Having dry hair is like the ultimate sin when it comes to natural hair. If your hair is dry it can’t grow properly, it’s as simple as that really.
Whilst for some people dry hair is a non-issue that is not the case for everyone.
For some naturals, there is a serious battle going on to fight the dryness. This is where the Cherry Lola treatment comes in and could make a difference to many naturals.
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What exactly is the Cherry Lola treatment?
The Cherry Lola treatment was created way back in 2009. It was actually stumbled upon by a natural hair enthusiast.
You might be thinking (well I least I did when I first heard about it) that Cherry Lola sounds like some kind of sweet hair treatment. I remember picturing pouring a can of cherry coke all over my head. Thankfully coke has nothing to do with this treatment!
Neither do cherries for that matter. The method was actually named after the person that came up with the method Cherry Lola.
The method was discovered when Cherry Lola herself was struggling with dry hair.
The Cherry Lola treatment serves to increase moisture in low porosity hair but even if you don’t have low porosity hair you can still give it a shot.
The method has become increasingly popular over time as the ingredients are very inexpensive to purchase which makes it accessible to everyone.
The benefits of doing the Cherry Lola treatment
- It helps to increase moisture levels in your hair which in turn will help with the overall growth of your natural hair.
- A great treatment for those with type 4c hair who tend to suffer from dryness.
- It makes the detangling process a lot easier
- If your hair is damaged it helps to restore some of the strength ultimately meaning less hair breakage
- It reduces frizz
- Promotes shine
- Encourages more curl definition. The method will slightly loosen curls but it cannot make your hair straight
- Can be used for many different hair types including those that are transitioning and have relaxed hair too
- It can also help to restore the vibrancy in colour-treated hair too
How to do a Cherry Lola treatment
2 Tablespoons of Braggs liquid amino’s
Plain yoghurt (You can adjust this to your needs. 1-2 cups is recommended)
2 Tablespoons of Baking soda
Mix all of the ingredients together into a clean bowl. Mix until all the ingredients are well bound. The mixture will look quite thick and brown in colour.
Once your mixture is ready section your hair into 6 or 8 sections, whichever is easiest for you just like you would if you were about to wash your hair.
Take one section at a time and apply the mixture from root to tip. I like to use such opportunities to finger comb my hair and get rid of any tangles at the same time.
Make sure each section is completely covered and retwist the sections to make sure your hair doesn’t become tangled again.
Cover your hair with a shower cap like this one and leave the treatment on for 20-30 minutes.
Once the recommended time has passed you can rinse the mixture out with lukewarm water or do a co-wash if you prefer.
Cherry Lola and protein sensitivity
The Cherry Lola treatment is essentially a protein treatment so if you know that your hair is protein sensitive then I would not recommend that you do the treatment too often.
You can perhaps cut it back to once a month or once every 2 months depending on how sensitive your hair is.
How often can you do the treatment?
You can do the treatment every 2 weeks or once a month. A lot will depend on your hair and what it likes.
If your hair has high porosity then I would recommend that you do not leave the treatment on for too long.
Doing so could, in fact, have the opposite desired effect on your hair.
The baking soda opens up the cuticles of your hair even more which is not good for high porosity hair.
If you know your hair has high porosity then only leave the treatment on for 10-15 minutes at most.
I would suggest that you tweak the ingredients to suit your personal needs for better results.
Is there anything to worry about using this method?
We’ve already covered that you need to be cautious when using this treatment if you have high porosity hair or if your natural hair is protein sensitive.
You also need to be aware of using baking soda on your hair too.
Baking soda can be a great way to clarify your hair but there are dangers to using it.
Your scalp has a natural pH balance of 5.5 but baking soda has a pH balance of 9.
Using baking soda on your hair could completely throw off the balance of your hair leaving you susceptible to all type of issues.
Some of these issues include:
- Frizzy hair
- Dry flaky scalp
- Hair breakage
- Cuticle damage
If you want to be on the cautious side of things you can omit the baking soda or reduce it right down. For this reason, you should never leave the treatment on your hair for longer than the recommended 20-30 minutes.
Final thoughts on the Cherry Lola treatment for natural hair
The Cherry Lola treatment can be hugely beneficial if used in the right way.
As with any product that you are trying on your hair for the first time always be cautious and keep a close eye on your hair afterwards to make sure there are no negative effects afterwards.