Today I have something that I hope will help save you some money and perhaps even turn some of your least favorite conditioners (that you have stashed away collecting dust) into favorable ones!
Whether you returned natural just a few months ago or have been natural for a while, finding “staple” or favorite products (e.g. conditioners) are one of things we want to achieve. It can become a little difficult to find products that work for our hair without some trial and error, which can be quite frustrating.
We tend to look for conditioners that:
- Provides moisture (if we are not seeking a protein conditioner)
- Has sufficient slip to ease detangling
- Smooths the hair
- Softens the hair
- Provides shine
- Provides elasticity
In this particular DIY example I used TRESemmé Naturals but you can use any of the conditioners in your shelf. Note: some might not mix all that well with the gel but since it is not going to be left in your hair and will be rinsed out that shouldn’t be a problem.
The crux of this whole thing is to add Flaxseed Gel (FSG) to your conditioner of choice and that pretty much is it!
Why add Flaxseed Gel:
Apart from the fact that adding Flaxseed gel will help provide slip to the conditioner here are some of the other benefits:
- Rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E.
- Provides moisture to the hair.
- Provides nourishment to the hair thanks to the Omega – 3 fatty acids.
- Helps reduce breakage and split ends.
- Helps slowdown the process of premature gray hair.
- It helps reduce shed hair.
- Helps fight scalp irritations and dandruff.
Ingredients: (I get 2 uses from this recipe)
- 8 Oz Conditioner (if you have shorter/thicker hair you might need to use less or more conditioner).
- 8 Oz Plain Water
- 2 Oz Flaxseeds (I like my gel to be thick since that provides slip).
- (Optional) 5 – 7 drops Essential Oil (EO)*
- Clean and disinfected container
- Gloves (to be extra sure you don’t contaminate the product)
*Essential Oils should be used with caution and only requires a few drops. If you are pregnant please do not use any!
I add the flaxseeds to the water (before it boils) and allow it to slowly come to a boil on low heat for 10 minutes while continuously stirring. Once I have the gel at a consistency I am happy with I immediately sieve the seeds (keep the seeds for reuse in a ziplock bag in the freezer and quickly pour water in the pot). I add the gel to my conditioner, mix really well then add the EO stir again, fini!
If you have any remaining conditioner and plan to use it the following week I do suggest storing it in the fridge however, I have left mine in an airtight container in my bathroom to be used the following week without anything nasty growing in the container. I am always “extra” and use a clean, disinfect and dry spoon whenever I scoop out any hand prepared products just to make sure no bacteria, dirt etc comes in contact and grows anything funky so I suggest you doing the same (don’t dip your fingers in the container unless you use it all up in one go).
- If you are using a thin/runny conditioner and want to really thicken it use 3 Oz flaxseeds.
- You can add some Rose Water to this by replacing half of the water e.g. 4 Oz Plain Water & 4 Oz Rose Water.
- You can add a Humectant (if your hair likes them) e.g. Honey/Agave Nectar/Glycerine or Aloe Vera Juice (0.5 Oz).
- You can also use a combination of Fenukgreek Seeds together with the flaxseeds e.g. 1 Oz Fenugreek 1 Oz Flaxseeds.
P.S. You can also add some FSG to your shampoo! Use 1 tablespoon of FSG to your shampoo in a bowl & stir. It will provide slip but also help to reduce the amount of stripping from the shampoo.
I really would love to hear if you try this DIY and what your results were!