Sunday, January 17, 2010

DIY Haircare: Flaxseed Hair Gel

One way of avoiding harsh chemicals used in personal care products is to simply make your own.  Let's face it! Most of these ingredients are already housed in your pantry so why not get creative? You get to control what goes into your recipes and it's also an awesome step to a greener lifestyle.  Flax seeds offer numerous health benefits and also promotes healthy hair while chamomile is known for it's conditioning properties which  leaves hair glowing and more manageable.  Rosemary is also a wonderful herb that  is believed to stimulate hair follicles and hair growth and even darken grays over time. My perspective? If these ingredients are good enough to eat then it's safe to use on my skin, body and hair:)  This recipe safely yields approximately 16 ounces - depending on the consistency you opt for. 

What you'll need:

1 1/4 Organic Flax Seeds (dark)
2 Tbsp Dried Rosemary
1 Chamomile Tea Bag
5 1/2 cup Distilled Water
1 ounce Aloe Gel
3 drops Lavender EO


In a clean saucepan, bring water to a boil then slowly add all the ingredients except the tea bag and cook on medium heat until you see a gel-like consistency is formed then remove from heat and pass through a sieve. Add the tea bag just before you are ready to remove from  heat and let  cool for just a bit before straining out the seeds.  Let the gel cool before  adding the aloe gel and lavender EO.  Stir well and simply transfer  to a sterile glass container and keep in the refrigerator.  Apply small amounts or as much as needed on damp or dry hair and style as usual.

Finished product as pictured right -----> 

Hope you found this post useful and a way of avoiding chemically laden products.

I'd love to get your feedback on this recipe, should you decide to give it a go. 

Go Green with Nature's ingredients!





Sasha and Veronika said...

Wonderful article! Thank you! I also heard about this but never tried yet.


GreenGirlOrganics said...

Thank you Veronika. I have definitely noticed a huge improvement in my hair using this recipe. And the nice thing is, you can always tweak to your own likeness;)

Robin @ said...

I love making my own products, but I never thought about making hair gel! Your hair looks teriffic so I will definitely give this a try! Thanks.

GreenGirlOrganics said...

Thanks Robin! Actually, I have a bunch of DIY recipes on one of my other blogs so I've decided to share 'em here too;) Do share your thoughts if you give this a go!