Flax seed hair gel for texture, shiny curls, and flyaways!

Screen Shot 2013-08-30 at 12.50.24 PMHere is a fun natural hair remedy tip from HTHG reader Lynn! After reading up a bit, It seems that Flax seed gel is the perfect light weight styler for adding texture, definition, and shine to curly hair, as well as being the perfect smoother for flyaways in finer hair textures. No buildup, a punch of protein. YES!

(photo snagged from www.naturallycurly.com)

Reader submission!

“So, I tried the recipe by Annie Berthold bond but realize now that it did not use enough flax seeds so the gel barely did anything. Well, I found another recipe using 1 cup water and 1/4 cup flax seeds – whoa! Works awesome!


Now I know you don’t do heat but I have to if I want to have any hair confidence but I’ve discovered this magnificent way to easily style my hair:


On damp hair I massage about 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of the gel into my hair by scrunching gently and not doing all ‘all over’ but covering everything a bit. Let air dry to half or 3/4 dry and then style my bangs with blow dryer and gently blow dry the rest by gently blowing the warm air and just fluffing with my fingers. Now comes the magic, I use my 1 inch curling iron and shape my hair with it – I’ve NEVER had my hair hold like that! I am able to shape the waves beautifully for a natural, wavy look – not the straight-sleek look you saw on me. I can’t believe how well the flax gel works and it rinses out with hot water with no residue.


Keep it refrigerated, sniff to see if it’s still fresh (harder if you added e.o.’s) anyway, I wanted to tell you about this because it’s been a miracle for me.


Here’s the link where I learned about this and you want to learn how to make it so it does not dry out etc..it’s a *itch to strain so I left the few seeds that got through and pick-up the gel avoiding or picking out any seeds that I could not strain out – freeze the seeds for re-use!




I hope you give it a try – use less seeds for less hold – this one makes for crunchy bits if you want (apply thickly) or less if you are less generous with the gel.


Oh and I used brown flax seeds – no problem.”

Here is the supply list from the article…..

~ large saucepan – you need room for the seeds to move around in the water

~ wire or nylon mesh strainer – as fine as you can find, but mine is pretty loose, so I passed the strained gel through a smaller one I have – the small wire mesh type you’d use for OJ pulp

~ large bowl – deep enough so that the gel can get through without the strainer touching the surface

~ small wire whisk – not the springy kind you jam up and down like a plunger, but the classic teardrop shaped kind

~ 4-5 oz bottle – for storing your finished gel

And Flax seeds, obvies.

I’m totally trying this this weekend.

#DIYhair Friday…..Short hair Crown Braid.

Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 12.14.17 PMHi hi! Happy #DIYhair Friday! Here is a braided hairstyle that works for the shortish haired ladies out there. And by shortish I mean somewhere between jaw and shoulder length hair, whether it be a bob-ish or a shag-ish cut. (Perfect for the shlobs!)

Coming at you from the Oregon Country Fair, I give you the short hair Crown Braid, on lovely Therese’s bold red hair.

Short hair Crown Braid


This hairstyle requires some texturizing prep. Because it is a style for shorter hair, it needs a little extra stick-together. If you are ShamPHree, you are good to go. If not, use a honey or salt spray before braiding to give the hair some grip.

Note that doing an upside down braid on yourself can be tricky at first. It takes practice, so give yourself some time to get your fingers used to the concept. I recommend flipping the head upside down to DIY it. Or, ask a friend to help.

If you have bangs, leave them out of the braid for a cute milk maid look.

Start by parting the hair down the back of the head.

Start a dutch braid at the hairline on one side.

Braid all the way up the side, and then continue down the free end of the braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic.

Repeat on the other side.

Now take your first braid and pull it across the top of the head. Tuck it behind and under the other braid and pin it discreetly.

Overlap the second braid across the top and tuck and pin the tail discreetly under the first braid.

Voila! You have short hair and you CAN wear those cute braid crown hairstyles! And, you have successfully faked having longer hair!

Have a perfect weekend.


ShamPHree Summer series #2. Hair, water, mermaids

ladies in the waterI am a water lover. Are you? Do you feel at home in the water too?

