Discover this technique of temporarily straightening natural hair with no damage to the hair structure
If you have natural black hair chances are that you are already in love with your texture and wouldn’t change it for the world. As well it should be!
But like anyone else, you don’t mind the occasional bout of ‘the grass is greener on the other side’ and would like to change your look temporarily.
The downfall of using too much heat on your hair is that it may damage it irreparably i.e. burn it straight! Nobody wants to risk the health of their hair for the sake of straight locks for a week. An alternative is required.
This is where the coconut* and lime ‘relaxer’ could help you. The ‘straightening’ effect achieved is most noticeable in slightly wavy hair.
In African American (black) hair, the results are more subtle and with continued application, it results in loosening or elongating the curl pattern which makes heat styling much easier.
This technique is by no means new; it has been used for years by Asian women to straighten their curly hair safely without the use of chemicals.
The original recipe involves mixing coconut juice with the lime juice and leaving in the fridge overnight until a cream forms on top. This cream is then applied to the hair and left for a few hours then rinsed off. The remainder of the mixture is then discarded.
The main issue with this recipe is that even though the coconut milk with solidify slightly when put in the fridge, the natural heat from your body once applied to the hair will make it runny again and you may find that a lot of the treatment will end up running down your face and neck! Another problem is the wastage involved as only a small percentage of the coconut milk is being used.
The recipe below is a version of the original allowing both for the dryness of natural black hair with minimum wastage of the ingredients. Here’s how to make the treatment:
1 tin of coconut* milk
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil*
4 tablespoons of lime juice
2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch
Originally posted 2010-02-14 03:38:18.