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How To Make Flax seed Gel, Chemical Free

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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)

Directions:

  • 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!

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Naturalista Pearline

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My name is Pearline Jean-Charles and I’m from Brooklyn New York. I have been natural since 2012, so let’s just say 4 years.

I returned natural because perms weren’t working for me. My hair was just too course for it. My hair always had a hard time taking the relaxer and  boy was I tired of getting burned.

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My advice that I would give to someone who is thinking about returning natural is to go for it and thank me later lol; but for real though, it’s a beautiful journey. Some days are easier than others but it’s well worth it.

On your natural hair journey, you learn a lot about yourself. It’s not as hard as people make it look but not as easy as people make it seem either. One more thing, don’t get caught up in how other people’s hair look. Your journey is your own.

Some of my favorite products are: Eden’s Body’s Works Coconut Shea line, As I Am Co Wash and Eco Styler gel (the pink one). These are just to name a few.

My favorite go to natural style is a braid out.

 

 

Connect with me on Instagram: Pearlsperfectlyflawed

 

 

 

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Chemical Free Natural Cleanser & Moisturizer for Hair

I did yard work yesterday cutting hedges, cutting grass and raking leaves. I was sweating bullets and branches were falling on my head. The funny thing is there was a lawn company cutting grass at a property across the street from my home and they were watching me. Whatever they were thinking, this lady handled it. I am really feeling it today though. Yes, I have a husband and he started the yard before being called into work so I decided that my son and I would finish it. I didn’t wash my hair yesterday so I decided that doing so would be a priority today.

 

I do not have any store bought shampoo in my home so I am not tempted to run to the store bought products for convenience because I do not have any. I looked at my “natural products shelf” and whipped up a concoction to cleanse and moisturize my hair.

Bentonite Clay is an absolute favorite of mine so of course I had to incorporate into my hair cleanser. I also used aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, distilled water and tea tree essential oil.

20170712_135341You may have tried bentonite clay and ended up with lumps in your bottle and maybe even on your hair but there is a way to get it to the consistency where you will not have that problem.

 

Watch as I share with you how to combine these products and use for a chemical free cleansing and moisturizing:

 

 

 

 

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Naturalista Tia

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Hi, my name is Tia. I’m a 37 year old mother of two. I live in Greenville SC but Baltimore will always be my hometown. I have been natural for the last 16 years.

 

My reason for returning back to natural is because I was unhappy with my hair. I felt like it didn’t fit my personality. My sister is a hair stylist so I’ve had just about every hairstyle from short cuts, to weave, to braids. Tried them all with my relaxed hair. I decided to try no chemicals so I got it cut short and let it grow out and been loving it ever since.

 

If you are wanting to return natural, you have to have an open mind and be in love with your natural self and not anyone else’s natural self. Everyone’s texture is different so I always hear people complain or be disappointed that their texture is too loose or too tight and they see all these pictures of other people’s curls and expect that.

 

I also advice you to learn your hair. Learn the texture, the porosity, the thickness. This will help with choosing the right styles and products for your hair.

 



 
With my hair being loc’d now I don’t use too many products. I shampoo with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap. I also oil my scalp with a homemade mix of jojoba oil, avocado oil and tea tree oil and spray it daily with rosemary and sage infused water.

 

My favorite go to style when it was loose is a wash n go on my short tapered cut. Quick and easy.
Right now I am semi free forming my tapered cut so I just spray, shake and go.
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Bentonite Clay Detox

As I sit here looking like mud woman, I decided to write a post to explain why I am currently looking this way.
My children came into the restroom and saw me  applying the bentonite clay to my hair and face. My youngest son asked me why was I applying mud to my face. “Mud belongs on the ground, not on your face.” He says the cutest things.
I do not use Bentonite Clay very often but I do it from time to time to detox my hair. I pay close attention to my hair so there are times where it is just screaming for a good cleansing/detox.
On my face, I applied a combination of Bentonite Clay and water. On my hair I applied a combination of Bentonite Clay and ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar).
Learn the benefits and many reasons you should give bentonite clay a try.

