I started researching the idea right away as I found the concept intriguing. I scoured the internet for various recipes and started experimenting to see which would work best for my type of hair.
In this video, I demonstrate the best recipe I tried for curly or wavy hair and it only takes about 10 minutes to make!
If you use store hair gel, I would recommend that you give this homemade gel a whirl and see what you think. If you’ve ever checked the label on commercial hair gels, you know that they are loaded with chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Even though these toxins aren’t going to absorb into your bloodstream like they would if you slathered it on your skin, these chemicals still get on your pillowcase at night potentially contacting your skin while you sleep. In addition, anything on your hair is close to your nose so you would breath in the hormone disrupting fragrances.
I would particularly recommend this natural hair gel if you are pregnant or nursing as you don’t want to come into daily contact with the toxins that could potentially harm your baby.
Do you make your own homemade hair gel? If so, please share your recipe in the comments section!
The natural hair gel I demonstrate in the video below is made with flax seeds, but there are many other ways to make it. Don’t worry that you can’t use this recipe if you have thyroid issues because flax seeds are goitrogenic. This would be a problem if you ate them. Putting them on your hair is fine!
DIY Natural has a recipe for natural hair gel made with gelatin if you want to try that too.
Natural Hair Gel
Makes about 4 oz
1 cup filtered water
2 Tbl organic whole flax seeds (where to source)
Few drops of essential oils for natural fragrance (optional)
Few drops of aloe vera gel for a moisturizing effect (optional)
Bring the cup of filtered water to a boil. Stir in the flax seeds, turn down the heat to medium and let simmer for between 7-10 minutes.
*Do not simmer longer than 10 minutes else you won’t be able to strain out the flax seeds from the gel.
Strain out the flax seeds using a strainer or cheesecloth and let the gel cool. Mix a few drops of essential oils and/or aloe vera if desired.
Pour gel into a small bottle and refrigerate.
Pour a dollop into the palm of your hand and mix through wet hair as frequently as desired.
This gel will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Source: Flax Seed Hair Gel Recipe