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Okra for healthy hair growth

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Topic: Okra for healthy hair growth
Posted By: aGoddess
Subject: Okra for healthy hair growth
Date Posted: Aug 30 2013 at 12:53am
I am starting a healthy hair growth challenge which will be ongoing for Okra.  Okra can be used as a shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, setting lotion, or final rinse.  I will be using it as a final rinse.

Okra contains:
Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Niacin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Manganese, Beta Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, Copper, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Iron and many other nutrients.  Protein and oil found in the seeds of okra is enriched with amino acids with the likes of tryptophan, cystine and other sulfur amino acids.

You can either use it as a final rinse and wash it out after 10-15 minutes, or leave it in the hair until your next shampoo.  I will be leaving it in until my next wash and will be using it straight with no additives.  

Preparation:
Cut 3-10 pieces of okra vertically.  Boil the okra until frothy and slimy.  Strain the mixture into a container.  You can add lemon or oils if you like.  Apply to hair and cover 10-15 minutes if washing out, then do your final rinse; or apply to hair and leave in until your next wash day.  Let hair air dry and try not to use a blow dryer.  Style as usual.  It will add bounce and shine to your hair.

I used frozen okra, but if you can use fresh.




Please post a starting picture and state whether you will be rinsing it out or leaving it in.  Feel free to post an update whenever you have new growth, whether it is weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  This is a no pressure thread.  Feel free to lurk, but I hope you join in.

Here is my starting picture:


I will wear the same shirt when I do my update.  My hair is right at armpit length now.  Use "Love" as a guide.



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Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Aug 30 2013 at 12:54am
This doesn't get sticky?


Posted By: aGoddess
Date Posted: Aug 30 2013 at 12:59am
No, when your hair dries it will have a slick, silky feel to it.  There is no smell either.


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Aug 30 2013 at 9:06am
This should be interesting.  I remember LUSH selling an okra shampoo years ago.  I don't know if they still do.


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Aug 30 2013 at 9:07am
Forgot to ask, are you relaxed, texturized, or natural?  Did you blow dry your hair in the last picture or just slicked your hair down with the okra gel?


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Aug 31 2013 at 2:22am
Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

This should be interesting.  I remember LUSH selling an okra shampoo years ago.  I don't know if they still do.


They still do, I guess



http://www.lushusa.com/Okra/00906,en_US,pd.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.lushusa.com/Okra/00906,en_US,pd.html

It has SLS though.


Posted By: aGoddess
Date Posted: Aug 31 2013 at 11:02pm
Hi NARSAddict, and welcome sexyandfamous!  I am natural.  The picture above was before I applied the okra to my hair.  I let my hair air dry, and then I flat ironed a piece so you can see my true length. 



This picture is with the okra left in my hair.  I packed it on too.  I let my hair air dry, and then braided it.  I took the braids out so it would appear slightly wavy.  I apologize for the picture quality.  As soon as I get a cord for my other camera, you'll be able to see how shiny my hair is.  I'll continue to post my journey online.  I believe in giving things a try for 3-4 months to see if it is right for you.  Since it is food (sulfur), I know my hair will love it.


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Sep 01 2013 at 11:16am
Originally posted by sexyandfamous sexyandfamous wrote:

Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

This should be interesting.  I remember LUSH selling an okra shampoo years ago.  I don't know if they still do.


They still do, I guess



http://www.lushusa.com/Okra/00906,en_US,pd.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.lushusa.com/Okra/00906,en_US,pd.html

It has SLS though.



Yeah I will have to pass on Lush since SLS wrecks havoc on my scalp.


Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Sep 04 2013 at 12:24am
Originally posted by aGoddess aGoddess wrote:

No, when your hair dries it will have a slick, silky feel to it.  There is no smell either.

oh ok..thx..


Posted By: aGoddess
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 12:00pm
Sexyandfamous, thank you for that link.  The product has some great ingredients in it.  I appreciated both the pros and cons.  Just wanted to ask, have you or NARSAddict or anybody else tried the honey shampoo?  That sounded interesting to me.  Never thought of shampooing with honey before, although I love it as a deep conditioner.

Here are some updated pictures of my hair with the okra in it.  No other products added on hair.





My apologies for the crazy angle.  It was difficult trying to take those pictures by myself.  The best way I can explain Okra...it is exactly the same as homemade flaxseed gel, but an extremely lite version of it, minus oils.  They both leave the hair healthier, shiny, bouncy and silky.  I love this!  I add this to my hair after every shampoo.  Will come back with an update when I get more growth from it.


