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Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : Benefits of flax seed gel on natural hair

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    Amnat77

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    I have been on a hunt for a product that gave me twists/twist outs to my liking ever since I BC’d in February of 2006. Some products kind of did the job, but my twists and twist outs wouldn’t last. I’ve read about people making their own gel out of flax seeds, so I went out and bought some a while back. I made my very first batch last month, and I decided to go ahead and put it to the test. Much to my surprise, my hair fell in love and my twists have never been the same.

    The flax seed gel concoction left my hair soft, moisturized, and it had a nice hold that wasn’t crunchy or crispy at all. I also sealed my hair with something called “Soothing Foot Butter”. I know it’s geared towards the feet but it's all natural. Everything turned out nice. Hopefully you can see enough of my hair in the pics to see my results. I didn’t think of taking a close up hair shot of my results at the time, but I will make sure to do so when I twist again.


    http://www.examiner.com/health-beauty-in-houston/benefits-of-flax-seed-gel-on-natural-hair
     
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    Kinky, curly or wavy hair can be a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because it is so versatile and interesting — an attention grabber. But when the curl or wave pattern is left undefined or interacts with humidity or rain, it can turn into an unruly mass. So, we empty our wallets in hot pursuit of the perfect hair care product, especially a finishing project, that will tame our tresses.

    Many have found that hair products containing flaxseed oil can give our curls definition and firm, yet touchable, hold.

    Flax is an herb that has both external and internal benefits.

    When consumed, flaxseed provides a number of health benefits. Flaxseed is something we’ve been hearing a lot about because of the omega 3 enzymes it contains. According to the American Heart Association, omega 3 fatty acids help the heart of healthy individuals with high risk factors for coronary heart disorders[1]. The FDA gives omega-3’s qualified support saying, “supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Some parents of autistic children use the oil successfully to alleviate some of the symptoms of that disorder; and it has also been used with people who have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia with success because it effects neurotransmitters in the brain.

    While the oil help prevent and treat all types of ills, the seed can be processed into a curl-friendly gel. The fact that it is as useful taken internally as externally is remarkable, something you don’t run into often. Let’s take a look at this herb to see where it comes from; what it is and why its uses are so plentiful in hair care and elsewhere for our health.

    History

    I have seen a few health writers refer to flax seed oil as a newer ingredient, but flax actually is one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth. Linneaus, a Swedish botanist, placed flax in the Linaceae family. He named it partially after himself and partly for its practicality as “most useful plant,” which is Linum usitatissimum in the botanical Latin.

    Folklore and Mythology

    In folk medicine, we see a crossover into herbalist recommendations for flaxseed. For example, it is used in folk medicine to treat colds and constipation. In addition, in folklore flaxseeds are used as well as for digestive, urinary tract problems, gallstones and lung diseases.

    Flax has a rich history in Europe. In Teutonic myth, flax flowers were thought to act as protective devices, shielding its users from Queen Hulda’s sorcery. Flaxseeds are also used in luck and fertility rites.

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    Thank you, I think I may give this a try.
     
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    I am definitely going to try this, I wonder if it's more moisturizing than aloe...
     
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    Add aloe to the gell when its ready.. i use it to re-twist my locks and works very well, not to mention economical.
     
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    I use aloe vera gel on my skin and in my hair. So soothing.
     
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    Thanks for the info! I will definitely be trying this. I am about 6 months natural and it's been a challenge for me because there are so many products out there, with most having sooooooo much junk in them. I really have been embracing the art of making my own hair and skin products from healthy, natural, and beneficial ingredients. I get freaked out when I look at labels of commercial products so knowing that there are ways to make nourishing products that you don't have to have to sell a kidney to get, it's a true godsend to me!
     
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    You're welcomed, you just have to find the right products for your hair type. You can't go wrong with natural products so keep experimenting ...

    good luck!
     
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