Did You Know That You Can Use Flax Seed For Your Hair?

July 17, 2012  |  

Most people have heard of flax seeds when it comes to ingesting them and no doubt about it, flax seeds are good for you. The two basic types are brown and golden and they can come ground or whole. Both are equally nutritious and contain high amounts of Omega 3s, essential fatty acids that many claim help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and promote brain function and skin health. But did you know that you can also use flax seed for your hair?

The whole seeds are not just for consumption. The Omega 3s that are in flax also benefit hair by promoting growth and overall scalp health. You can impart these great nutrients onto hair by boiling the seeds and making a hair gel. The actual gel gives hair a soft hold without the flakes or dryness since the base is so moisturizing. I first heard about this gel via Naptural85 on YouTube. It’s quite simple, economical and lasts up to three weeks if stored in the fridge.


What You Will Need:

  • Whole Flax Seeds
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • 1 Stocking
  • Small Container
  • Essential Oils of Your Choice (Optional)
  1. Take the stocking and place the foot in the container.
  2. Fold the top of the stocking over the opening of the container. Place to the side. This will be used to capture the flax seed.
  3. Mix ¼ cup of flax seeds with 2 cups of water (double for more gel).
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Keep stirring so that the seeds don’t stick to the pot.
  6. Once the liquid thickens and you can see a film on the top, it’s ready.
  7. Pour the contents of the pot into the pantyhose that was placed in the container.
  8. Take the pantyhose out of the container.
  9. Slide the tongs along the pantyhose, straining the gel into the container.
  10. Repeat 3-5 times to get the most out of the flax seed as possible.
  11. Optional: Stir in essential oils of your choice. Not only do the essential oils smell great and boost the benefits of the gel, but they will help preserve it for a longer period of time.
  12. Gel will solidify as it cools.
  13. Place in fridge to preserve.
  14. Enjoy.

*Tip – don’t throw out the used flax seeds. You can boil them again and extract even more gel.

Ok, so it’s in the refrigerator. Now what? Easy. Use as you would any other gel. The bonus here is that you can use as much as you like since flax seed gel is actually good for your hair.

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  • Naj

    My sister and I make this without boiling…just let the flax seed sit out in water overnight….strain…then add essential oil (I use lavender). The gel is much thinner (I put it in a small spray bottle actually…) and it lasts about 2 weeks before going stinky. I have thick coils and the gel adds a lovely shine and hold to pony tails and buns. Also, it is like fertilizer for my hair…

  • I like flaxseed but for breakfast. I prefer argan oil in my hair, it’s lighter and easier to apply. I mostly use the Pro Naturals brand 🙂

  • JoJo

    check out this vid:

  • FattyFatKimye

    Ironic, I just brought flax seed this morning on my way to work to put in my yogurt and cereal.

  • J A SASSY aka salon22w

    Too much to do.. i’ll just keep eating my flaxseed over my oatmeal in the mornings!

  • Editor

    After step 6, you would need to let it cool down before putting it into a container (unless it’s steel or glass, which you didn’t mention; I planned to use a plastic squeeze container for the gel). If not, the container is going to melt.