Every once in a while I like to change up my hair rou­tine by inte­grat­ing a new DIY treat­ment. Chang­ing things up has in the past helped me find new ways to enhance my hair’s mois­ture reten­tion or it’s man­age­abil­i­ty.

Some­times I make ter­ri­ble mis­takes, like the time I used coconut cream and cas­tor oil in my hen­na treat­ment or left the cher­ry lola treat­ment in my hair for way to long. Both mishaps set me back, but through it all, I’ve learned it’s best to fol­low the instruc­tions of thou­sands of nat­u­ral­is­tas who paved the path before me and to always try again!

This week I decid­ed to amp up the mois­ture in my hair by doing the famous caramel treat­ment. Accord­ing to my own per­son­al research, this DIY treat­ment was inspired by two brands who cre­at­ed a sim­i­lar mix that pro­duced incred­i­bly mois­tur­iz­ing results so I decid­ed to try it out myself!

caramel treatment diy

I used a mea­sur­ing cup and gath­ered my ingre­di­ents into a small pot on low heat. I found that plac­ing the olive oil first pre­vent­ed any of the oth­er ingre­di­ents from stick­ing to the bot­tom of the pot. Some recipes call for adding a nat­ur­al thick­en­er such as guar gum to the mix, but because I felt it only ben­e­fit­ted the appli­ca­tion process ver­sus the end result, I didn’t both­er get­ting it.

ingredients in pot

The mix­ture then turned into this love­ly brown col­or (pic­tured above). For some strange rea­son, I found a few pieces of crys­tal­ized sug­ar in the mix (pic­tured below). I’m not sure why exact­ly that hap­pened, but I just spooned it out and every­thing was all good.

cystalized sugar

When it seemed the ingre­di­ents had become a homoge­nous mix­ture it was time to take it out. I used enough prod­ucts to cre­ate a 12oz mix. It looked like way more than I would need for my hair.

12 oz of caramel treatment product

The oil and oth­er ingre­di­ents sep­a­rat­ed quick­ly so in appli­ca­tion, I just twirled my fin­gers around in the mix and applied to my hair over the sink (to keep my bath­room as neat and clean as pos­si­ble).

treatment in hair

I end­ed up using about 8 oz of prod­uct to sat­u­rate every sin­gle strand of hair. I left the treat­ment in for over an hour, uncov­ered in ban­tu knots (pic­tured above) before I rinsed it out with my con­di­tion­er. The left over prod­uct was placed in my refrig­er­a­tor and used on my daugh­ter a few days lat­er.

Final Thoughts:

This treat­ment is def­i­nite­ly one I would do again because it gave my hair a very mois­tur­ized feel­ing. The ingre­di­ents are not hard to come by and it was easy to rinse out. Next time, I might cut the mea­sure­ments in half since as I didn’t need that much prod­uct. While the prod­uct can be saved for lat­er use, I don’t imag­ine I would care to do this treat­ment more than once or twice a month.

See this video below for the DIY in action.

Have you incor­po­rat­ed the caramel treat­ment into your hair reg­i­men?




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How many mL is the baby banana jar?

Hair Anomaly

I have nev­er even heard of this. I am so unin­formed.

For some rea­son, after see­ing the list of ingre­di­ents, all I could think about was get­ting attacked by a swarm of bees.


I’ve done this, but I put it in a blender instead of a sauce pan. I want to do it again. I do like that you used pureed baby food though. =)