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  1. Kamau

    You can use pantyhose to strain the gel from the seeds, saw it on YouTube.

  2. Momo

    Get a pantyhose/stocking put some of the boiled seeds in it and use tongs to slide the gel out :) (I got that from Naptural85 on youtube)

  3. Laura Majersky

    I have heard that using brown flax seeds yields more gel than golden flax seeds. Something to try. :)

  4. Mel

    Grind the flax seeds first and then soak in water for a couple of hours. More gel will be more easily available from ground than whole seeds. This is the same trick folks use to extract the gel to use as an egg substitute. I happened to know about this trick already from someone else before I went looking for a safer alternative to commercial hair gel products.

  5. To get the gel pour the mix (flax and gel) in a knee high stocking and squeeze the gel. Only do this when your gel has cooled. When I did this I got one and halves container full of gel

  6. Tanesha

    Someone used pantyhose instead of a mesh and it seemed to work well for them. Here’s the video:!

  7. Risa Joy

    I didnt boil the flax seeds very long. Just long enough to get a bit mucilaginous. I used a cup of liquid and two tbs. of flax seeds and I’m going to scoop instead of spray-I have issues with clogs in my spray tops. Everything went off without a hitch or a mess.

  8. Robin Wantland

    I grinded my flax seeds and strained with panty hose like one of the previous comments said and my gel has grains of flax in it. It makes it look like sand/dirt in the product. Grinding the seeds first did not work out for me.

  9. Mark G

    One more thing. I set a timer for seven minutes using the 1/4 cup measure I just provided. Seven minutes is the perfect length of time for gel.

  10. Betty

    I have tried making this hair gel . I love the gel hate the mess. That being said I am going to try making a much smaller batch and also have the seeds in a tea bag like cheese cloth inside a pantie hose before putting it in the boiling water. Hope that works for me because I am not about to give up what works really well . P.S. no etchy scalp ya!

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  21. andrea

    There is a great youtube video with some great ideas for this same recepie… and quite a bit less messy!!! try this link. if it doesn’t work, it is called Do It Yourself: Homemade Natural Hair Gel with Flaxseed. by Naptural85.

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  23. Taylor

    I used 2c distilled water and 4 tablespoons of BROWN whole flax seeds, I personally think using more water and using brown flaxseeds is the key. The first time I tried this with golden flax seeds and hardly got any gel, with the brown seeds I ended up with a cup of gel. Hope this helps!

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  25. melissa

    hello hello. i have to agree with a previous comment that you should try this with BROWN flax seeds. i have done it several times now using pretty much identical steps as you’ve provided, and the result yielded much more gel and less mess. i would also agree with someone else who said to set the timer for 7 minutes, lest you get your gel too thick. i’ve made some batches thinner as well, and that worked just fine. mine doesn’t seem to last too long out of the fridge…maybe 5 days max. the refrigerated batch lasts about 3 weeks, though. i’ve been adding a wee bit of olive oil and honey to mine for moisture as well. thanks for all the wonderful ideas you share!!!

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  30. MiaMaria

    Aha! I suspect, (I haven’t checked yet) that if you put the flax seeds NOT straight in the water, but rather in something, like a piece of cheesecloth, you might not have this problem. maybe. like I said, I haven’t checked yet. best of luck!

    • MiaMaria

      uh, okay, I tried this several days later. um, well I got some very amazing gel…, but I also got a blob of gooey ground flax in an old stocking. and not much gel. will try something else next. (I used ground brown flaxseeds BTW)

  31. Blaze

    Try using a French Press. They’re intended to separate coffee from coarse ground coffee beans, but work amazingly well for this recipe. I used five tablespoons of brown flax seeds and three cups of water, and got well over a cup of gel.
    Another option is to skim off the mucilage as it floats to the surface, using a spoon. Unless you mix it with something else, however, this will give a much thicker gel.
    Adding some lemon juice is a good idea, primarily because it will make the gel last longer. (Kept in the fridge, most websites agree flax gel goes bad after two weeks.) Also this will lower the pH, as the natural pH of hair is around 5; as well as give a nice lemony scent.

