The Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment Demo & Results on Type 4 Low Porosity hair

cherry lola caramel treatment demonstrationHi luvs,

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.

cherry lola caramel treatment ingredients

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 can usually find these ingredients at your local health food store or online on sites such as Amazon or iherb.


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.

cherry lola caramel treatment results

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:

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,




55 Responses to The Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment Demo & Results on Type 4 Low Porosity hair

  1. kells says:

    pls must all the ingredient listed in the diy be present?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      You can do the original cherry lola which is only 3 ingredients
      16oz full fat yogurt
      2 tbs Bragg’s Amino Acids
      2 tbs baking soda

      It is not mandatory to start the regimen with the Cherry Lola but it does make a big difference that is why it is recommended. You can start the regimen without it and do it at a later time when you have access to the ingredients.

  2. kells says:

    okay thanks. buh im having a lil difficulty locating the amino acids. i”ve seen where to get th others except this. can i skip this ingredient or replace it with another

    • mikka says:

      try whole foods. it is between $3-5.

      • Rhonda says:

        Can the clay go rotten/spoil because both times I made it the texture changed looked lumpy like spoiled milk after a few days and it didnt smell to great either.

        • Ms.Dee Kay says:

          No it cant spoil but as you add water it may lose the initial creamy consistency. If this causes you issue then you can make just enough to last you one application.

    • just_locin_by says:

      You can try to locate Bragg’s Amino Acids at your local “Food Lion”. I was surprised to find it there after driving an hour to a “Vitamin Shoppe” to purchase it there. I found it at “Vitamin Shoppe” but could’ve saved myself the hour trip to get there if I knew they had it at my local “Food Lion”.

      I would call ahead to the “Vitamin Shoppe” to see if they have it first. As for “Food Lion”, it was NOT shelved with the Soy Sauce. It was in the cooking oil, vegetable shortening aisle, on the top shelf. I thought that was a strange location for it but the store manager said Corporate instructs them where to put items on the store shelves.

      Anyway, hope this helps you and anyone else who is looking for it in their local grocery or vitamin store.

  3. Simone says:

    I was under the impression that Apple Cider Vinegar was counter productive for low porosity hair due to its affect of closing the hair cuticle. ACV has therefore become a staple for many high porosity naturals whose cuticles are wide open and thus require a technique in order to close their cuticles and retain moisture. I am confused as to why ACV would be used in the caramel cherry lola treatment or any regimen intended for low porosity naturals. Is the purpose of the ACV (along with baking soda) to balance the ph of the recipe?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Simone, the role of the ACV in the Cherry Lola is to help create more foaming which improves the effect of the treatment. It’s Low in PH just like the yogurt. Overall, the PH is still high enough because of the Baking Soda and other high PH ingredients included.

      As far as the regimen, in the first step clarifying the ACV is an option. One can choose either the ACV or the Baking Soda depending on their hair’s needs and Porosity. Low Porosity naturals will find that they get better results with the Baking Soda option. The regimen is designed for Low Porosity Naturals, however, those with High Porosity and normal Porosity are welcome to give it a try and modify it for their own hair needs.
      The main purpose of Step 1 is to clarify the gel that was used to style the hair previously, therefore, it is encouraged to alternate with either ACV or baking soda rinses in order to determine which one yields the best results for the individual’s hair.
      After Step 1 in step 2 when we deep condition or steam our hair if choosing Baking Soda because the cuticles are lifted the hair will be more open to absorbing moisture.
      The Clay rinse which is Step 3 also has a high PH which will also lift the cuticles
      By the end of the regimen the hair will be brought back to the right PH because of Step 4 & 5 Leave in & Gel
      The main thing is the order these treatments are used, is strategic. For example we wouldn’t do an acv rinse right after the clay step, otherwise our cuticles will remain closed before we put the leave in conditioner.
      I hope this helped in clarifying things for you. I will also be adding this question as a Separate Blog Post as part of FAQs as it has been brought up several times. Blessings :)

  4. Trinicurls says:

    Do you have to wash your hair prior to applying the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      No, but make sure it is detangled well before you start the regimen. Especially if you were wearing a protective style or usually go a long time without detangling. HTH :)

  5. Jen. Miller says:

    Love love this treatment!! Still figuring, out if I should deep condition after this or not since it may be considered a protein treatment. Its all trial and error so we shall see.

