I tried it. I saw the homemade DIY hair gel floating around on Pinterest, and I wanted to see if it worked on my think, unruly, frizzy hair. I used the recipe from this post and I also took some ideas from here. The consensus…it was okay, but not worth the effort.
Here are my thoughts about the flax hair gel:
1) It was messy. I was not a fan of the cooking process. Making the hair gel made everything it touched really sticky, and it created a bigger mess than I expected. Also, I used two different strainers (I bought one specifically for this recipe.), and I had a difficult time getting the flax seeds out of the gel with both of them.
2) It was hard to apply. The consistency of this hair gel is like egg whites. Imagine putting egg whites on your hair every morning and having it stay there while not getting any on your bathroom floor or clothes. Not easy. I used this for two weeks, and it didn’t get easier to apply. It didn’t stick to my fingers as well as regular hair gel because it was so slimy. A lot of it ended up on my floor and shirt because it was so slippery. I found that it was too difficult and took much longer than my normal daily hair routine because of the application difficulty.
3) I made it twice, and it was inconsistent. I had a hard time making the thickness consistent over the two times I made it. Maybe this gets easier the more often you make it, but the first time I made it, it was really runny, the next time it was really thick. My cooking times were the same, so it is unclear why it was so different.
4) My hair was a frizzy mess by the end of the day. I am outside a lot, so I need a hair gel that maintains hold throughout the day, with humidity and wind. With the flax hair gel, I put my hair in a ponytail every single day because it was a frizzy mess by the end of the day. I hardly every put my hair in a ponytail, but I needed to, desperately, when I was using the flax hair gel because my hair was everywhere! I am glad this gel works for some people with curly hair, but for me, I need something with more hold.
5) My hair was softer, but, in the end, this was not worthwhile. Yes, my hair was softer. It did work for a small portion of the day when my hair was still a little wet. My hair looked pretty good too during that small window of time between wet and dry. However, once I would go outside and there would be a slight breeze or a little humidity my hair would frizz out like crazy. Not a good look.
Overall, this was not worth the effort that was put into it. It did not work that well for my hair type, and I didn’t find it to be a better alternative to regular hair gel.
Did anyone else try this? How did it work for you? Does anyone have a better recipe or alternative? What is your favorite hair styling product for curly hair?