Okra gel....it's THAT good!!!!

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Thanks for the detailed description of your hair ritual. How long did it take you to figure out your process? Just curious.
Originally Posted by mswhimsy
I've been a CG convert for about 5 months now. What I've learned is what works this week, might not work next week, lol! Products that worked in the winter, don't work in the summer. But I do believe technique is as important, if not more, as product. For the moment, my technique is working. But even a couple weeks ago, I was applying product to soaking wet hair, so it's constantly evolving.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
I have tons of family in the Carolinas, and I do love me some southern cooking! Just not fried okra, lol. I'll try it your way!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Ok. You have officially mademe want to make some Okra gel (maybe okra and flax?), and chop my hair!! Your curls are LOVELY!!

Do you find okra better than flax? Is it curl enhancing at all? Does it have any hold?

I may have a new summer project...
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Add me to the "want to chop" brigade. I love your cut, it's such a shame I can't pull off short hair.

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2C, Medium thickness, Low posity
Recovering from a year of keratin and bleach with CG

Routine

Low Poo, Condition, Leave in, Curl cream, Supersoak, Gel, Diffuse on high heat, with minimal lift to encourage waves and reduce frizz, Dry on cool with nozzle down to smooth hair and finish drying,Shine Serum

Weekly gelatin protien treatments.
YES!!! Hold, volume, frizz control, curl enhancement like nothing else I've ever used!!!! I do use the GVP liquid sculpting gel over it for addl hold since all day hold is one of my major problems. This combo lasts ALL DAY INTO NIGHT!

I don't know how it compares to FSG though, because my past attempts have been flops. I just made a batch this morning though, but of course had a set back (see my new thread, lol). I purchased this okra gel (Mudd) from BB.

My hubby and I cut my hair using the creaclip!!!! My mom had to clean it up a little last weekend, but I seriously don't think I will ever go back to a salon!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
I haven't been to a salon in over a year - I cut my own, too! But I think I need to go to one because my layers are a wreck. I thought about the creaclip... Maybe I'll revisit the idea.

So you say it does it all, eh? Hmm... What are your properties again??
I use FSG for enhancing and clumping, then HAVE to put gel over. (The GVP liquid sculpting gel is next on my list to try!)

Might be a summer project!!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
What are your properties again??
I use FSG for enhancing and clumping, then HAVE to put gel over. (The GVP liquid sculpting gel is next on my list to try!)
Originally Posted by Jas76
Normal texture- maybe on the fine side since my hair likes protein, porous, normal density.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Porous!! That settles it. Trying okra gel sometime soon!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing

Im curiose!! How do you make okra gel and which preservstives do you add? And do you keep the gel in the refrigerater after making it?
Originally Posted by Curly Sara
Here is how ShellyRN does it:
" I have made couple successful batches so far with recipe as follows: 2 tblsp of Marshmallow root with 4c of distilled water and 1 full cup of horizontal sliced okra. Low boil for 30-40mins. This yield 2cups of okra gel. I then add kathymack' s portions for the preservatives and 1/4+1/8tsp of agave nectar, 1/4tsp mag flakes, 1/2 tsp of sucragel. Too chicken to try grapeseed oil..lol"

A few of the preservatives you can use are potassium sorbate, Germall, or Optiphen available here:

Preservatives - Lotioncrafter - Premium Ingredients for Personal Care Products

I will keep most of mine in the fridge or freezer, but probably keep small portions out that I will be able to use up in a week or two.
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Thank you chloe92us <3 I will try this out!
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
Chloe, our hair is like identical in terms of curl pattern. Mine looks just like yours! (I've got prob a good 6 inches on you, though). What are your properties?
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Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
Chloe, our hair is like identical in terms of curl pattern. Mine looks just like yours! (I've got prob a good 6 inches on you, though). What are your properties?
Originally Posted by Houseofcurls
Pretty much the same as yours! Maybe we are hair twins!!!!! Lets see some pics!!!!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Ok, I thought I was on last page of this thread but wasn't...we also have similar properties. I need this okra junk.
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
Ok, I thought I was on last page of this thread but wasn't...we also have similar properties. I need this okra junk.
Originally Posted by Houseofcurls
If you like FSG, you will LOVE okra!!!!!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
HoC is my hair twin!!
Definitely need to try this okra gel! May do an okra/flax mix, too!

Must do a preservative, tho. The refrigeration thing is the pits for me. Can't travel with it, and always forget to grab it before I get in the shower! Plus I forget to put it back in the frig half the time!! Lol!! Even looked into getting one of those tiny refrigerators - basically a powered cooler! Then I thought "ok, you're going too far." Haha!
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
HoC is my hair twin!!
Definitely need to try this okra gel! May do an okra/flax mix, too!

Must do a preservative, tho. The refrigeration thing is the pits for me. Can't travel with it, and always forget to grab it before I get in the shower! Plus I forget to put it back in the frig half the time!! Lol!! Even looked into getting one of those tiny refrigerators - basically a powered cooler! Then I thought "ok, you're going too far." Haha!
Originally Posted by Jas76
Hahaha XD
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
I hadn't used my Mudd in a while and decided to revisit it today . Wow I had forgotten how much my hair loves this gel! I used GDLI, smothered my hair with the Mudd and topped with a dab of BRHG.
I'm tempted to make some myself along with some FSG. The Mudd I have is the foolproof version and its perfect for me!!
Hopefully tomorrow I can attempt this. It's been ages since I made some FSG.
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3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: CHS TS+oil, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo, Co-wash
LI/RO:MD RCLI, GDLI, Andalou naturals -GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Tresemmé Naturals
Stylers: LALSG, Volumax styling, CHS CK, BRHG, KCCC, Gel-les'C, JC Spiralicious, AOMM, CJPP, SSCEJ

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Well I used my new batch of FSG yesterday and have determined I like okra gel so much better; a lot more hold, more curl enhancing, better frizz control, and much better scent!!!!!

i went to a different publix this morning, and they didn't have fresh okra either. ShellyRN and Kathy Mack have both used frozen, so I think I'll start there.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Hmmm... I wonder what's different about it that makes it so much better???

I will pick up some frozen okra and give this a shot! Lol!!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Hmmm... I wonder what's different about it that makes it so much better???

I will pick up some frozen okra and give this a shot! Lol!!!
Originally Posted by Jas76
Probably the fact that BB made it and not me, lol!!!!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Hmmm... I wonder what's different about it that makes it so much better???

I will pick up some frozen okra and give this a shot! Lol!!!
Originally Posted by Jas76
Probably the fact that BB made it and not me, lol!!!!
Originally Posted by chloe92us
With this batch, I like the okra gel a lot better than the FSG--and I add similar ingredients! I will say, I do like the fresh better then the frozen, but I may have gotten better with my add ins.

BB just moved from MN to TX. Can't imagine she doesn't use frozen. Couldn't have been getting to much fresh okra in MN during the winter.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
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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 (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC

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