Okra Gel? Who's gone crazy?

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Thanks for trying this out, Pedaheh. I'm interested in the the new Mudd gel too but I'll wait for reviews.
4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

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Let us know what you think of the BB Mudd hippychic.

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Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

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I've looked and can't find the okra, fresh or frozen. I may have to break down and order BB's mud, too.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
So after it dried, the frizz was only in a few sections. I'm guessing these sections needed more okra gel. I applied the okra gel in the same way I do FSG. My guess is that you need to use more okra gel. The clumps on the FSG side were more defined. The okra side was more fluffy, but in a uncontrolled way. All in all, the results seem quite similar. But I didn't like the look of the hair with okra gel as well. Also, the smell of the okra gel is weird, especially in the morning. My hair retained some of the smell of the Okra gel. I got a whiff as I was sleeping last night. My hair usually doesn't retain scents.
I refreshed with FSG and Okra gel this morning. I'll report back anything new.
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2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
KM- I found my frozen okra at Walmart.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
KM- I found my frozen okra at Walmart.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Thanks, I was going to ask. I'll have to go over there tomorrow, LOL!
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modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Thanks to pedaheh, I found frozen okra at Walmart--$1.50 for a pound. When I got home, I put 1/2 cup in a 2 c Pyrex measuring cup and filled it with water from the InstaHot up to 1 cup. After it defrosted, I put it in the microwave for two 1 minute sessions. I strained it. It was a thin gel. I put in some Hydroethylcellulose, Calcium Chloride, Coconut Oil and two drops of Tinisan. In the meantime, I filled the measuring cup with the okra. It was EASY.

I decided to take the unadulterated okra gel that was in the measuring cup and use it for my first try. I did my FSG HG--shescent it Coco Creme and Komaza Coconut Pudding. My hair looks okay. The curls are fine, it's a little flat on top, more frizz then usual--and incredibly soft.

All of my reading said that okra is really good for hair and scalp. I will definitely play around with this a little more. Might use the one with thickener and ingredients tomorrow. This was so easy. MUCH simpler then FSG. It may be a good base to try adding to FSG, who knows??
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modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams

Come on IAgirl. I know you want to try soil bacteria gel and worm goo gel. You know you wanna.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
So help me, I do. But it seems almost a little unethical - keeping petri dishes of bacteria growing just to harvest their goo. De-sliming worms - can that be like shearing sheep?

One thing is for sure. I am NOT eating plain okra.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Think of it as bacteria farming and worm herding. C'mon, do it! If it works, I'll buy some. What could be more natural than putting dirt and worm snot on your head?
3b/3a, medium porosity, slightly coarse, high elasticity, high density. CG 2004; mod CG since 2006. CG again since 4/1/11.

Lowpoo:
Gudonya Salty Dawg (etsy), SM Moisture Retention
CO: Gudonya Intense (etsy), SM Restorative, Tresemme Naturals
LI: Gudonya IHC, SMCH Milk, Tresemme Nat, Biotera LI
Stylers (current rotation): AVG/H20 spray, Eco Styler, EVCO, SMCH smoothie and mist, La Bella LoC, ORS Lock & Twist.
Homemade DTs, PTs and Pre-Poos
Love flour sack towels.
Coconut oil = magic!

Come on IAgirl. I know you want to try soil bacteria gel and worm goo gel. You know you wanna.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
So help me, I do. But it seems almost a little unethical - keeping petri dishes of bacteria growing just to harvest their goo. De-sliming worms - can that be like shearing sheep?

One thing is for sure. I am NOT eating plain okra.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Think of it as bacteria farming and worm herding. C'mon, do it! If it works, I'll buy some. What could be more natural than putting dirt and worm snot on your head?
Originally Posted by bluesheep
Well, if you're at my house, you're going to have both in your hair whether you like it or not, plus road dust, plus some dog snot. He always checks out people's hair.

But no okra. I have my limits.
Pedaheh is brave.
Are you making gumbo with the leftovers? It's actually good IN something.
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So help me, I do. But it seems almost a little unethical - keeping petri dishes of bacteria growing just to harvest their goo. De-sliming worms - can that be like shearing sheep?

One thing is for sure. I am NOT eating plain okra.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Think of it as bacteria farming and worm herding. C'mon, do it! If it works, I'll buy some. What could be more natural than putting dirt and worm snot on your head?
Originally Posted by bluesheep
Well, if you're at my house, you're going to have both in your hair whether you like it or not, plus road dust, plus some dog snot. He always checks out people's hair.

But no okra. I have my limits.
Pedaheh is brave.
Are you making gumbo with the leftovers? It's actually good IN something.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Is dog snot a good curl enhancer? Cat snot (or saliva) doesn't do a darn thing.
3b/3a, medium porosity, slightly coarse, high elasticity, high density. CG 2004; mod CG since 2006. CG again since 4/1/11.

