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?