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Jen, yes this treatment works wonders. As part of the Max Hydration regimen after this treatment it is recommended to deep condition or steam. Since the treatment also lifts the cuticles, it allows the hair to absorb moisture better therefore following with a deep conditioner/steaming would be beneficial. It’s fine as long as the conditioner used is water based and moisturizing as opposed to protein based. Good luck :)

  6. Dianne says:

    I have a few questions. I am new to all of this so bare with my questions please. Thank you for your time and research
    .Q. I’m a little concerned about using the baking soda everyday or every other da (step 1).
    Can you discuss why this is not harmful in the long run on your hair.
    Another concern is taking hair up and down on the Ph scale. Opening and closing the shaft. I’m reflecting
    On a lot of other videos for overall knowledge. I’m just trying to learn and understand all this.

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Dianne,
      If you go to the MHM Regimen page and you scroll all the way down to the FAQ section you will see that this question has been answered in detail. Please find that information below:

      But I will also give some information here:
      Baking soda is very beneficial to naturals with Low porosity hair in the sense that it helps lift the cuticles in order to allow the hair to absorb moisture. The way this regimen works is it takes advantage of the lifting of the cuticles to allow the hair strands to absorbs moisture. A problem that is common for naturals with low porosity and most Type 4 / Kinky hair.
      The mixture used with this regimen includes 1.5-3 oz conditioner, 4-7 oz of water Or with the alternate recipe 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon olive oil 6-10 oz of water
      In both recipes the baking soda is completely dissolved and is not stripping as it would be if it was used as a paste.
      It is scientifically proven and written in studies, that phs of 4-9 do not affect the hair shaft other than to lift or close the cuticle. By the time you reach to step 4 and 5 of this regimen the PH of your botanical leave in and gel will balance and bring back the hair to the right PH.
      The use of Baking Soda in this regimen has been adapted from the Book, “Hair Care Rehab” By Audrey S.
      I want to add that, from my own personal experience, I too, in the past was afraid of using baking soda on my hair because of some videos I had seen concerning this. However, since I learnt that my hair is low porosity and I started using this regimen I have seen a dramatic improvement on my hair. I have been using the Baking soda option consistently with this regimen since April and I have not had any issue with my hair. My hair has never felt so moisturized, healthy and I’m actually retaining length. Therefore, I choose to trust my own personal experience. I do encourage you to do your own research regarding the use of Baking Soda for Low porosity hair. I hope that this is helpful.

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  9. Rhonda says:

    Ms.Dee Kay, you recommended dentangling before starting the treatment can I use oil to do so?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Yes, if you haven’t detangled for a while or was wearing a protective style, it will make it easier for you if you start with detangling your hair prior to starting the regimen. Yes, you can use oil to do so.

  10. Lisa says:

    Hi Dee!

    Wondering how to store leftover cherry lola treatment since it has yogurt in it? Refrigerator? Freezer?

    Can it be used past the yogurt’s expiration date? Still as effective?


    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Yes the Cherry Lola can be stored in the fridge. I’ve never tried the freezer but it may be an option. As far as the yogurt goes as long as it doesnt smell funky LOL I’d say its ok. Goodluck :)

  11. Rhonda says:

    I must say Ms. Dee Kay I am so grateful for discovering you and the use of the CLT and MHM. I did my second round of the CLT last week so this Sunday it will make it a month. I have no complaints. My hair looks so much better and so much more manageable. Im still transitioning so I can’t style my hair in a wash and go. I just wear it in a ponytail. However, I do not do the MHM everyday I do it every 3-4 days. Sorry no pictures I’m just to lazy for all of that. lol I’ve tried it in my son’s hair but for some reason his curls look tighter not looser maybe when his hair gets longer his curls will look looser. Any who thank you so much you have really blessed my life!

