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Old 05-05-2011, 07:31 PM   #1
 
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After seeing a post on Botticelli Babe's new Okra gel, I bought me some frozen okra. My plan is to boil Okra in water, and then thicken it with corn starch. Is Okra the new flax?
By the way, I believe that being willing to put Okra goo in my hair is a sign that I drank ALL the CG cool-ade.
I'll update when I actually try it.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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Lush makes an Okra conditioner, it is quite nice as a cream rinse and it has good slip.

Fresh okra might give more mucilage than the frozen, I think.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
 
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I think that is probably true. But I'm from North Dakota and I don't think I've ever seen fresh okra around. The recipe I found called for fresh and mallow root. I don't have either, but we'll see what happens. Could be a mess.
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Having eaten frozen okra (cooked in a "soup") I think you may not need to thicken it much (unless you want to). Stringy, slimy, stinky. But good in vegetable soup.
I would guess it an attempt to offer a "new" product with a different source of mucilage. New products tempt customers to buy stuff.

Now I could whip up a batch of EPS (extracellular polysaccharide) which soil bacteria (the kind they inoculate beans with - proving that I am not only from an agricultural state, but I know some of the history of farming practices woo HOO!), exudes the stickiest, most slimy, adherent goo you ever saw in your life.
THAT would be a novel experience. Thank goodness I have no plans to do that. It IS the goo that holds soil together, though. Important stuff, that. And worm slime.

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I think that is probably true. But I'm from North Dakota and I don't think I've ever seen fresh okra around. The recipe I found called for fresh and mallow root. I don't have either, but we'll see what happens. Could be a mess.
pedaheh, where did you find the recipe?? I'm always willing to "take one for the team!" I know I've seen fresh okra around. I usually steer clear of it, LOL!
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Okay, I had to do a little search myself. I did find a recipe that must be the one. More interesting, I found a shescentit: Okra Hair Repair Reconstructor Most of the information about okra talks about it as a hair growth support.

I'll have to remember the okra product when the new shescentit products come out and I make a purchase.
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Here is the recipe I found. 3/4 of the way down the page.
The life of a Mixtress
Looks like it goes bad pretty fast even with preservatives. But you can freeze it.

Come on IAgirl. I know you want to try soil bacteria gel and worm goo gel. You know you wanna.

It will be a few days before I try this. I'm going to try the tresemme cowash first.
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Come on IAgirl. I know you want to try soil bacteria gel and worm goo gel. You know you wanna.
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.
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Thanks pedadeh, that's the same information that I found here: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/foru...itle=okra-okro

Her blog sounds really interesting. I want to read it when I have more time.

Will only need to pick up 3 or 4 stalks of okra. I won't eat it, either.
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You could always make gumbo!
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Lol I eat that stuff as soup . Putting something that slimy on my hair would be hmmm.

Let us know if it has any hold

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Okra must be out of season. I went to two vegetable stores that have pretty much everything--and no okra. May have to decide if I'm going to try the frozen.
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I love okra to eat, but it seems like if you used the okra goo in your hair it would dry white, not clear...and sort of rough?

Please do post results!

Okra is one of the few things that will grow in the summer in FL. Yum.
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TBH, before NC.com, I would have thought this was pretty gross and would have raised an eyebrow or two at you all. LOL
But now I think I need to find me some okra! LOL.
If it works better than FSG, I may have to invest in some preservative from somewhere. 'Cause IDT I would want to cook some up every couple of days!
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Who are you kidding??? You could say that you had success with a mixture of kerosene and potting soil and I'd wanna try it. The refrigerator and going bad part is the only downside for me. I am paring down products and trying to find as much as I can on the ground for added ease and simplicity.

I'll be eager to hear how you do!!
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Here is the link to BB's Okra Gel (A.K.A Natural Styling Mud)
16 oz All Natural Styling Mudd Custom by BotticelliBotanicals
JaJC- I believe you'll get your products paired down to ground products. But... then they will be so lonely. You'll probably have to find them some new friends.
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Ok so after seeing BB's mudd I went research quest and found out Okra helps hair growth and all sorts of lovely stuff. I did find this old thread here thought you guys might be interested in reading it

New Gel Idea!

It was posted about an idea of mixing it with the FSG, and that it has more hold than the FSG. If I had me some okra right now I would so be in the kitchen!

Let is know if any one tries it out.
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Lush makes an Okra conditioner, it is quite nice as a cream rinse and it has good slip.

Fresh okra might give more mucilage than the frozen, I think.
I liked that conditioner.

I wonder if the same preservatives used for FSG would work for Okra gel. I also wonder if you could simply add the okra oil to existing FSG.

Interesting stuff. Wonder if I can even get okra up here.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:09 PM   #19
 
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So, I'm sitting her with half dry hair with okra gel on it. It is a fail, but that may be because of the cornstarch and not the okra itself. Malformed frizzy clumps. There was frizz there when I took my hair out of the plop. The clumps were formed frizzy. I actually put FSG on half my head and okra gel on the other half, so I know the cause is something in the okra gel.
I may try again tomorrow with an okra gel without cornstarch. My plan is to boil it down to thicken it. Then again, I may just call this a fail and call it a day.

What I did:
I have a small measuring pot (3 inches wide). I added 1/2 c distilled water and then added enough okra to reach water level. I brought the pot to a boil and boiled 5 minutes. I let the okra cool in the pot. I strained with a tea strainer, pressing lightly with a spoon. Then I mixed 1 tsp water with 1 tsp cornstarch and returned to a boil. The consistency way similar to FSG at this point.
The consistency before adding corn starch is hard to describe. Gooey water?? Thin for sure. It looked like a similar consistency to what a woman on youtube got when she made okra gel.
The smell is vegetal with some cayenne pepper smell mixed in. I'm guessing that is what okra normally smells like. It is one vegetable that I've never really cooked with before. I normally don't scent things, but I would probably try scenting this. It isn't bad, but isn't good either. Doesn't smell like hair products for sure.
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I had read the other thread on the General forum about BB's new Mudd and ended up ordering some a little whle ago. I admire anyone who is willing to go out and look for fresh okra and attempt to make it into a hair product!!! I'll post my results once I get it.
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