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DIY Hair Gel & Face Mask

DIY personal care products can seem intimidating but sometimes they can be really easy! In this case, Jenn spent less than a half-hour making hair gel and a facemask with very few ingredients!


As I make the transition away from plastic, I’m always looking for alternatives to products I use. This month I decided to get a little creative with some DIY products and had great results! Here are my experiments in hair gel and face masks.


Flaxseed Hair Gel

As a curly girl, I have a lot of hair products trying to get the best out of my curls. Unfortunately trying new products usually means buying plastic bottles. I had read about flaxseed gel as hair gel but it seemed complicated! Luckily it was super easy and I had great results.


Flaxseed Hair Gel Recipe:

Put 2 cups of water in a pot on the stove. Add ¼ cup whole flax seeds. Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly so that the flax seeds don’t stick to the bottom. Once at a boil wait for a foam to form, while still stirring. Once the foam forms, turn it down to low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. In the meantime get a glass bowl with a strainer ready. After 5 minutes pour the flax seed mixture through the strainer to get the seeds out (some people strain through a panty hose stocking to really squeeze all the gel out). Let the gel cool before using it. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 


Check out this video with my results:



Yogurt & Honey Facemask

In the winter my skin usually gets pretty dry. I love facemasks but usually they come in a single use sheet or a plastic tube. With some searching I found a blog with lots of ideas for DIY face masks depending on your skin type (which you can find here). I chose the one for moisturizing, plus it’s just 2 ingredients that I already had. 


Yogurt & Honey Facebook Recipe:

1 tablespoon yogurt

1 tablespoon raw honey


Mix together and apply to face for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.


I found this mixture made too much for my face so I would use a little less than a tablespoon, unless you have a friend over for a girls night! My face felt great after, I’ll definitely be doing this again.



Final Thoughts

I hope this inspired you to try some DIY personal care products! Usually they aren’t too hard and we can replace some of the plastic bottles that we usually buy!

Jenn is a blogger over at willsavefortravel.com. She blogs about travel, money and how to make it all work together! Mostly at this time of year you can find her snuggled up to her dog planning her next warm getaway - probably to Disney World.

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