All The Amazing Uses of Flaxseed for Hair | Hair Masks, Conditioner, Flax Oil & More

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Flaxseed has long been used in hair care for smoother, longer, thicker and healthier hair. In this article, we’ll explore how to use flaxseed for hair, the benefits of flax seed for hair, how flax seeds help in hair growth, how to use flaxseed oil, some flaxseed hair mask recipes (using flaxseed gel), and finally, answer some popular questions.

Benefits of Flaxseed for Hair

Flax seeds have been a part of beauty and health tool-kits since ancient times. Not only that, flaxseed oil and flax seed hair masks (using both gel and powder) have also been successfully used for growth, smoothness and strength.

Learn how to use flaxseed for hair and what are the benefits of flaxseed for hair.

There’s significant research on the health benefits of flax seeds for skin and hair. We have a detailed article on this which you can read after this one.

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Concisely, flax seeds offer numerous benefits for skin and hair such as omega 3 fatty acids, lignins, B vitamins and protein. These are essential for healthy skin and hair.

Different Ways of Using Flaxseed for Hair

There are three ways you can use it – flaxseed oil, flaxseed gel and flax seed hair masks using flaxseed gel and flaxseed powder. Both of these are used in different ways and have different benefits for the hair.

A. Flaxseed Oil for Hair

Flaxseed oil is highly beneficial for hair growth; as far as possible, try to get a cold-pressed, organic flaxseed oil product.

This is the method to use Flaxseed Oil for Hair Growth:

  1. Take about 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil in a cup. Take a bit of it in your hands, and gently massage it all over your scalp. Gentle is the name of the game here! But make sure all of the scalp gets the oil massage.

  2. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you can section off your hair into smaller parts. Clip up all the sections barring one. Now take some of the flaxseed oil and coat all the hair in your section from top to bottom, again very gently.

  3. Once after all your hair and scalp is coated, take a towel and dip it in hot water. Wring it through so that it just stays damp, not wet. Wrap your head with the towel and keep that on for 30 minutes.

  4. Once the hot oil treatment is done, take off the towel, comb your hair through with a wide-tooth comb and then wash it off with your usual shampoo.

  5. Do your hot oil treatment once a week, and if this suits you, you can continue this onwards. For us, we started noticing thicker hair after 4-5 flaxseed oil treatments (so about 4-5 weeks).
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Hair also tends to get softer and more manageable with this flaxseed oil hair remedy. And for us, we definitely got to see thicker looking hair after repeated flaxseed oil hair conditioning.

Does Flaxseed Oil or Flaxseed Gel Straighten Hair?
Scroll Down to the FAQ Section of this Article to Find Out.

B. Flaxseed Powder for Hair

Did you know flaxseed powder hair masks are super nutritious for the hair? Flaxseed powder can be incorporated with other hair-healthy ingredients to make powerhouse hair masks. Remember to adjust the proportions of the ingredients to the length and thickness of your hair.

Also, once prepared, use these masks on your hair immediately as flaxseed tends to absorb the liquid ingredients, turning into a gel-like consistency and eventually hardening up.

Here are 3 different recipes for flaxseed powder hair masks.

  1. Honey + Yogurt + Flaxseed Powder Hair Mask

    Take a tablespoon of ground flaxseed powder, and add to it a half tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of yogurt. Both honey and yogurt are conditioning agents.

    Coat the mixture from scalp and roots to tips of hair strands. Shampoo and condition after 30 minutes of the mask, and repeat once-twice a week!

  2. Coconut oil + Flaxseed Powder Hair Mask

    To a tablespoon of ground flaxseed powder, add in two tablespoons of coconut oil. This is a deep conditioning hair mask using flax seeds, so feel free to use the hot towel method as mentioned for the flaxseed oil already mentioned in this article!

    Keep in hair not more than 30 minutes at a stretch, and use once a week before shampoo.

  3. Olive Oil + Lemon Juice + Flaxseed Powder Hair Mask

    In one tablespoon of flaxseed powder, add two tablespoons of olive oil and half a teaspoon of lemon juice.

    Lemon juice is quite drying, so we recommend using it in a conditioning oil like olive oil. This mask helps promote scalp health, and with long term and regular use, even serves as a natural dying agent for your hair!

    Use once a week for an extended period of time to see lightening results in your hair!

C. Flaxseed Gel for Hair

This flaxseed hair mask with natural ingredients can potentially make hair softer, silkier, shinier and easier to manage too.

It’s like getting the younger sister of a keratin treatment for a tiny fraction of the cost (and time!).

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How to Make Flaxseed Gel?

For the basic flaxseed mask recipe, we must first make flaxseed gel. It’s easy and there are just two ingredients to it –

Flax seeds (it’s better to get the organic kind) – 1/2 cup
Water – 2 cups

  1. Soak the flax seeds in about a cup of water overnight.
  2. Next morning, you’ll notice it already beginning to have a gel-like consistence. Add another cup of water to it and then boil the flaxseed-water.
  3. Keep stirring the mixture till it boils. Soon after it starts to bubble up, you’ll notice that the water begins to thicken into a gel-like consistency again.
  4. Take it off boil. Immediately strain the flaxseed gel into a clean bowl, using a clean cheesecloth or a strainer. (If you wait till it cools, it’ll harden up and that’s a nightmare to strain!)

    (Also, immediately clean up the utensils that have some of the flaxseed gel residue; that stuff hardens up and makes cleaning a nightmare too.)
  5. Squeeze all the gel from the cheesecloth and let the flaxseed gel cool down till it’s about lukewarm.

How to Make Hair Masks with flaxseed gel?

Now that the flaxseed gel has been made, to make the flax hair mask, we can mix in some optionals.

