OKRA for your hair!!!

By Kavuli Nyali - Thursday, February 03, 2011

Shut up! What you talking about, Kavuli? Child please... you crazy!
No, really guys... OKRA! A dear friend of mine emailed me to investigate this okra business, and you know I love a challenge.

Quimgombo, bhindi, Gombo, Okro, bindi, bamia, Ladys Fingers, Ochro, Okoro, bamiya, and bamieh all from the annual, herbaceous shrub cultivated and originating from Africa

Did you know?

You can use Okra effectively as a setting lotion, final hair rinse, natural hair gel, bounce & volumizer and to get rid of head lice.

Setting Lotion Recipe:
  • Slice 2 to 4 Okra

  • Add the Okra to 150ml of boiling water.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of Organic Blue Malva or Organic Marshmallow herbs

  • Let the mixture boil up really good

  • Turn off the heat once boiled

  • Leave it to cool until it forms a slimy and gelatinous liquid.

  • Remove the boiled Okra & herbs from the liquid

  • Smooth the nutrient rich slimy gel into a clean and sterilized jar

  • Store in the fridge when you're not using it

  • Use within 2 to 3 days or add a synthetic preservative to increase it's shelf life.

  • Optional:
    Add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice or your favourite essential oil to the mix

    Bounce & Volume

    One of the more unique okra health benefits is that it can add bounce and volume to your hair. All you need to do is boil okra that has been sliced horizontally until the contents become slimy. Let it cool and then add a couple of drops of lemon to it. Wash your hair like you normally would, and then use this mixture as a last rinse. Cover all of your hair and then rinse it off with water. You hair should have more volume and have a little more bounce to it. 

    The protein and oil contained in the seeds of okra serves as the source of first-rate vegetable protein. It is enriched with amino acids on the likes of tryptophan, cystine and other sulfur amino acids.

    African Purple Okra
    I love it! I can't wait to try everything :)

    Have a good hair day

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