I realize my hair is always thirsty - sucking up and using up products like whoa. My hair is kinda thick but it is mostly really dry, so I find my hair product tab to be pretty expensive at the end of the month (especially if I am swimming!). This is why I recently decided to start making my own hair products with simple ingredients that work for my hair - usually something with shea and aloe vera juice and I am good to go.
I first spotted that you can make your own flax seed hair gel when watching a youtube video. The recipe seems to be the same across all boards with some people adding different essential oils and maybe some aloe vera gel. I used the above video's exact recipe using Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Flaxseed Brown and some essential oils like Ylang Ylang oil, Rosemary Oil, Basil Oil, Lavender Oil and Vitamin E oil(I can't believe I had all of the ingredients on hand!). The oils have a really great earthy smell to it. The whole process only took 15 minutes to make from the boiling to the straining of the gel through a nylon stocking. Make sure to not boil the flax seeds too long (gel too thick to strain) and don't boil it for a short amount of time (gel is watery).
Only thing I would do differently is use my Rosemary essential oil instead of the Rosemary oil (which is blended with jojoba) because I do not think it blended too well in the final product. You can kind of see the brown spots sitting on top of the gel. The consistency is kinda thicker and a better consistencythan Shea Moisture Curling Souffle. You do have to dip your fingers deep into the gel to get the thicker part of it or mix it up every once in awhile otherwise the gel part on top is not as thick as what is on the bottom.
The twists came out great. What was wonderful is that I did not have to wait for the white residue of some twisting cremes to dry. The hold was really solid and I even went swimming with them yesterday and they held really well. I also felt it held in the moisture really well versus a lot of cremes and moisturizers I use to twist my hair sometimes just dry out my hair after awhile. I am looking forward to using the gel as a wash n go and see how that turns out!