When I was growing up my grandmother, who was Jamaican, used to have Okra with steamed fish. It would be on the table in a serving bowl and when it was taken out it was slimy and smelly. To this day I cannot bring myself to try it! I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food. I love my chicken foot soup and ox tail and Sushi is a staple in our house. Hell Ostrich burgers wouldn't put me off but I don't think I could every try the slimy goo that is Okra. My friends at school used to tease me that you can make it into a drink! Yeuch!
However I recently found out that you can use Okra (externally) on your hair! I kid you not Okra can be used to stop breakage and encourage super fast hair growth. I had to check this our and did a little research.
According to Mr Wiki:
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus Moench), known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of South Asian, Ethiopian and West African origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.
What is it that makes Okra good for your hair?
Okra is a good source of vitamins A, B complex (B6, Thiamin) Vitamin B, C and E, iron, zinc and calcium. It is rich in fiber, low in calories and fat free. Okra also contains high amounts of Folic acid.
This makes it a great conditioner for mistreated damaged hair replacing lost nutrients. It is also wonderful for dry relaxed hair.
I found lots of recipes online on how to make Okra gel. But if you don't fancy messing around with this there are several hair products in the market the contain Okra:
Lush sells a hair conditioner for dry damaged hair. Lots of Great online reviews for this high street product.
Sisay International sell a whole range of products including an Okra cleanser (rather than shampoo), a conditioner, moisturiser and okra jelly . I am head over heels for their Okra Hair milk which I have been using while I am transitioning. You can find the Sisay products on the AfroDeity Store.
Shescentit also has a breakage control Okra conditioner.
Have you made your own or tried any Okra products?
Although I still wouldn't eat this I am definitely a convert and use it on my hair daily. How about you?
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^ National Research Council (2006-10-27). "Okra". Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables. Lost Crops of Africa. 2. National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-10333-6. Retrieved 2008-07-15.