I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the gel Fluffy!
That's interesting..You know flax seed does contain protein(although it's mostly made up of fat). I really had never thought about that actually. My hair has never liked any other kind of protein, and that includes a lot of different kinds, even egg whites and protein found in nature. I think since I put so many other moisturizng ingredients in it I've never experienced a typical protein reaction to it. Before you completely give up on the gel though(especially since you already made a batch), I would try adding some hold to the gel to see if that might be the problem. Flax seed gel has very
little hold on it's own. I've been using Agave Nectar for that(thanks to a tip from curlies on here). That should also make the batch more moisturizing too. Also, what other ingredients did you put in the flax seed gel? My hair poofed out when I put Aloe Gel in the flax seed.
So yes, it's very possible it could be because of the protein, but at this point it could also be a number of factors that gave you a bad hair day.
If I were you, before I completely give up on the flax seed gel, I would experiment with your recipe some more.(on a day where you don't have somewhere important to go to
And look on the bright side, even if the gel doesn't work out for you, flax seeds are so cheap that you really didn't lose much by giving it a try. If you have more flax seed left you could try adding some to your diet, it's a powerfood.