The premise behind the Caramel Treatment is smooth, super soft, shiny hair. It is also known to assist wen flat ironing natural hair as it provides a boost of moisture in the content of hair strands. Increased moisture is a Natural’s best chance of her hair turning out silky straight, smooth, flowy and bouncy after being treated with heat.
The two ingredients in this treatment that I have never used on my hair are the molasses and banana. I’ve read time and time again that molasses works much like honey, pulling moisture into your strands. The banana falls under the category of moisturizer.
1/2 cup Molasses
1/4 cup Honey
2 jars Banana Baby Food
2 tbs Jojoba Oil
2 tbs Coconut Oil
2 tbs Castor Oil
2 tbs Rosemary Oil
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
My ingredients ratio vary compared to other recipes. I used less oils. I did this because, the molasses and bananas are supposed to be the main ingredient in this concoction that accounts for the moisture. I know all of my oils can do the trick, but I wanted to see what the molasses and bananas could do. So not to skew my perceived performance of the molasses and banana, I used less oils.
This was a waste of perfectly fine banana baby food! I steamed in the mixture for 20 mins and left it on for an additional 2 hours. This treatment did not do much for my hair. I was disappointed to find my hair wasn’t moisturized at all. Would I try this again? No. Though I am not opposed to trying products which are pre-mixed and marketed as a caramel treatment.
What crazy treatments have you experimented with?
[repost from Oct. 2010]