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Okra for Hair?!


by Emily CottonTop

Okra: Protein Treatment for Hair

Have I heard it all? nope.. I am still listening. Let’s see – Monistat, Ky Jelly, Crisco, and Okra!

I think I will focus on the Okra today … I cant with the KY Jelly. I feel you boo boo, really … I do. I am a “never knock it ’til you try it” kind of girl … but my mind plays tricks on me with that one. Anyway I digress.

What is Okra?

Only the most hated vegetable by Emily CottonTop. In Jamaica, it is generally paired with steam fish, but not on my plate :).

 The Wiki says:

Okra – known in many English-speaking countries as lady’s fingers or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of South Asian, Ethiopian and West African origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.

I hate it! but is it good for our hair?

Saw this on Tumblr:

Okra is a rich in Vitamins A, C and K. It also contains Zinc, Copper, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, Thiamine and many other nutrients. Okra can be used to give volume and body to your hair. It can be used as a hair gel, shampoo and conditioner. Okra is known to promote healthy and quicker hair growth, strength and shine.

  • Okra hair treatment: Boil okra until it begins to slime. Allow okra to cool, add essential and carrier oils, and scrub onto hair. Allow mixture to sit for 10-15 min. Rinse, shampoo and condition as usual.
  • Okra hair gel: Boil okra until it reaches a slimy consistency. Strain okra to separate slime from okra. Allow slime to cool in a container, add essential or carrier oils, and refrigerate.

Who knew!!? It is great for added protein. For every pound of okra, there is 8.62 grams of protein. I think that means that there is a lot or enough to do something great for our hair.

Would you try Okra?



I had a bad incident many years ago with frozen okra. I decided to add it to my turkey chili recipe instead of my normal spinach. Not a good look. I am a food preservationist and feel a sense of guilt throwing any away (too many years of hearing about the starving children in Ethiopia, I guess)! But, that mess was so slimy and disgusting, I was gagging trying to choke it down. After one attempt, I threw the entire vile batch in the trash. I’ve never touched okra since.

But, gotta say, I’m intrigued as to okra’s “hairdicinal” qualities. It seems very similar to and as easy to make as flaxseed gel! Now, if I can only get someone to make it for me … need to reduce the likelihood of a flashback!! *lol*