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DIY OKRA DETANGLER FOR NATURAL HAIR

Have you tried detangling your hair especially if you 4c kinky hair like mine and you almost ended up ripping out your hair. I never wanted to try this because "why would I want to put okra in my hair" but recently, I decided to try it and it passed well beyond my expectations (Of course it may not work for everyone's hair but you wouldn't know until you try it out). My hair felt soft the first time and the second time I used it to detangle my hair, I basically turned it into a prepoo treatment.

You already know what it is from the blog post's picture but if you don't, it is OKRA (also known as Lady's finger/Gumbo)....Yesso, that slimy okra used to make very delicious delicacies in this part of the world.
I am going to share with you how to prepare a detangler out of it as well as how I used it to detangle my hair.

Preparation.
  • Get your okra (about 6 -7 pieces) and wash in clean water. This quantity of okra should be enough.
  • Chop your okra into your blender and throw away the stalk.
  • Add enough water to your blender and blend till you get a very thick liquid mass.
  • Strain using a sieve or a cheese cloth to extract the mucilage
  • If you feel your mucilage is too thick, put it in your refrigerator to thin out a little bit.
  • You can add few drops of essential oil to mask the okra smell right before applying it to your hair.
YOUR DIY DETANGLER IS READY FOR USE
Some people prefer to boil before extracting the mucilage but I opted for the faster route which is straight to blending.

Why you should use it?
It provides very great slip which is the most important property of a hair detangler. In addition to detangling, you can also use it to condition and prepoo your hair as it gives shine to it as well. Some people use it as an alternative to store-bought gel for their hair.

Application.
Before I applied it to my hair, I made sure to mist my hair with water so the mucilage will stick to my hair. 
Okra has a lot of benefits as it contains nutrients our hair needs such as Vitamins E & C, Iron, Zinc, Folate, Protein amongst others.
The two videos below shows the preparation of the detangler and the detangling process.


Have you used Okra in your hair before, let's know how it went down in the comment section.


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