How To Make Flax seed Gel, Chemical Free


Many consume these very beneficial seeds to support the overall health of the body but did you know that you can make your own hair gel from it?

Who in the world would want to make their own hair gel from something that you can eat? You may find yourself getting the DIY bug after reading this. 🙂 .

More and more people are becoming more health conscious and are doing things differently. Many people are changing their diets as dis-ease is at an all time high. Chemicals that we place in and on our bodies, are throwing our body systems out of whack. Not to mention the medications that we are prescribed once we become unbalanced.

With so many people having the “hurry syndrome” DIY’s may be the farthest thing from your mind. I get it, who has time to consider what every ingredient is on a product. With everything being so fast paced today, many want to grab and go. If your favorite YouTube blogger tells you it works, you believe it may work for you and you purchase it believing in that product. I am not completely free of the use of chemicals. I do have a shampoo and conditioner that consists of chemicals that could be harmful, however, I rarely touch it and find other ways to cleanse my hair as much as possible. If I do not feel like whipping up a natural hair cleanser, then I will use it. Balance is very important here. Our bodies are created to fight off everyday toxins you may run into but are we helping ourselves by overloading our systems with toxins?

I am familiar with many gels as I have styled hair since I was a teenager and it wasn’t until about two years ago that I began to look deeper into the ingredients of products. My favorite hair gel was a dark brown gel and so many swear by this gel due to it’s ability to give a great hold. As I think back over the years that I used the gel on myself, I can remember times when it would burn once I applied it. I never understood why that was so then, but I know now. Many gels contain alcohol. Alcohol burns when it is put on damaged scalp. During the time I would use it, it would be after I had relaxed my hair and I would slick my edges (the main part that burns when receiving a relaxer) with this gel. I would also do updos and ponytails by slicking my hair up on the sides. Do you’ll remember that popular hairdo, snatch back ponytail? This style consisted of a bun in the front and a long ponytail positioned on the crown or mid back of the head. I just knew I was going to turn heads with my fresh snatch back hair do.

My scalp would burn like crazy, but I took one for the beauty team anyway. I was willing to let it burn for the sake of the look.

Alcohol is also very drying to the hair. I always discuss products with the ladies and men that come to me to style their hair. Little things like alcohol being an ingredient can make a big difference in the health of your hair.

You can make your own natural gel using flax seeds. Flax seeds has many benefits for internal and external use. Many use flax seeds in their salads. I love to add it to my smoothies for digestive health.

Flax seeds are one of the riches sources of omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. The omega 3 supports healthy hair growth by strengthening the hair, can prevent alopecia, reduces dandruff and aids in the prevention of baldness for men and women.

If you do not want to use them on your hair you can just eat them!

How to Make Flax seed Gel

You will need,

  1. A small saucepan/pot
  2. 2 cups of water
  3. ½ cup flaxseeds
  4. Stocking or mesh strainer (anything to strain the finished product)
  5. Essential oil (optional)


  • Place water and flaxseeds in a pot over medium heat
  • Bring to a boil (stir occasionally to prevent sticking of the seeds to the pot)
  • Continue stirring until it reaches an egg yolk consistency (white and frothy)
  • Turn off heat
  • Strain into a cup, bowl or container of your choice using stocking or strainer object
  • Add 3 drops of essential oil of your choosing

Tip- Get creative and add more to your gel to fit your needs. You can alternate essential oils and even add aloe vera. 

Natural flax seed gel does not have a long shelf life as it does not contain chemicals/fillers to prolong the shelf life. The average length of time that I have been able to keep this gel is 2 weeks by keeping it in the refrigerator. If there is a sour smell to your flax seed gel, this is a sign to throw it away. Do not use if it stinks or you will be stinky. Hehehe….. No, I don’t know if you will be stinky, but I have smelled old flax seed gel before and it is not nice.

Watch Video: How To Do A Braid-Out With Flax Seed Gel & Unrefined Shea Butter

It feels good to know that you are making something natural and healthy for your hair. You know exactly what you have put in it so there are no guessing games as to how this gel can be harmful to your health. Flax seed gel does not dry out your hair. I look at it like hair food.

I love flaxseed and keep some in my pantry. I use it for hair, skin and I consume it often.

Give it a try!


The Benefits of Using Herb Infused Oil for Hair & Skin

Benefits of Using Herb Infused Oils for Hair & Skin

I am a lover of nature and I have been spending a lot more time appreciating the outdoors and studying the medicinal benefits of plants. I applied to attend the American College of Healthcare Sciences in January of this year and ran into some obstacles there, but I did not give up and guess what, I am now a student there! My focus is Holistic Health Practioner and Herbalism. I look forward to studying herbs on a daily basis. I also incorporate herbs into my daily life.

Before I started college, I was whipping up concoctions for my family and those within my hometown community. I began to make frequent visits to the herbal stores and would pick three or four herbs to study at a time and incorporate them into my daily lifestyle. I have learned so much and have shared this on my Instagram and Facebook.

What is an herb infused oil?

