Botticelli Babe sells her own flaxseed gel FSG made by Botticelli Babe!CoSign on the IC Fantasia! It just feels way more moisturizing than the Ecostyler. I've never tried the Donna Marie Miracurling Gelly, so I will have to look into that. What I am most intrigued with is this flaxseed gel. What is that like? And where do you purchase?I've never used the two products you asked about, but I have shingled with IC Fantasia w/Sparklites and with AfroVeda Pur Whipped Gelly (before the price increases). I had great results with both.
After I wash my hair I use a leave-in condish or moisturizer (about a dime size) and then shingle on soaking wet hair with the gel. I keep a spray bottle of water handy to keep my hair saturated while I'm shingling. **I must add that sometimes the product will turn my hair white (I think this is from using too much), but it has always gone away as my hair dried.
I have never tried Botticelli Babe's gel because I always make my own.
I use about 2-3 spoons of golden flaxseeds to two cups of water then I boil the seeds until the mixture thickens. Once the mixture is at my desired consistency I pour it into a pair of stockings over a bowl and then I squeeze the gel out.
Some people use a strainer to strain the gel but my gel is normally too thick for that so I prefer to use stockings. - I wear plastic gloves to squeeze the gel out because the mixture can be really hot. If you let it cool down too much before squeezing (or straining) it can be difficult to separate the gel from the seeds.
I weigh the finished mixture and then add 5% castor oil and mix thoroughly. I normally use 1% grapefruit seed extract to preserve the mixture and I keep it in the fridge. Flaxseed gel is a natural product so it can go bad if not preserved.
Here is a good article about flaxseeds Holding Firm with Flaxseed | NaturallyCurly.com
The article lists a number of products that contains flaxseed (however, I have not tried any of them)
Last edited by AlikaIssa; 01-28-2011 at 06:08 AM.