The braid gel is effective. I never used it on my locs, braids, or scalp. However, I use it on my edges. There was no flaking or white residue that I know of. It has no smell other than a mild chemical odor. I really enjoy the gel color, which is a lovely blue. I appreciate the size; it's a good buy. When applied to your hair, it provides a good grip and lasts for several hours. If you sweat, you may have a shorter time. It has a pleasant applies smooth and a cooling sensation. It is simple to apply for lovely, sleek hair.