Friday, June 15, 2012

Flax Seed Gel

The picture is of a flax field in bloom.  This product is homemade or can be purchased online.  This link has more info on where to buy and the homemade recipe.


  1. 2b•fine•normal/low porosity•normal elasticity•protein-sensitive

    I have mixed feelings about my homemade FSG. I've only made 3 batches. I used the dark brown seeds that I had in my freezer, so right off the bat my recipe varies from the recommendation for using the light-colored seeds.

    With my first batch I added flax oil and magnesium sulfate. It made my hair oily looking and limp. I figured it was the oil I had added, but Rockin' Ringlets (FSG and Mag Sulfate) had the same affect on my hair.

    In my second and third batches I didn't add anything. It gave me great clumping. I added it to dripping wet hair in the shower until my hair was saturated and I heard that seaweedy squish/slosh sound. Once I got nice and clumpy, I added my BRHG (gel). My gel didn't give the amount of hold I had come to expect. I think that either I scrunched and blotted too much gel out of my hair, or it was just too diluted by the FSG. This time I didn't get oily, but my hair still looked a little darker than normal. To me that just looks dirty and I don't like it.

    If you need lots of hold, you might pixie-diffuse your FSG clumped hair part way and then smaster (technique) in your gel.

  2. This is one my holy grail products. I make my own. Nothing except for maybe ecostyler gives me the curl and clump enhancement of FSG. It doesn't weigh my hair down at all, no matter how much I use. I add agave nectar and hydroxyethylcelloulose to mine to up the hold. HEC can be purchased online at or I can use this as my only styler if I want a softer hold/look. Or I will saturate my soaking wet hair with it, scrunching it in while scrunching out water then wait at least 10-15 minutes before adding my hard hold gel. This allows the FSG to start setting up a little before you add something with a harder hold.
    It's pretty cheap to make, and once you get the hang of it, pretty easy. It only takes me around 10 minutes to make it, not including the time it takes to cool so I can add my extras (preservative, HEC, and fragrance oils all need to be added when it's cooled some).
    And speaking of fragrance, I love that you can add whatever fragrance oil or essential oil you like to scent it.

  3. A HG product for my fine, thick, 2c/3a hair. I make it with aloe, honey, grape seed oil and xanthan gum and I whip it up with a hand blender. It really seems to help my hair retain moisture (= curl) even in my Colorado winter weather. I make it up every 6-8 weeks and keep it in the fridge.

  4. 2B, fine, medium density, med-high porosity, normal elasticity

    This is also an HG for me. I make a big batch and pour it into an ice cube tray, about 1T per cube, and freeze it. I take a cube out as needed. I like it plain or thickened with xanthan gum.

    FSG helps seal the moisture in my hair, tames frizz, and gives a weightless medium hold. I use it by itself for looser, soft waves, or I add a harder hold gel over top.

  5. Excellent clumper - probably the best I've ever used. As a moisturizing curl enhancer, it also works. I do have to add a hard hold gel on top of it to keep the clumps and curl, but nothing works better than this! Not a fan of the scent (I know it's virtually scentless, but I guess I appreciate the fragrance of commercial products.) Love that you can customize it!