Posted By: sachinishere
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 9:02am
very useful information. thanks a lot for this.

thanks

http://www.99th.in



Posted By: Loves2Laugh
Date Posted: Dec 02 2013 at 1:51pm

This is so weird! I’ve been thinking of using Okra - in my DCs and with my Rhassoul Clay, until I can order my marshmallow root… I thought I was just crazy  LOL, I never imagined anyone else would’ve thought of it.

I was just gonna use it for the slip though, as want to see if I can reduce or cut out cones. Is it supposed to grow your hair too?

Also, your hair looks amazing in these pictures – what’s your hair type? And can you get that kind straightness or shine without blowdrying or straightening irons?


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Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Dec 04 2013 at 12:01am
Have not noticed this thread before. I will be lurking to check on everyone's progress


Posted By: aGoddess
Date Posted: Dec 15 2013 at 7:37pm
Sachinishere, you're welcome!

Loves2Laugh, I had to lookup Rhassoul Clay.  It looks awesome.  Is that similar to Bentonite Clay?  The PJ in me is longing to get out...lol!  We are not crazy, shhhh....LOL.  You will get alot of slip with Okra.  And, yes, it grows your hair too.  My hair type is 4A, natural.  You can get the shine without the use of a blowdryer, flatiron or curling iron.  I let my hair air dry.  I only use a flatiron to show true length for updates, but would like to get away from it all together.  I didn't think about putting the okra in a DC.  I just may give that a try with a touch of honey or ACV.  Thanks for the tip!

Benni, thanks for lurking.  I hope you come on in here lady!  We are in the MN + Sulfur super challenge together.  You are still in the challenge right?



Here is an update photo from August 30-December 15, 2013.  When I began the Okra challenge, my hair was swinging to the middle of my neck.  I was geeked then.  And now, it is clearly hanging down my back.  Woohoo!  I would never have made it to this length this fast if it weren't for the lovely ladies on hair boards who shared their knowledge and good advice for taking proper care of my hair.  I am still learning and growing inch by inch daily.  So, thank you to everyone out there who helped me on my journey.

I will post an update photo in my "Love" shirt in January for the start of 2014.


Posted By: Loves2Laugh
Date Posted: Dec 28 2013 at 7:47am
Originally posted by aGoddess aGoddess wrote:

...We are not crazy, shhhh....LOL...
LOL

aGoddess, again your hair is amazing. I had about 3 fingers of Okra at home last week and I tried to make some to add to my Rhassoul, but I burnt it! Will try again next time.

Re the clays, whilst they both detoxify, Rhassoul is more of cleansing and conditioning clay, whilst Bentonite is cleansing only. Depending on what you read, Rhassoul has higher or the highest mineral content than other clays.

However, although it’s conditioning and great for sensitive skins and scalps, I still add EVOO to Rhassoul as my hair is v dry. Plus I read on LHCF that it made some of the posters hair dry and they all seemed to be white, so if makes their hair dry, I assume it'll make mine dry too. So I won’t use it alone and am also planning to add other stuff as well as okra to it



Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Dec 28 2013 at 10:12am
wow, your hair is super shiny!
and I can see some growth too!


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Dec 28 2013 at 10:16am
Originally posted by Loves2Laugh Loves2Laugh wrote:

This is so weird! I’ve been thinking of using Okra - in my DCs and with my Rhassoul Clay, until I can order my marshmallow root… I thought I was just crazy  LOL, I never imagined anyone else would’ve thought of it.




What does marshmallow root do for you hair?


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Jan 01 2014 at 9:58pm
@ aGoddess. I will try anything natural . I will definitely give it a go. No more Sulfa/MN for me. May try Njoy's Sulfa mix later though.

Good Luck


HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Jan 01 2014 at 10:18pm
@ aGoddess. I will try this, but I cannot officially join because I don't post pics.
Question: How long can this mixture be kept in the refrigerator before it loses it's effectiveness ??

TIA



ps CONGRATULATIONS !!! Your looks fantastic


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Jan 14 2014 at 9:11pm
What happened to all the OKRA LADIES

How is it going




Posted By: harley_quinn
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 2:37pm
My step dad used okra to lock up his hair. I didn't know it could be used for other purposes.


Posted By: anna1167
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 8:12am
i know people who have done that too. But, i prefer to eat my okra. I LOVE fried okra lol


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 03 2014 at 11:55pm
bump! are you still doing it? what are the results?


Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 29 2015 at 8:55pm
is anyone else using it?


Posted By: Melanie Joy
Date Posted: Jul 24 2015 at 2:19am
Question, after using okra did your hair come back to it's original curl?



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