Hair treatment and conditioning with Okra (bhindi)!

Wait, what? Use bhindi in my hair? Yes! Okra is high in Vitamins A & C, folic acid, calcium and zinc, making it incredibly nourishing for your hair.


okra conditioner and leave in treatment for hair care DIY

Whaaat?! Bhindi? Why would anyone put that in their hair…?

Don’t be so alarmed. It’s not THAT weird. In fact, it is used by Rastafarians to make their dreadlocks and keep them healthy. Okra is one of the natural items that contain mucilage. Mucilage is good for the skin and hair, and even for your gut health. I stumbled upon it when I was trying to find a way to put less chemicals into my system. And I have definitely seen an improvement in the quality of my skin and hair since.

Okra is also high in Vitamins A & C, folic acid, calcium, zinc, including biotin, all of which make it incredibly nourishing for the hair. That’s probably why it’s been used as an ingredient in various high-end products including a conditioner by Lush. All this means it can be used in different ways to treat and condition hair – as a rinse-out conditioner, leave-in, de-tangler or even as a hair gel as it gives excellent curl and definition. The best part is that it doesn’t have a weird smell, like many other natural products you may be using in your hair already. In fact, it doesn’t have any noticeable smell at all!

So in case you’re in a really experimental mood, or just fed up with the same old conditioner, take a look! I’m going to show you how to make a general conditioner using bhindi, with tweaks to adapt it to your needs.

Ingredients (Basic Recipe)

  • 6-8 okras, chopped or sliced length-wise
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1-2 tsp oil (I use sesame, but you can also use grape seed, almond or coconut oil)

Optional Add-Ons

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Honey

okra conditioner and leave in treatment for hair care DIY

Method

Boil the okra in water and then simmer for anywhere between 15-30 minutes depending on the texture you desire, thick or thin. Bear in mind that it will thicken a bit when you cool it. As a rinse out conditioner, you may want it thicker, while as a leave-in, thinner is better.

When it reaches the desired consistency, set it aside to cool just enough to be strained through a mesh strainer. If you wait for it to cool too much it may get too thick and be difficult to strain. Pour into a blender and add the oil, then blend on low setting for a few minutes.

Your conditioner is now ready to use! If you want, you can add a table spoon each of honey and aloe vera gel when blending, for extra nourishment.

Or you can divide it into 2 portions and add more aloe vera gel to bring creamy consistency to it. It will look just like a hair styling cream and can be used as one. As I said earlier it gives great curl and definition. Here’s the finished product, using the basic recipe. Looks like a real conditioner, doesn’t it? Shake well before every use.

okra conditioner and leave in treatment for hair care DIY

Results

The humble bhindi worked great for giving my hair volume and bounce. And definitely softer, shinier hair! It was looking quite thin since some major shedding last year, but just one application of this actually made it look thicker. The first picture was about a month ago. The second is taken just after the treatment. I think there’s a huge difference.

okra conditioner and leave in treatment for hair care DIY results

Precautions

Since this is a natural concoction with no preservatives, it should be refrigerated and used within 7-10 days. Do throw it out if it starts to smell bad. And of course, don’t use it if you happen to be allergic to okra.

Originally published on http://perfectskincareforyou.com

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nayantara is an architect by profession, amateur artist and cartoonist on the side, with a bit of furniture design thrown in. Besides being something of a fitness and health freak, she loves all things DIY, from hair and skin care to crafts, crochet & jewellery. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nayantara is an architect by profession, amateur artist and cartoonist on the side, with a bit of furniture design thrown in. Besides being something of a fitness and health freak, she loves all things DIY, from hair and skin care to crafts, crochet & jewellery. more

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