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This gel is easy to make, and it works very well to control my naturally frizzy hair. It isn't sticky or drying like some store-bought gels I've tried, and ever since I discovered this, I don't even use conditioner anymore!

A lot of people ask me if my hair color is real, and the answer is yes. I have never colored my hair, and none of these photos were altered or enhanced in any way. It does look brighter in the sunlight, though. I also get asked if it's naturally curly a lot, and again, the answer is yes. In fact, I do not do a single thing to my hair beyond what I'm going to share in this instructable. So let's get started!

Step 1: A Brief Hair History

This picture shows my hair after I've washed it and let it dry, but haven't put anything on it. This is my hair in its natural state. It's very curly, but the individual hairs are all doing their own thing, making it look fuzzy and messy.

Up until a few years ago, I didn't know what to do about my frizzy hair, so I kept it in braids a lot. One day I searched "crazy frizzy curly hair" on the internet, and that's where I learned about keeping conditioner in your hair and not rinsing it out, which is a method that a lot of people use to control their curly hair.

The problem with leaving conditioner in my hair was that it made it feel stiff, a bit greasy, kind of heavy... and it darkened my hair so that it didn't show its natural color. Many people commented that my hair was turning brown, when it was actually all that conditioner on it that made it look darker! I searched the internet for a clear conditioner to use, thinking that a clear one wouldn't look darker while it was on my hair, but instead, I ran across this flaxseed hair gel. I've been using it ever since, as my "conditioner" as well as a styling aid that defines my curls. The only thing I put on my hair is shampoo and this gel. I love how it makes my hair feel, and how well it works to banish frizz!

