Have you heard of Flax seed? One day I was at an event and I saw an older woman with the most beautiful, clear, smooth brown skin I'd ever seen. I couldn't help but stare. When the event ended, I mentioned to her how beautiful I thought her skin was and asked what her secret was. She plainly stated, "Flax Seed". She said she took flax seed pills daily. She sighted that she took them in place of fish oil pills, and that it was how she got her omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. Prior to that, I'd never heard of flax seed, but I was familiar with the benefits of fish oils and have been taking cod liver oil most of my life. I decided to take her word, do some research, and eventually purchased my own.
From buzzle.com: "Consumption of flaxseed is said to be beneficial for hair, skin, heart health, etc. Flaxseed is a rich source of various nutrients as well as beneficial compounds, especially, omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. These seeds are said to be good for reducing cholesterol and for improving heart health. It is believed to be more beneficial for women. It is the omega 3 fatty acids in flaxseed that is said to be responsible for lowering the bad cholesterol levels and increasing the levels of good cholesterol. It is also suggested that intake of flaxseed may benefit people with cancer of the breast and prostate. "
Regarding hair, when taken internally flax seed is said to:
- Promote Hair Growth
- Be beneficial for treating scalp conditions, like, psoriasis, eczema, etc
- Prevent dandruff
- Improve Strength of hair strand
- Improve Sheen of hair
Flax seed also comes in an oil form, called linseed oil. If the oil is applied to the hair it can:
- Combat dryness
- Promote hair growth
Linseed Oil should not be taken by children as well as pregnant and nursing women. Even others must seek the advice of an expert regarding the use of flaxseed oil.
As stated earlier, I take flax seed pills internally, but I purchased a bag of flax seeds because I wanted to make flax seed gel. I have never been a fan of traditional gels because of the hardness and flakes that the gels cause, but Naptural85 and others who have used the flax seed gel have claimed that flax seed gel conditions, is flake free, does not harden the hair, and makes their curls (as we say) 'pop'! Since I've been doing the Protective Styling Challenge and bunning, I've noticed that the bun isn't sleek and I see what I like to refer to as 'fuzzies'. I used to just wet my hands and appy castor oil or shea butter and then smooth down the hair, and add a scarf to lay down my fuzzies. That still works but I noticed it's not a long term fix; by the end the frizzies are back! I thought I should try another alternative; flax seed gel.
The first time I saw the gel being made was during a Youtube video that Naptural85 did. I will be in my laboratory (my kitchen) this weekend trying to create my own version of her flax seed gel. I will record my results and post them
Wish Me Luck!