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Old 08-03-2011, 01:37 PM   #41
 
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good idea i ll try , fresh okra is available in my country the problem is all i have is okra ,water preservative and may be glycerin ( this is what i can find here ) do i need other ingredients ?
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:04 PM   #42
 
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good idea i ll try , fresh okra is available in my country the problem is all i have is okra ,water preservative and may be glycerin ( this is what i can find here ) do i need other ingredients ?
I use other ingredients, but you need to use what's available to you. You can use things like honey or agave nectar for hold. I added gelatin to my last batch for protein and some thickening. You'll be surprised what you can find to use.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #43
 
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I'm reviving this thread from the dead. I caved. I made okra gel (with frozen okra). Using a little xanthan gum to thicken because slimy gels are awfully messy. By an odd coincidence, we're having okra-vegetable soup for dinner...

I think I love this stuff. Definitely needs a thickener and maybe some protein or magnesium sulfate or chloride (leaning towards protein) for enhancement of waves and curls, possibly some agave for hold. No frizz. No frizz! Soft, big waves and no frizz. It was very easy to make - got a little overzealous about squishing out the goo and had to re-strain. I don't mind the smell at all. Once refrigerated, I can't smell anything. Need to try it with something for hold but here's another cool thing - my head isn't itching.

I had to re-spritz my hair after being out in the wind and it got more volume after that - at first it wasn't great in the volume department. And I thought I would hate it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:51 PM   #44
 
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Check out the Co-Kra recipe about 8 posts down the page.

Homemade hair gel WITHOUT refrigeration?

I came across this recipe last week while searching for something else and have been meaning to try it.

CurlyFireHorse also has a great method for using perishable gels... she freezes it in ice cube trays and determines how many cubes are needed for a single application. Then puts them in baggies. At the beginning of your shower, throw the baggie in the bottom of the shower. They are defrosted by the time you need them.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:13 PM   #45
 
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Mine won't defrost in just the amount of time it takes to shower. I take out my gel the night before.

I replace the water I boil my FSG in with marshmallow root water and that acts as a thickener for my FSG - so I'm hoping it'll do the same for my okra gel!
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #46
 
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Still loving this okra gel!!! I just add a bit of grapefruit seed extract and keep it in the fridge. I tried to add gelatin to thicken it but what a joke. I didn't know how much to add and used a whole pack. Ooops too thick to use. Oh well it's so quick I just made a new batch. My hair loves this stuff!
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:40 PM   #47
 
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Had to resurrect this thread! Saw okra when I was at the Indian grocery store the other day. Ended up buying 1/2 pound. Made my gel--cooked it much longer then I did previous times (I'm pretty sure, it's been a while.) Added all the same ingredients except for AVG (I forgot to bring it down.) Use guar gum to thicken (did gelatine, too) and my new favorite ingredient--Sucragel. Used it this morning with my FSG HG--SSI LI, a Komaza Pudding and Okra Gel. I didn't use a lot. Could probably use a little more. My hair is great--nice curls, lots of volume, shine (unusual for me), feels really natual and minimal frizz. It's cold and really winding today. I was out a little and it really held up.

I'll have to remember to use this again in five days!
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:48 PM   #48
 
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Yeah! I just ordered the mudd earlier this week from Botticelli....patiently awaiting its arrival!

At what point in your process do you use the FSG and/or okra gel? Base or finisher?
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