Okra leave-in conditioner: DIY conditioner for curly & natural hair

Have you ever made an okra leave-in conditioner? According to blogger FreshDimez okra makes your hair soft and easy to comb. Regular use will make your hair healthy and will create great curl definition. Surprisingly this okra leave-in conditioner doesn’t smell! Below you’ll find the recipe to make your own okra leave-in conditioner.

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Okra as hair care

As a young student I lived in Surinam. During this period I got acquainted with tropical vegetaties, such as okra, and their use. Many people think okra is a great ingredient to use in a stew or a delicieus soup, but surprisingly you can also use it as part of your hair care regime.

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DIY Okra leave-in conditioner: Okra is rich in vitamines & minerals. Your hair will look healthy & shiny

Why it’s good to use slime

The word slime doesn’t sound all too good, however I’ve seen boys in Surinam using the orka’s slime succesfully in creating dreadlocks. Consequently, their hair looked very healthy.

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DIY: make your own okra leave-in conditioner

No more dry hair

The okra’s slimy substance is a good ingredient to use when making your own leave-in conditioner. Additionally, okra’s rich in vitamins and minerals. It ensures shiny hair and will make dry and coarse hair manageable again.

Okra leave-in conditioner: 6 advantages

  • It nourishes hair;
  • gives a perfect curl definition;
  • makes hair soft and easy to comb;
  • costs little money;
  • has a neutraal smell;
  • creates ‘great slip’
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Popular conditioner

Hair products with a ‘great slip’ are immensely popular among women (and men) with curly or frizzy hair.

Curl detangler 

I use my homemade okra leave-in conditioner right after I’ve washed my hair. Because of this slimy leave-in conditioner detangling my hair becomes child’s play.

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After washing my hair I use my okra leave-in conditioner to create little twists

Perfect twist outs

Also, I use it as twist and lock gel to create perfect twist outs. The okra conditioner provides the right balance between fixation, hydration and softness. A natural hair product like this would cost me a fortune! Reason enough to create my own a magic potion.

DIY Okra Leave-in Conditioner

DIY: Okra the perfect conditioner for curls & natural hair
Bak/kook tijd
This leave-in conditioner stays well for about two weeks. The actual reparation time is 20 minutes and a day.
Recipe type: Hair care recipe
  • -5,5 oz okra.
  • -Grapeseed Oil or an oil of your choice
  • -2 cups + 1 tbsp water (18 floz)
  • -Saucepan
  • -Mason jar
  • -A strainer cloth
  • -An empty bottle
  1. Cut the okras in small pièces.
  2. Approximately add 1 ⅔ cupl of water in a saucepan and put the okra in. Let it boil at medium heat.
  3. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the rest of the water and let it cook at low heat for another 5 minutes.
  5. Let it cool off and store it in a mason jar for one day.
  6. Use a strainer cloth to separate the okra seeds from the slime.
  7. Finally, add ⅓ amount of oil to slimy substitute and pour it in a bottle. Shake well every time you use it and you ochre leave-in conditioner is ready to use.

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  1. T says

    This sounds great! But what is 1 1/2 our okra? Can you give the amount of okra needed in another measurement? Thanks!!

  2. Lauren Walker says

    I’ve made this and I love it! I made a banana shea butter dc and use this as a leave -in after.

      • Lolalao says

        It makes the hair soft.I usually hop in the shower for the steam benefits and I add a little honey to the mix too. Make sure the banana is ripe before blending it. I’m actually about to also try sweet potatoes and ghee dc for my hair. I follow the water only hair wash, I can’t use commercial products. I couldn’t remember how long to keep the okra gel, thanks.

  3. Makayla Carter says

    Thank you for such an awesome article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using best leave in detangler for curly hair for my hair Because this proprietary antioxidant-rich Superfruit Complex combines with certified organic Shea Butter, Marula Oil and Biotin in a multi-vitamin formula to nourish and enrich dull, lackluster waves and curls.

  4. MacBlogster says

    Hoi Ess Ma, wat bedoel je exact? Wil je weten waar je oker kunt kopen (in sommige supermarkten of Toko’s) of waar je de overige producten kunt kopen, zoals een zeefdoek?

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