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

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I've made so many variations, I don't remember!!!!!! Sorry!
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
Please don't apologize. I was thrilled you remembered any of it. When you play with this stuff things get lost in the shuffle. I am thrilled with the end result of the most recent batch. I also put Aloe on with I it now and it is completely perfect. I only hope I can make it again!

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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
Hadnt made FSG in a while, but got piqued by the okra, could only find frozen chopped@whole foods, so sliced them lengthwise, I added 2 heaping cupfuls to 4 cups H20,boiled 45 min.with it turned into a completely dissolved seedy ,watery liquid, I wisked occassionaly also, trying to drum up some gel,had read great stuff about cornstarch, as I have very fine,3a,spiral type,that needs more umpph, so dissoved small 1 1/2 tspoon,[poss 2) thenadded to strained brown okrawater(fr/ 2 T marshmallow root, but these came f opened capsules f healthfood store) and reboiled like gravy trying to get some thickness, didnt work,waterlike. and I think was drying to my hair, and dried very crunchy, same thing has happened to my FSG, when added too much xanthan gum. Added citric acid, little mag sulfate, honey,silk amino protein. and germall plus.had a lot, froze half, and tried .very watery didn't add curl formation/clumos like FSG, I think the cornstarch, dried hair out, and gave a more stringy cruncy, less curly even.So i poured my refridge batches back into bowl, added 1T of AVG, few drops of meadowfoam oil, and returned to bottles. will tyr once more before dumping whole thing. WAAAAY less water, ditch the cornstarch , will try just a pinch of xantahn gum with remaining frozen okra, but def going back to FSG I miss, nothing compares.I hate goofing big batches.
3a/2a/spirals ultraF-i/ii,med/hi porosity,med/elasticity,colortreated/grey[LIST][*][U]Cowash[/C.J. daily fix,TJ nourish, Condish BCB, Peter Lamas volumizing mixed w a dab of CJ smoothing ,kenra moisture,CJ curl rehab Leaveins,KCKT,KomazaCalifia,GDLIStylers:FSG,*JMOgel,w/ Kenra volumizing mousse KCCC&BRHG, CJ CIAB.w/Aussie freeze gel.FOTE on dry. DT:biolageCB or curl rehab over megatek.
Looked on I herb and all I saw was a pound bag. Seems like a lot. Does the liquid work or maybe the capsules?
Originally Posted by Rytoka
I don't know about the liquid or capsules, but yes it's a big bag!
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Used the caps. Nit great. Thnk too much cornstarch can be drying got a small bag of MR from mountainroseherbs.com and used for soak. Love that stuff creates slip and mucilage, great addition also got a little slippery elm herb added great shine.
3a/2a/spirals ultraF-i/ii,med/hi porosity,med/elasticity,colortreated/grey[LIST][*][U]Cowash[/C.J. daily fix,TJ nourish, Condish BCB, Peter Lamas volumizing mixed w a dab of CJ smoothing ,kenra moisture,CJ curl rehab Leaveins,KCKT,KomazaCalifia,GDLIStylers:FSG,*JMOgel,w/ Kenra volumizing mousse KCCC&BRHG, CJ CIAB.w/Aussie freeze gel.FOTE on dry. DT:biolageCB or curl rehab over megatek.
I finally made okra gel with some fancy additives and it's not perfect, yet, but it's good! I've got great hold and definition (fat huge clumpy ringlets), good volume and no frizz! And I SOTCed before my hair was fully dried because I was too impatient to see the result.

It dried super hard for me (thanks to acacia-carrageenan-xanthan gums combo), I kept tugging my scalp to SOTC, giving me major headache. But my hair feels soft once I SOTCed and my hair still holds up very nicely on 2nd day. I don't doubt that I will get good 3rd day, too.

I should put in more leave-in or mix the gel with some conditioners for the next wash. Maybe some more oil, too, for the next batch (good thing I made a small batch). And probably, in the future, I'll experiment making it into a curl cream, adding BTMS, and perhaps stearamidopropyl dimethylamine.
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2C canopy & 2A/B underlayer
coarse | low-normal porosity | normal elasticity | low-med density
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Clarify: North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo, Citric acid rinse
CO/
RO/LI: Inecto Pure Coconut / Alba Botanica Volumizing
Styler: Okra Pudding / Suave Pro Captivating Curls Mousse / Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam
Treatment: H&B Wonder Oil + VCO, Honey-Cardamom-EVOO-Chamomile


Stand-ins: TBS Banana / GF Oleo Repair / Garnier Ultra Dolce Mango-Tiare/Coconut-Cacao/Avocado-Shea

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