No it does not flake or make them sticky -- you should spray a light fine mist over them and let them sit about 1 to 2 minutes and then feel them to see if they are as stiff as you would like. Play with it to see the stiffness that you are looking for. The first time I did it the hairbow was like a rock LOL!! I know spray them about 2 times and they are perfect. No flaking or stickiness.