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  34. Amanda

    Thanks for a really informative blog. I made my first batch of flax seed gel a few days ago and it came out perfectly. No mess at all. One thing I did that none of you seem to have mentioned was to soak the seeds in water overnight and for most of the next day.

    By the time I got home from work the seeds had already formed a soft jelly in the bowl of water. I just took the contents and dumped them in a pot, added more water and boiled it all up for about 5 minutes.Then I strained the seeds using a sieve.

    Washing the pot was also a breeze because a thin film of gel had formed on the inside, which I easily stripped away as one continuous piece.

    I used brown seeds since I couldn’t find the gold anywhere.

    Does anyone else do the overnight soaking thing? It might help.

  35. i use cheesecloth to strain mine – it’s even easier than pantyhose! way easier, i thought. i use the tongs to squeeze it out, like she does with the pantyhose in the youtube video. you can also add a little bit of cornstarch to thicken it if you have fine, wavy hair. i store them in small restaurant take out cups (1oz) that i get from a wholesale club so i can give them out as samples. add some vitamin e as a natural preservative.

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  37. christine vanderburg

    I used my juicer to separate the gel and flax. I waited until the mix was warm and put it through. works like a hot damn..seeds came out near dry and lots of gel. give it a try.

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  40. LaVonna Harper

    Soak the flax seeds overnight first then boil the next day. Boils in less time and produces a lot more gel. It’s also easier to strain. Seems like the gel lets itself go from the seeds easier. Hope this helps!!

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  42. Amanda

    This is just a thought, but would it work if you were to bind the flaxseed up in cheesecloth or even pantyhose and then boil that like a teabag? Or even put a cheese cloth at the bottom of the pot, then just net all the seeds in it?

    • Amanda

      I mean, put the cheesecloth at the bottom of the pot before you boil the flaxseed so it is sitting on the bottom of the pot the entire time. Sorry, I get ahead of myself. :)

  43. Charity

    I figured out how!!! I too seen the vid on YouTube that used the stockings to separate gel from flaxseed. That too was noneffective and caused more of a mess than not. I solved this Dilema by getting a squeez bottle from my recycling, a mental mesh sifter and an old gel container. Place the squeeze bottle (empty and clean mustard/ketchup bottle) w/o lid into the metal sifter over ur container and squeeze. And you are done! And u are clean and u will not suffer from any burns from hot gel if u use an oven mitt. ;) I will make a YouTube video of this soon

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  45. 6 T. whole flax in 1 cup h2o soaked 6-8 hours yields 1/4 c. gel after draining in a sieve for an hour and mashing the seeds against the sides to finish. Repeat again
    for another 1/4 c. yield (doubling the amount of water for one time does not work).
    While draining in a clean lady’s trouser stocking or nylon knee high tied to a kitchen faucet also works, a sieve is much less mess. Cooking destroys the essential fatty acids beneficial to hair health and appearance. Add seeds to smoothies, soups, stew, cooked cereal, muffins, bread, meatloaf, etc. Refrigerate gel and use within 2 weeks,
    as a sour odour after much longer will indicate it has spoiled. Excess gel can be frozen in an ice cube tray, stored in a baggie, and thawed as needed. Add a drop of essential as desired &/or a few drops of light weight vegetable oil for dry hair.

  46. Amber

    I read on on a blog somewhere else that a girl uses panty hose stretched over a mason jar to strain and that it works fantastic! also read that when you are boiling and start to get foam to turn the heat down, stir a little more to see if seeds suspend in gel yet rather than sinking to bottom and at that point if they suspend immediately strain. should take no longer than 8min max to cook seeds. also can add more water to make it thinner. some people say that glycerin rather than aloe works better as well.

  47. Has anyone tried using Flaxseed Meal with this recipe instead of whole flaxseeds? I plan to try that this week but wondering if anyone already has and what results would be. Thinking that removes the entire headache of straining and the seeds. (remove the seeds before starting instead of after finishing). Please let me know if you have tried or can think of a reason why it wouldn’t / shouldn’t work. Thanks.

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