Straighteners and chemical relaxers are used often by most people who have kinky hair. People do this is to make their hair soft and more manageable. However, these chemicals usually have long or short-term side effects on the hair and scalp. The only way to avoid these side effects and still have the type of look you want is to soften your hair naturally. The following are a few ways to make your hair soft and healthy hair without chemicals.
The caramel treatment is one of the most common and effective methods of softening African-American hair naturally. Apart from softening, it also moisturizes the hair and stretches out the kinks. Your hair will be easy to detangle and will be easier to manage. This treatment has to be re-applied every four weeks because the effect starts wearing off at this time. You can easily make your own caramel treatment at home by following a simple recipe. The basic ingredients are:
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 3 jars of banana baby food (some people use ripe bananas but it may not wash out easily)
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of Blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
Blend the ingredients in a blender until the mixture is smooth then apply it to your hair just the way you apply relaxer. Cover your hair with a shower cap for at least 30 minutes. You can leave it on overnight if you want the full effect. Rinse your hair properly with water afterwards. Keep the remaining mixture, if you have leftovers in the freezer until next use.
Coconut milk treatment
The coconut milk treatment is the second method that you can use to make your hair soft naturally. It is also done with ingredients that are readily available in most homes. You will need such ingredients as:
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons of plain organic yoghurt
- 1 lime juice
Keep the cornstarch aside then mix the remaining ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Add cornstarch gradually (about half teaspoon per time) until you get the right thickness. Wash your hair, and then apply the mixture. Leave it in your hair for at least 30 minutes before washing it out.
The two methods mentioned above are very effective for softening your hair naturally. It is important to take good care of your hair after any of these treatments. Wash kinky hair regularly with moisturizing shampoos. This will keep your hair strands lubricated and soft. Don’t wash your hair with hot water. Hot water will make the hair dry and brittle. Use cool water when you wash or rinse your hair.
Avoid hair appliances as much as you can. Set blow dryer to the lowest setting when you need to use it. The heat from hair appliances can make your hair dry and rough. You may also experience occasional hair burn. Rub a tiny quantity of oil into your hair three to four times every week. This could be olive, almond or coconut oil.