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DIY flaxseed hair gel to style your hair without damaging it

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Have you been struggling to keep those baby hair strands from popping out? Using a hair spray may help, but try this DIY flaxseed hair gel instead.

Have you been struggling to keep your baby hair strands from popping out? Pulling out the bottle of a snazzy hair spray and a spoolie brush may help a great deal but it may weaken those newly grown babies we were so eager to see. Most hair sprays and mousse are loaded with chemicals like plasticizers, luster agents, and fragrances, which may cause build-up on hair and eventually result in hair breakage. Keeping in mind these pretty scary after-effects of market-bought hair sprays, I decided to go the natural route. Running through the substitute for hair sprays and gels, I stumbled across a DIY flaxseed hair gel on the internet.

Having all the 4 ingredients needed to prepare this gel sitting in my kitchen pantry, made me feel like I can finally conquer the world!

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This flaxseed hair gel will add shine to your tresses. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Without wasting a minute, I went on to whisk this miraculous formula myself to try on and see if it could really do what they say. Flaxseed gel is made by processing or cooking the flaxseeds to release their natural oils. 

The 4 ingredients needed for this DIY flaxseed hair gel are:

  1. 4 tbsp flaxseeds
  2. 1 tbsp clear aloe vera gel
  3. 2 vitamin E capsules
  4. 2 tsp Almond oil

Here’s how you can make it:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add flaxseeds to it. 
  2. Let it boil until you see the water getting thick and gelatinous. 
  3. Turn the heat off and strain the jelly-like residue through a strainer or muslin cloth.
  4. Once the mixture cools off, add clear aloe vera gel, vitamin E capsules, and almond oil to it.
  5. Whisk it properly to bring it to a gel-like consistency.
  6. Store in a jar at a cold temperature.

    Here’s how to use this DIY flaxseed hair gel for the best results?

  7. Take a dollop of it and apply on your hair length in praying hands motion. This will ensure that the product gets deposited well on your hair.
  8. Using light hands, clump your hair or finger coil them according to your hair needs.
  9. Air-dry your hair or use a diffuser setting on your blow-dryer if necessary.
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Flaxseed can give you shiny tresses. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s why flaxseed works wonders when it comes to hair health:

  1. It helps to seal the cuticle and reduces frizz.
  2. Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acid, which is also found in fish, but it is present in a different form called alpha-linolenic acid in the flaxseed. This form is believed to reduce inflammation on the scalp and can affect hair growth.  
  3. Flaxseeds also have B vitamins which are known to strengthen your hair follicle and help with faster hair growth. 
  4. In addition, flaxseeds also contain vitamin E which reduces the effect of free radicals on your scalp, helping with faster hair growth. 

The last words

In the last few years, flaxseed has assumed the reputation of a superstar. After all, there’s nothing that it can’t do! From aiding weight loss to playing a part in beauty, flaxseed truly proves the magic of nature. Now you know that flaxseed can also work wonders for your tresses, try this DIY hair gel and thank us later!

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