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Protein Hibiscus Flaxseed Gel

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I wanted to share another updated recipe: my Protein Hibiscus Flaxseed Gel (FSG).

Protein Hibiscus Flax Seed Gel (FSG)

                                                                 Protein Hibiscus Flax Seed Gel (FSG)

This is an updated mix from my previous recipes (here) and (here). There are a few similarities but the major difference is the addition of Gelatine (the protein) and Hibiscus Petals.

Those that have protein sensitive hair might think you need to skip this recipe however, it can be modified since the protein is an optional ingredient. I have been using this recipe for a while now since I have fine hair strands and protein gives the hair strength and elasticity and that is what I need. A lot of the times we are very diligent on making sure we moisturize our hair, use moisturizing based products, deep condition etc but sometimes forget that we still do require some protein in our routine. So if you feel that your hair is weak, if you are going through some chemical or heat damage or if you have fine and fragile hair strands and are only using moisturizing products then you might want to switch to a protein gel from time to time when it comes to styling your hair. Make sure to switch between the protein gel and non protein gel so you do not get a protein overload and whenever you are using a protein gel, ensure that you are using a moisturizing leave-in conditioner.

Now another point I want to make is that I like to use hibiscus since my hair loves ayurvedic herbs but please keep in mind: not to wear your favorite light top while setting your hair with the gel since hibiscus does give the gel a red/purple tone which could potentially stain your top while you hair is wet and touching it. Once you hair dries the colour will not rub off it is just while setting/as your hair dries. Since it does give a red/purple tint to the gel it could potentially do the same to the hair of those that have blond/light/bleached hair. If this is something you want to avoid then please avoiding adding hibiscus, those with dark hair will not really notice a major colour difference.

Ingredients/tools used:

Protein Hibiscus Flax Seed Gel (FSG)

                                           Protein Hibiscus Flax Seed Gel (FSG)

  • 12 oz Water (bottled water)
  • 2 oz Rose water (Optional – not really required, can be replaced with plain water but a good addition)
  • 2.5 oz Flax Seeds (this makes a thick gel – use less for a thinner gel)
  • Roughly 0.2 oz hibiscus petals (optional)
  • 0.2 oz Gelatine (protein optional – those with protein sensitive hair will want to skip it)
  • 0.2 oz DIY Coffee Bean infused Almond Oil (you can use any carrier oil)
  • 0.2 oz Glycerin (optional)
  • 5 drop Grapefruit Essential Oil (you can use any Essential Oil or none at all)*
  • 3 Capsules vitamin E oil – roughly 0.15 oz
  • Non Stick Pot
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Sieve
  • Disinfected container (squeeze/pump bottle is best)

*If you are pregnant do not use any essential oil.

Alternatives:

Rose Water can be replaced with regular water if you do not have any however, rose water does have its own nourishing properties (read here). If you do not want to use Hibiscus it can be skipped all together otherwise you could also use dried rose petals. Glycerine is a humectant that does not always play nice with peoples hair therefore, it can be skipped all together otherwise you can replace it with honey or agave nectar which also are humectants. (Humectants provide the hair with moisture from the air (humidity) however, it always depends on the weather conditions in the area where you live). If you have too much humidity it can cause frizz and if you do not have enough humidity in the air the results can be the opposite; drawing moisture from the hair outwards to the air which causes driness. Aloe Vera Juice can also be added to the mix if you have any on hand for its moisturizing properties. If you prefer your gel to be thinner either add more water e.g. 13 – 14 oz or reduce the amount of flax seeds use e.g. 1 – 1.5 oz.

Mixing Method:

1. I first warm up the water and rose water together in a pot, once it starts to lightly warm up I throw in the flax seeds and begin to stir. 2. After about 5 – 7 minutes of the liquids and flax seeds have started to boil I throw in the hibiscus petals and let that boil for a further 5 – 7 minutes while continuing to stir (you must stay by the pot the whole time and continue to stir). As the hibiscus boils you will notice the colour of the gel starts to change and as it boils the liquid starts to become thicker. 3. Depending on how thick you want your gel, remove it from the stove (the longer on the stove the thicker the gel) and immediately pour it through a sieve. (As soon as the seeds are out of the pot be sure to cover the pot with water to help with the clean up). 4. I squeeze out any excess gel from the seeds with a spoon/spatula and then transfer the seeds into a container. Let the seeds cool down before covering with an airtight lid and storing it in the freezer to be reused next time. 5. Let the gel cool down a little (it should still be warm) before adding the gelatine (skip if not making a protein gel). 6. I sprinkle half the gelatine evenly over the top of the gel and begin to stir then add the remaining and repeat. 7. I use an electric whisk to help breakup any lumps and clumps and also to help loosen the gel a little (otherwise it can become really thick and “jello- like” once it cools). 8. Let the gel completely cool down before adding the oils otherwise the heat will destroy their properties. I add the Coffee Infused Oil, Essential Oil, Vitamin E Oil and the Glycerine (optional) and stir before pouring it into a clean & disinfected pump container.