It is the process of infusing herbs in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil.

I infuse oils to use on hair and skin. I incorporate my herbal infusions in my whip shea butter or I simply use it alone by applying directly to the scalp, hair and skin.

Some of my favorite herbs to work with for hair and skin care  are: lavender, chamomile and hibiscus. I infuse these oils for 4-6 weeks and use them on my family, hair clients and myself.

Lavender is known for keeping the follicles detoxified. It stimulates new hair growth and controls dandruff. It also regenerates the skin.

Chamomile has been used to lighten hair in tea form. It is great for dandruff and irritated scalp. Chamomile can be used for acne and eczema helping to reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.

Hibiscus combats hair loss, strengthens hair, promotes hair growth, treats dry itchy scalp and combats hair loss. It consists of antioxidants. Hibiscus combats aging by lifting and firming the skin. It also evens your skin tone and gives a good moisture boost.

Hibiscus herb infusing in olive oil . Week 3

I have eczema and have always used shea butter to help with dryness, itchiness and the fading of scarring. Incorporating herbal infused oils into my shea butter has helped me so much. Eczema is a bit complicated as many things must be looked at when it comes to this skin condition. Gut health is important as well as watching your stress levels.

chamomile shea
Chamomile infused whipped shea butter.

The shea butter works great for me and I get a lot of great feedback from those who purchased some from me to use on their family’s hair and skin.

Now that I have experienced herbal infused oils, I prefer these oils rather than stand alone carrier oils. I noticed that my eczema does not react well to coconut oil and I don’t remember when I first began noticing how itchy it made me feel but I stopped adding coconut oil to my whipped shea butter. I also had a young lady to tell me that coconut oil irritates her as well.

Image from my YouTube video on some of my favorite oils for hair growth.

Because of this I infuse my herbs in a good brand of olive oil. I say a good brand because there are so many to choose from on the shelves and many are really diluted. That is not the one that I want. I know it can be easy on the pockets to purchase a store brand big jug of oil, but I am here to tell you that all olive oils are not created equal. I have been using it for many years and pay close attention to how it works for my family. Pay attention to the thickness of your olive oil. Does it look diluted?

If you want to add an extra boost to your hair and skin care regimen, I would recommend using an herbal infused oil.

The herbs that I work with I have studied extensively and found that they are great for stimulating growth and have healing properties. You can also do hot oil treatments with it or just apply it regularly as you normally would your carrier oils. Carrier oil plus a boost of the medicinal properties of an herb is very beneficial.

To increase blood flow circulation in the scalp, give yourself a good scalp massage in a circular motion once you have applied your choice of oil. Be sure to use the padding of your fingers when doing so to prevent any scratches on the scalp.

Chamomile and Lavender Infusion in Olive Oil


Did you know that you could also do herbal tea rinses on your hair? I will cover this in another blog post.

What do you think? Would you give herbal infused oils a try?

I would love to make you an herbal infused oil or herb infused whipped shea butter! Contact me below.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and do not claim to be. I do not treat, diagnose, prescribe or claim to cure. I am a lover of nature and use its’ medicinal properties to better my health. All information shared is for informational purposes only. Consult with your physician about any medical needs you may have. 

Baking Soda For Hair or Nah

Baking soda for hair use? You have to be kidding me!

Well, it is the truth. Baking soda has many uses from deodorizing, insect bites, poison ivy , heartburn, indigestion, sunburn and more. When I first heard of using baking soda on my hair, I actually got excited about it and began to do more research. I visited YouTube to see how other naturals were using it in their hair care regimens and came across one video that caught my eye in particular.

This method of usage is called the Cherry Lola Treatment. The  Cherry Lola Treatment was developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola. This treatment is great for the reduction of frizz.

The recipe consists of:

  • 2 parts yogurt- for conditioning
  •  1/2 part baking soda- aids in lifting the hair cuticles making the hair porous.
  • 1/2 part liquid amino acids

The yogurt acts as a conditioning base while the baking soda helps to lift the cuticles. At the time the treatment was developed, the purpose of the liquid amino acids(AAs) was not known. This was an experimental concoction. I love combining things myself to see what works!  Ultimately, Cherry Lola experienced a reduction in frizz and an increase in moisture absorption. Once she shared her results, other naturals began to try it and many said it worked great for them.

This concoction is very similar to the first step in the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM). That step is called the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment.

You can read a step by step guide on this method here:

Maximum Hydration Method Detailed Regimen

My experience with this method was great! I have low porosity hair so this means that my cuticles lay flat and tight around the cortex. Because of this, it makes it a little more difficult for me to moisturize my hair. Incorporating baking soda into my regimen helps the hair to be more porous. Some low porosity naturals say the use of baking soda works great and then there are some who would not touch it with a ten foot pole for various reasons. That goes back to how everyone’s hair and preferences differ. Whatever works on one person may not work for the other.

I wanted to achieve a wash and go and just like many others I thought it was impossible with my hair type/texture. Boy was I wrong! I did the MHM and was able to achieve a wash and go for the first time.

