Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Caramel Treatment For Natural Hair – Stop Frizz and Shrinkage

The original recipe can be found at The Caramel Treatment – A Natural Hair Softener.  I always love to tweak recipes and make them my own.  I do it for food and hair recipes.  I know my hair isn't one size fits all so I studied different versions of this hair treatment.  I suggest you try different oils that suite you.  The recipe below was my latest batch.  It is enough for four applications.  Important note: DON'T USE BABY FOOD FOR BANANAS!!! You need real overripe bananas.
This recipe does work. It needs to be repeated every 3 weeks or whenever you just need a little help.  The treatment helps with the frizz situation.  Your hair will still frizz but not so drastically.  My hair shrinks a lot and it does help with that as well.  I do this in the summer because well it helps with summer hair.  I heard this works well for transitioning from relaxer to natural hair as well. *Everything in parentheses is a measurement for a single batch.  I make the treatment for four people and you may only need a single batch so use those measurements.  

Honey – 1¼ cups (single batch 6 tablespoons)

Olive Oil – 1¼ cups (6 tablespoons)
 note: mixed grape seed and safflower oil with the olive oil.  My personal touch.

Bananas – 7-9 (2-3) 
overripe and very soft

Molasses (Treacle) – ¾ cup (3 tablespoons)

Water – 1 cup (4-6 tablespoons)

Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 tablespoons (1 tablespoon)

Cornstarch – 6-8 tablespoons (1-2 tablespoons) depending on how thick you want the mixture to be
 (also helps with shine for hair)

Wheat germ oil – 3 teaspoons (1 teaspoon) – This can be substituted 

I add all ingredients to a blender (Ninja) and blend away.  Then I warm the mixture over low heat just to thicken it to a pudding consistency.  I leave the treatment on my hair for at least 4 hours.  I put a plastic bag on my hair to help with the treatment but I don't always use a plastic bag.  I rinse my hair after but I never shampoo.  The treatment coats your hair strands and you don't want to strip that away.