I have a new hair person now, since Helena moved back to Florida. I got up bright and early this morning to make some fresh hair gel since I knew I was going to my hair appointment with Lauren right after PT today. She's been absolutely great about washing her hands with my safe soap before she gets started on my hair, and always checking to make sure I'm doing okay while I'm in the salon. Everyone getting color done or sprayed with any sort of product is far, far away from me, and everyone knows not to offer me water or coffee. We were careful today, but maybe not enough. I have a headache, some nausea, itchiness and a rash on my neck from where the cape was-- so next time I'll probably bring my own cape to the salon.
Traditional hair products have so much corn-y fragrance and thickeners like xanthan gum and preservatives like corn-y citric acid that I stay far away from them. I have short, spiky hair though, and with any kind of humidity or change in the weather, I need some control over my hair. That's where my homemade flax seed hair gel comes in.
1 cup water
and 3 tablespoons whole flax seeds.
Simmer for 7-10 minutes. (I find that if I stop at 7, it is a medium hold gel; 10 minutes gets me a more firm hold gel.)
Strain your flax seeds out and put your gel in a glass jar and put it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. After it cools completely, you can add a drop of whatever scent essential oil you prefer. (I like lavender.)
This needs to be stored in the fridge since there are no preservatives in it. It's good that I make it in such small batches because it starts to smell and look weird after a week.
Lauren said she was impressed with the texture of the gel. I had some embarrassing cowlicks today and this stuff made them disappear. I love getting my hair to behave! I also find that it leaves my hair very shiny and soft, with some crunchy texture, but not too much stiffness. I love that if I want a stiffer hold, all I have to do is boil the next batch a few minutes longer.