What good is a hammer if you don't know how to use it?
What good is the best flaxseed hair gel if you don't know how to apply it?
In an effort to give you the best experience possible with our gel, you have to know the right steps for applying gel products.
These steps have been discovered through dozens and dozens of trials on my own hair.
After lots of trial and error, I've learned that our Pure Flaxseed Gel or Flaxseed Gel in general, works best for Wash N' Go's and Twist Outs.
I have also learned that plenty of people with locs also use Flaxseed Gel to retwist their locs, as it doesn't leave buildup and is super lightweight.
That said, let's get into it.
Here's my top 10 Tips for Applying Flaxseed Gel.
Clean hair achieves the best style. If you have other product on your hair, the gel cannot penetrate your hair properly. Instead, it will just sit on top of the hair.
Water activates the gel and enhances your curl. If you do not use it on saturated hair, the product will not spread as much as it can and your curls won’t be as defined.
For kinky/curly textures, finger detangling or shingling allows the hair to clump, giving you a more defined Wash n’ Go.
Brushes and combs are great for detangling, prior to applying the gel. Yet, they aren't the best for defining the curl with gel in the hair.
They usually succeed only in defining the ends of the hair instead of the strand from root to tip.
To ensure you are distributing the gel, work section by section.
As someone with VERY thick hair, I have to work in smaller sections. If you have finer hair, you can work in larger sections.
Wait until it is dry before styling again. Any manipulation while wet will disturb your curl pattern and hurt your results.
Currently, I only style my hair once a week. This means that after the gel dries completely, I just put a bonnet on at night and fluff in the morning. No additional styling or product necessary. See my pictures.
Keep in mind, I've been caught in the rain at least twice and I don't wear a shower cap, just a bonnet in the shower, so it's gotten a little damp over the past 4 days.
Clearly, you're not this lady. She did 100 coats of eco gel on her hair.
No ma'am. Not me. Not even for views.
First, our Pure Flaxseed Gel is high-end gel and you want to get more than 2 styling sessions out of the bottle. So don't go overboard.
Second, it dries clearer with minimal product. As a result, you should avoid leaving excess product in sections.
Use a towel to scrunch any sections that have white clumps of gel while it is still wet.
It works, trust me, I’ve used it a dozen times.
However, when I leave too much in sections, I do notice a light film in that area but it disappears the next day.
NaturalMe4C did an awesome video to test if your gel will leave little white balls when paired with a leave-in conditioner/moisturizer.
Definitely, check it out.
My hair felt moisturized for days without layering products.
BUT, if you use very thick, homemade, Flaxseed Gel without adding any oils or Marshmallow Root to your recipe, it will certainly flake.
However, in our Pure Flaxseed Gel, I have added Marshmallow Root Extract and a teeny bit of Glycerin. These ingredients eliminate flaking in a huge way, resulting in moisturized, defined curls.
BUT, when I layer the gel, even with my favorite water-based leave-in, I get flakes.
Lesson Learned. Use the gel by itself.
Your hair will be most defined on the first day but it will also have a slight crisp to it.
It's a gel.
But it will not be hard or crunchy.
The light crisp will completely disappear the next day and it will be completely soft all around.
This means our gel won’t make your curls tighter or looser.
Instead, it will give hold to your natural curl pattern.
If you currently do not have curly hair when wet, this gel will not make your hair curly.
If you have heat damage, this gel won’t reverse the damage. In fact, most hair products won't.
It will only enhance your natural curl pattern.
I'm sharing this because sometimes people get hair envy...and want the curl pattern of someone else...and I'm just here to tell you that it's just not possible.
You have to love the hair you were born with and learn to take care of it.
The only reason my hair looks nice is because I take good care of it.
When using our Pure Flaxseed Gel, your hair will be different from mine, but that is the beauty of our naturally wavy, curly, and kinky hair.
Do you have any tips to add to the list? List em' below!
October 24, 2017