Caramel Treatment

by kcurly on December 2, 2008

in "Hair raising" Experiements and Recipes

Looking for a good deep conditioner and don’t feel like ordering products online? Look no further than your local grocery store!

Reasons to do a caramel treatment:

  • to soften new growth (for relaxed/transitioning heads)
  • moisture
  • “loosen” curl pattern (I’ve never experienced this)
  • for fun! (Ok this is a reason I do it)
  • all natural ingredients that are easy to obtain

There are a few different recipes for a caramel treatment out there, but here is what I use:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 splash of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • 1/2 cup plain full fat yogurt (this is my own personal preference, I don’t think most people do this)
  • 3 containers of banana baby food

Now, most people just seem to play around with the ingredients to find what works for them. Below are other ingredients you may want to substitute for those I have listed. My advice is just to leave in the banana, honey, and molasses as those seem to be the core ingredients. You may also need to change the amount you use based on how thick or long your hair is.

  • shea butter
  • coconut oil
  • jojoba oil
  • coconut milk
  • cornstarch (to thicken it up)
  • wheat germ oil

Honey - a natural humectant to help hold in moisture. It also has vitamins such as folate, iron, magnesium.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap Molasses- a excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron, and magnessium. It is said to strengthen the hair and leave it soft and full of sheen.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar- gives the hair shine and is said to promote blood circulation. Is also used in rinses. I will be doing an entry on this later.


Bananas- contain potassium, Vitamins A, B, C, E and natural oils. Leaves the hair soft and moisturized. Bananas also contrain tryptophan which is beneficial to hair and skin. You can puree your own bananas but baby food will help you avoid picking out chunks of banana from your hair for the next few hours.

If you’re using shea butter or coconut oil (or any other solid or semisolid) make sure to melt those down first either on the stovetop or microwave. Then add everything else. You can mix it by hand or use a blender. It will come out a nice caramel color, though,  since I use yogurt in mine it’s a little lighter.

Finished Caramel Treatment

Finished Caramel Treatment

I apply it with a application brush, starting at the back and then advancing towards the front. Sounds like a relaxer application, doesn’t it? I learned to do this with my deep conditioners from the  Long Hair Care Forum ladies. It ensures that the hair gets equal coverage.

After application, I put on a plastic cap and you’re good to go for however long you want to keep it on.

Time to stay inside the house!

Time to stay inside the house!

I leave it in for at least an hour.  You are then left with a super soft head of hair.

Not interested in mixing things up in the kitchen? Why not try the Carmel treatment from E’Tae? I’ve never used it, but I’ve heard good reviews.

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