If you’ve been natural for a while now, you maybe familiar with the Cherry Lola treatment. It’s name is derived from the blogger that made it famous and it’s often been the go to treatment for loosening tight coils, de-frizzing and adding strength and softness.
I’ve recently tried the cherry lola treatment and I must say it made my hair feel nice.
The recipe I used was this:
- 16oz full fat yogurt
- 2 tbs Bragg’s Amino Acids
- 2 tbs baking soda
Leave the treatment in for 20 minutes.
The baking soda in the recipe lifts the hair’s cuticles giving the other ingredients- the amino acids, and the fats and proteins in the yogurt a chance to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft.
Why Amino Acids?
I’ve talked a little bit about amino acids in the past in this post, but as a refresher here’s a few descriptions of the positive effects of particular amino acids on hair:
Histidine and phenylanine: increases the tensile strength of hair which allows hair to stay stronger, longer while promoting length retention.
Alanine: helps hair to retain moisture
Arganine; an amino acid with a strong affinity to hair that helps other amino acids to penetrate the hair shaft.
(Hair and Amino Acids: The Interactions and Effects j. Cosmestc.i.,58,347-357(July/August 2007)
The reason why this works so well to reduce frizz is because your hair is getting a power punch of moisture along with moisture retaining amino acids. When your hair is well moisturized it tends to frizz up a whole lot less.
About the curl relaxing part- I think the use of the baking soda which upped the pH of the whole mixture is the culprit behind some naturals saying that it stretches their curls. I didn’t see a difference in my curl pattern after I used the mix, but you may notice a worthwhile difference, especially depending on how much baking soda you use and how long you decide to keep the treatment in your hair.
This mix is bound to be pretty awesome for many hair types.
A word to the wise though: if you suffer from already very porous strands you want to make sure that you don’t OD with the addition of baking soda, nor keep this treatment in for longer than 30 minutes. I have porous strands and I actually ruined my hair a couple of years ago leaving it in for 4+ hours. It took a whole summer of protective styling and weekly deep treatment to get my hair to its former vitality.
If you want you can up the emollient factor of this treatment by including your favorite oil. I added neem. Needless to say, my hair smelled pretty funky (neem smells like old, earthy peanuts), but my hair came out really nice!
If there’s anything I would change for next time is that I’d add more amino acids- maybe something like 2-4oz. I think my hair loves them!
You can also chose to follow up the treatment with a acidic rinse with apple cider vinegar (acv) or aloe vera juice. After using the treatment I hardly felt a need to shampoo (the baking soda acts like a detergent), but I think I followed up with a diluted ACV rinse.
I decided to go ahead and film how I did my treatment so go ahead and check out my video and tell me what you think!
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