Want to know how you can use Okra for hair care? Know the benefits of okra as a natural hair conditioner that can bring back the shine you lost!
Keeping up with hair moisturizing is an essential requirement to have your hair always healthy and beautiful. Moisturized, well-maintained hair is on a whole other level, right? It’s even better when using homemade moisturizer, with powerful, natural ingredients which can provide important nutrients to the hair fiber; such is the case of okra.
This vegetable – disliked by many people because of its famous “slime” and not very pleasant taste – not only has many health benefits but also helps keep hair beautiful, less dry and much shinier and softer when it’s included in one’s diet or applied directly to the scalp and hair length. That is why you need okra hair moisturizer for hair – and you’ll learn how to make it in today’s post.
Why Should You Use Okra for Hair Care?
This vegetable contains good quantities of vitamin A, for which it can be used to powerfully moisturize and humidify one’s hair, restoring even the most damaged and dry ones – especially when using or doing treatments with chemicals, or frequently blow-drying and flat-ironing the hair.
The results are better shine and softness since this vegetable acts as a hair conditioner. Do you want to know more about okra moisturizing? Then make sure to check out our advice in the next paragraphs!
Benefits of Other Natural Ingredients for Hair Care
- Banana for Hair
- Onion juice for hair growth
- Sugar scrub for hair
- Aloe Vera juice for hair
- Avocado for Hair
Benefits of Okra for Hair
In our daily life, it’s normal for our hair to run out of its supply of nutrients and water (hair humidity), due to the weather effects; a few natural agents such as wind, dust, pollution, sun exposition, humidity and heat; chemical agents such as Brazilian blowouts and hair dyes; and also hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons we so routinely use.
Being rich in vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K, as well as minerals such as calcium,iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium, and high quantities of mucilaginous fibers, directly applying okra “slime” on hair can fight against and prevent all damages caused by the agents mentioned above, making hair shinier and softer.
That is the reason many cosmetic industries are investing in okra to create new lines and hair treatment products which contain this powerful main active ingredient.
See next which are the main okra benefits for your hair, and why you should include it in the moisturizing step of your hair schedule to potentialize your hair’s health and beauty:
- It restores hair damaged by chemicals, high-temperature tools (hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons), and the action of the weather and natural agents (wind, sun exposition, humidity, pollution, dust, etc.);
- It conditions the hair;
- It moisturizes dry, itchy scalps;
- It fights dandruff and other hair root seborrhea;
- It promotes hair glow and softness.
Who Should Use Okra for Hair?
Okra moisturizer is super potent and shows surprising results to users from the very first moment. That’s why it is recommended for hair that needs intense and powerful moisturizing, such as curly, kinky, wavy and afro hair which tend to be naturally very dry.
This is because the hair strand’s shape doesn’t allow the scalp’s natural oils to reach the length and the tips, which makes the hair drier, with excessive volume and increased frizz. Therefore, because of the nutrients and high concentration of water in its composition, okra can be useful for increasing hair humidity (moisturizing) and solving all those issues.
Hair that has been badly damaged by hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, chemicals, natural agents and the weather effects can also look very pretty and healthy after okra moisturizing.
Step-by-step Process of Making Okra Hair Moisturizer
Now that you know okra is beneficial for your hair and who can use it, it’s time to learn how to do it, step by step.
You will need:
- 5 okras;
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or any other vegetable oil you prefer);
- 200 ml of plain mineral water;
- 2 tablespoons of your preferred moisturizing mask.
How to prepare it:
Firstly, thoroughly wash the okras in running water and remove their extremities. Next, slice them, put them inside a pan with mineral water and wait for them to cook for about 20 minutes.
After that, mash the cooked okras with the help of a fork. Then, add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or your preferred vegetable oil, and mix well.
Now, put everything inside a blender and blend until creamy. When that happens, pour the cream inside a plastic container and wait until it cools a little.
Lastly, add two tablespoons of the moisturizing mask you regularly use and mix well. Done! Then, simply apply it on your hair, following the instructions we will show next.
How to Apply The Okra Moisturizer?
After your okra moisturizer is ready, wash your hair twice with a sulfate-free shampoo of your choice. Next, remove the excess water with a towel, leaving your hair just damp.
Now, detangle your hair and divide it into sections. Apply the homemade okra mask on each of them, massaging the hair well down the length and to the tips. After finishing the application on the entire hair, put on a cap (laminated or plastic) and wait for the mixture to work for about 40 minutes.
Afterward, thoroughly wash your hair with plenty of water and apply your conditioner of choice. Leave the product on for 5 more minutes or the time recommended on the bottle and wash off again.
You’re done! This process will help seal the cuticles and retain moisture (water) inside the hair strands. From then on, finish your hair, as usual, drying it with a hairdryer and modeling it with a flat iron or, for those who have curly, afro or kinky hair, letting it dry naturally.