Want a cheap and green way to style that mane of yours? Well, this week we’ll go over something that I’ve found works really well on our family’s hair–and it’s healthy! Whether you are caring for a Gerson person or just trying to keep toxins out of your body, personal care products often get overlooked. Instead of using some product that contains alcohol (or worse) that dries and damages your hair, why not give this a shot? If that doesn’t sell you on trying it, maybe the price will. Go take a look at the crazy prices for organic hair gel and then know that the batch below should run you less than a quarter–pow! With all our different hair types (from Essi’s thick, bouncy Shirley Temple curls to Sy’s fine straight Surfer Jedi locks), we’ve been really happy with the change.

This is going to be to the point because I know you don’t have forever to sit here and read. Plus, I know that you’re anxious to get to work on that “Flock of Seagulls” doo that you just got.

1. Get your flaxseeds together (brown works well)

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2. Measure out 1/4 cup of seeds

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3. Get yourself 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil in a small saucepan (stainless steel recommended)

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4. Add the flaxseeds after it starts boiling and reduce to medium heat. You’ll need to keep a close eye on them and stir continuously. I have found that about 6-7 minutes works for me. It will start to thicken up to a nice snotty goo, but you don’t want it to get too thick. Here’s a pic of ours coming along nicely:

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5. Dump those babies in a strainer and let them drain into a bowl (glass with cover recommended) that you can store in the fridge (when your not using it). You’ll have to work pretty quickly, because as the goo cools, it will be harder to strain. You can use your spoon to push the seeds down and squeeze out the love.

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6. Viola! You’ve got gel (AOL voice)! Let it cool down and it will get pretty darn thick. Whenever you are ready to use it, pull it out of the fridge and pinch a little bit of the nasty out and rub it together in your palms, creating the heat needed to get it back to a thin gel. Rub that stuff in and get to stylin’ and profilin’. Make sure you put your gel back in the fridge and it should keep for a couple weeks.

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Well, I hope y’all enjoy the savings and the fun of an easy science experiment. Because of the savings and the increased foxiness, this get gets the “Harger Hotness Seal of Approval.”

For added fun, comment below and let me know if you’d like to show off your flaxseed gelled doo on our blog. We’ll email you and give you further instructions.

Today’s No Muck Motto:
I see someone great when I look in the mirror.