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Hair gel is a great styling aid, especially when you hair is unruly and difficult to manage – read curly hair! Want to toss out chemical-laden hair gels and prepare your very own nourishing, moisturizing hair gel that would do a world of good while also taming your locks?


Flaxseeds – ¼ Cup
Essential Oil – 5 – 10 Drops (Optional)
Vitamin E Oil – 5 – 10 Drops (Optional)
Argan Oil – 5 – 10 Drops


In a bowl, add the flaxseeds and about two cups of water.

Bring it to a boil and make sure the flame is low – medium.

Within a few minutes of boiling, the consistency becomes thicker and you will notice it becoming thicker.

When the consistency resembles that of an egg white, remove from flame and strain the gel to separate the gel and flaxseeds. Do this immediately, before the gel thickens fully.

Now, add the essential oil and vitamin E oil and mix well.

Transfer to a sterilized container and refrigerate after it cools down.

Though this is recipe is for stovetops, you can use your microwave to prepare this, as well. In that case, use 100 degrees as temperature settings and set your timer to five minutes. Repeat the same steps as given above, from filtering the gel once the gel is ready.

Woman with long curly hair

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

I usually pick an essential oil based on my mood and the fragrance that appeals to me. My usual preferences are Rosemary Essential Oil, Spikenard Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, etc. I use any one of these oils, though sometimes combine oils that go well together. It is a matter of personal choice and preference. So choose what essential oil or combination works for you.

Vitamin E Oil adds to the shelf life of the gel, though it is optional. Since you are refrigerating, you won’t need preservatives. If you think adding Vitamin E oil will make it sticky, or give an oily look or if you’re allergic to it, skip it.

You can skip Vitamin E Oil and stick with Argan Oil, since it is rich in Vitamin E and offers numerous benefits. It is not greasy and ideal for those who want non-greasy gel.

¼ cup of flaxseed works for most wavy and curly hair, though for better hold or styling, you can make it ½ cup for a thicker consistency. You can decide this after preparing the first batch.

How Long Will the Gel Last?

I had a fairly large jar of styling gel and it lasted for 15 days. I prepare a fresh batch every two weeks.

How to Use the Gel?

Avoid applying the gel to hair roots as it can weigh your hair down. Apply on your hair liberally and let it air dry. If you must use your dryer, use a diffuser. This way, you hair will be softer when it dries. Unlike commercially available hair gels, you need to apply this liberally.

How to Get Curls?

If you have wavy or straight hair and want curly bouncing locks, scrunch your hair after applying the gel. Don’t know how to scrunch your hair? Reverse pull your hair – bring your hair all the way up and leave it in a way your face is covered. Now, hold your hair in sections and crush them with your fingers like you would crush a paper before discarding, working your way up. When all the sections are taken care of, let it air dry.

You can also curl up your hair in sections and use a clip to hold it for defined curls. While it is setting, you can use a hair spray, though it is optional.

Why use Flaxseed for Preparing your Own hair Gel?

Hair gel is a product you use quite often for styling your hair or for making it more manageable to style! However, commercially available hair gels are often chemical-laden or pricey or both. This recipe takes 5 – 7 minutes of your time, easy and can be prepared with items that can be procured easily. Besides, it nourishes and moisturizes your hair, improving your hair health in the longer run. It won’t damage your hair and leaves your curls lustrous and shiny. Don’t have time for DIY recipes? Try Hair Styling Cream with Organic Argan Oil and high quality organic ingredients from HY Vitamins.