DIY Caramel Treatment

A quick post for those who are interested. A natural asked about Diva Smooth product from Janelle Beauty.  The product is supposed to be a “natural relaxer” that conditions the hair naturally without chemicals while loosening the curl pattern.  This is not a new claim.  There are tons of products out there claiming to be natural relaxers some are pretty dangerous like the Copola treatment while others are just glorified pre-poos.  I have never used this product, but it is said to be similar to the Caramel Treatment.  I decided to post a how to on the Caramel Treatment as I love to support the DIYers out there and avoid paying $$$ for a product you can make in your kitchen.

caramel treatment

Caramel Treatment

  • 6 Tbsp honey
  • 6 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 jar banana baby food
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Add ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend using a handheld mixer or wire wisk (about 3 minutes).  Pour contents into nonstick pot and cook over medium heat until it thickened (it will look like caramel, hence the name).  Stir in a few Tbsp of water to thin the mixture until it is like frosting and allow to cool.

Apply to clean hair using the shingle method from root to tip.  Cover your head with a plastic cap or wrap in plastic wrap.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes or even overnight.  Rinse hair with warm water.  Blowdry and/or flat iron hair.  Results are said to last 3-4 weeks.

NOTE: This recipe is very messy so make sure you put newspaper down on the floor for easy cleanup or apply in the shower.  


8 thoughts on “DIY Caramel Treatment

    • good question! there are lots of women who do not want to use chemicals on their hair but do not like the kinkiness of their hair pattern. There are treatments like this caramel treatment or molasses treatment or there is henna which is also known to loosen curl pattern. Naturalista Curly Nikki has used henna for years now and it has significantly loosened her curl pattern. Products are there to provide options.

  1. i thought henna was for coloring hair. I’m trying to find something that can loosen up my sons kinky hair. he’s 3 and my daughter’s 16(she’s trying to go natural) i don’t wish to cut their hair but let it grow natural. also is their any product that promotes hair growth? I’ve been using VIRGIN HAIR FERTILAZER on their hair for the last month, i myself have not permed my hair in over a year and is considering getting dreads or just staying natural. what could you consider i use on or hair?

    • Henna MIGHT loosen your curl pattern it all depends on the individual and effects are only seen after repeated use. There is no sure-fire chemical free way to loosen the curl. For your son I would recommend simply keeping his hair shorter (my son has a twa that is about an inch long) or possibly locing his hair. For your daughter she simply needs to follow healthy hair habits (keeping the scalp clean, hair moisturized, limit damage from heat and tension) and the hair will grow. Without knowing each of you personally it is hard to say what will work on each of you however in general for natural hair you want to start with water, followed by a moisturizer and seal with an oil or butter. If you desire to help accentuate your curl pattern then use a styler like gel.

  2. I used the caramel treatment last night and never has my hair been so defined and moisturized! I have very low porosity, cottony mix of 4a/4b hair. I didnt want to wash it out for fear that I would disrupt it. Thats exactly what happened. I wash it out with Curl Junkie Daily Fix, then steamed with KBB for 20 min. My hair felt better but still was a frizzy mess. Do you think I should just rinse it with warm water and let it airdry then proceed to styling?

  3. I have used the janelle diva smooth and loved it! I am natural BUT i like my hair straight with no creamy crack lol. Your recipe does sound very similar to DS. Very sticky btw.

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