recovering consumer, I’ve been struggling since ‘greening’ my hair.
haven’t dyed it green, I’ve just ditched the chemicals, particularly sulfates.
the ‘no-poo’ life was made for curly folks like myself, but I have really missed
gel.You know, the softly sculpted,
pretty, lasting curls that gel can give you.When you have a tiny person
tugging on your hair with all the fascination of the first paleontologist
uncovering a T-Rex, ‘pretty’ can feel like a luxury reserved to your
pre-baby days, no matter how much you fight it.
for some home-made gel recipes, but was mostly just grossed out because the main ingredient was always bovine gelatin.Bovine
gelatin?Really?That’s not a cow’s serving of jello, that’s a
cow’s bodily tissues.On.Your.Hair.You don’t have to be a vegetarian to find
that kinda gross.
"steer" clear of my hair, mister
came across another recipe.
flax seeds and water to a boil.Reduce
heat and simmer, while stirring constantly, for twenty minutes or until the
mixture gels. Easy.
gel into receptacle.Store in fridge
for up to one month.
have any whole flax seeds on hand when I discovered this recipe in the middle
of the night, but I had some ground flax seeds so I tried it out – and it
worked fine, though it was probably harder to strain. When the concoction starting gelling, I have to admit I got pretty excited about it: it actually worked! I just made hair gel on my stove in the middle of the night and didn't even wake up Evening! Best thing ever.
still a bit uncertain or in utter disbelief, here’s a video from youtube that will take you through
I’ve been using this gel for a few days, I have to say I’m in love.My hair feels so soft and silky, and the gel holds the curl just like any drug store gel. I like that it doesn't have a smell and I LOVE that it has zero bovine bits (and so does Bessie).
Flax seed is
also really good for hair.Curly hair
tends to be dry, especially in winter, and flax seed is an awesome moisturizer,
so using this gel should actually make my hair healthier with use.Score!
really into herbs, you’ll probably be able to think of a few to add into your
gel to make it even better, but it’s not necessary.For kicks, I added some Vitamin E (for shine)
that I had in the cupboard.Rosemary is
also really good for hair, so you could add some essential oil, or stir in the
herb while you are waiting for the flax seed and water to gel.Study up your herbs and concoct your own
special blend! I know my next batch is going to have a few more herbal ingredients!
I found that the whole batch fit perfectly in a 250 ml wide mouth 'elegant' mason jar - and the wide mouth makes it perfect to dip my fingers into when I'm doing my hair.