Oil of choice – olive/coconut/almond/jojoba (this is for conditioning & hydration, if your hair is dry) – 1-2 tbsp

OR Essential oil of choice – 1-2 drops

OR Vitamin E extract (this is to help nourish damaged hair)

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Also, you can vary the quantities according to your hair length and thickness.

Once prepared, you could use this flaxseed gel & oil combo as a pre-wash conditioning hair mask. Coat your hair and scalp the way you would any usual hair mask. Wait for 30 minutes and then wash it off with regular shampoo.

Make sure every strand of your hair is coated from root to tip. Also make sure your entire scalp gets this stuff. You can do this the same way as the flaxseed oil treatment; by sectioning off the hair.

If using flaxseed gel as a hair mask pre-wash, you can try to give your hair a slightly straighter/smoother look by coating hair with the gel and combing it through. We kept combing it through till the gel hardened up (usually about 20-30 minutes in our weather – dry, hot summer!).

Once dry, you can wash your hair using your normal shampoo (we didn’t even have to use conditioner).

While this flaxseed gel did not make hair stick straight, in our experience, it made hair a lot SMOOTHER and eliminated the need for a blow dryer after 6 uses (we did it once a week).

Flaxseed Gel as a Leave-In Conditioner

This flaxseed gel treatment is going to be post-shampoo as a leave-in for your hair.

Make the flax seed gel using the method described above, but don’t mix in any of the optionals.

Now, after washing and conditioning your hair as you always do, use this flaxseed gel in place of your regular setting products or hair spray. This is especially a boon for curly haired girls using the CGM (Curly Girl Method).

If you use flaxseed gel to scrunch up your curls, you’ll have well-defined gorgeous curls that hold form throughout the day.

Flaxseed gel is also great for hair on humid days because it’s able to seal the cuticle on the hair shaft, preventing frizz and moisture from destroying your hair.

Flax Seeds for Hair: Your Questions Answered

Here are some questions commonly asked by our readers on how to eat flax seeds, how much of flax seeds to eat etc to get its full benefits for hair and skin. If you have any other questions, aside from these, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

Can flax seeds be used to fix hair loss?

Hair loss occurs in people for a wide variety of reasons. The best course of action to fix hair loss is to first, determine the root cause of the problem.

Some reasons could be hormone-related issues, an improper or imbalanced diet, underlying disease (either ongoing or in the recent past), sleeplessness, weather conditions such as excess humidity or stress.

These underlying causes would have to be addressed in different ways. Either way, the foundation to a healthy life is to start with diet. Flax seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition as described in this article, and would help nourish your body from within.

Can we eat flax seeds for hair growth?

Hair growth requires a number of factors to be in place such as good sleep habits, a healthy lifestyle, hormone balance and proper nutrition.

Flax seeds provide the right nutrition for hair growth (Omega 3s, B Vitamins, Magnesium and more).

Flax seeds are also a source of phyto-estrogen – this helps regulate hormones in both men and women. So, both in terms of nutrition and the correct hormonal balance, flaxseeds can potentially help with hair growth.

How to use flax seeds for hair growth?

Both consuming flax seeds in your diet as well as using flaxseed oil and gel (through the ways described above) can help deliver the correct nutrition to the hair and scalp which may indeed help with hair growth. To understand how to eat flax seeds, you could read this article for detailed instructions and suggestions.

On how to use flax seed topically for hair growth, you can go through the first few sections of this article.

How much flax seeds to eat for hair growth?

Currently, eating one – two tablespoons of ground flax seeds for overall health is an acceptable dose. Eating this safe amount of flaxseed regularly can help with skin and hair issues in a big way.

Can flax seeds straighten hair?

Despite the myths that abound, no, flax seeds cannot straighten your hair! But flaxseed can indeed smoothen out hair with regular use. This might help you cut time on your blow dryer, and may cut frizz. But it can’t usually replace your straightening tool!

On the other hand, flaxseed gel is ideal for curly hair because it’s a healthy, safe and effective way  to define curls better! Using flaxseed gel also helps set curls in place through the day.

Which flax seeds are best for hair growth?

There are two types of flax seeds that are available, depending on where you live – golden and brown. While some studies suggest golden flax seeds are of more nutritional value, both golden and brown flax seeds have comparable nutritional profiles.

This means, it shouldn’t really be of much significance if you get your hands on one instead of the other! Be rest assured, just as long as you eat (or use) either one of them, you’ll be getting all the benefits.

Can flax seeds help dandruff?

While there is not much direct evidence in the correlation of dandruff and flax seeds, there is some evidence of flax seed protein being effective against dandruff as well as acne.

Eating ground flaxseed as a part of your food can provide a host of benefits for your health – including regulating sebum production (which in excess, promotes dandruff growth) through encouraging the right hormonal balance in the body.

Also, applying flaxseed oil on the scalp may benefit scalp health overall and may play a role in preventing dandruff. Flaxseed gel or any of the flax seed hair masks should also promote hair and scalp health.

However, we suggest taking the advice of a doctor, nutritionist or a holistic health advisor to tackle dandruff from different perspectives, including the right foods, supplements, hair care products and lifestyle routines.


Flax seeds for hair side effects?

Flax seeds just like anything else may cause side effects in people when eaten or used in excess, or when done in an incorrect way.

For example, when doing the flaxseed oil heat treatment, it’s best to not leave it on for more than 30 minutes. Similarly, when eating flax seeds, it’s best to eat them ground rather than whole, and not eat more than a maximum of two teaspoons per day.

It’s best to always do patch tests when trying something new for the first time, to prevent allergies. And if you’re just going to start eating flax seeds, do consult your doctor first, and start slow – just one teaspoon daily and build it up to the recommended dosage of 1-2 tbsp of ground flaxseed.

Eating more than recommended might lead to diarrhea, hormonal imbalances or other issues.


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