If you have already read my previous post My Top natural vitamins that I take daily to snack at my office, you would know that flaxseeds are one of them. Apart from using it as a topical treatment, consuming the seeds can also greatly benefit you in terms of hair growth. As I have already talked enough of benefits of including flaxseeds in your daily diet, today we will see an interesting recipe on how to extract flaxseed gel at home from these seeds. Yes..! you can infact extract gel from flaxseeds that too in a simple way at your home and you’re gonna exactly learn that how, today.
Flaxseeds are the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids called ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid).Flaxseeds are a good source of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, copper and selenium —all of them provide nourishment to the hair follicles and encourage stronger and healthier new growth.
These essential fats moisturise the scalp skin from within and help reduce dryness and flakiness. Thus, it can improve the symptoms of dandruff, eczema and acne. The omega-3 fats benefit the hair by making it stronger, shinier and more flexible- so you will have less breakage.
Flaxseeds contain lignans which protect hair from thinning. Lignans are fiber-like compounds which acts as strong antioxidants. They help protect hair cells from the normal aging process that thins the hair. Besides lignans help decrease hair loss due to menopause and hormonal imbalances. This is because of estrogenic properties that lignans have.
The regular use, or even ingestion, of flax seeds, prevents issues like acute hair loss, scalp eczema, and dandruff.
How to Prepare Flaxseed gel at home
Preparing Flaxseed gel at home and using it is the next top most gel after Aloe Vera that is being actively used by many now. Due to its easy preparation process and storing capability, this gel has gained more popularity among many beauty gurus.
Boiling the Flaxseeds softens the fiber and releases it into the liquid, which when left to stand, forms gel. Flax seeds are boiled to produce flax gel.
This gel can be used not just for your hair but also to your hair. It has numerous benefits for skin too.. but again that;’s a different topic which I would like to discuss some other time. Lets now see how to prepare flaxseed gel at home and the 3 tops ways to use it to your hair.
For Instant Use:
For using Flaxseed one time, on just that one day.. you need two and a half tablespoon of flaxseeds and 250ml of water.
Add them into a saucepan and bring it to boil. Keeps stirring while the flaxseeds slowly release white colored liquid that looks like gels and sticky.
Turn off the flame when the liquid turns frothy, similar to egg white. The whole process can take around 8-10 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes and extract the gel into glass jar using a strainer. This can give one full cup of gel that can be applied to your entire hair.
After it completely cools down at room temperature, you can now use this gel to your hair.(See top 3 ways to use flaxseed gel at home below)
Flaxseed can also be stored in your refrigerator for around 1-2 weeks. If you are lazy and don’t want to prepare flaxseed gel at home every time you want to apply it to your hair, you can increase the flaxseeds and water quantity to make a bigger batch and store it in your fridge for 2 weeks.
For this, take one cup of flaxseeds into a saucepan and add 4 cups of water into it. Repeat the process above till you see a frothy mixture formed and let it cool for 5-7 minutes.
Extract the gel using either a fine muslin cloth or strainer and store the gel in to a glass container.
You can store this in your refrigerator for around 15 days.
Where to buy Flaxseeds?
Top 3 ways to use Flaxseed gel at home to stop Hair loss and increase hair growth
These are some of the top most uses of home made flaxseed gel to stop hair fall, increase hair growth and smoothen your hair too.
1. Flaxseed Hair gel to style your hair
As flaxseed gel is similar to the consistency of Aloe Vera gel or in that case any other styling gel, this can be used as your natural hair straightening gel or styling gel for wavy or curly hair too.
To use Flaxseed gel at home to style your hair, depending upon your hair length, take half or one tablespoon of this home made flaxseed gel into a small bowl and add 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil in it and mix them well with a fork or a whisk.
After hair wash, Apply this gel to your wet hair just like how you apply any hair serum or leave in conditioner. Lt your hair air dry.
Do not apply the gel in excess amount, it will only weight down your hair and also the gel takes longer time to absorb into your hair.
2. Flaxseed Hair gel for hair growth
One of the most common use of flaxseed hair gel is to use for hair growth and stop hair fall. You can find many recipes and hair masks which promises to treat your hair loss problems. But only few among them really works.
Using the right natural ingredients for treating hair loss problems is very important. You cant just use coconut oil to treat everything. Nothing against it, but generally speaking.
Here, I am not gonna give you a specific hair mask to go for it, but instead will help you to choose the one that suits your hair. Because, Why not?
As how you don’t use just one medicine to treat your stomach ache, head ache and sinus and constipation.. similarly one single oil/ingredient/hair mask doesn’t work to treat all hair problems.
Although there are many remedies and herbs that can treat hair loss problems, you need to try and find out which one is working for you. Because everyone’s body is not the same and different people react to different ingredients differently.
So, I will tell you few common ingredients that are most effective in treating hair loss problems and I will leave it to you to choose the one that suits you well.
Some of the most stimulating natural ingredients for hair growth are Peppermint essential oil, Castor oil, onion juice, curry leave juice, pumpkin seed oil, Amla juice, bringaraj powder and fenugreek oil.
Now using any one of these ingredients and flax seed gel, be a creative DIYer and prepare your own hair mask and let me know how well did that work for you.
3. Flaxseed hair gel to smoothen hair
To smoothen your hair instantly in one wash using flaxseed gel at home, you need two more ingredients in this hair mask.
One is Fenugreek powder and the other Almond oil.
In a bowl, take one cup of flaxseed gel and add half a cup of overnight-soaked-flaxseed powder into it. Now add a teaspoon of almond oil in it and mix all the ingredients well till it forms a nice and smooth paste.
You can adjust the quantities depending upon your hair length and thickness.
Next, part your hair into small sections and apply this mask to your hair evenly covering all your hair and scalp.
Wash you hair with a mild shampoo after 40 minutes.
Unlike some of the other oils and herbs, Flaxseeds work on both your scalp and hair. It nourishes and improves the condition of your hair and prevents split ends if used at least once a week.
Not everyone is a fan of Aloe Vera gel, if so.. then the next big thing for your hair can be Flaxseed hair gel that can be prepared at your home within a couple of minutes.
Try this simple DIY Flaxseed gel at home today and you will be amazed to know how you hair feels so smooth and shiny from the first wash itself. If there are any other recipe that you would like to see here on smartgirls blog, then you are free to comment them in the comment section below..! I am reading them.. 🙂