Ecostyler Olive Oil Vs Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels- Which is Better?

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Ecoco the manufacturers of the Ecostyler Gel line has recently added some new Gel formulas to their line of styling gels. These include the Coconut Oil Gel and the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels.

Prior to now the only gel I used was the Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel. As fate would  have it I ran out and went to repurchase but it was out of stock at my local beauty supply store out and my only choice was to pick up the Back Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel and hope it wouldn’t disappoint.

During my relaxed hair days the Olive Oil Gel worked great for slicking down my edges and keeping updos in place. After my big chop it worked fantastically for my wash and gos and I swore I would never use another gel.  Obviously that didn’t happen and so here I am doing this product comparison.


Olive oil Gel:

1. For all hair types

2. Moisturises Hair and Scalp,Tames Frizz

3. No Flake, no tack, anti-itch

4. UV Protection

Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel:

1. Promotes Hair growth

2. Shines, nourishes, repairs & grows

3. No flake, no tack, anti-itch

Many of the properties claimed by the manufacturer such as the UV protection, anti-itch and hair growth are difficult to test and or prove (or disprove). I am therefore going to focus on the properties that I expect to get from a gel. It should be noted that both gels are alcohol free which is one of the properties that makes Ecostyler Gels so great for natural hair. It won’t dry your hair out…if you are otherwise taking good  care of your hair.

Texture and Appearance

Both gels have a thick gel-like consistency. I couldn’t tell the difference just scooping them out of the jar.

Olive Oil Gel



The Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel has a sparkly look almost like fine gold shimmer has been sprinkled throughout which I thought was very interesting.

Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel

The difference in texture though is seen when the gels are applied to the hair. The Olive Oil gel maintain’s it thick tacky consistency when applied to the hair- not in a bad way though. On the other hand the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel becomes a little more watery once it is applied to the hair.


Based on how each gel felt when it was applied to the hair I could tell that the Olive Oil Gel would have a stronger hold than the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil gel and that is exactly what happened. The Olive Oil Gel dries to a crunchy stiff hold and leave every single one of my curls defined.

Wash and Go done with Olive Oil Gel

Watch my Wash and Go tutorial if you want to see how I got these defined curls.

The Black castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel dried to a soft, fluffier hold. Almost as if no gel was used.

Wash and go done with Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Gel
Wash and Go done with Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel


My hair had a much shinier appearance with the Olive Oil gel than with the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel.

Wash and Go done with Olive Oil Gel


I prefer the Olive Oil gel for my wash and go’s.  The Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel left my hair too fluffy and  a little frizzy which is not what I want. I want my wash and go’s to last for the entire week so the stronger the hold of the gel the better my hair wears throughout the week.

If your hair is of a looser curls pattern than mine or is more silky I think the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel would be a better choice for your wash and gos. If your texture is similar to mine or you have thicker coarse hair the Olive Oil Gel is your best bet.

Alternatively no matter what your hair type or texture if you are looking g for a softer fluffier hold and you don’t really worry too much about perfect curl definition the you can give the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel a whirl.

As I write this I’m waiting on my first twist out to dry. I used the Black castor and Flaxseed Oil gel to replace a curling custard since it acts more like a custard would on my hair. I recorded the process and will be recording the results so look out for the video. It should be up on my YouTube channel later on this week.

Have you tried either of these gels or even both? Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments.

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