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A hair gel that costs under $1, contains nothing but beneficial ingredients, and actually works? Could it really exist?! Yes, it does, and it’s about to become your new favorite hair product. Flax seed gel is incredibly easy to make, and it only uses one ingredient — whole flax seeds, which you can buy in bulk for practically nothing. And yes, it actually works.

Flax Seed Gel Benefits

Most store-bought gels dry out natural curls, but flax seed gel actually moisturizes your hair. Flax seeds contain vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are great for your scalp and follicles. They nourish and strengthen the hair while also promoting hair growth.

Of course, all this would mean little if it didn’t effectively hold your hair in place — but it does! Flax seed gel provides a medium hold that’s perfect for all-over use, smoothing your frizz and flyaways into place all day. Your curls won’t be crunchy or stiff with this gel, either. There’s no flaking or shedding. It’s comparable to Kinky Curly’s Knot Today, but with a stronger hold.

How to Make DIY Flax Seed Gel

Are you ready for how easy this is? Okay. You need:

¼ to ½ cup of WHOLE flax seeds (not ground) depending on your desired thickness
2 cups of water
Cheesecloth or pantyhose
An airtight container
Pour the flax seeds into a pot. The more flax seed you use, the thicker your gel will be.

Add the water, and bring it to a boil over low/medium heat.

Stir the seeds regularly to ensure that they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

Keep an eye on the stove. When you see a trail of gel-like liquid start to form — it should look like mucus — turn off the heat and continue stirring.

Wait about 30 minutes for the mixture to cool. By now, it should have thickened up quite a bit.

Place the cheesecloth or pantyhose on top of the container, and strain the mixture in. It’s thick, so you’ll have to squeeze with your hands, but don’t worry — the gel is good for your skin!

The flax seed gel will keep in the fridge for about two weeks.

And the best part? The seeds can be stored and used over and over again.

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