Check out my MHM video review: Maximum Hydration Method| Wash and Go Review


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I was excited to be able to wear a wash and go and at the time I was a student at a beauty school in Kennesaw, GA. My classmates and teachers asked me what did I do to my hair and I shared this method. I am going to be honest and say that a wash and go is far from washing my hair and going. Many think that is all you have to do but no, nah and NOPE!



Use On Children

Can baking soda be used on children? Absolutely. I have a daughter who suffered from dry, itchy scalp. She would scratch her scalp so bad it would bleed. If I were to part her hair to put cornrows in it, you would eventually see her scalp bleeding from where she had been scratching. I decided to incorporate baking soda into her hair care regimen as well as apple cider vinegar.

My daughters’ afro!

I know how it feels to have to deal with itchy scalp and I also used the same combination on myself.

Why does this combination work?

Baking Soda is an alkaline and aids in balancing the ph level of the scalp and hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic and aids in conditioning the hair as well as balancing out the ph balance of the hair.


These are the steps I took:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water. 15101670_1732961467023828_3639435233704542208_n
  2. Apply the baking soda mixture to damp hair to the scalp area. I used a toothbrush to massage it onto the scalp in a circular motion. Don’t judge me, it’s a life hack!
  3. Rinse out with warm water.
  4. Follow up with ACV rinse ( 1 part ACV + 3 parts water)


Woolah! You are set. I also began massaging her scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. JBCO has anti fungal effects, kills bacteria and increases blood circulation in the scalp. What an amazing combination!

She has not had anymore problems with itchy scalp and neither do I!

Also read:

Grow Your Hair Faster With Oils


What do you think about using baking soda in your hair care regimen?

Is it a nay or yay for you?



Grow Your Hair Faster With Oils

In the land of oils! 


Our scalp naturally produces an oil called sebum. I have noticed that the looser the hair texture sometimes the oilier the hair can be. Why is this so? Oil travels down the strand of the hair to naturally moisturize it but for those who have kinkier hair, it makes it difficult for oils to get down the hair strand.

I came across some interesting videos on YouTube University (that is what I like to call it) of women who do water wash only. This encourages the production of sebum and the water assists with distributing the sebum down the strand of the hair.

If you are dealing with dry scalp you can incorporate oils into your hair care regimen.

Let’s talk about some of my favorite oils for healthy scalp and hair growth!

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a penetrating oil and can be used to help relieve dandruff. Combine olive oil with lemon juice and it will help loosen the dandruff flakes and the oil itself moisturizes the new layer of skin. It also helps to reduce split ends and tame frizz. I personally apply olive oil to my hands before unraveling twist outs and Bantu knot out hair styles.

Due to its’ thickness, it can be used as a sealant.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil contains a lot of vitamin E. Use this oil in a hot oil treatment to add shine. The great thing about this oil is that it is non- greasy! I know I am not the only one who is not in favor of having greasy hair.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a penetrating oil that is accepted easily by the scalp. The next time you are shopping for coconut oil, pay close attention to the labeling. There is refined and unrefined coconut oil. What does this mean? Refined means it has been bleached and deodorized. Unrefined means it is unfiltered without any additives. Unrefined is definitely the route I like to go. You can also apply unrefined vs. refined when it comes to shea butter products.

Coconut oil can assist in fighting off dandruff. It adds shine and helps prevent split ends.

Almond Oil

Moisturizing the scalp with sweet almond oil  provides hair with strengthening vitamins and magnesium at the root of hair, which can aid against excessive breakage.

Almond oil helps to stimulate the scalp therefor increasing hair growth. I also notice that it adds shine to my locks!

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is considered a Wax Ester. Wax Esters are relatively similar to the oil our skin produces naturally. When applied, it helps to balance the production of oil. It can be used as a strong hair conditioner.

I like to incorporate this oil in my pre pooing process or just use it as often as I need. It is not a thick oil and is accepted by the skin easily. This oil is able to remove hair residue and moisture hair follicles resulting in strong healthy, growing  hair.

Using this oil can help your hair cells reproduce at a rapid pace. You can add this oil to your shampoo and conditioner.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil is my absolute favorite oil, hands down! I have been using JBCO since I have been on my natural hair journey. I incorporated it into my regimen to thicken my hair and grow fuller edges.

Jamaican black castor oil increases hair growth, thickens hair, deeply conditions and moisturizes the scalp and eliminates dry  hair . It also contains an antifungal so it can be used to relieve dandruff.

There are many brands available so pay close attention to the labeling to see if the oil is pure or mixed (diluted). Rooted Treasure castor oil is one that I personally use and it is undiluted, no salt added and is a product of Jamaica. There isn’t anything added and it is great quality.

It is thick so it does not require much when applied.

These are the oils that are a part of my hair care regimen as well as what I use on my daughters.

Check out this video:

How To Grow Your Hair Faster Using Jamaican Black Castor Oil


What are some of your favorite oils? What works for you and what doesn’t?