Lowpoo:
Gudonya Salty Dawg (etsy), SM Moisture Retention
CO: Gudonya Intense (etsy), SM Restorative, Tresemme Naturals
LI: Gudonya IHC, SMCH Milk, Tresemme Nat, Biotera LI
Stylers (current rotation): AVG/H20 spray, Eco Styler, EVCO, SMCH smoothie and mist, La Bella LoC, ORS Lock & Twist.
Homemade DTs, PTs and Pre-Poos
Love flour sack towels.
Coconut oil = magic!
Thought I should bump this thread because of all the interest in BB's Mudd. I did make a second batch of okra gel, mixed it up and put it in the freezer in my usual 4 oz portions.

The second time around, I did 1/2 c okra, 1 t of marshmallow and 1 cup of water. I boiled it and strained. I tried to see if it would make more gel, so I added water and kept boiling it and straining it. I did it a few times. It made a lot of gel. For every cup of gel, I added 1 t magnesium chloride, 1/2 t honeyquat, 1 t hydroethylcellulose, a few drops of EO for fragrance and 1/4 t of Vit E. I put in a few drops of preservative.

The "natural" okra gel has an "earthy" scent. I didn't think it was great the first time I used it. It spoiled very quickly, even with some preservative in it. I got a pm asking me if I had the Mudd, which reminded me that I should try it again. I defrosted some and added a few more drops of preservative to see if it would last longer.

Yesterday, I tried it again. I used MD Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie as my leave in and a lot of the okra gel. I think I scrunched it out a little prematurely and caused some frizz. Overall, my hair looked really good (there was a little more frizz then usual.) The curls were tight, volume was good and it felt like I didn't have any product in it! It stayed nicely all day--and looked even better when I was ready to go to sleep last night. Our dewpoints were in the high 60's and the weather guy said it was oppressive yesterday. I think that speaks pretty highly of this stuff.

There's a lot to say for this stuff. It's MUCH easier to make then FSG. Just as cheap (of course, you have to find okra.) Straining isn't difficult at all. The biggest issue is that you really have to use preservative with it. I just don't think it will last--even in the refrigerator.
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modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I got BB's mudd and I like it. It's nice hold without all the crunch.
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currently using: nbd F&S Therapy,Curl Magic, Chamomile Seaweed gel, Curl Magic cleansing conditioner, and Restoration Hair Repair.
Kathy, where do you get all those preservatives/add ins that you are putting in? Are they all stuff you can find at the health food store? I've never heard of some of them. Are they expensive?
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RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Kathy, where do you get all those preservatives/add ins that you are putting in? Are they all stuff you can find at the health food store? I've never heard of some of them. Are they expensive?
Originally Posted by Auntie Bubbs
I buy most of the ingredients online, so I don't know if they are available locally. I do get flax at the farmer's market and, thanks to pedaheh, the frozen okra at Walmart.
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modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Lol so okra water for hair gel interesting. I don't think u guys need all that preservatives. Just put it in the fridge and it should last a week. I think

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I found fresh okra today at our local farmer's market! I was really surprised, it was $2 for a bag that looked like it had about 2 lbs. It was hard to tell. I didn't buy any because I'm not ready to make the okra gel yet, but I thought it was neat to find fresh okra.
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
I've been meaning to bump this thread all week. I found it the week before--and made a little more of the gel. Only used it once. I think the fresh makes better gel than the frozen. I was afraid it was going bad, so I made the rest of my package into gel. I haven't used it yet, but added some gelatin as my thickener. The hydroethylcellulose didn't really act like it does in the FSG for me.

I'll have to try this batch. It's MUCH easier to make then FSG.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I'm on my second batch of this stuff. LOVE IT!!! Love it better than flax seed gel and it's so much easier. I could only find frozen so have no idea how fresh compares. The first time I used 8 pieces in 2 cups of water. I boiled it for 20 minutes and it thickened up nicely. The second time I used only 4 pieces in 1 cup of water but had to add more water 1/2 way through. It didn't thicken up but is still usable. I'll go back to 8 pieces next time.

Kathymac, good to know about using gelatin as a thickener. I've not found marshmallow root anywhere the Minneapolis area so I'll get some gelatin this weekend and use that.
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I've used fresh okra twice. I think it's a little better than frozen. I really like using the okra gel. The one with the gelatin added a little shine. Otherwise, I didn't notice much difference.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
We had an 8 day heat wave, the gelatin okra gel turned watery in all of the heat. The one with hydroethylcellulose thickened up a bit. So, I combined the two. Yesterday was protein day. I did my CJ Repair Me PT and used the Argan & OO Conditioner as my rinse out. Used some SS Protein Spray, original CJ BC LI and the okra gel. Despite oppressive humidity (in the 70's) and getting drizzled on, my hair held up all day. This morning, it doesn't look bad. If I did second day hair, I could probably go out and about like this.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams

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