wok is a lot thinner than previous batches. But it's still thicker than most hair glazes I've used. Which is why I've been wanting to make this. My hair is big. I have a lot of thin yet hyper-curly strands, and they tend to love slimey products. Not mousse, not butter, not oil, not spray. Slime. Something that just runs through them like a slippery...sorry, slime. It's not the best image, but rubber cement? It's ironic that some of my all time Holy Grail hair products mentioned that tacky substance in their descriptions. Of course, the names were tacky, but they were a slippery success in my hair. So back to the asphalt I'm willingly cooking in my kitchen? It has to be babysat like new sidewalk in a downtown area--somehow, something's going to go wrong, so you have to make sure you're stirring, scraping, moving it. Because when it dries, it's there for a bit of time. Which made me wonder if it's the best substance to be in my hair. I did a test application with a glob that fell off of my whisk. Yes, it dried to a very stiff finish, but the crunchiness was easily smoothed away with a light raking...and the resulting hair was so defined and shiny that I wasn't upset for spending a worknight on a beauty project. But a tuft versus the entire head is a different story. I'm not brave enough to use this as my sole product on a Thursday, but I am looking forward to Saturday brunch.Recanting the review of the fourth reduction--it's still going strong, not as stringy but still binding.
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