Going natural for many women of color means eliminating use of heat, relaxers, and all other chemical compounds on their hair. For some though the transition is a struggle as they aren’t used to working with their natural curly hair texture and would prefer to loosen the tight curls for manageability and styling purposes. This natural hair straightener works especially well on new growth before the big chop or as your relaxed hair grows out.
Use of coconut milk and lime or lemon juice as a natural hair straightener has been used in Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands for centuries. Though this natural hair straighter loosens tight curls, do not use it expecting to have silky straight tresses as you would receive from a relaxer or flat-iron. However, your hair will be stronger, shiner, deeply conditioned and moisturized after the first use. With each subsequent use of the coconut milk and lemon natural hair straightener you will see additional relaxing of tight curls into looser curls and waves. Use it once every week or two for at least 3-4 treatments to achieve the best results.
- 1 can of coconut milk (100% natural with no additives like sugar)
- 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
- 1 medium sized mixing bowl
- fork or whip for blending
- plastic conditioning cap
- Shake can of coconut milk well. Pour the can of coconut milk into mixing bowl. Add the lime juice and mix thoroughly with fork or whip.
- Place mixture in refrigerator to chill until mixture is thick and creamy (about 90 minutes).
- Divide hair into 4-6 sections, clipping out of the way.
- Remove mixture from refrigerator and apply to one section of your dry hair. Make sure you apply it from root to tip, without missing any spots. Clip that section out of the way and move on to the next. Repeat until your entire head has been coated.
- Cover your hair with the plastic cap and keep mixture in hair for at least 5 hours or overnight. A friend sits out on her patio and catches some rays allowing the natural heat from the sun to help the process along.
- To really speed up the process, you can sit under a bonnet hair dryer or heating cap for an hour.
- Thoroughly rinse the mixture out with warm water, then shampoo condition and style your hair as you normally would.
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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