Saturday, June 18, 2016

Flaxseed Gel... Take 2!

But of course, I couldn't mention that I had made a new batch of flaxseed gel without letting you know of the recipe (Especially for future documentation purposes).

This is pretty much what I used this time around

  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds (whole)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tblsps aloe vera juice
  • 1 tblsp castor oil
  • Microwave-safe bowl
Before I get into this, maybe I should also note that the flaxseeds I've been using are OLD. I think I forgot to mention it in the first post, so that could ALSO be a factor in it drying out my hair. But I think I overcooked more than I think it had something to do with how long I've had it since I've read that flaxseeds (in their whole form anyway) have a shelf life of about 7 years. Mine are about 4 or 5 years old, so I thought I was fine. But anyways, the process...

Basically, the same way I went about it before. This time I did NOT leave my kitchen to prevent any fatalties like LAST time.

I microwaved it first for 2 minutes...

Stirred that up and then went to microwave it for another 2 minutes. I'm glad I decided to put my face up against the microwave and actually WATCH IT because it started bubbling a minute into the two-minute interval. I tried to heat it for an extra 30 seconds and then finally took it out...

I kinda know what I'm looking for now when I microwave or cook flaxseeds in general because I saw it in the microwave lol. Basically, when you first start cooking (or microwaving) flaxseeds, they generally sink to the bottom and stay at the bottom. But when it's about ready, the flaxseeds begin to float up and suspend in the gel. When it starts getting frothy, first of all that means it's about to bubble over. But it can also mean that your gel is starting to overcook.

So, for my opinion anyway, when your seeds start to suspend in the gel, it might be ready to take it out. When it starts foaming at the's ready. And about to overflow =/

After that, I strained it back into the same bowl and added in the same measurements of aloe vera juice and castor oil and refrigerated it for a few hours before I used to to moisturize my hair.

It's definitely a lot thinner than the last mixture. Doesn't have as much grip as the last batch...but maybe this is how it's supposed to be so that it won't dry out my hair? We'll see what comes of it this week.

So until next time,

♥ Keep it calm 'n coily ♥

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