Storage:

FSG has a short shelf life so it is essential to store it in the fridge whenever it is not being used! It generally will be go for 2 weeks 3 weeks  maximum however, you can save some of your gel if you know it won’t be used up before it goes bad by pouring some into ice-cube trays in the freezer. Put the gel ice-blocks in a sandwich bag and remove some cubes whenever you need some gel.

Benefits:

Protein Hibiscus Flax Seed Gel (FSG)

                             Protein Hibiscus Flax Seed Gel (FSG)

So while I have previously written about all the nourishing benefits of FSG (yes this gel actually has more than the ability of giving your hair some hold) I will quickly jot down some of the benefits of FSG in general along with the benefits of a protein FSG:

  • Its rich source of vitamin E holds the power to help with hair growth.
  • Provides the hair with shine.
  • It contains moisturizing elements (along with the additional moisturizing ingredients added) helps keep the hair moisturized.
  • Provides nourishment to the hair roots, shaft, and the scalp.
  • Gives the hair a light hold that is not crunchy or flakely
  • Helps smooth the hairs  cuticle
  • Said to help prevent early hair discolouration thanks to the Vitamin E in the flax seeds.
  • Contains Omega-3 fatty acid that helps nourish the hair follicles.
  • Provides additional elasticity thanks to the Omega-3 fatty acid.
  • The addition of protein provides the hair with strength especially for those with fine/chemically damage/heat damaged hair.
  • The addition of protein also helps reestablish the elasticity of the hair (when you use a moisturizing leave-in and follow up with a protein gel).

This is the “how to” video:

I would love to hear what you think of this recipe. If you try the protein version (or skip it) I would really like to hear how it worked for you.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

Hello Maicurlies,

Here we go, another whipped butter recipe however, this one is a little different to the others.

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

I sort of came up with the mix because I decided to try and make my own whipped butter Deep Conditioner (DC). After a few experiments I came up with a combination that I loved and more importantly that my hair loved so I had to share.

In this recipe I use a combination of protein, a little bit of moisturizing ingredients (just a tiny bit) and butter, so the end result is a protein packed whipped DC butter! This butter DC works similarly to a regular Protein DC except that the addition of the whipped butter really makes my hair feel wonderful after rinsing it out. My curls pop, my hair shines and I do not get that stiff crunchy feeling you can sometimes get from regular protein DC’s. It also helps with shedding, breakage and strength. I will admit that I do not apply this as often as I do my regular Fortifying Protein Deep Conditioner because I love my butters and I am not a fan of washing it away (I am greedy like that)! 

Having said that, if your hair is protein sensitive then you might want to thread carefully (if at all). All hair requires a little protein, yes even though with protein sensitive hair, but you will want to modify the ingredients I use and also spread out when you apply the product so your hair doesn’t end up being overloaded with protein. (Alternative suggestions are below).

Ingredients/Tools Used:

  • 2 oz Whipped Butter (I used my DIY Whipped Shea Butter but you can use any whipped butter of choice).
  • 2 oz Deep Conditioner (I prefer using a Moisturizing DC since I add protein in this recipe).
  • 0.6 oz Lightly warmed up Rose Water – (can be replaced it with plain water).
  • 0.1 oz Gelatin (protein).
  • 1 Egg Yolk – protein (use the egg whites for breakfast or a face mask).
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Bowl (for mixing)
  • Whisk
  • Container

Mixing:

I first re-whip my whipped Shea Butter just to make everything super fluffy. I then add in the DC and whisk again. I lightly warm up the Rose Water or plain water if you are not using Rose Water (it should just be warm not boiling). I sprinkle the Gelatin over the water and then stir to let it dissolve (set aside). I then add 1 egg yolk to the mix (I skip the egg whites because I always end up with bits of cooked egg in my hair if I add egg whites). Once the gelatin has dissolved I add the gelatin/rose water to the butter whip for the last time and then transfer to my bowl.

