In today’s post I will be sharing the ingredients, benefits, a demo and my results of doing the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment on my type 4 low porosity hair. As I said in my previous post, this treatment is a pre step to the maximum hydration method regimen. It’s used to jumpstart the absorption of moisture process for your hair. It can be done every two weeks or more, depending on the special needs of your hair.
So let’s begin with the ingredients:
Greek yogurt (2 cups)
Baking soda (2 tbsp)
Organic apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp)
Raw coconut or soy aminos (2 tbsp)
Raw honey (1/2 tbsp)
Unsulfured molasses (1 tbsp)
Half an over ripe plantain or banana
Avocado (3/4 tbsp)
1 egg (optional)
First I would like to highlight some of the benefits of a few of the ingredients above to the hair:
Greek yogurt contains lactic acids and enzymes which helps to condition, repair, strengthen and moisturize hair. It also helps promote hair growth and a healthy scalp.
When it comes to Amino Acids which are the heart of the Cherry Lola Treatment, you can either choose to go with coconut or soy aminos. This should not make a difference and it’s all up to personal preference as some people do not like the smell of Soy. Amino Acids are known to help thicken the hair strands, help hair retain moisture, strengthen hair and also promotes length retention. Using Amino Acids is also a great alternative for those of you who may be protein sensitive.
Raw Honey encourages hair growth, softens, smoothes and helps retain moisture. It also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which help promote a healthy scalp. It is important to stick to raw organic honey because regular honey is often processed removing the vital enzymes, probiotics and anti-bacterial properties which are important.
Unsulfured Molasses helps reduce hair shedding, breakage and it also helps to thicken the hair. It’s also known to reverse graying of hair due to containing copper which helps stimulate melanin reproduction and re-pigmentation of hair.
You want to mix everything together in a bowl and blend it in your blender. Blending will help further breakdown ingredients like the banana and avocado which if not broken down may get stuck in your hair
I personally made the mistake of over blending and ended up liquifying the treatment, which made it super messy. In the future, I will try keeping it thick for easier application. Another tip would be to use an old shampoo/conditioner/soap or even an applicator bottle to store it and for easy application.
My hair is short so I had plenty of the treatment left over, which I then stored in the fridge. If your hair is longer section your hair in a couple of sections and make sure your hair is properly detangled before applying the mixture. You also want to make sure all your hair strands are properly saturated with the mixture.
After you’re done use a plastic bag/shower cap to cover your hair and tie it all down with a satin scarf and wait for 1.5 to 2 hrs. Then simply rinse it out with warm or hot water.
These pictures were taken on April 9th 2014, when I did this treatment for the first time as a pre-step to the maximum hydration method. My hair felt super duper soft after the treatment. My hair has never ever felt this soft before. I also noticed that for the following days right after doing this treatment, my type 4 low porosity hair was much better at absorbing product and water. For the first time I actually experienced having wet hair and I no longer had the problem where my conditioner would just sit on top of my hair causing white residue.
This treatment will not loosen your natural hair pattern. The baking soda will temporarily lift your cuticles and allow your hair strands to suck in all the benefits from the treatment. The lifting of the cuticles will also allow for better moisture absorption, in turn eliminating frizz and allowing your natural curl pattern to “pop” and define. Your hair will appear loosened due to the weight from increased length due to the individual hair strands being filled with moisture and product.
To see a demo for this treatment watch the video below:
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