How to Make DIY Flaxseed Gel: Benefits, Recipe, Tutorial, & Results

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Today, I am trying out DIY flaxseed gel on my hair. I am going to attempt to make it, and then I am going to try it on my hair and see if it works. I’m excited to have a go; let’s jump on in!

Tools and materials:

  • Brown flaxseed (also known as linseed)
  • Squeezy bottle
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Stove
How to make flaxseed gel for hair

1. Flaxseed gel recipe

You want to use whole flaxseed for this, not ground and not roasted. It doesn’t matter if the flaxseed is brown or gold because they’re pretty much equal in nutritional value.

Measurement doesn’t have to be exact, but I used about five tablespoons of flax and one and a half cups of water.

Easy flaxseed gel recipe

2. Boil the mixture

Now you boil it until it goes gooey.

Benefits of flaxseed

Now I’m going to tell you a bit about the health benefits of flaxseed. Flaxseed is a superfood that has been used for centuries.

Its scientific name is Linum Usitatissimum which means “of great use,” which pretty much says it all.

Flaxseed is a fantastic source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s great for vegetarians or to just supplement your diet, and of course, it also has many hair benefits.

It's said to add moisture to the hair, improve blood circulation to the scalp, increase hair growth, condition and soothe the scalp, define curls, add shine, and it’s a humectant, so it helps hydrate the hair shaft.

In addition, because it’s one of the best natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids besides fish, flaxseed does a great job of moisturizing, protecting, and strengthening the hair cuticle.

Flaxseed will be great for your hair both internally and externally, so if you’re going to buy some for your hair, you might as well eat some as well.

Straining the homemade flaxseed gel

3. Strain the mixture

Once the mixture has thickened enough so that it is sort of stringing together, it is ready to strain. For me, this took about 10 minutes of boiling.

It will continue to thicken as it cools, so make sure to strain it before it gets too thick. Push it through the strainer with the spoon and scrape it off the bottom.

How do you store flaxseed gel?

Then, transfer the slime-like mixture to a squeezy bottle. (You may need to pour the mixture from something that has a spout).

How to use the DIY flaxseed gel

4. How to apply DIY flaxseed gel

Now, have a shower and wash your hair. Apply the gel in sections. It is more thorough this way, and you can make sure that all of your hair is getting equal treatment.

Section your hair off with a hairclip and comb the flaxseed gel through your hair with your fingers.

Scrunching the DIY flaxseed gel into hair

Then scrunch your hair up to try to make some curl.

Curly hair using DIY flaxseed gel

DIY flaxseed gel results

The way the flaxseed gel has held in place feels like how an actual curl gel would feel. Once dry, I scrunched the gel out, and I’m very pleased with the results. There is very little frizz, and the curls have stayed intact.

Results of the DIY flaxseed gel

The next day

I had my hair tied up on top of my head during the night, but it came out, so my curls aren’t as held up as they would be, but they’re not bad. They haven’t come out altogether; you can still see the definition in each little piece.

DIY flaxseed gel tutorial

All in all, I’m very impressed with this DIY flaxseed gel. It is super super easy to make, and it was very effective in defining my curls which is exactly what I hoped it would do. I do hope you’ll give it a try!

Suggested materials:
  • Brown flaxseed (also known as linseed)
  • Squeezy bottle
  • Water
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  • Tatiana Tatiana on Jan 18, 2022

    Will try, thank you for sharing

  • Ember Shapiro Ember Shapiro on Jan 18, 2022

    I have absolutely zero curl in my hair, but I still think that I am going to try this...purely for the health benefits for my hair and scalp. I do not put product of any kind in my hair other than shampoo and conditioner: no styling gels, hair spray, mousse, etc.

    Just a few questions: It is used like a leave-in conditioner, correct? You do not rinse it out of your hair? I assume it stays in there until you wash it again? Does it leave your hair feeling sticky or oily?