Although I am not technically a water sign (Capricorn, Earth) I have been a water baby from birth. I feel whole in the water. I feel free in the water. I feel safe in the water. I had my babies in the water because I couldn’t imagine a better way to be born and give birth. I love the look of hair in the water. This started with The Little Mermaid.

Ariel’s thick red hair and the way it floated and moved in the water made me long to be a mermaid myself. I remember seeing a girl at the pool that had long mermaid hair and following her around all afternoon just to watch her hair move. I would tip my head back to an uncomfortable angle just to get my short hair to float behind me, convinced that my hair could be mermaid-y too. Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 11.02.07 AM 1 ( Photo from Tumblr #mermaid)

For this next portion of my #shamphree summer series, I give you women in pretty dresses floating in water with pretty hair. The theme here is freeing yourself of shams, social expectations and pressures, and forces that keep us from who we desire to be.black n white ladies in the water

A bride gets cold feet. She says “Fuck weddings” and takes all her bridesmaids in a pickup truck to the river and they all jump in together. A mermaid wants to marry a human against the bidding of her father King Triton. Sometimes you just have to take the jump in and swim around a bit. #shamphree #freeyourhair #freethebeast #getfree #hthg

Do you have an inspiring story of taking a leap of faith? This is a great time to share it here in HTHG’s comment box!



Behold the Ponybow

This is a brilliant guest post from a Amy from Art of the Heart that I am excited to share with you. The hairstyle is called the Ponybow, and it is a real hybrid beauty.

I LOVE to see your inspired DIY hairstyles, so please don’t hesitate to send em my way so they can be shared. Here is the……

Adorable Ponybow DIY

Here’s what you will need…

Bobby pins, tiny elastics (clear if you have blonde hair), and either a smoothing

product (for a clean look) or a texturizing product (for a messy look).

ponybow1.) Secure a side ponytail with an elastic.

  2.) Separate about a 1″ section from the ponytail. Smooth your hair product on it to create more manageability. (I used Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort)

3.)Create a loop with the small section you just gathered.

4.) Grab another elastic and place it around the loop. Twist the elastic like you’re

securing a ponytail, but don’t wrap it around the loop again…Just hold it for a second.

5.) Take the tail of the loop you just made and create a second loop. Now wrap the

elastic you’ve been holding around that second loop.

6.) It should look something like this. You can pull on each loop to situate them

and make them bigger if you want. The very end of your 1″ section should still

be hanging out a little bit.

7.) Grab the tail end of your 1″ section.

8.) Wrap it around the center (hiding the elastic) and pin it either underneath

or behind the bow. If the bow is sticking out just pin the back of it closer to

your head.

9.) Gently pull on the bow some more to get your desired size and placement.

That’s it!! Have fun 🙂

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DIY hair Friday…….Best friend braids.

DSC04716Best friends. Girlfriends. I would be nowhere without these women. I hope you are all blessed with good friends.

Do you remember playing the best friend game in middle school? When everyone had to have a ‘best friend’ and you had to work to keep up the title? I get anxiety just thinking about it.

Since then, I have settled on having many best friends. They are all best for their own unique reasons. I have my best listener, my best inspirer, my best laugher, my best man, my best business minder, my best helper, my best auntie, my best bitch, my best muse, my best understander, best pioneerer, my best sounding boarder, my best New Yorker, my best of the west, my best hell-raiser, my best mom, my best kid advice giver. I could go on and on. I hope to golly that I am as good of a friend to these women as they are to me.

So here is another braided hairstyle to try, straight from the OCF. I keep thinking I am over braids, and then I stumble upon a new cool braid that I HAVE to share. Maybe I can be your best braid friend?

In honor of my bests, I give you my Best Friend Braids.

Best Friend Braids

bret and nix

Make a side part. Start a dutch braid on the heavy side of the part.

Angle the braid and guide it across the back of your head.

Braid the free end down the other side. Secure the end with a clear elastic.

Tip……If your hair is very long, pull the braid apart from either side to flatten, widen, and shorten it.

Take the end of the braid and pull it up and along the underside of the dutch braid.

Tuck the tail under the base of the dutch braid to hide it.

Pin it discreetly from a couple different angles to secure it to the head. I put a couple under the braids, one where it bends, and some on the top of the free end.

Decorate with a cool plant or flower.

And make a date with a lady friend to catch up and get some good belly laughs in.

Have a great weekend. XOXO, HTHG

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