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Rhonda, Awww, YAY!!! Happy to hear you’re having wonderful progress with MHM :) Actually MHM will not loosen your son’s texture it will only make his own tight texture more apparent. It does take time before the hair becomes more hydrated as long as you’re consistent with the regimen he should see results. Goodluck to you and your sun :)

  12. Rhonda says:

    Sorry I meant this Sunday will be 6 weeks.

  13. ANNEC says:

    Hi Ms Dee Kay,
    First of all I’m sorry if I make mistakes, I’m French. I have a few questions for you. I’d love to try this treatment, but I have texturised and color-treated hair, thus I get a high porosity and very fragile texture. Because of the high porosity of my hair, do I have to change some of the steps or products (like AVC or Baking Soda) ? And also after the first week, how often is it advisable to continue this treatment ?
    Thank you !

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Annec,
      For high porosity, I would recommend the ACV but that is the only change everything else would stay the same. After the first week you can do the regimen every 1 to 3 days. Goodluck :)

  14. Kee says:

    Could you tell me where I could purchase the unsulfured molases? Is regular molases okay?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Kee, you should be able to find it in most health food store if in the US try wholfoods, vitamineshoppe or traderjoes or online on amazon or iherb. yes regular molasses should be ok.

  15. Uniquely Created says:

    I am about to start my MHM and because i regularly cleanse with a clay wash to clarify and treat my hair once a week for the last 8 mos anyway my hair is gonna love this MHM..I use the original bentonite clay i purchase from it is a less expensive price for pure 100% bentonite clay.. check them out..You get 25 lbs for 33.00 and 15 lbs for 23.00 and the less clay you need the less money you pay..I also have ETAE’S NATURALS PRODUCTS original Carmelux treatment..its 100% all natural..has molasses the honey,bananas and a few other organic ingredients..its a pre treatment as called for..Can i use this carmel treatment and add the baking soda and acv to it as my 1st step of my 1 st time doing the MHM?..look into those to add to the list of acceptable products..Also what about The Mane Choice green tea and carrot deep condish..Its all natural nothing of any chemicals or alcohols i believe… Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave in is it a usable leave in??.All natural ingredients as well…Lastly for clarifying in step 1 the next day after doing the carmel treatment do i add some water with the baking soda and condish??.Normally I clarify with either Acv or a Clay wash but i am willing to try the baking soda over ACV for clarifying in my MHM month long regimen..I got everything you said for my 5 steps for a full 30 days with no breaks so i am ready to rock and roll!!..Nothing beats a failure but a try..Thankssssss

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi, thanks for the bentonite tip will definitely let others know. Yes absolutely you can add the other ingredients of the cherry lola to your caramel treatment. I actually get this question a lot, time to add it to the FAQ :)
      Unfortunately the Mane choice green tea wouldnt be recommended for MHM because it has some ingredients that are on the NO NO list which we avoid especially for low porosity hair like aloe juice, silk amino acids, Phenoxyethanol, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, If you’re not of low porosity you could give it a try.The Karen Beautiful has Coconut Oils, Vegetable Wax, Panthenol, and vegetable glycerin which are not recommended in MHM. Are you low porosity? If you are the baking soda would be a great option if not then the ACV and maybe alternate with Baking soda only once in a while. You dont need to do the regimen everyday for the whole month that may be too much but it is advised to hydrate everyday. You can do the regimen every 3 days and then on the other days just make sure you rehydrate your water or do the GHE and refresh in the morning.
      If you do the baking soda step make sure you’re using the correct recipe which can be found on the regimen below…because too much baking soda can strip your hair and make sure you live it on for up to 15 mins.
      I wish you best of luck on your hydration journey :)

