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Old 05-27-2004, 06:41 PM
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Default OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Ok...so I am porusing through a "loc" forum and I see where someone mentions they are using okra (yep...that's right the vegetable) for their daughters hair. So my question was: What are the benefits? and How do you apply it?

I have not got a response yet, so I went online. I found a popular conditoner in the UK called LUSH Okra Conditioner made with the following ingredients in the follwoing order: Okra infusion, corn silk infusion, Nettle Infusion, Mountain Grape Decoction, Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Balsamic Vinegar, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lanolin, Perfume, Cetrimonium Bromide.

Can anyone tell me if they have used this? What is their review of the product? Can you point me towards any other sites that discuss the benefits of okra in the hair? Do you have any recipes of a conditioning treatment using Okra that I can make myself (should I choose to accept this assignment)?

I would be forever grateful.

I found a site that sells the conditioner with okra:

LUSH OKRA CONDITIONER

I think I have found another natural hair product favorite site. They make shampoo bars with coconut milk. My credit card is going to be sick.
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Old 05-27-2004, 06:53 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Interesting. Here's all I could find:

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Okra, the vegetable, is that pointy green one with ridges on the outside and soft white seeds like little peas in the middle, also known as ladies' fingers. It always tastes delicious in Indian restaurants but it's very difficult to cook because if you boil it for too long it turns to a soft mucilage. Fortunately this makes it wonderful for softening your hair, even when you've treated it so badly you think you're going to have to cut it all off because you'll never get it back into shape! We add nettles, grapes, vinegar and rosemary oil, everything you need for getting your hair shiny again. Its scent is a lovely, strong, fresh, herbal, minty mixture. This is our very strong conditioner; use it with care to restore cruelly mistreated hair.

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Source: http://www.lush.co.uk/system/index.html

Oh duh...I just realized we were on the same website.
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Old 05-27-2004, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Yeah!!! Thats what I saw too. But it looks like they are the only company that sells something like this.

I would love to know more about why okra works for the hair.
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Old 05-27-2004, 06:58 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Actually, this makes sense. I never thought of using it in my hair, just eating it. I started a thread a while back on the Off Topic board (about natural aphrodisiacs) and I posted how I accidentally learned that okra is because it contains zinc. Several foods contain zinc and are considered aphrodisiacs. So why not work on our hair too since zinc is great for hair. I've never heard of this product but in the meantime, I may start eating more okra!
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:00 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Looks like they also make a coconut milk and lemon juice conditioner (I know some of the ladies rave about that treatment for softening their hair):



Here is what they say about it:

Ingredients:
Ingredients: Fresh Coconut Decoction (Cocos nucifera), Fresh Coconut Milk (Cocos nucifera), Cetearyl Alcohol (&amp Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Lanolin, Fresh Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Styrax Resinoid(Storax), Perfume, Cetrimonium Bromide

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The thing about Coolaulin that hits you first is its coconut smell. This is because (unlike some cosmetic companies we could mention but we won't) we use real coconuts to make it: the flesh and the milk from lovely fresh coconuts. (The reason why it's sometimes a different colour from your last bottle is that the coconuts come in different colours.) Anyway, the coconut decoction softens your hair very effectively as well as making it smell like a tropical holiday beach cocktail. We also mix fresh organic lemon juice in there to make your hair shine then we add vetivert, benzoin and styrax exotic essential oils for their calming properties and to make your hair smell even more delicious. Use this one on curly, dry or processed hair when it's feeling a bit rough.

'Makes my hair shine and is as soft as never before, and the smell. sometimes I just don't want to rinse it out.' Hanne Natali Henriksen, Norway.

'Always get asked about it after gym.' Lesley Beckett, a district nurse from Nelson who does 'step' classes in her spare time.
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:16 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Oh here's a review: Okra Conditioner
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

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Oh here's a review: Okra Conditioner

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That is why I LOVE you Nonie! That site is perfect! It even has a forum!!!!

Bless you...you have MADE MY DAY!!!
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

The Strokes hair moisturizer sounds great, the Snake Oil conditioner bar would be great for my non-fian.
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:30 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

I would have to agree with Isis, okra is very good (when eaten) for the body and ultimately the hair. My aunt used to cook this all of the time and it was always great. My hair definitely benefitted from it.
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:32 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

okay, I was never going to post it but after seeing this post, I just had too.
I went to miami this weekend, I told my aunt that I was trying to grow my hair. She gave me a concoction made with okra, carrot, maple wood and castor oil. That stuff smells and it's still sitting on my dresser. But she said it grew her natural 4b her to waistlentgh in two years.
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

They have two stores here in San Francisco, I might have to check them out one day.
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:49 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

How do you use the concoction chanou?
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:50 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

CHANOU!!!! Tell your aunt to start bottling that concoction and send it right on over here!!

How do you make it/apply it ??
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Old 05-27-2004, 07:54 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

chanou I wanna know too!!!!
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

okay I'm not sure of the excat details

but she boiled the okra, carrot and burnt maple wood in castor oil until it all turns liquid and that's all. But ladies that stuff smells, I just kind a thought she was crazy. I took the bottle but I haven't used it.
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

How are you supposed to use it?
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:24 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

She told me to us eit like any other oil.
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:26 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Okra on the hair? This is new. Well fortunately I like okra and my family, especially my dad, eats it everyday. I'll eat some right now.
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:29 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

The final product has the thick consistency of castor oil. I suppose that I could use it like castor oil. Since I'm in braid, I'm afraid to use it because of the smell.
My aunt and her kids all have very nice 4a/b natural hair that is at least midback length. She also use somekind of natural soap to watch her hair once in a week and then apply the smelly concoction. Her hair is always very soft and moisturized.
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:52 PM
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Default Re: OKRA FOR YOUR HAIR - That\'s right...the vegetable!

Chanou, you better start using that stuff girl. This is a sign. As long as I've been on LHCF I've never heard anyone talking abut Okra for hair. This is very coincidental maybe just the fix we all need
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