Okra (INCI: Abelmoschus esculentus) also called Quimgombo, bhindi, Gombo, Okro, bindi, bamia, Lady’s Fingers, Ochro, Okoro, bamiya, and bamieh is the fruit of a plant found primarily in the North and South American, but also in the Caribbean, Latin American and African countries is used as a vegetable. In the Caribbean islands, Okra is eaten in soup or with fish.
Okra is very nutritious. Not only as food but also for your hair and skin. In many South and Latin American countries, this has been used for strong, healthy and shiny hair. Some even claim that regular use of Okra on hair grows stronger and greatly stimulates hair growth. Preparations of Okra can be used as a final hair rinse, setting lotion or natural hair gel and can remove lice.
Okra (Okra) is a good source of vitamins A, B complex (B6, Thiamin) Vitamin B, C and E, iron, potassium and calcium. It is rich in fiber, low in calories and fat free. Okra also contains Folic acid, calcium and zinc and is also known for being high in antioxidants.
This makes it a great conditioner for mistreated damaged hair replacing lost nutrients. It is wonderful for repairing both dry relaxed hair and natural hair.
Vitamin A contains antioxidants that work to condition and moisturise the sebum in the scalp and fight the free radicals such as pollution that weight down your hair and make it weaker. It also strengthens and thickens your hair so that they grow faster and break less often. Vitamin B Complex helps with reducing hair loss, slows down the graying process and helps with shine. Vitamin E helps with blood circulation and leads to a healthier scalp. healthy scalp helps soften and nourish curls and less split ends are produced. Folic Acid Prevent gray hair, makes hair thicker, shinier and adds moisture to your hair reducing breakage.
Source: Caribbean Curls
This is a great tutorial by Caribbean Curls on how to make our own Okra gel
another recipe from: http://www.typef.com/article/use-okra-hair-conditioning/#ixzz2RL5tdEE3
Evelyn FRO products also has an Okra Cream Shampoo.
Have you made your own or tried any Okra products?
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Duvauchelle, Joshua (26 May 2011). "Okra Nutrition Information". LiveStrong.com. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
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