  16. MyLi says:

    How often should I do the (Step0/1) Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment on my hair… should I do it each time I do the MHM Regimen, once a week, twice a month, etc.?!? #PleaseHelp

  17. laquesha says:

    http://My question is. .. I’m not get a clear schedule of how often am I suppose to do each step… am I suppose to do each step for a certain period of time. .. example step 1 do this for a week before going to Step 2

  18. laquesha says:

    How often do I suppose to do the clay treatment?

  19. laquesha says:

    Thank You So Much!!!! I’m so excIted. ..I did my first Cherry Lola last night

  20. Mirinda says:

    Hi Dee,

    Would it be damaging if I did the CLT every week? I luv it!!

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Mirinda, If you’re doing the no conditioner regimen where you’re not clarifying you can experiment with it, but if you’re doing the original full regimen I think that would be too much.

  21. Aleksi says:

    Hi Dee-

    I am anout to start my MHM regimen and had a quick question. I usually wash my hair everyday, so doing the 7 day MHM challege shouldn’t be to tough to execute, however, do I continue using this regimen after the 7 days? Is the MHM regimen (minus the CLT treatment) okay for daiily use? Pls advise. Thanks!

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Aleksi,
      The original regimen recommended that you do it every day for the first week, when I started I did it everyday for about a month I think but that’s not necessary as long as you do it every 3 days. It should be fine.

  22. Sonyde says:

    Hi ms Dee Kay this is first time I. Gjoing to use this method can you tell me what to do first and the next step to the next step pls

  23. Angie says:

    Hi Ms. Dee Kay, My hair is dyed blonde but I had so much breakage that I want to go back darker can I use the treatment and color my hair a semi permanent color at the same time and if so will it strip the color?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      I think you should space them out, or if you have to then do the regimen and then do the color after the clay step. I think your hair color will get strip if you do the regimen due to frequent washing and cleansing of your hair.

  24. Judy says:

    I just did my first Cherry Lola Caramel treatment on my baby girl’s hair. I have TONS leftover. I read somewhere about putting it in the freezer to store it. If I’m not going to need it again for another 2 weeks, is it okay to just put it in the fridge? How do I revive it when it’s time to use it again? Thanks!

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Judy, yes you can put in the freezer and when it’s time all you need to do is take it out and you can add a little BS if you like I dont and it still works for me.

  25. duwa says:

    Am so excited and happy to do this but where do I even begib with ingredients. I am in capetown south Africa and it has been challenging finding products. Any recommendations ?

    • Hello, I am a raw/natural products for natural hair distributor. I was alerted by a friend about this regimen. She elaborated on how great it sounded, but getting the items together was what hindered her from proceeding with the process. That’s where I come in. I am putting together a subscription box of most of the “non common” ingredients. This way it will be easier for everyone to complete the process as it is laid out. I can be contacted directly via email:

  26. Ronaisha says:

    You mentioned the etae caramel treatment if I already have it can I just use that instead of the cherry Lola treatment?

  27. I need help understandinding)the 7 day hair challenge understand the directions

  28. Damonica says:

    I’ve been wanting to use this treatment for a few months now. But I must be really slow because I am confused every time I read the steps. What are the steps exactly? (I’ve read them a million times and I know what they entail, but what do I do on which day?) Is there a way for you to just say do all of this in one day and then in 3 days do these steps? I am really trying to achieve maximum hydration but the steps and the links going back and forth to the Cherry Lola then Cherry Lola Caramel then Maximum Hydration are a bit confusing. And the videos in between don’t do me any justice at all. Where do I start and where do I finish?? PLEASE HELPP!

  29. Makayda Archer says:

    Hey Dee!
    okay so I have just finshed the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment and I was wonder how soon do I start the MHM??

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