Flax Seed Gel help

Helllo,

I made my first batch of FSG and the results have been disappointing. My hair is soft, but very frizzy! It's weird, it has a nice hold on the curl in some parts (the back of my hair), other parts (the front sides) are like a cotton ball. At the same time, my hair looks coarse, and messy, like it needs to be brushed. I dunno, maybe I need to add something to get more moisture in the gel?

Here's what I did:

Boiled golden flax seeds, I think it was 1/2 cup to 2 cups water, and lowered the heat once I saw the gel.

Then I tried straining it, but it wouldn't strain. I wound up having to add water and reboil about three time before I had about 8oz and just gave up and threw what was left in the pan in a ziplocak bag to freeze it. After it was strained I added epsom salt (I can't remember how much), because my hair needs some help getting the curl out, 1/2 tsp agave nectar and grapefruit seed extract (I have roommates, they don't want me keeping my hair products in the fridge so I need a preservative). I may have overdid the GFS extract by accident, I think there's about 10 drops in my 8 oz bottle.

The gel is a bit watery, which I am inclined to think might have something to do with the messy, coarse look. I was making a homemade leave-in conditioning spray. I just poured water into my conditioner containers when they were done, swooshed it around and then poured the conditioner and water mix into a spray bottle. I stopped this because of the messy, coarse look I got.

So what do you girls think? Too much water perhaps? If so, how do I get this to strain next time? Any suggestions on amounts of what I should add next time I try a batch to get soft looking, less frizzy curl?

Thanks!
Helllo,

I made my first batch of FSG and the results have been disappointing. My hair is soft, but very frizzy! It's weird, it has a nice hold on the curl in some parts (the back of my hair), other parts (the front sides) are like a cotton ball. At the same time, my hair looks coarse, and messy, like it needs to be brushed. I dunno, maybe I need to add something to get more moisture in the gel?

Here's what I did:

Boiled golden flax seeds, I think it was 1/2 cup to 2 cups water, and lowered the heat once I saw the gel.

Then I tried straining it, but it wouldn't strain. I wound up having to add water and reboil about three time before I had about 8oz and just gave up and threw what was left in the pan in a ziplocak bag to freeze it. After it was strained I added epsom salt (I can't remember how much), because my hair needs some help getting the curl out, 1/2 tsp agave nectar and grapefruit seed extract (I have roommates, they don't want me keeping my hair products in the fridge so I need a preservative). I may have overdid the GFS extract by accident, I think there's about 10 drops in my 8 oz bottle.

The gel is a bit watery, which I am inclined to think might have something to do with the messy, coarse look. I was making a homemade leave-in conditioning spray. I just poured water into my conditioner containers when they were done, swooshed it around and then poured the conditioner and water mix into a spray bottle. I stopped this because of the messy, coarse look I got.

So what do you girls think? Too much water perhaps? If so, how do I get this to strain next time? Any suggestions on amounts of what I should add next time I try a batch to get soft looking, less frizzy curl?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by enelya
Hi, I need to watch this thread because I tried FSG today too! ! !

I used the method in this video without adding any essential oils...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APvl4...os=IX_uVVRavPA

My first batch I threw out because it was too watery... I even tried reboiling but I got nervous and didn't want to use.

The second time I let the flaxseed boil longer and reused the seeds from second batch... a better consistency... but I don't have plastic tongs.. and uh.. well my stocking broke! LOLLL but I got some before that happened... just not the good stuff I guess.

I don't know, is it supposed to be real globby? nothings worse than eco styler or kccc LOL

Just tried some in my hair (5 mins ago) Results aren't in yet, but will let you know LOLLLLLL
  • 3c & 3b, Normal Porosity, Very Very Coarse and Protein Sensitive
  • Shampoo: Deva Curl No Poo, Kinky Curly Come Clean
  • Conditioner: Deva Curl One, Castor Oil,
  • Styling: Expiramenting with FSG

"Time to own this poodle!!!"
How'd it work for you? Ilost all my curl competely, and had a shapeless cotton ball on my head mid day yesterday as I was walking home from work in the heat- day 2 hair. But my hair is also in serious need of a cut...

I plan on washing tomorrow and trying the gel again. I added a bit more agave nectar and some veg glycerin to the bottle this morning... see if that gives me more hold, less frizz and more shine... see if my hair can look as soft as it feels (funny how hair can feel soft but then look so coarse)...

But yeah, anyone have any sugesstions? I know there's a thread on FSG already but 18 pages is alot to go through, especially when one has specific questions / issues

Thanks!

Last edited by enelya; 07-09-2010 at 06:48 AM.
How'd it work for you? Ilost all my curl competely, and had a shapeless cotton ball on my head mid day yesterday as I was walking home from work in the heat- day 2 hair. But my hair is also in serious need of a cut...

I plan on washing tomorrow and trying the gel again. I added a bit more agave nectar and some veg glycerin to the bottle this morning... see if that gives me more hold, less frizz and more shine... see if my hair can look as soft as it feels (funny how hair can feel soft but then look so coarse)...

But yeah, anyone have any sugesstions? I know there's a thread on FSG already but 18 pages is alot to go through, especially when one has specific questions / issues

Thanks!
Originally Posted by enelya
Wow.... U really gave the gel the test.. Walking in the heat? I went out back by the pool for a while! Trying again today...Let me know how the agave nectar and glycerin turn out.
  • 3c & 3b, Normal Porosity, Very Very Coarse and Protein Sensitive
  • Shampoo: Deva Curl No Poo, Kinky Curly Come Clean
  • Conditioner: Deva Curl One, Castor Oil,
  • Styling: Expiramenting with FSG

"Time to own this poodle!!!"
p.s Going to Busch Gardens today with the fam.. that ought to be a test!! PM me.
  • 3c & 3b, Normal Porosity, Very Very Coarse and Protein Sensitive
  • Shampoo: Deva Curl No Poo, Kinky Curly Come Clean
  • Conditioner: Deva Curl One, Castor Oil,
  • Styling: Expiramenting with FSG

"Time to own this poodle!!!"
[Wow.... U really gave the gel the test.. Walking in the heat? I went out back by the pool for a while! Trying again today...Let me know how the agave nectar and glycerin turn out.
Originally Posted by currlyQ4days
Well I wouldn't really consider walking home a test... I don't have a car and if my hair products can't handle day-to-day weather, then there's not much point in using them Hopefully I can get this to work! It's so frustrating, I read all these great product reviews on this board and NOTHING ever seems to work for my hair... I must have the world's most finnicky hair ever... they should do experiments on it
I made my first FSG batches this past weekend and have been using it all week. Yesterday was hot as Hades and then rained. But I still had great curl formation and clumps. Clumps! I never get good clumps. I was very excited. I used AG Re:coil over it, and yesterday did use more FSG than in previous days. So, maybe that helped? I have no idea.

I haven't added anything more than a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, along with a couple drops of grape seed oil and a couple drops of lavender oil. And mine is SUPER gloppy; like extreme egg-whites. I used my immersion blender on it and thought I broke up the glops, but really it just made it frothy and bubbly.
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