The Coconut And Lime Treatment For Natural Black Hair

CoconutDiscover 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.

If you have natural very curly/kinky hair, particularly 4a/b hair types, you will appreciate that it will take more heat to get ‘relaxer straight’ results when you flat iron your hair.

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

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.

  • Tensia

    I will try this and let you know if it really works. I like the fact that the products needed, can be obtained from your neighborhood grocery store.

  • cwoods

    Is this safe to use on relaxed hair with substantial new growth? I'm pregnant and stopped getting relaxers in January. It's been almost five months. After the baby's born I'll probably resume relaxer treatments. The article only mentions the effects on natural hair.

  • Tootie

    For the question about using the coconut treatment on permed hair, go on youtube girls talk about using it on permed hair and relaxed hair. Girls with relaxed hair use it to make their relaxer stretch , and those with natural hair use it to soften their hair and enhance the curl pattern. They also have different variations of the treatment, you can type in coconut relaxer and different links will pop up. Most links will also show you how to apply it and the results.


  • My grandma used it all the time, but I never thought to use it on my kids hair since there mixed, it work great on us

  • im trying to love my natural hair… not looking to make it something its not… luv my kinky curls

  • lovely lady

    It’s this temporary? Will my hair eventually return back to its natural curl pattern?

  • I need to try this asap. I gave myself a protein treatment because i was having a lot of breakage…..OMG…now my coils are even stronger and tighter. They need to relax and chill.

  • Yes

  • I clicked the link and printed it. I’ll try it later, and let you know how it works.

  • Thank you!

  • I tried this a couple of years back, I didn’t like it. It didn’t work for me, it was clumpy and very messy and hard to get out of my hair. Probably user mistakes but I never tried again

  • 2 bad I’m allergic 2 coconut!!!!! That crap fire!!!!

  • LOL!

  • Coconut oil and milk does wonders for the skin as well.

  • KJ

    How many onces are in a tin? At the grocery store where I shop, coconut milk is sold in 16 oz. cans or one quart boxes, which is how I buy it.

  • Do you drink it or apply it to your hair ??? Ijs with the martini glass and all….

  • Kudz

    I recently tried this out. My hair has 2 different curl patterns and the hair at the back is kinkier and knots up very easily. I applied the mixture to the back of my hair and its made a huge difference!!! the hair is noticeably softer and retains more moisture. Its also a lot easier to manipulate. two thumbs up from me :-)

  • You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up

  • Look Jewell Cisjuanora Lucille Huntley

  • Has anyone tried this?

  • I might try it if I can ever read the post… It’s not loading !

  • I don’t know, but I know the cornstarch in the recipe provided is basically sugar, and will burn the heck out of your hair if not rinsed well, which negates the purpose of adding it. Think about the brown build up on your clothing iron– starch. Y’all be careful.

  • I’m so tempted Tiffany Reneé Faith Hope Charity

  • Tyshanique Glover -_- *drake voice* Dont do it, please don’t do it

  • Tried it, it softened my hair bcuz it increased the moisture in my hair but it definitely didnt straighten my hair

  • Evon DeliverusfromEva Landers maybe you should try this.

  • Don’t do this mess

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