<p>Thank GOD for your article!!! I've been transitioning my relaxed hair to my natural 3b-3c hair type and was becoming so frustrated not finding the right products for my hair. So I made this FSG for the first time and it worked!! I washed my hair with sulfate free shampoo, put in a placenta based leave in conditioner then saturated my hair with the FSG and finger combed thru it. Since I am not using any heat on my hair I ran the house fan towards me as I worked on my computer. A couple hours later my hair was 95% dry and my hair had fantastic curl definition and so shiny!. I still had a lot of crunchiness but I normally get that from the terrible hair mousse's I'd previously used so I took some 100% coconut oil rubbed in my hands and fluffed out the crunchy areas a bit. I'm telling you my hair looks GORGEOUS!!! Bouncy, shiny, moisturized, no flaky residue, no stickiness or heaviness!! No more store bought gels, mousse's or custards for me. This is the perfect low maintenance hair regime I have been praying for!! Can't wait to see if this will last at least 3 days!!!</p>
<p>That's so great, how well it worked for you! It does make hair shiny, doesn't it? It makes me smile that my instructable was an answer to prayer. ;) I don't think I've ever been told that before, but I love it!!! </p>
Day 2 and my hair looks even better than day 1. I slept on my satin pilliwcase, woke up and the FSG was still holding beautifully! Still defined curls, no flakes and still shiny! I rubbed a little more coconut oil and fluffed my hair a little and now i have the volume i love without the frizzy dryness of those store bought products. I will be using/making FSG for life. Thanks again! ?
<p>That is awesome!!! So glad to have another &quot;convert&quot;! </p><p>The good news is that your hair should look better as time goes on and it recovers from that drying store-bought products you used to use (that is, if your hair does what mine did!)</p>
Its been over a year now and still using FSG! My hair has grown from ear length to shoulder length and is the healthiest and thickest it's ever been. I even got lazy a few times and went back to using my old store bought hair mousse and realized how dry it made my hair. FSG gives me at least a week of beautifully defined frizz free voluminous curls. My hair is so low maintenance and even my husband loves me not having to wear the head wraps to bed anymore. My satin pillowcase keeps my curls in tack. Thanks again for this article which truly changed my whole hair regimen for life.
This is a brilliant recipe! Thanks so much ?<br>And my chickens absolutely love the left over flaxseed!!!
<p>I just tried making this for the first time. Unfortunately, it's a fail...I can't get it through a towel and I can't even get it to go through a strainer. It's very mucousy/snotty looking.</p>
Can i use organic gluten free flax seeds? Please help.......<br>P.s - love ur hair??❤
Oh wonderful article. Its been a week I have been googling about flexseed gel. Your method is so different as others usually apply gel to wet hair. I tried that and it took 9 hours for my hair to dry. This was a deal breaker for me. I am certainly going to try your way. How long does it take for you to completely air dry after you apply the gel? I have very dry hair so should I add a little bit of oil in the gel or dab a little on hair ends and then apply the gel to hair? Can we apple the gel to second or third day hair?<br>Do you recommend adding glycerine to the gel?<br>Thanks for sharing.
<p>My preference is the GKhair gel for creating sleek, smooth and long lasting hair style with strong hold. Best product for strong hold. Love it. :) &lt;3</p>
Waiting for this to cool as we read! Question though, has anyone tried straining it while still hot through a mesh strainer? Would that really change the desired effect? Just wondering if that would make less mess/clean up. I've also read on other blogs that people have saved the seeds for a second use..any experience with that? Thanks! Cant wait to try this tomorrow! Will let ya know how it went for me then!
<p>The mesh strainer might work, I haven't tried it because my strainer has a plastic rim and I'm scared of melting it. If the gel was very hot when you strained it, it might flow through the holes nicely, but it thickens quickly as it cools.</p><p>Saving the seeds for a second use does work somewhat, but the gel is thinner and doesn't hold as well. Usually I just compost the seeds once I've used them, but I am guilty of using them a second time with less water than was in the first batch. ;)</p>
It's actually easier and less messy to strain if you do it immediately. I use a cheap knee high panty hose (from Walmart or target) to strain it into a glass jar, then I let it cool and thicken. Squeeze it out with tongs too.
<p>I never reviewed the final product!! I've made it twice and really like it. First time batch had a more snotty consistency, second more watery, but desired effect seemed the same. Going to make another batch after posting this. It did seem to go bad rather quickly, so what I plan on doing is putting the gel in clear containers like diner style mustard and ketchup squirt bottles and freeze bottles for later use. What I liked most about this recipe is its water consistency, so I could go a day or two without washing my hair but apply this daily with no greasy finish. Thank you!</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it! I do wish it had a longer shelf life. I have heard that adding vitamin E oil will lengthen it some. </p><p>I use the same kind of bottles, by the way! I washed out empty honey squeeze bottles and freeze my gel in that. It works great! </p>
<p>is it supposed to be really watery</p>
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Can we apply this and leave overnight tooo??!!<br>
Hello, <br>I'm eager to make this for my hair but I do not have flaxseeds I have grounded flaxseeds can I use this and possibly strain it? Thank you so much for your reply
