Everything you need to know about DIY Flaxseed Gel

Posted by Elizabeth Alex on

Curly hair thrives with natural products but all-natural products maybe not be affordable for many. Using homemade flaxseed gel is an easy way to achieve salon-like curls and yes so rich omega 3 flaxseed gel is all-natural too! 

Products with Flaxseed Gel

Well ok, I totally understand you may not be the DIY gal (I am not most times either) You can still take advantage of the flaxseed benefits with these products! 

What does Flaxseed Gel do for your hair?

  • Defines your curls
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Shines and moisturizes
  • Mixes easily with other hair products.
  • Fantastic for all hair types, even wavy hair!
  • Used flax seeds are reusable again, making it super economical
  • Does not dry your hair unlike the drying alcohols in commercial gels
  • Never causes breakage or hair fall, but PROMOTES hair growth!
  • Perfect for wash days AND refreshes on non-wash days.
  • The 2-ingredient Natural Curly Hair Care Product

If you were wondering how to make the flaxseed gel for curly hair at home, then here is the quick method: All you need is some store-bought flaxseeds and filtered water! BOOM.

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How to make Flaxseed Gel at home: Method

The flaxseed recipe is unique to individual choices really. If you want it thicker use less water. For a runny consistency use more water! I love Sanne's recipe too - although mine uses a LOT of flaxseeds, I think it's brilliant. Watch her video below.

  • Mix 1 cup water with 4 tablespoons of organic flaxseeds.
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • Lower temperature, and keep stirring for 4-7 minutes until egg-white consistency.
  • Take it off the heat and strain the liquid into a jar. (For high porosity curls, add your favorite oil or essential oil at this point and mix). 
  • Let it cool.
  • BOOM.


How long does Flaxseed Gel last? The refrigerated flaxseed gel can be used for up to 10 days. You can also freeze the strained flax seeds and use them again for your next batch.

Can you use Flaxseed Gel every day? I find that using flaxseed gel alone gives me a soft hold. So if you are only using this gel alone, chances are you will have to refresh your curls daily and yes, you can totally use this gel every day. You could even scalp massage it every night focusing on bald patches for hair growth! 

How to strain Flaxseed Gel? Once cooled, the consistency of the flaxseed gel is more or less exactly that of any natural curly hair gel. Remember to strain it when hot or else straining is super difficult once cooled. I use a normal "channi" to strain but most people use a pantyhose to the most gel out. Store it in the fridge.

Can I use Flaxseed Gel on dry hair? If you make a flaxseed gel with more water, yes some people like a more runny consistency, so that gel has more water content. Logically speaking you can use that directly on dry hair. However, if you use the thicker version, you will definitely need to emulsify it on wet palms before application. Also, remember that gels will hold whatever is underneath. Although flaxseed gel is moisturizing, if your hair is dry then make sure to add a leave-in or cream underneath. If you don't have one, don't worry! you can leave some of your conditioner in your hair for moisture.

Pro Tips!

You can even mix your DIY Hibiscus Gel to make it even better!

Scalp massage the night before wash day to stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth.

Blend a curl cream you find heavy to use otherwise (like the popular Cantu Curl Activator) with your homemade flaxseed gel to make it like a creamy-gel and guess what? Doing this also may help increase the expiry of this homemade gel for a few more days :) Win! 

Mix essential oils for curly hair in the strained and hot FSG for extra shine. 
Add a pinch of  Xantham Gum it is a thickening agent, ADD to your FSG for a "stronger hold" for curls. Here's a video of the result I got!

Reuse the seeds to make a more watery gel to deep condition with flaxseed gel also.  


If your flaxseeds or the flaxseed gel has a sharp rancid smell, throw it.

Flaxseed Gel is a film-forming gel so that means it will coat your hair and if you use too much (more than what your hair needs) it will flake! You may notice white powdery residue after hair is completely dry but you can just fluff it out. It does not damage hair but having white residue in your hair can make anybody uncomfortable. 

Some people are sensitive to protein. I read on a pack of flaxseed powder pack that 100gm flaxseeds have about 41% protein content. Use your discretion - its probably why this gel or any commercial gels with flaxseed did not work for you. 

    If you have low porosity hair then mixing oil or cream in your flaxseed gel may weigh your hair down.

      Depending on the weather, if it's summer use your flaxseed gel in the end since it will fight humidity! a la 123 gel method! For winters, use it first and end with a commercial gel for more hold. Flaxseed gel also speeds up overall drying time, so make sure to add it in your winter routine :) 

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