We couldn’t figured out what the consistency was supposed to be of the gel while it boiled. Part of me believes that my bag of flaxseeds weren’t very fresh. So, I bought a new bag to try out another batch. I can’t confidently say that that was the issue though, it could have been that after making a few batches and watching a few YouTube videos, that I just got the hang of it. I also made a smaller batch.
One tip I can give you is that using essential oils resulted in a much better product. The batch I made at home was just pure flaxseed and my hair became flaky when it dried.
We based our batch off of this blog’s recipe http://www.crunchybetty.com/homemade-hair-care-flax-seed-hair-gel
And this blog’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWaH8GIbLrM&noredirect=1
You’re basically boiling 1/4 cup of flaxseeds in 2 cups of water.
So, then a few weeks went by and I was looking at my stale batch of flaxseeds. Because, I’m not a fan of wasting things, I decided what could go wrong if I soaked them in water. This became my mini science experiment! I had to put them in a bowl since the ratio of seeds to water was way off in this mason jar.
The results yielded something very interesting. . .
It turns out, that if you just soak the seeds and are willing to wait a few hours, they still form a gel! This is exciting to me because there is no guessing involved or risk of messing up! Plus, I feel like when you boil things, they lose some of their beneficial properties. So, this is a win win all around for me. I can be very patient, so waiting til the next day isn’t much of a big deal for me. My only issue right now is that I soaked like half a bag of seeds and now have a boat load of gel to go through! It’s a learning process, right!