<p>My wife has very curly hair like yours and she's tried so many things over the years. The affect on your hair is really incredible! I'm going to show this Instructable to her and I'm sure she will want to try it. </p><p>Your hair is uncommonly beautiful BTW. :-) </p>
<p>I really hope your wife likes it! </p><p>Thank you very much, btw. :)</p>
<p>awesome article , never thought it would be that easy, </p><p>but i have a question please.</p><p>how does it react under the sun , i live in a hot weather country , and i tried all kinds of gels it makes my head like i am an oven .</p>
<p>I haven't noticed any effects at all from the sun, though being a redhead, I try to stay in the shade as much as I can. The end result of using the flaxseed gel is not like that &quot;helmet&quot; feeling of having you hair frozen by storebought gel... it's very light and airy and your hair moves like it does when you aren't wearing styling products. I think you would be happy with the results of the flaxseed gel, and I hope you give it a try! :)</p>
thanks for ur replay , and i will give it a try !<br>Appreciate the effort
Can I use flaxseed oil instead?
<p>I'm guessing that might work for a conditioning treatment, but I don't think it would have very good hold. It won't harm your hair though, so if you want to give it a try, go for it and let us know how it worked for you!</p>
Great instructable, thanks!
<p>Glad you liked it!</p>
<p>Thank you..Thank you for finding the cure to my dry, frizzy, crazy curly hair. I made the hair gel and it worked great all day and is still holding...</p>
<p>That's wonderful! I'm so glad it worked for you. Thanks for posting! :)</p>
Hi!<br>I am planning on making the gel this weekend. I just order all natural flaxseed gel from Etsy this morning. At least being able to make it myself I will not have to pay shipping. I do have a question. When adding tje essential oils, when do you add them? While boiling or afterwards while cooling?<br>Thanks<br>Robin
<p>I add them afterwards, when the gel has cooled some. It might not matter, but it seems to me that a little bit of the scent is &quot;boiled out&quot; while the gel is cooking, if you add them during the boiling process. Of course, that could just be my imagination. ;)</p>
<p>wow, a perfect homemade gel, excellent recipe, kudos for sharing and thank you very much idea maker. Loving the gel</p>
<p>Awesome! I'm glad you like it! Thanks for your comment :D</p>
<p>Works great! My hair isn't as curly, I made it for my daughter and myself. My other kids can't use it because she's allergic to flax, but I'm guessing that chia would work too (but her hair is really think and straight, no frizz issues with her).</p>
<p>So glad you like it! I didn't know flax could be an allergen... I'm glad your allergic daughter doesn't have frizz issues though. </p>
<p>I recommend using tulle instead of the cloth to get rid of the seeds at the end. It is cheap and a lot les messier!</p>
<p>The tulle that I have on hand is really fragile, but I will keep an eye out for a piece that will work! It does sound easy to use. :)</p>
OMG... cant wait to try
<p>I hope you like it!</p>
<p>Made this and followed the instructions last night. I still have lots of frizz?. I haven't found anything that works. Suggestions?</p>
<p>You could try using conditioner on your hair after washing and then rinsing, letting your hair dry, and then applying the gel. You could also try one of the hot oil treatments and see if that does anything for you. </p><p>The gel will have a stronger hold if you use more seeds or less water, so you could give that a shot if you haven't already. It also helps to make sure your hair is completely dry when you apply the gel.</p><p>It's also possible (maybe?) that your hair is damaged from heat treatments or other styling products you have used in the past, and would have less frizz if you kept at the gel routine, but I really don't know for sure. It might just not work very well with your exact hair type. :( I'm sorry.</p>
<p>I got toasted flax seeds at Trader Joes...the gel, when I strained it through a knee-hi, wasn't very thick. Is that normal? Thanks!</p>
<p>I have never used toasted seeds before, but I suspect that the toasting process &quot;melted&quot; some of the oil and other good stuff out of the seeds. If you can get ahold of some raw seeds, give it another try and see if you like the results better. :)</p>
I need to try the satin pillowcase. But the gel works great! I made mine with a little bit more water so that I could use more of it and also on dry hair to refresh my curls. But basically after washing my hair and conditioning, I wrap my head in a towel for a few minutes. Then I use two small dabs about the size of a coin, spread and scrunch throughout and let air dry. Also I use coconut oil for a bit of shine and smoothness.
<p>Your hair looks awesome!!! I'm glad you liked the gel! Thanks for sharing :D</p>
Hey :) thankz a ton for diz recipe :) it really really helped me a best crazy way :) only problem m facing iz after it dries n after finishing da scrunch ng part... still m left a white cast on my hair... it looks like small snow flakes al over da hair. I hope it made sense... can u plz help me how to get rid of it. ( Itz nt dandruff)<br><br> Thanks <br>Rajani yadav<br>India
Hey, Rajani! You could try using golden flax seeds instead of regular ones? Or possibly you could use more seeds and shorten the boiling time? I don't really have this problem, but maybe if I had darker hair I would. :( I hope you find something that works for you!
:) sure .. thiz time I try with golden onez... bt I doubt either I get it r nt .... bt it gave me nice volume :) thankoooooo :)
<p>I hope you had success with something, I'm sorry it wasn't working out for your hair. </p><p>One reason I think that shortening the boiling time would work, is that the gel seems clearer when it first starts to boil. So I thought maybe you wouldn't have the problem you were having, if you used more seeds and didn't boil it for as long. But I don't know. Did you have any luck with the golden flax seeds? </p>

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