I took my (crochet) braids out last night and tried out the coconut cream natural relaxer treatment. Here’s the recipe again:
Extra virgin coconut oil
Non-fat plain yogurt
I mixed all 3 ingredients, in no set measurements, into a bowl (warm up your coconut oil some if it solidified), and applied it to my hair in sections from root to tip. Next, I put on a plastic conditioning cap and let sit for about 2 hours (Note. Feel free to use heat. I just didn’t feel like sitting under the dryer. Also, the min to let this sit is about 1 hr), rinsed, and continued on with my regular wash routine.
My conclusion on this treatment: I like it. It’s a great conditioning treatment and left my kinky-kurls feeling soft and moisturized. Yogurt has protein in it so it left my hair feeling strong but not dried out. It didn’t loosen my hair texture but I heard it might not do this on the first try so I will keep doing this treatment about once a month and observe. Overall, if not for the natural (TEMPORARY) loosening of your kurls, it’s a great conditioning treatment that strengthens and moisturizes. It’s inexpensive, easy to make and use and if you have any left overs, simply put plastic wrap over the top and stick in the freezer for future use.
What I will change with the next batch: use the following recipe...
2 TBSP Coconut oil
1.5 TBSP Coconut cream
8-12 oz yogurt
I think I didn't use enough yogurt in my mix and too much coconut oil and cream. Oh well, my hair still feels great. Maybe with more yogurt, it will actually loosen the curl some. So, I'll try it out this way next time and report back.
The final results
While it didn't loosen my kurls, I do notice that they are more defined.
Give a try and share your results!
EDITED 2-13-09: I've been informed that the full fat yogurt works even better and is more effective than the non-fat.
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