Q: I’m wondering if you ever use flaxseed gel and if so, what are your thoughts?
A: I love flaxseed gel (which is basically boiling flaxseeds in water and using the mucus runoff as a gel), it give me nice plump and shiny curls with a soft to medium hold. It doesn’t react with my other products and I can use it as a finisher as well. However, I do not have a recipe because I can NEVER get my consistency right. It always ends up either too watery or too snotty. Someone suggested I get marshmallow root to add to it, but I haven’t done that. Also, because it doesn’t have preservatives unless you add them, it can mold within a couple of weeks. I just wish that someone would make a mainly FSG commercial product – I know Aveda used to have one and there are some FSG *based* products, but I really just want FSG, preservative (to the point where I don’t have to put it in the fridge), and maybe a few extra fun ingredients. But it’s really cheap to make (All you need is flaxseeds and water!), so people can play with formulas and see what they like. I’ve seen people add honey, aloe vera juice/gel, oils, etc.