Unlock the Secrets of Flaxseed Gel: Your Hair’s New Best Friend


In the world of hair care, trends come and go, but some natural remedies have stood the test of time. One such gem is flaxseed gel, a humble yet powerful gloopy concoction that will transform your hair care routine. Packed with nutrients and boasting a plethora of benefits, flaxseed gel might just be the secret ingredient your hair has been longing for.

What is Flaxseed Gel?

Flaxseed gel is a natural hair mask/conditioner and/or styling product made from flaxseeds, the tiny golden or brown seeds derived from the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). You may also know them by the name linseed.
These unassuming seeds have gained much attention in the world of hair care due to their exceptional properties and benefits.

Unlock the Secrets of Flaxseed Gel: Your Hair's New Best Friend - 3 spoons with flaxseeds

How is Flaxseed Gel Made?

The whole seeds are boiled in water until they release a gel-like substance, resulting in a thick and mucilaginous liquid. This liquid is then strained to remove the seeds, leaving behind a gel that’s rich in nutrients and ideal for hair application.

This process is done using WHOLE seeds, not milled or powdered, and not the oil. The whole seeds. They can be brown or golden. it doesn’t matter. Here’s some on our website:

I’m not going to lie… the end concoction is dubious in consistency and not something one tends to want to delve hand first into, but… this thick mucilaginous liquid is just brimming with hair health goodness. Creating flaxseed gel at home is a straightforward process that we’ll cover at the end of the blog post. First, let’s talk about why you should give it a whirl!

Unlock the Secrets of Flaxseed Gel: Your Hair’s New Best Friend

A Nutrient Powerhouse

Flaxseeds aren’t just a nutritious addition to your diet; they also hold the key to vibrant and robust hair. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, flaxseed gel nourishes your hair from root to tip.
By supplying the hair follicles with these essential nutrients, flaxseed gel promotes healthier growth and helps combat common hair issues. Indeed, it encourages stronger, shinier, and more vibrant locks.

Additionally, these seeds are a treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a crucial role in maintaining hair health. Omega-3s moisturize hair strands from within, leaving them soft, supple, and remarkably resilient.

Scalp Health

Healthy hair starts at the roots, and flaxseed gel understands this well. By promoting scalp health, it addresses issues like dandruff and itchiness, creating the ideal environment for luscious locks to thrive. After all, a healthy scalp is essential for promoting hair growth and preventing issues like dandruff.


All this talk of omega oils may lead you to think you’ll have a head full of grease and oil. Nope! Flaxseed gel is lightweight and non-greasy when applied in moderation, making it suitable for various hair types without weighing the hair down. It’s also very easy to rinse out, simply with water.

Unlock the Secrets of Flaxseed Gel: Your Hair's New Best Friend
Photo of the back of a woman with long wavy hair

A Friend to All Hair Types

Although this gel took off with the hair craze for curly hair, it’s also suitable for other hair types. Whether your hair is poker-straight or gloriously curly, flaxseed gel is a versatile companion.

If you want it for general hair health, then it’s easy and fast to apply and use as a hair mask. Additionally, it can be used as a leave-in hair conditioner. Alternatively, if you want it for styling or for curly hair, It elevates your natural curls, adds definition to waves, and provides hold to various hairstyles. The best part? It does all this without the harmful chemicals found in many commercial hair products.

Frizz? Not Anymore

Raise your hand if humidity-induced frizz has been your lifelong nemesis. (Monika from Friends… need I say more?!)

Enter flaxseed gel with its natural mucilage – a slimy substance that might sound unappealing but works wonders for your hair. This mucilage forms a protective shield around each strand, safeguarding your locks against environmental stressors and keeping frizz at bay.

photo of a smiling woman with brown curly hair

Embrace the Natural Hold

Have you been seeking perfect curls without that dreaded stiffness and crunchyness? Look no further. Flaxseed gel offers a natural hold that doesn’t compromise on flexibility. Unlike traditional hair gels, which often leave your hair feeling like a sculpture, flaxseed gel sets your curls while allowing them to move and bounce freely.

Flaxseed gel is versatile and can be used for various hair styling purposes, including defining curls, setting hairstyles, and adding volume.

Let’s Make Flaxseed Gel!

Bring 1/4 cup of flaxseeds in 2 cups of water to a boil and then simmer until the mixture thickens to a gel-like consistency. This could be anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes. Make sure you stir it so it doesn’t burn!
If you want to use it as a hair mask, you might want it a little less thick than say, what you’d want if you’re using it as a styling gel.
Strain the gel using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the seeds and let it cool. Voila! You have your very own hair potion, free from additives and preservatives.

If you don’t use it all, you can pop it in the fridge for a week or so. I’ve also added it to an ice cube tray and left it in the freezer and defrosted when I needed it.

To use:

Using your fingers, take a small amount of the flaxseed gel and apply it to each section of your hair, starting from the roots to the ends. Make sure to distribute the gel evenly throughout each section. Some people use a squeezy bottle to help distribute it evenly across the scalp if you prefer.

And that’s a wrap on Unlock the secrets of flaxseed gel – your hair’s new best friend.

In a world filled with chemical-laden hair products, flaxseed gel really is a natural gem. From moisturizing and defining curls to taming frizz and promoting overall hair health, this humble gel offers a plethora of benefits without the unwanted synthetic ingredients.

Sure, give it a go!

If you’re looking for more blog posts covering hair health, check these out:

Emily Nöth

Any questions? Drop into your local Nourish store to chat with our expert team and explore our full range of foods, supplements and skincare. You can also find our full product range in our online store.

Follow (and chat with us) on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to our weekly Nourish newsletter.

Image of Nourish female staff member standing in doorway of shop

*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication

Please note that it’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before starting any new supplements, especially if you have specific health concerns or are taking medications