10 Tips For Applying Flaxseed Gel [Updated for 2020]
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 flaxseed gel, you have to know the right steps for applying flaxseed 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.
Our flaxseed gel is the "One Product Wash N' Go"
Can I use flaxseed gel on locs?
Yes, 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 are my top 10 Tips for Applying Flaxseed Gel.
UPDATE: After wearing my hair in a million more wash n go's after this post there are 3 additional things I'd like to add. Check out #11, #12, and #13 to see what they are.
Kim, CEO & Co-Founder
#1 Only use on freshly washed and conditioned hair.
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.
#2 Always apply on wet hair only.
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.
#3 Finger detangling or "shingling" is best.
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.
#4 Work section by section.
To ensure you are distributing the gel, work section by section.
Sections give you more control and ultimately more definition.
As someone with VERY thick hair, I have to work a lot of smaller sections, like 16!
If you have finer hair, you can work in larger sections.
#5 Don’t manipulate your hair after you’ve applied gel in a section.
Wait until it is dry before styling again.
Any manipulation while wet will disturb your curl pattern and hurt your results.
The gel helps fight frizz, friction helps add frizz.
Leave those luscious curls alone!
#6 To preserve the style, wear a bonnet at night.
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.
#7 Use product sparingly.
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 a 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.
#8 As long as you don’t pair this gel with other products, it should not flake.
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.
#9 You’ll have a slight crisp to your hair.
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.
#10 Disclaimer: No chemical-free product will GIVE you a curl that you don’t already have.
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 reason my hair looks nice is that 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.
#11 Do your Wash & Go IN THE SHOWER
You heard me right.
I got a tip from a professional stylist who I consider a Wash & Go, expert.
I thought she was a lil' funny at first but she was completely right.
It changed my life.
A. I used less product because my hair was soaking wet and it spread so easily.
B. I have kinky hair and they Wash & Gos take me 30 mins to an hour to put in my hair. It took all of 5 -10 mins in the shower. I was in disbelief.
C. Since I used less product, the cast and stiffness were incredibly minimal!
D. The steam also aids in absorption into the hair.
I'm never doing it any other way from now on.
#12 I now pair it with our Avocado Moisturizer for a softer curl and less flaking.
So I know directly above I spoke against it but since our moisturizer is water-based and has a softer butter than say, Shea Butter, so it melts into my hair and has so much slip!
It makes it even easier to spread the Pure Flaxseed Gel.
My hair moved so much more after adding the moisturizer.
#13 Air drying isn't as effective. Diffuse or use a blow dryer.
The woman who taught me how to perfect my Wash + Go is Aeleise Jana.
She is a natural hair stylist that is absolutely AHMAZING.
I told her how I was doing my W + G and she was like:
"You are air drying?! No Ma'am. That's why your style isn't lasting past 1 day. You need to use an indirect heat source like a dome hairdryer."
Me: "But I don't have one of those."
Aeleise: "You can buy one on Amazon, or you can use a handheld blow dryer, but be sure to be constantly moving it and not apply direct heat. Or you can diffuse your hair."
Her explanation is that you HAVE to "set" your hair if you want the style to last.
Air drying allows the hair to shrivel up and decreases the amount of definition.
You won't incur heat damage as it isn't direct heat like a flat iron.
Now you are equipped to get the Wash + Go of your dreams!
If you've made it this far, you deserve something.
I am going to give you 15% OFF your first order, no minimums, no tricks.
A full 15% OFF with the code FLAXGEL or click the link: https://curlmix.com/discount/FLAXGEL.
Enjoy! And if you have any tips, list em' below!
Kim, CEO & Co-Founder
Last updated: January 13, 2020