I love making and using flax seed gel on my natural hair. Flax seed gel (or FSG as it is affectionately referred to), is a staple in the hair care regime’s of thousands of women of all ethnicities. Home made (DIY) flax seed gel a 100% natural, chemical free way to add luster, bounce and beneficial Omega-3 fats to dry natural hair, and its ridiculously inexpensive to make.
Well, the other day I decided to experiment with some ingredients I have around the house, things which are known to assist in hair growth, moisturize dry hair, and that would help maintain a hair style. What I came up with is a brand new creation… a fabulous mixture that takes flax seed gel to the next level. Yes, I am patting myself on the back for this one!
Benefits of Rose Water for Natural Hair
Rose water has been used in many hair and beauty treatments, as well as in cooking for thousands of years throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Rosewater is an all natural product made from either rose essential oil and distilled water, or distilled water and fresh rose petals. You can easily get rose water from any supermarket, Asian or Indian grocery store, and in most health food stores. Select high quality, organic products to reduce exposure to pesticides and chemicals. In addition to smelling great, rose water contains proven conditioning and moisturizing properties that makes hair soft, adding a healthy sheen. Rose water is also rumored to assist in hair growth by stimulating the scalp while nourishing and strengthening the hair.
Benefits of Rosemary for Hair
Rosemary has been proven to stimulate hair follicles to make hair grow longer, stronger and thicker over time. Massaging rosemary oil into your scalp increases blood circulation to hair follicles, making the roots stronger, helping hair to grow in thicker, and reducing hair loss which causes thinning.
Making Rosemary and Rose Water Flax Seed Gel
Into small pot place
- 2 cups distilled water
- 3 Tablespoons whole flax seeds (golden or brown, doesn’t make a difference)
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
- 1/3 cup dried rose petals and stems
- 3 Tablespoons Aloe Vera juice
Cook over medium-low heat for about 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently once mixture begins to simmer. Cook until seeds remain suspended in the gel and mixture is foamy and the consistency of egg whites.
The liquid will be reduced, so you’ll end up with just over a cup of flax seed gel. Use a wire mesh strainer and strain into bowl (one that can withstand boiling hot liquids without melting). Press mixture against strainer to extract as much of the thick gel as you can. Add 1 Tablespoon raw Shea butter and 1/2 tsp avocado or jojoba oil. Mix well.
The gel is a bit thick. I usually mix my gel using an old hand mixer I got from my grandmother because I am too lazy to do it by hand. This thing actually works really well for quick ingredient blending without the drama or expense of an electric mixer.
Let the gel sit out until it reaches room temperature, then add in 6-10 drops of your essential oil of choice. Tea Tree, Lavender, Geranium or Lemongrass will help the product last longer and reduce bacterial growth, while also being beneficial to hair growth.
Place gel in fridge to cool. While the gel was cooling, I took down my large braids. About 30 minutes later I set my hair into mini-twists using the rosemary and rose water flax seed gel. You want to use more gel than you might if you were using a commercial product… make sure your hair is saturated so that your natural curl pattern is evident. Then twist, braid or roller set your hair. Allow your hair to dry thoroughly for the best results and maximum definition.
Flax seed gel lasts about 3 weeks in the refrigerator with preservative oils; about two weeks without. You can also freeze it to use at later dates.
Here is what my mini-twists looked like when I took them down the next day.
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