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    Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 6:36pm
Have any of you Caribbean ladies experience with the Rachette plant? Some call it Cactus, cause it is like the Aloes but it is flat in appearance. Some call it Prickly Pear Cactus. Some Rastas use it to grow and thicken their hair for locking and as a rinse and wash. When I use it it really thickens the hair and makes it woolly if you leave it in too long. I am growing for maximum thickness of my hair as well as length. Please share any information you may have about this plant and its use for hair. Thanks in advance.Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 6:45pm
u summed it up pretty well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 6:47pm
Hey M -
 
I was looking for natural hair relaxers on the web about a year ago, and the Prickly Pear is said to have straightening properties.  That's all I know about it.  I inquired about it at our local "snooty, high-end, hippy Natural food store" and they said it is ready for harvest in the Fall.
 
I may look into it again now that you've peaked my interest again.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 7:22pm
I have so much of it in my backyard. My great grandmother had used it on me when I was little. I think I need to give my mother a call. If she remembers how to use it, I willl surely post it. Thanx for the reminder.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 7:37pm
Hey bacchanal you from trinidad?
 
My grandmother use to use it on my hair when I was little too.  She would scrape out the insides and mash it up and boil it or something like that then apply it to my hair and leave it until it dries.  It tangles the hair up quite a bit.  Then it's washed out and leaves the hair looking woolly as you said and beautiful.  However, when I was younger what I remember was that my hair was tangled when it was in it!  I would be apprehensive to use it on relaxed hair but if it works then Thumbs%20Up
 
The ironic thing is that just the other day, my one of my grandmother's neighbours sent his granddaughter over to ask for some ratchet and my grandmother went down memory lane talking about all it's properties lol!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 7:53pm

Ya gyul, Pleasantville Sando Tongue

I currently live in cactii filled SW Arizona . I know about those memory lane stories. That's why I wanted to ask my Mother instead of my GrannieSleepy. But I do believe that you have to boil it or something. I am stilll trying to get a hold of my mother. I'll try to find out more from my neighbours regarding hair value. I know that they make juice with the pears.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 8:18pm
I pick some up when I am in the Islands, and I know how to extract the juice and all, and yes it does make the hair tangly at first. But it sure makes it strong! My hair is 100% natural, so I want to grow some wild thick hair. Please check out all your sources. I think we could really do some great things with the rachet in reaching our goals.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 21 2007 at 8:48pm

well i know when i was back home we use to use it for a lot of things..mash it up and put it in our hair for softness and thickness...boil it and sip the water for cleansing..or take the slim and paste it on our faces as a cleanser..made my skin feel very nice. we used the aloe vera..and the prickly kind that belizeans call(can say it/can't spell it).."scadgid neel".and yes it is wildly used by rastas to deep condition their locks..and i know my supermarket has the aloe vera leaves.so i intend to follow up and use it very soon..the other kind..i don't know where i'd find that..maybe have my mom send it..thanks for the reminder because being a natural now..this would be a plus..in my regimen.!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 23 2007 at 7:13pm
I just did a treatment and then I put my hair back up in cornrows. I hope to have some strong hair when I come out of these braids. Since I keep rachette juice in the freezer, it is no problem to thaw out a bit. I will be doing this until Christmas everytime I take down my braids for a shampoo. I rinse my hair in between shampoos. Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 23 2007 at 7:18pm
We call it Tuna, and Sincle Bible in Jamaica.  It is good for hair, and has some protein.
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