While styling one’s hair, the use of hair gel plays an important role. This product is used by many on a daily basis and there are various types of hair styling gels which are available in the market.
But, how many of you have ever thought about the negative impacts that such a hair styling product can have on your hair? After all, the hair gel is nothing but a conglomerate of various chemical ingredients. One should understand that all the properties of the hair gel, right from its appearance to its wonderful fragrance are attributed to the presence of the chemicals in it.
Moreover, since these goods are packed and shelved for a long time, an extra dosage of chemical preservatives also get added, to keep the gel from getting spoilt.Thus, it is very evident that prolonged use of such a hair styling gel will not do any good to you in the long run. But this doesn’t mean that you should compromise on your style quotient and move on without using the hair styling product. As an alternative to the chemical hair gels which are available in the market, one can very well make use of a natural hair gel.
These natural hair gels will be hundred percent devoid of chemical ingredients and can be thus used without the fear of incurring any unwanted side effects. Even though the natural gels won’t possess the rich fragrance of the commercially available ones, one can be assured that they are as effective and useful as their commercial counterparts.
One such completely natural hair styling gel can be made by using flaxseeds. Do read on further if you wish to know more about the amazing properties, preparation and usage of a flaxseed hair gel.
Steps to Make Flaxseed Hair Gel
Flaxseed otherwise known as linseed is an easily available natural product, which can be used to make hair gel of excellent quality. To make the hair gel, one has to first soak 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds in 1 cup of water overnight. Later, boil the mixture until a gel like consistency is achieved. Remove the mixture from the flame and do keep on stirring constantly for about 15 minutes.
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The mixture is to be then sieved so as to remove all the seeds. The separated liquid is to be stored in an airtight container and is to be then allowed to cool. After the mixture has cooled down and settled to form a gel like composition, do add to it 3 tablespoons of Aloe vera gel and stir vigorously for about a minute. The hair gel thus prepared can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. After a week, the gel will be ready and you can use it in the same manner as your commercial hair styling products.
In order to make the gel fragrant, you can also add to it an essential oil of your choice. If you wish to obtain the flaxseed hair styling product in the form a spray, then you can add to the soaked flaxseeds 2 tablespoons of rose water and 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.
You needn’t boil this mixture, but instead you should keep on stirring vigorously for about 20 minutes. Remove the flaxseeds by sieving the solution, and store the clear liquid obtained in a large spray bottle. The hair spray thus prepared has to be stored overnight and can be used later on. Do see to it that you shake the bottle well, before each usage.
Benefits of Flaxseed Hair Styling Products
Apart from being easy on your pockets, flaxseed hair styling products can also be prepared very easily with the use of minimum ingredients. Also, the hair gel is devoid of alcohol, a major component in commercial hair gels which is responsible for making the hair dry and brittle.
In fact, the presence of Aloe vera in the flaxseed hair styling gel will see to it that your hair is moisturized and styled in a healthy manner. The omega 3 fatty acids present in flax seed will also help in nourishing your hair, along with styling it. The gel will not flake off or neither will it make the hair hard and crunchy and it can be safely used on a daily basis.
Curly and fizzy hair can be styled in an effective manner with this gel. In the case of flax seed hair spray, the addition of rose water will render the product a pleasant and natural fragrance.
Factors to Consider
In order to increase the shelf life of the flaxseed hair gel, it is recommended that you refrigerate it after every use. Also do use a liberal amount of hair gel every time you style your hair, as the effects of the flaxseed gel won’t last long when used in very minute quantities.