Stubborn, cheap, etc.. me, decided that there should be a way to make hair gel at home. I didn't think it would involve flax seed, but it was worth a try. The flax contains a soluble fibre that creates a gel, when soaked or cooked. It's only 1 Tbsp of flax, what's there to lose.
Boil 1 Tbsp flax in 2 cups of water making sure that it doesn't stick to the bottom. Stir until it forms a gel.
Strain out the seeds, add essential oil as a fragrance if you want.
I reused the empty gel bottle. It's supposed to keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
The kid test:
|The dancing, climbing, crawling, costume change, etc...|
|2 (kid) hours later, not bad.|
The result: After 2 hours of intense playing, including a costume change, and having her sister climb over her head, it's still mostly holding. The gel does the job, is really easy, and cheap. It didn't get flaky or crusty. I'll definitely continue to do this, but might play around with the seed to water ratio and cooking time. It was about the consistency of egg whites, a bit drippy.