The Caramel Treatment – A Natural Hair Softener

HoneyFind out how to soften kinky and curly hair with this all natural treatment

The caramel treatment is a product in the E’tae product line. Boasting an all natural line up of ingredients from honey, bananas to olive oil, this product delivers in its ability to seriously soften and hydrate the driest and roughest hair textures. It helps people who relax their hair to ‘stretch’ their relaxer for longer periods and helps people with natural hair by softening its texture for easier detangling and manageability.

The results of the caramel treatment are not permanent; they last for up to 4 weeks so should be reapplied monthly for continued benefits. Many report ‘loosening’ of hair texture as well as less shrinkage after the treatment but this is likely due to the added weight of the product as well as the increased moisture levels in the hair. For this reason, the caramel treatment is excellent for helping to straightening the natural hair as it takes less heat to get smoother results as well as better moisture retention.

No doubt the product is excellent but due to its perishable nature (no preservatives are used), the price tag for monthly treatments can become quite unappealing. Most of the ingredients in the product can be found in many average kitchens so making your own caramel treatment seems a more attractive approach for those who wish to use it on a regular basis.

By understanding the purpose of each ingredient, you can adjust the recipe every time you make it depending on your hair’s needs.

Honey – An excellent humectant good for moisture
Olive Oil – For lubrication and helps with moisture retention
Bananas – Good for moisture and some protein benefits as well
Molasses (Treacle) – Another excellent humectant with some protein benefits
Water – This is the best natural moisturizer and is used to thin the mixture
Apple Cider Vinegar – For the shine it imparts to the hair
Cornstarch – For thickening purposes
Wheat germ oil – For added strength and lubrication

Here outlined is a simple recipe based on the ingredients above:

Honey – 6 tablespoons
Olive Oil – 6 tablespoons
Bananas – 2-3 overripe and very soft
Molasses (Treacle) – 3 tablespoons
Water – 4-6 tablespoons
Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Cornstarch – 1-2 tablespoons depending on how thick you want the mixture to be
Wheat germ oil – 1 teaspoon – This can be substituted for any other natural ceramide containing oil of your choice

• Place all the ingredients except for the water into a blender and process until smooth. You may need to add the water bit by bit if it looks too dry.
• To ensure that there are no bits of banana in the mixture, sieve it through a fine sieve.
• Pour the mixture into a saucepan and put it on a medium heat while stirring constantly. You don’t want to ‘cook’ the mixture but you want the cornstarch to cause it to thicken and this will take just moments. You may need to add more water to thin it down if it gets too thick or add a bit more cornstarch if it is still too runny. You want to end up with a caramel coloured mixture that is the consistency of a thick batter. If the mixture is too thin it will start dripping from your hair as soon as you apply it.
• Decant the mixture into a container, depending on the length of your hair it will likely be enough for two applications.

To apply, divide the hair into 3-4 sections and clip. Starting with 1 section, part the hair and apply on the roots generously rubbing in with your fingers. Once applied on the roots of the section, apply the mixture all the way to the ends. Complete all sections in this manner and once done, cover the hair with a plastic cap. Let the mixture sit in your hair for 1-2 hours or overnight for really dry hair.

Wash hair with a sulfate free shampoo, deep condition and style as usual. You can freeze the remainder until you are ready to use it. The treatment is suitable for both natural and relaxed hair.

Also see the article about The Coconut And Lime Treatment For Natural Black Hair

About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.


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  • BHI

    I've been asked this question a couple of times and I would like to confirm that it is perfectly safe to use the caramel treatment on relaxed hair. If you look at the hair forums, you will see that quite a few women use this treatment among other things to help them stretch their relaxers!

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  • Sue

    Are the bananas necessary? Can they be substituted with something else? Also, does it have to be blended then cooked? Can I just mix it well then cook it? I’m away at college and I don’t have a blender :(

    • Alma

      You can use baby banana food which is already blended. I can’t promise you will get the right texture unless you thicken it by cooking.

    • Mary Howard

      I always use Baby Bananas. It comes in regular and organic. There was another recipe requiring bananas. I felt using the banana itself is just too time consuming if you want it rich and smooth.

  • Thanks for sharing this.
    My hair is so dry, after I was ill and was too weak to keep it moisturised.
    A friend suggested I try this out, and I’m looking forward to the result I’ll achieve.

  • Erica

    Hi..I have natural curly hair and I decided to put a caramel treatment in it for the first time yesterday. The treatment ended up getting rid of almost all of my natural curl and now it’s really bushy! I have a baby fro! Is it ok to put a texturizer over it to bring some kind of wave back to my hair?

    • If you apply a testuriser to your hair, then your hair wouldn’t be natural anymore. #simpletruth

      • Erica

        I’m not worried about that part of it all. I just started growing my hair back recently and I only have about 2 inches so worst case scenario I can cut the texturizer out once I get more length. But I can’t get any kind of style out of it right now. So, will my hair fall out from the texturizer of I just did a caramel treatment?

  • Julia

    Why don’t you thry the Cherrylola Caramel treatment prescrivbed under Maximum Hydration Method (MHM).
    BHM also wrote about it.
    It would get your curls popping again.
    Do let me know how it turned out.

  • I’m going to try this!

  • Me tooo

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