Upon recently discovering that I have low porosity hair (low porosity is when your hair cuticle layer is tightly-bound and closed. For this reason, it is very difficult to get moisture into the hair), I’ve been researching methods that will benefit my hair and get me (and keep me) on the track to healthy natural hair.
I’ve heard about the Cherry Lola Treatment on many natural haircare forums, blogs and websites but I’ve never had any interest in trying it. However, as I was doing my research this treatment kept coming up as a good treatment for naturals with low porosity hair, so I decided to give it a try. The products used in this treatment include baking soda, liquid amino acids and plain yogurt.
Baking Soda (2 tablespoons) – Baking soda is an alkaline, with an average pH of 9.0, that cleans out excess product, removes impurities and cleans hair. Extremely alkaline products, like baking soda, open the cuticles of the hair shaft, allowing moisture into the hair.
Liquid Aminos (2 tablespoons) – Amino acids increases the hair’s ability to retain moisture and increases shine . It’s low in molecular weight so it easily penetrates the hair shaft and binds to hair’s inner fibers. *I purchased Bragg’s Liquid Aminos from Whole Foods. It is found next the soy sauce.
Plain Yogurt (2 cups) – Yogurt will provide the hair with a healthy balance of moisture and protein to help soften dry hair strands.
I mixed the yogurt and amino acid and then added the baking soda. Immediately after adding the baking soda, the mixture began to fizz.
After stirring, the mixture turned into a fluffy like mixture.
I didn’t realize the mixture would be so cold when applying it to my hair, but the yogurt had been in the refrigerator before I mixed it so I guess I should have expected that. I let the treatment sit for about 30 minutes. Within 15 minutes of letting it sit, I could feel a slight tingle on my scalp.
The treatment was very easy to wash from my hair. I just let the water run on my hair for a few minutes before I began to run my fingers through my hair to remove the remainder of the treatment. After rinsing out the treatment, my hair strands felt clean (similar to how my hair feels when I do an ACV rinse) and my hair looked super shiny. I can’t say that my hair felt super soft, as others have reported.
I followed the treatment with a hot deep conditioner (to take advantage of my open cuticles) using Shea Moisture’s Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. I put a heat cap on for 30 minutes and then slept with the deep conditioner in my hair (too lazy and sleepy to rinse it out).
The next morning I rinsed out the deep conditioner and my hair was amazingly soft. Super soft like cotton balls! I couldn’t stop touching my hair, because it felt so soft and moisturized. I’m not sure if this was a result of the Cherry Lola Treatment (remember my hair didn’t feel this way when I rinsed out the treatment the night before), the Shea Moisture deep conditioner or a combination of both.
Overall, I had good results the first time using the Cherry Lola treatment, but I’ll have to try it again before I give it a full stamp of approval.
Next up…my review on the bentonite clay treatment. Spoiler alert……my hair LOVES it!