Flax Seed Gel: What’s The Big Whoop?

flax seed gel

There’s apparently this big rave about flax seed gel in natural hair circles.

Some use flax seed gel in their wash and go regimen while others use it to lay their edges down when putting their hair in an up-do or ponytail.

I’ve read a few things about the benefits of flax seed gel when used in the hair:

  • Increases curl definition
  • Leaves hair soft and moisturized (that’s debatable)
  • Provides nourishment for the hair
  • Mixes well with oils and other conditioners
  • Promotes hair growth

So, why am I not impressed? A number of reasons:

* It’s too darn wet

* I feel like you have to use a lot, making it very consumable and much more costly if I have to keep re-upping.

* My hair dried to quickly while putting it in

* It didn’t hold my edges down as nicely as I would have liked

* My hair felt dry afterwards

What I did like about this product that I purchased from Botticelli Botanicals is that it smelled heavenly. Erin (the etsy shop owner) shipped it very quickly to me and the bottle was a nice size for $20.

While Erin was absolutely pleasant to deal with, I don’t know that flax seed gel is my cup of tea.

Aloe Vera Gel Instead

After using this flax seed gel, I’m going to have to say that I prefer aloe vera gel. It’s much less wet and has a more jelly like consistency which I prefer. It also pairs well with my beloved Jane Carter Nourish and Shine to hold my edges down.

It may be that the lemongrass essential oil that was used to scent the product actually lessened the effects of the flax seed gel. Now that I think about it, lemongrass is used to help combat oily skin so it would make sense that it may be better for oily hair.

I may try this again but definitely a smaller bottle just in case I’m not thrilled with it. As a matter of fact, scratch that. I think I’m going to try this product from Botticelli instead: All Natural Brulee

Do you use flax seed gel in your hair? What’s your take on it?


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

14 thoughts on “Flax Seed Gel: What’s The Big Whoop?

  1. Hi Michelle. I just bought some flax seeds and organic aloe vera gel today. It just so happens that I have aloe vera juice but feel that the gel may work better. When I first saw the youtube videos on how to make it this product it made me want to hurl, but when I saw the results it made me want to try it anyway. I am transitioning and I even saw someone use this product in their while she is transitioning. I have not used just plain old aloe vera but I do mix it in with my other homemade stuff and it is pretty good. Just can’t wait to get this darn perm (creamy crack) out of my hair permanently.

    1. Hi Shirley- I have only purchased the flax seed gel – n ever launched out to make my own. I’m not a big DIY gal but from time to time I like to try things. I make my own Shea Butter mix for hair and body but that’s about it.

      thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. This works for those people who have curly hair for it gives their hair a particular volume and shape. I think this also works for those artificial curls since they gives off moisture and make you always look fresh.

  3. I LOVE Flax Seed gel. I put aloe vera juice in it, essential oils, neem oil and I just tried agave syrup in it. I use it for my twists. I put it in a bottle that I can squeeze and it is awesome for my hair. I put some jojoba oil or a blend of oils in my hair first and I section my hair and apply to every section. It is also great for my hands. It does feel like snot but it is kind of fun to play in because it is slick.

  4. Ive seen so many youtube videos on how to make this stuff but the consistancy turns me off… reminds me too much like snot and that just makes me gag smh I did start using Shea Moisture’s new curling souffle. It has flax seed oil in it.. Even that feels weird…

    1. LOL@snot ! I know what you mean though. It is weird. I think I could get past it if the results were really good. I’m just not feeling it. I’m sticking with Aloe Vera gel

  5. This just scares the hell out of me personally. LOL! I am weary of anything saying its good for our hair. Maybe for someone else’s, but when it comes to my head, I am on the offensive. I had a terrible reaction to perms a long time ago and haven’t looked back since. I stick to what i know and anything new, I usually wait to see anyone has problems before I venture out this way.

    1. well I figured since it’s all natural you can’t go too wrong. Plus, it’s great to consume flax seeds internally so I figure its safe.
      It’s not a bad product. I just don’t see all the rave. I did use it again when doing some 2 strand twists in my hair and it gave it a nice hold. I just think it’s a little too drying. People love it for wash and go’s but I don’t do those so I will use this up but that’s it.

  6. I really like the flaxseed gel. I make it myself and add a little joboba and aloe vera gel. It defines my curls and well and also slicks my edges down pretty good. I always use a scarf to press down my edges and once it dries all my cowlicks are gone. I do like the consistency better when I combine it with aloe vera gel. I wouldn’t buy it because it’s so cheap and easy to make.

    1. It was a bit pricey but I’m not much of a DIY kind of girl so buying is fine for me πŸ™‚

      The flax seed gel didn’t lay my edges down though. Even when tied down..

  7. Hi Michelle,

    I’ve used flaxseed gel. I made it myself and added a few essential oils to give it a scent.

    Well, I didn’t like it. It was too runny and watery and it didn’t do much for my hair. I only used it a few times.

    I agree with you when it comes to aloe vera gel. That’s my gel of choice between the two.

    1. We are so eye to eye on this. It’s way too wet. This bottle I bought wasn’t runny but still not to the consistency I like.

      I need to re=up on my Aloe vera gel now that I think of it!
      I have a giant jar of Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel though that I think I’ll finish out (my daughter and I share it). It works well too with the Nourish and Shine layered on top.

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