I know being super connected to the continent is in vogue right now – from tribal makeup at music festivals to dashikis – I get the appeal and I’m all for the unity of Africans regardless of how far back their continental ancestry goes.

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BUT MY NATURAL FRIENDS, FROM A NIGERIAN GIRL WHO LOVES NIGERIAN FOOD, Y’ALL CANNOT BE USING OUR FOOD INGREDIENTS ALL UP IN YOUR HAIR.

First it was palm oil, which has been touted as a viable coconut oil replacement by the likes of Curly Nikki andformer Fashionista of the Month, Marra even did a video on different ways to use it in your hair. Though I haven’t gotten around to trying it on my hair yet, I was ok with palm oil being a thing for naturals to try – it has a distinct smell and color so I was pretty confident it wouldn’t go “mainstream,” meaning I could still count on finding some at Trader Joe’s because it’s surprisingly cheaper there than at African food markets.

HOWEVER, I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS A VIDEO OF ONE OF THE BELOVED SISTERS FROM MY NATURAL SISTAS, WHO MADE AN OKRA HAIR GEL. AND I BECAME VERY, VERY SCARED.

If anyone knows me in real life, you know that I STAN for okra soup. Like, I can eat okra soup every day of my life and be cool (and probably slim as heck because okra = a VERY healthy digestive tract ok??). The only thing – on some days – that might beat out my okra craving is suya. I will eat okra with stew. I will eat it with rice. I will eat it with a spoon and no swallow. I am committed to my okra.

Photo Credit: All Nigerian Recipes

Photo Credit: All Nigerian Recipes

Which is why I’m not down with sister Toni suggesting that folks go on out and buy up all the okra in the store to make some gel to lay their edges. There are so many darn hair gels on the market already!

Karen’s Body Beautiful$15.99

Creme of Nature$4.29

EDEN BodyWorks$8.09

Carol’s Daughter$7.89

Design Essentials$10.80

Cantu$3.79

Beautiful Textures$6.49

Dark & Lovely$3.59

Optimum Salon Haircare$6.99

Pretty please guys, don’t use okra in your hair. I need to eat it to live. And I cannot afford for the cost of okra to go up. Pretty please.

Sincerely,

A okra loving Nigerian girl who wants us to FALL BACK on all the DIY stuff for a quick second because it’s now tew much and I need to sustain myself for the next 100 years of my life. With okra.

Klassy Kinks

KlassyKinks.com founder and editor, Ijeoma Eboh, is on a mission to change perceptions of kinky textured hair around the world. You can find her on social media @klassykinks.

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62 Comments on "Naturals Need to Quit Okra Hair Gel Before It Becomes a Thing (From a Concerned Nigerian)"

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Pamela A

I’m also a Nigerian and I think people should be able to use okra on their hair if they want to, lol. It’s probably healthier than those commercial gels. Besides, okra isn’t grown or eaten in only Nigeria.

rumo

Sorry, I don’t really understand. What does being Nigerian have to do with anything? Okra isn’t a Nigeria exclusive plant. Is using okra bad for your hair? If so, that’s a valid reason to be against it. It resembling something you eat is not really a good one to me. People use coconut oil in food and hair. I’m Ethiopian and we put the same butter we use in food in our hair as a deep conditioner. What’s wrong with looking for a natural alternative… unless I’m missing something here.

Moises

Rumo. Looks like you didn’t get the sarcastic comment. There’s nothing bad about okra for hair, actually is so good, that her point is a concern about a imminent increase okra demand for cosmetic purposes attempting to people’s budgets on groceries.

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Lolalao

Okra is actually better for hair instead of flaxseed gel. I made the switch several months ago to water only hair wash. I most say that it’s been the best decision for my hair. I had to learn what items to use because I’m not using commercial products anymore. I know she has to be joking! Lol

Wasashoot

I was thinking the same, like what does being nigerian has to do with anything? Africans and even japaneses eat okra so what is her point. Food can be used in so many ways beside eating. Also if people doesn’t want to make okra gel it’s their business no one is forcing them

KosmoKhaos

That’s what I was thinking lol. I thought this was going to be a “don’t use it, its actually bad for your hair” kind of article but it’s just someone who doesn’t want the price of Okra to go up because they like to eat it? Lol I love Okra too but I guess its good for the body and hair. I never even heard of this until just now so I don’t see Okra becoming as popular as flax seed or aloe vera gel. So I don’t think this girl has anything to worry about.

agman

Since when is butter a deep conditioner? Lol.

Habibty

It has been used as deep conditioner in Ethiopia for a loooong time.

dedesantos

okra is popular in alot of nigerian dishes. she’s saying that if DIY okra hair gel blows up in popularity like flaxseed gel for example, then the prices will go up on okra. Its just a joke though lol.

PollyWally

She’s trying to be funny…chill lol

nylse

its “tongue in cheek”. she’s being funny, and I get it.

Habibty

She just doesn’t want the demand to drive the price up. If everyone in America started using Kibe in their hair like they do at home the price of butter would increase a lot. I think coconut oil has gotten a lot more expensive because of all the hype.

Marmaduke

it’s tongue in cheek humor

V.M

Nigerians and West Africans love using okra in our soups and stews. I’m Ghanaian and okra had been a staple in my life since forever.

Maxine Shaw

She doesn’t want the price of okra to go up if it becomes a fad. It’s supposed to be a comedic piece

TWA4now

The good stuff is usually natural…including her beloved okra. Hahahah….if it works for that person, use it…it is THEIR choice.

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