Homemade Hair Gel
I'm out of hair gel, and I'm too broke to buy more. Because I have curly, poofy hair, this is a horrifying prospect. Fortunately, you can make hair gel out of flax seeds and water. A pound of bulk whole flax seeds costs about one dollar at my local health food store. The recipe I started with says to take a couple of tablespoons of flax and boil it in a cup of water, but I find that doubling that recipe is more efficient. Boil it until the water has a gel-like slippery consistency. Strain out the seeds and add a few drops of essential oil if you would like it to be scented. The resulting gooey liquid will work as hair gel. It's not nearly as nice as regular hair gel, but it will do in a pinch when you don't have even a few dollars to spare, but you do have flax seed lying around. It's also completely natural and free of chemicals and strong scents, so it's great if you've got allergies or chemical sensitivies. Make no mistake - I'm buying real hair gel when I get the money because it's superior to this stuff. But in the meantime, it will do.