So excited! Made a perfect batch of okra gel today!

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I'm kind of glad I don't love it - only because I don't want to mess with making it. I'm starting a new job and am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of that.. I have about 20 more new product samples to try. Thanks so much for your help!
3A/2C fine, normal porosity & elasticity, medium high density

Current products:
YTCucs Color Protection Low poo
GVP Conditioning Balm
Random gels - not sure which ones I like, if any at this point!


HG Summer Routine:
poo - TMW Hydrate
RO & LI - Darcy's Pumpkin Seed
Leave in Products: CHSCK & LALMG
PT - CJ RM
DT - EVCO

Currently trying to figure out a winter routine and transition to a less harsh "poo" for summer.
I made a new batch but forgot altitude. I am in CO, so adding extra water helps. I also used grapeseed oil, which so did not work for me. Why can I use it straight but not in this recipe? Starting over with my avocado oil, extra agave, and orange essential oil this time. Lavender is getting old...

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Style:IOkra Gel/KCCC
Plop 10 min / air dry
Hey Chloe, just checking in. How was it with the germall added? Any spoilage?

Still using cornstarch in mine, it just provides decent hold!

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity

Hi! I haven't tried the Germall yet since I don't have a scale!

But, I just bought a new bag of okra today and plan to make more this weekend. I gave a huge bottle of "reserves" to my mom this past weekend. Plus, I need to tweak my recipe- I think I'm going to simplify it.

Back to the basics!!!!! I think I'm going to just do okra, grape seed oil, double agave, Epsom salt, and maybe wheat protein.

How are you liking yours?
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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

Last edited by chloe92us; 07-18-2013 at 08:03 PM.
I think you can order a cheap and accurate kitchen scale from amazon. I've been eyeing those...

Simple is probably better. And cheaper! I've kept my recipe pretty much the same since it worked so well. I did buy some Alba Strong Hold Gel for when I don't have time to whip up a batch, though.

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity

I tried the gel again today - accidentally.. lol. It was in the shower and I grabbed it instead of another bottle. And I'm having my best hair day yet. lol. .. I guess I was "trying too hard" before.
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3A/2C fine, normal porosity & elasticity, medium high density

Current products:
YTCucs Color Protection Low poo
GVP Conditioning Balm
Random gels - not sure which ones I like, if any at this point!


HG Summer Routine:
poo - TMW Hydrate
RO & LI - Darcy's Pumpkin Seed
Leave in Products: CHSCK & LALMG
PT - CJ RM
DT - EVCO

Currently trying to figure out a winter routine and transition to a less harsh "poo" for summer.
Haha, that's awesome. What's in your okra gel?

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity

Haha, that's awesome. What's in your okra gel?

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Originally Posted by TartNTangy
I have a sample from Kathymack. I was previously using a low-poo and CK - both with polyquats. I didnt notice problems, but wanted to try some things without them. Today was Black Soap, Darcy's Pumpkin RO and LI, Okra gel, and LAL Gel . I guess I just liked this combo better than the others.
3A/2C fine, normal porosity & elasticity, medium high density

Current products:
YTCucs Color Protection Low poo
GVP Conditioning Balm
Random gels - not sure which ones I like, if any at this point!


HG Summer Routine:
poo - TMW Hydrate
RO & LI - Darcy's Pumpkin Seed
Leave in Products: CHSCK & LALMG
PT - CJ RM
DT - EVCO

Currently trying to figure out a winter routine and transition to a less harsh "poo" for summer.
Kathymack is so helpful!
So you used okra gel as a curl definer and topped with another gel? Surprisingly, my okra gel works like a gel and dries crunchy.

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity

Kathymack is so helpful!
So you used okra gel as a curl definer and topped with another gel? Surprisingly, my okra gel works like a gel and dries crunchy.

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Originally Posted by TartNTangy
Thats how I ended up using it - I thought I was grabbing CRN curl maker. I didnt think i had any other samples in the shower and since I'm half blind in there, I didn't notice the bottle was half empty.
3A/2C fine, normal porosity & elasticity, medium high density

Current products:
YTCucs Color Protection Low poo
GVP Conditioning Balm
Random gels - not sure which ones I like, if any at this point!


