DIY Non-Toxic Hair Gel For Kids

Two of my kids were born with hair the grows straight down into their eyes (jury’s still out on the third!) When their hair gets too long, they look like cute little sheepdogs. When Miss H was a baby and in daycare, she wasn’t allowed to wear the frilly barrettes I bought for her. The poor girl’s hair fell straight in her eyes and she bumped into things as she crawled. The daycare suggested that I put hair gel in her hair, and as a new mom, I thought that suggestion was fairly ridiculous. There was no way I was going to put toxic hair gel on my little girl’s head!

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A few years later, I’m much more savvy. Instead of just assuming that all hair gels are evil, I set to the Internet to find a non-toxic hair gel recipe that I could use on my kids. And what I found was SO easy, SO cheap, and it works SO well! With only four ingredients, I made hair gel for my kids in just a few minutes. I’ve used it for myself too, and I really liked it. My very straight hair doesn’t keep a curl very well, but this gel really helped.

This hair gel recipe involves boiling flax seeds. That’s pretty much it! The tricky part is straining them without getting gel all over your kitchen. But I repurposed a kitchen tool: a container from my Magic Bullet Blender, and the straining lid that came with it. If you don’t have one of these, you can use a fine mesh strainer or even clean pantyhose (which sounds like a huge mess and hassle!)

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Flax seeds after being boiled.

Non-Toxic Flax Hair Gel

There are only four ingredients in this hair gel: flax seed, water, and essential oils (which are optional, so you could even make it with three!) Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain healthy tissues, and may even reduce/prevent hair loss. If you leave out the aloe vera and essential oils, you can even use this gel on your skin. According to some sources, it can reduce acne, moisturizes, and even reduces wrinkles. I’ll have to get back to you on those claims.

Not sure when my handsome little guy decided to start posing for the camera. I took four shots and I got a different look each time. That hair, though.


Place 2 cups of water in a pot. Add 1/4 cup flax seeds. Bring the mixture to a boil, and allow it to boil for about 5 minutes. The mixture should get thicker in this time. Add a minute or two of boiling time if it hasn’t thickened up yet.

Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes. Pour it into the Magic Bullet container, and place the strainer lid on top. Slowly strain the mixture into a squeeze bottle, or a container with a pump. I used the squeeze bottle I got from the hospital. I knew I’d find a way to reuse it eventually!! Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and about 10 drops of essential oils. The aloe vera makes it softer when you put it in hair, and the essential oils make your child not smell like a muffin. It’s always a good idea to check and see which essential oils are kid friendly, but I use this one.

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Flax Seed Hair Gel

This is a quick and easy way to make non-toxic hair gel! You can even leave out the essential oils, if you want!

Author leahbmartin


  • 1/4 C whole flax seeds
  • 2 C water
  • 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops essential oils (optional)


  1. Add flax seeds and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. 

  2. Allow mixture to boil for about 5 minutes. It should thicken in this time. Add a minute or two of boiling time if it hasn't thickened yet.

  3. Let cool. Pour into the Magic Bullet container and attach strainer lid. Or, use a fine mesh strainer or clean panty hose to strain it. Pour it into a squeezable bottle, or a bottle with a pump. 

  4. Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and about 10 drops of essential oils. Shake well before using. 


 Price Breakdown:

Less than $1.50 for eight ounces (depending on the brands you use!) compared to $11.95 for eight ounces of this non-toxic hair gel.

This easy #hairgel recipe is made from flax seeds. It's safe and non-toxic for #kids. #frugalliving

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