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

Application:

I apply the mix onto freshly washed (damp/wet) hair, cover with clingfilm, a shower cap and usually a scarf to keep my head nice and warm. The warmth helps to open the cuticles and allows the nourishing benefits to really seep into the hair. After 30 – 45 minutes I rinse out the DC with cold water. If you use warm water you run the risk of cooking the egg yolk in your hair and if you used the whole egg then the risk is even higher thanks to the egg white (cooked egg in your hair is difficult to get out)! I then reluctantly apply a moisturizing DC. I say reluctantly because my hair always feels awesome but doing a moisturizing DC helps to restore the balance of moisture/protein. 

Storage:

It is not recommended to keep this DC for later use due to the combination of the butter, liquid and egg yolk. If you have any extra then I would suggest storing it in your freezer (if you must I would just splatter all the DC onto your hair). If you have made the mix ahead of time do not keep it for any longer than a few days in your fridge (it MUST be kept in your fridge if you have to make it ahead of time) trust me, any longer and you will regret opening the container! If it has been stored in the fridge or freezer the butter will become hard so you will need to take it out at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before you plan to apply it. 

Ingredient Modifications/Alternatives: 

If you have protein sensitive I would be cautious about how you use this mix (if you opt to do so) and how often you use it. Too much protein can cause protein overload for anyone but those with protein sensitive hair are more susceptible to it. I recommend you

  • Make sure you use a moisturizing DC instead of a Protein DC.
  • Use either the egg yolk or the gelatin powder (not both).
  • Add more moisturizing ingredients e.g. glycerin/honey/aloe Vera juice. 
  • Leave the DC on for no more than 30 minutes and only apply it a couple of times a year.
  • Follow up with a Moisturizing DC for no less than 1 hour. 

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and the mix, would love to get some feedback if any of you try it!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protein Strengthening and Fortifying Deep Conditioner

Hey Maicurlies,

A little while ago I wrote a post about a DIY Protein Deep Conditioner (DC) and raved about how much I liked my new mix. Since that previous post (read here) I have recorded a “how to” video of my recipe:

Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

Ingredients:

  • 0.8oz. of warm plain water (to help dissolve the Gelatine)
  • 1.3oz. Unflavoured Gelatine
  • 4oz. Conditioner (I prefer using a moisturizing conditioner so my hair is overloaded with protein)
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1.3oz hibiscus/green tea
  • 0.2oz Coffee Infused Almond Oil (you can use any carrier oil)

There are 3 things I want to mention about my mix:

  1. This is a STRONG Protein DC so if you have protein sensitive hair this probably is NOT for you.
  2. This recipe includes non vegan/vegetarian friendly ingredients but you can replace them with other ingredients if you wish e.g. yogurt or even an overripe avocado that has been blended and passed through a sieve.
  3. ALWAYS follow up with a moisturizing DC afterwards to restore the moisture/protein balance in your hair.

Mixing Instructions:

  1. First sprinkle the Gelatine over the warm water and stir rigorously to make sure everything dissolves. (You could also sprinkle it over the warm hibiscus/green tea)
  2. Add the dissolved Gelatine to the conditioner.
  3. Add the egg yolk (I use the egg whites for breakfast so I don’t waste anything).
  4. Add the coffee infused almond oil (you can use any carrier oil).
  5. Slowly pour in the hibiscus/green tea.
  6. For good measure I pour my mix into a tall container to whisk (a tall container helps to avoid splashing) and that is it! 
Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

How I apply the Deep Conditioner:

I only apply this mix every 5 weeks on damp hair has has been cleansed. After application I cover my hair with a shower cap or clingfilm, followed by a plastic bag and an old scarf to help keep my head warm or a damp and lightly warm face cloth. DO NOT USE  a steamer, heated cap etc. because it can cook the eggs in your hair! I leave the DC on my hair for 45 minutes to maximum 1 hour and then rinse it out and follow up with my Moisturizing Deep Conditioner to restore the elasticity balance in my hair. 

Would love to hear what you think if you try this recipe! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls