Nature Connection

Last week, one of my friends was reminiscing about when she was a child living in Southern China decades ago.

One of the things she remembers is women putting gel on their hair that makes their hair slick and shiny.

She recollects being told the gel was made from a tree.

Anyone knows the name of the tree?
What part of the tree is used for making the gel?
How is the gel made?


About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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21 Responses to Nature Connection

  1. Maureen says:

    Is it just in Southern China? I have no connections there, unfortunately. I do in Taiwan but they probably don’t put gel in their hair. 🙂

  2. Josephine Chin says:

    Don’t know about the gel, but I’ve been using Organix Moroccan argan oil which makes my hair shiny. Previously used Biosilk for same result, but Organix is lower priced.

  3. Could it be zaojiao 皂角 / Chinese honeylocust? The gel looks deep black..

  4. I can’t help you on this one, but I hope someone can. I’m curious myself.

  5. I wish I knew about this my friend this gel sounds interesting!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Lrong says:

    If Malaysia, coconut oil… 🙂

  7. Linda says:

    It is all so intriguing. I will keep searching.

  8. i guess it’s amber gel,

  9. Linda says:

    Hi Norma, I thought the tea tree, a native of Australia, was what we were looking for. Upon further investigation, I found the tea tree oil at a health food store. It did not smell like something that you would put on your hair. The search goes on!

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