Homemade hair gel is something I didn’t believe to be possible for quite some time. I thought that typical gel effect could only come from many many chemical ingredients. Like all those store bought hair products have.
Turns out I was very wrong about that. Not only can you make this homemade hair gel with 2 (TWO!) ingredients. You probably also have everything you need for this in the kitchen already!
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Homemade hair gel recipe: ingredients
Most DIY hair gel recipes are a combination of some other ingredients with gelatin. I don’t know about you, but I rarely have any gelatin at home. This recipe, however, doesn’t need any of that.
Do you by any chance eat linseeds sometimes? No? Well, let me tell you they are very healthy. Maybe it is time to start adding a few to your salads? And by the way, you will need a few anyway for this recipe.
Linseeds and water. (Or flax seeds. It’s the same.) That is it already. Obviously, you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give it a little bit of a scent. But otherwise, you won’t need anything else to make your very own homemade hair gel.
Unlike all those DIY hair gel recipes asking for gelatine, this one is vegan.
So go to your kitchen (or the nearest shop) and collect the following:
- 2 tablespoons of linseeds
- 250 ml (or 1 cup) of water
Or, if you really don’t want to leave the house without hair gel, order some organic linseeds* off of your favorite online marketplace.
How to make the homemade hair gel without gelatin
Good, now we already established how crazy few ingredients are required to make your own hair gel at home. Let’s get to the next advantage of this awesome flax seed hair gel recipe.
The active steps required to make this recipe only take a few minutes!
No hour long slaving in the kitchen or anything like that.
Still, you will have to let everything sit for a few hours afterward. For that reason, I recommend starting the process in the evening. This way you will have your DIY hair gel ready in the morning.
Okay, now let’s get on with it.
Cook your DIY hair gel
First, you want to pour the water into a pot and heat it up. When it starts boiling, add the linseeds and stir for a couple of minutes.
Afterward, take the mixture off the heat and let it sit for a while. After about 10 minutes, check if it starts becoming jelly-like.
If yes, you are good to go and can just leave it be till the next morning. If not, put it back on the heat and cook it a little longer. Rinse and repeat.
In the morning (or after letting it sit for a few hours), filter the gel through a strainer. Now you can either put it in a jar to use it directly. Or in an ice cube tray, if you want to freeze it for later usage. (More on storage below.)
Using the homemade hair gel: some tips
The gel works really well if you put it in your hair directly after washing. Ideally, do it when your hair is still wet. For all of you curlies out there: you can definitely use this as a homemade curly hair gel!
Style your hair the way you want it to be later and then DO NOT TOUCH IT anymore. This can be hard, I know. Especially because your hair might feel weird and overly sticky to you. Don’t worry, that is completely normal and everything will be fine once your locks have dried.
Storing your DIY hair gel
The best place to store your homemade linseed hair gel if you plan to use it right away is the fridge. In that case, make sure to use it up in the next 48 hours.
How to preserve flaxseed hair gel
If you already tried this recipe a few times and want to make a bigger batch of the DIY hair gel, I would recommend putting it in an ice cube tray and freezing it. (These trays* make popping out the cubes really easy!)
This way you already have it “portion-sized” for usage and frozen it can last for quite a while.
If you try this homemade hair gel, please let me know in the comments or on Pinterest how it worked for you! Or if you have an even better recipe, I would also love to hear about that.
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