HG Summer Routine:
poo - TMW Hydrate
RO & LI - Darcy's Pumpkin Seed
Leave in Products: CHSCK & LALMG
PT - CJ RM
DT - EVCO

Currently trying to figure out a winter routine and transition to a less harsh "poo" for summer.
I wish my hair accidents had good outcomes, lol.

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity

I made a small batch of okra gel today and added 1 T of flax seeds as well- a combo! We shall see how it does in my hair! I added Epsom salt, sea kelp bioferment, grape seed oil, double agave, citric acid, potassium sorbate. Soaked the marshmallow root in water overnite before adding the frozen sliced 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
I made a small batch of okra gel today and added 1 T of flax seeds as well- a combo! We shall see how it does in my hair! I added Epsom salt, sea kelp bioferment, grape seed oil, double agave, citric acid, potassium sorbate. Soaked the marshmallow root in water overnite before adding the frozen sliced okra.
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Oooooh! Good idea! Interested to hear the outcome!
Katie
2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
Color: Henna
Tools: Diffusing
Ooohhhh....my okra/FSG combo gel was soooo nice going on! I don't know if it was because I steeped the marshmallow root overnight or what, but the SLIP was INCREDIBLE! I'm currently in a plop, but will report back once it's "done"!
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 think the slip is due to the marshmallow root. Let us know the results!

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity

Tried out another batch if okra this morning. Same issue as before. Hair kinda blah and feeling sort if producty. I think this is the xantham. I have used the same additives in the FSG and liked it a lot. What are other options for a thickener? Easy to find? I live in a small town and have limited shopping options
Katie
2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
Color: Henna
Tools: Diffusing
I really loved the original recipe. Do you still have it? You changed it and this updated one does not work for me!! You can PM or IM me or how ever it works. ... Please?!?!?

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3A/3B, coarse, low porosity, high density, iii I believe (?), low to normal elasticity.

CoWash/LI: VO5 Ocean Breeze/Shea Moisture
Style:IOkra Gel/KCCC
Plop 10 min / air dry
I really loved the original recipe. Do you still have it? You changed it and this updated one does not work for me!! You can PM or IM me or how ever it works. ... Please?!?!?

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Originally Posted by jennag
Lol, I changed my recipe back to a basic one bc all the add ins weren't working for me! I think I used these add ins originally:

1/2 t grapeseed oil
1/2 t xanthan gum
1/4 t Epsom salt
1/4 t potassium sorbate
1/4 t citric acid
1/4 t honeyquat
1/2 t agave

What didnt you like about the basic version? It may have been the amount of agave....I usually add 1 t, but it's probably too much for most (I changed it back to 1/2 t on the recipe page).
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

Last edited by chloe92us; 09-05-2013 at 07:44 AM.
I also increase my agave to 1t because I don't have honeyquat. I like the Epsom salt. Other than that, with the new recipe I have more frizz and smaller clumps. I am starting to believe I just have odd hair, I changes its mind on me constantly. Thank you so much for old recipe. I loved it!!!!

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CoWash/LI: VO5 Ocean Breeze/Shea Moisture
Style:IOkra Gel/KCCC
Plop 10 min / air dry
I really loved the original recipe. Do you still have it? You changed it and this updated one does not work for me!! You can PM or IM me or how ever it works. ... Please?!?!?

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Originally Posted by jennag
Lol, I changed my recipe back to a basic one bc all the add ins weren't working for me! I think I used these add ins originally:

1/2 t grapeseed oil
1/2 t xanthan gum
1/4 t Epsom salt
1/4 t potassium sorbate
1/4 t citric acid
1/4 t honeyquat
1/2 t agave

What didnt you like about the basic version? It may have been the amount of agave....I usually add 1 t, but it's probably too much for most (I changed it back to 1/2 t on the recipe page).
Originally Posted by chloe92us
So I remembered that the recipes all had 1/2 teaspoons of everything, that I increased the agave to 1tsp and did not use the potassium sorbate (are you sure that was in the original, because I am very sure I have never bought that, nor honeyquats. I increased the Epsom to a heaping 1tsp and the oil (still in love with my avocado oil). ( hope that allmade sense!) It's pretty close!!

Thank you so much again. It's awesome to have happy hair again!



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Style:IOkra Gel/KCCC
Plop 10 min / air dry

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