For hairstyles that require definition (like twists) or those that require slicking down hair (putting hair in a ponytail) one may want to use a hair gel. I have found that the best natural alternative to the gels in the market is flaxseed gel. As a matter of fact, calling it an 'alternative' does not do any it justice as flaxseed gel is not just good for holding and slicking but is also full of Omega 3 fatty acid and other nutrients which are beneficial to the hair and body.
I made a batch recently to use as a setting gel for my daughter's hair.
- Whole Flaxseeds (not ground)
- A Pot
Pour a handful of flaxseeds into a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil.
After it has boiled for a while, pour it all into a sieve.
Just like this:
You can add some aloe vera gel to this gel for an even more nutritious and moisturizing mixture. Use immediately or refrigerate. It will keep in a fridge for about 2 days after which you should throw it out. Due to the fact that it does not keep well, the best thing is to make just enough to use for one application.