If you have natural black hair chances are that you are already in love with your texture and wouldn’t change it for the world. As well it should be! But like anyone else, you don’t mind the occasional bout of ‘the grass is greener on the other side’ and would like to change your look temporarily.
If you have natural very curly/kinky hair, particularly 4a/b hair types, you will appreciate that it will take more heat to get ‘relaxer straight’ results when you flat iron your hair. The downfall of using too much heat on your hair is that it may damage it irreparably i.e. burn it straight! Nobody wants to risk the health of their hair for the sake of straight locks for a week. An alternative is required.
This is where the coconut and lime ‘relaxer’ could help you. The ‘straightening’ effect achieved is most noticeable in slightly wavy hair. In African American (black) hair, the results are more subtle and with continued application, it results in loosening or elongating the curl pattern which makes heat styling much easier. This technique is by no means new; it has been used for years by Asian women to straighten their curly hair safely without the use of chemicals.
The original recipe involves mixing coconut juice with the lime juice and leaving in the fridge overnight until a cream forms on top. This cream is then applied to the hair and left for a few hours then rinsed off. The remainder of the mixture is then discarded. The main issue with this recipe is that even though the coconut milk with solidify slightly when put in the fridge, the natural heat from your body once applied to the hair will make it runny again and you may find that a lot of the treatment will end up running down your face and neck! Another problem is the wastage involved as only a small percentage of the coconut milk is being used.
The recipe below is a version of the original allowing both for the dryness of natural black hair with minimum wastage of the ingredients.
Here’s how to make the treatment:
<LI class=style19>1 tin of coconut milk <LI class=style19>2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil <LI class=style19>4 tablespoons of lime juice
2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch
Empty the coconut milk into a saucepan add the extra virgin olive oil and whisk until well blended. Coconut milk varies in consistency by brand so depending on how thin the mixture in the saucepan is, add 2-3 tablespoons in a separate bowl and mix this with the lime juice until the mixture is lump free then add to the coconut milk & olive oil mixture. Put the saucepan over a medium heat whisking constantly. The purpose is not to cook the mixture but to activate the cornstarch which will thicken the mixture to a ‘conditioner’ type consistency. This should take a couple of minutes. If you find the mixture is still too thin then add a bit more cornstarch or if you get a brand of coconut milk that that is very thick to begin with, you may omit the corn starch altogether.
Apply the mixture to your hair in sections to ensure it is evenly covered. Cover with a plastic cap then under a steam cap for ˝ hour to an hour. If you don’t have a steam cap but you have a hooded dryer, read this article on how to give your hair a steam treatment without a steam cap.
Depending on the length and thickness of you hair, the mixture will be enough for 1-2 applications. Place any remaining treatment into a plastic jar/container and freeze until you require it next.
Proceed to shampoo the mixture out of your hair thoroughly then proceed to deep condition as usual with an ultra moisturizing conditioner. Remember, the final rinse should be done with cold/lukewarm water to close the hair cuticles and seal in the moisture.
Roller set your hair with only a glycerine containing product like S Curl along with some heat protectant for the softest results. Sit under a dryer for up to 90 minutes or until the hair is thoroughly dry. To complete the look flat iron the hair in sections with one swipe on a medium heat (you will not need much heat to get your hair straight). Style as desired.
I stayed hours after posting this and thought no one was going to respond to this posts since it about 'relaxing' and I'm thinking 'whatup? I'm sure to get the answer here....'
I'm not looking to straighten my hair. And something as natural as this probably wouldn't straighten it anyway, but I'm thinking it would make it smoother, softer, more manageable, and loosen up the texture slightly. I going to use it on my daughter, who has spongy hair.
I do not plan on using heat except for maybe putting her under a hooded dryer. In that case, it may serve more as a conditioner/moisturizer I guess.
Glad I could help. Let me know what results you get. I'm so curious! I had never heard of this before. I actually found this while looking for some 4a/4b pictures of hair on Google images, and it just popped up! How timely is that? LOL I kinda want to try this on myself, but I am so nervous. I kinda want to leave my hair alone. You don't want to know the kind of experimenting I've done with my hair prior to transitioning. I'm surprised I had any left at all. Good luck to you and your daughter. Hope that it all turns out well!
Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective. Henndigo occasionally.
It's funny that I just saw this thread. I was on lhcf a few minutes ago and there was a thread where a woman was talking about how using that combo with Henna straightened her hair. I started reading it because I thought it was something she was complaining about. But, she wasn't. Don't think I can post a link to another forum! But, the title is, "I almost lost ALLL my curl!"
The Cherry Lola treatment kind of straightened my hair. Not completely, but the texture is slightly looser than what I started out with. I have done it a total of 3 times. I'm not planning to do it again, because I don't want my hair straightened. It also adds protein to your hair, because my hair became, well, hard after this. On top of that, I have done 2 henna treaments so far, and that is the limit of what I will now put into my hair. I think that the CLT wears off after a while, but it sure smelled like perm when it was sitting on my hair, although it's not. That smell is what worried me. But I'm waiting for someone else on here to tell me what they thought of it. I shan't be doing it again.
Hakim, in the Cherry Lola treatment, did you use the exact same amino liquids as she does or did you use a different kind of amino liquids.
I didn't find the amino liquids she recommends and I'm wondering whether you used the same or whether it can be substituted with a different kind.
I think it is a good relaxer recipe. I also think adding essential medicinal oils to any natural relaxer recipe like chickweed oil, could help heal and disinfect any wounds from using sodium hydroxide relaxers, for those who are getting of those relaxers. These oils can be found in herbal remedy stores and other places that specialize in Holistic medicine. Adding aloe vera juice may help heal relaxer burn wounds as well.