Apparently not me, until last night!
When I started this project I knew that some of the biggest challenges for me would come when switching hair products. I have very long and naturally curly hair (bottecelli curls, I think). It needs to be washed everyday due to tangles, and absolutely needs a curl cream or gel to combat the frizzies. I have been using such products for as long as I can remember. Up to about 10 years ago I used a lot of L’Oreal products. Since then I have exlusively used TIGI Curls Rock and Moroccan Oil. A quick look on the Environmental Working Group’s site reveals the following:
- TIGI Curls Rock: A rating of 5 (moderate hazard): http://bit.ly/fivAAp (approx $25)
- Moroccan Oil is not listed in the database but it contains parabens, and “parfum” (approx $35)
So, a few months ago I typed something like “Homemade curl cream” into Google and found my dream come true. A gel made from flax seeds. I found the recipe in several spots and all users raved about the results. Basically, boiling flax seeds in water produces a thick gel after several minutes. All you do is strain afterwards and voila! Here are the two main sites I used to make mine:
- A recipe on the naturallycurly.com website - very interesting with lots of good responses.
- A recipe from a message board on Suite101.com
I followed this superhard recipe and within about 10 minutes I had a jar full of gel which I let cool. I then added some tea tree oil for scent, as I don’t have any lavender at the moment.
The true test came today apres shower. I applied the gel in exactly the same way I always apply my styling products and then waited for my hair to dry. IT WORKED!!!! My hair looks great, no different than any other day. No frizz, no offensive odour. No funny colors! Nothing. It gave the exact same result as my $35 chemical laden cream.
Based on the cost of my bag of flax seeds I estimate that I made this batch of FSG (Flax Seed Gel) for about 40 cents and it should last me about a month.
Eco-friendly hair care: 1
I always love hearing from you with your comments, suggestions and collaborations.
Until next time,