Naturalista Tracey

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Hi my name is Tracey.  I am a month shy of turning 49 years old, I am also a wife and a mother.  I am currently attending school to become diagnostic medical sonographer.  I have been natural 12 1/2 years.  In 2004 I was laid off and could not continue to perm my hair.  So I started getting my hair braided.  One day I went to get my hair braided and asked the stylist, “If you cut the permed hair can you braid my hair?”  She answered yes and the rest is history.
I would encourage anyone wanting to return natural to love themselves, be confident and don’t allow anyone to make you feel bad about your decision.  It does take patience, you must find what works for you.  Your natural hair is beautiful and so are you!
I love bentonite clay to clarify my hair and scalp, Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner, Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque, Mielle Organics Moisturizing Hair Milk, NeKeShea Butternut Leave In Conditioner, and Vitamin E oil.
I have two go to styles:  Wash n Go’s and mini twists.
However, I am taking a turn in my natural hair journey.  I began my loc journey as of 2-12-16.  I hope that you will join me and watch the progression of my loc journey.
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Naturalista Jacqueline

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My name is Jacqueline and I’m 35 years old. I big chopped and went natural in 2009 and I locked my hair in 2011.

I returned natural because I was tired of damaging my hair with perms and my Saturdays being spent all day in the salon.

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Some advice that I would tell someone who wants to return natural is to go for it! I think it’s a beautiful thing. You have to be stand firm on what you want to do because people will try to discourage you from doing it.

I’m a big fan of Shea Moisture products. I also like Dr. Bronner Peppermint Castile soap and Juices and Berries leave in conditioner.

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I love my locs curly. I usually use pipe cleaners or curl rods.

I believe less is more! I wash my locs once a month and I retwist every other month. I’m not a product junkie, I found a regimen that I and I stuck with it. I’m loving this natural hair movement, don’t be afraid to join us🙂.

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I’m Guilty Of Dirty Hair!

I should be ashamed of myself but I am not.

I have never waited this long to wash my hair but it seems as if every time I would think about doing it something would come up. My hair was not stinky and did not look too terrible but I could feel the dirtiness of it. Have you ever just felt nasty? Well, that is the feeling.

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My friend asked me to go out to dinner with her and she captured this picture and as you can see, my locs do look a little on the dusty side. I still think they are beautiful- just dirty and beautiful.

I have never looked at myself as a lazy natural but I guess you can say that I may have just become one. Or, it could be that I am just a busy body and do not get around to it as often as I would like to.

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My friend is a snap chat Queen and I have no idea how to use it but she snapped away at us throughout the night and all I could think of when I saw the pictures was I ought to be ashamed. It had been two months since I washed my hair. That may not sound so bad being that people wear braid styles for up to six months without washing their hair but I have never gone more than a month. It started to really mess with me.

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Daily I would apply spritz water and an oil of my choice. I did not have an itchy scalp or product build up so that was a good thing.  My locs were stiff and felt like they needed some TLC.

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Today I am feeling refreshed as I kind of rushed and washed my hair before having to head out to work. I couldn’t take it anymore.

I used Creme of Nature products and in all honesty, I rarely use this product line for myself because I tried a conditioner years ago from this line and my hair felt awful and began shedding a lot. I don’t know why, I just know I ended up giving it away to a friend who said she loved it.

I purchased a detangling and conditioner shampoo and conditioner near the end of 2016 from the Creme of Nature line and so far it works pretty good on myself and children. I try to steer clear of it for my locs because it is “detangling” but that is all I had on hand today. It is time to either create some products for use or purchase! However, my hair feels great now. I no longer feel like I have a nasty nest on my head. My locs are flowing in the wind. Ok, maybe not flowing in the wind but you get what I’m saying. They have life now!

I can not say that I noticed any damage to my hair by not washing it for two months. I did have shedding but this is normal and nothing to panic about. Do I suggest you go two months without washing your hair? That is up to you. I am sharing my two month dirty hair story so that you can know that even as a blogger, I don’t stay up on maintaining my hair as often as people probably think I do. My hair is still healthy and I am a O.K.

No need to panic or feel ashamed if you can’t seem to stay on schedule with your hair. Life happens so be like the waves of the ocean and just flow with it.

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Opinions stated within my review for the product Creme of Nature are my honest opinion. I was not paid to do a review and products were purchased by me, not sponsored. 

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