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    Posted: May 27 2013 at 2:45am

I have 4b hair. I have had a perm for years but for some reason my hair is as coarse as if I do not have a perm....so I have decided to stop perming my hair. I am look for something natural to loosen the curl of my natural hair. 

Do you think the below technique would work?

Do you know of another technique?




The Coconut And Lime Treatment For Natural Black Hair




Discover 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 juic2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch

Empty the coconut milk into a saucepan add the extra virgin olive oil and whisk until well blended.  Coconut milk varies in consistency by brand so depending on how thin the mixture in the saucepan is, add 2-3 tablespoons in a separate bowl and mix this with the lime juice until the mixture is lump free then add to the coconut milk & olive oil mixture. Put the saucepan over a medium heat whisking constantly. The purpose is not to cook the mixture but to activate the cornstarch which will thicken the mixture to a ‘conditioner’ type consistency. This should take a couple of minutes. If you find the mixture is still too thin then add a bit more cornstarch or if you get a brand of coconut milk that that is very thick to begin with, you may omit the corn starch altogether.


Apply the mixture to your hair in sections to ensure it is evenly covered. Cover with a plastic cap then under a steam cap for ½ hour to an hour. If you don’t have a steam cap but you have a hooded dryer, read this article on how to give your hair a steam treatment without a steam cap.

Depending on the length and thickness of you hair, the mixture will be enough for 1-2 applications. Place any remaining treatment into a plastic jar/container and freeze until you require it next.

Proceed to shampoo the mixture out of your hair thoroughly then proceed to deep condition as usual with an ultra moisturizing conditioner. Remember, the final rinse should be done with cold/lukewarm water to close the hair cuticles and seal in the moisture.

Roller set your hair with only a glycerine containing product like S Curl along with some heat protectant for the softest results. Sit under a dryer for up to 90 minutes or until the hair is thoroughly dry. To complete the look flat iron the hair in sections with one swipe on a medium heat (you will not need much heat to get your hair straight). Style as desired.


http://www.blackhairinformation.com/hair-care-2/hair-treatments-and-recipes/the-coconut-and-lime-treatment-for-natural-black-hair/






Edited by bindy - May 27 2013 at 3:07am
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gurl my hair speaks in tongues as soon as a straightener comes in it perimeter, no buenoCry

Edited by f8dagrate - May 27 2013 at 3:55am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Lilnicka4u2nv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2013 at 3:27am
It depends on what you mean by "work"

  Treatments like this condition, and smooth the hair to make it pliable, and easier to straighten...There is no such thing as a "natural straightener"

    It's not about loosening the hair, to get sleek 4b hair results... it's about moisture, and technique...


Edited by Lilnicka4u2nv - May 27 2013 at 3:35am
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people tend not to be able to get past the words "straighten" and "relax" on homemade deep conditioning treatments.

if you look at the last two steps it requires roller setting and flat ironing.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote LadyAradia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2013 at 5:42am
Originally posted by bindy bindy wrote:


Roller set your hair with only a glycerine containing product like S Curl along with some heat protectant for the softest results. Sit under a dryer for up to 90 minutes or until the hair is thoroughly dry. To complete the look flat iron the hair in sections with one swipe on a medium heat (you will not need much heat to get your hair straight). 
I don't trust this article AT ALL. The last part about roller setting and flat ironing  the hair with scurl or care free curl moisturizer on it takes away ALL credence. I used wave nouveau moisturizer on my hair and set it before but it made the hair constantly shrink or revert as if I kept putting my head in a steamy shower or went outside in the rain. ALSO to  try to flat iron hair with glycerine in it is a joke! The room will fill up with smoke, the hair will scorch and STILL constantly look like you stepped out in the rain over and over again! Glycerine ATTRACTS WATER MOLECULES from the air. So it constantly keeps  the hair slightly wet. Slightly wet hair that WILL NOT DRY COMPLETELY and a flat iron or a roller set are a JOKE! Both  rely on the hair being DRY enough to form to a new set. In my opinion the author is wack.

I did put yogurt in my hair once because it is supposed to  condition the hair   but I did not see it smooth out the curl at all unfortunately. I will try the coconut milk thing just for condition but I think a Brazilian Keratin treatment would be far better than any of this.


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there is a video on youtube of Bkt on 4b hair. great results!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote TokyoRose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2013 at 6:19am
Do you mean "straight" or do you mean "more manageable"?  In order for your hair to straightened, there has to be a chemical reaction that will break the bonds in the hair and nothing in lemon juice, olive oil or coconut milk or any combination of these will do that.
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Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

Do you mean "straight" or do you mean "more manageable"?  In order for your hair to straightened, there has to be a chemical reaction that will break the bonds in the hair and nothing in lemon juice, olive oil or coconut milk or any combination of these will do that.


I mean more manageable.
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I was interested until the last 2 steps. Roller setting and flat ironing on top of it? Too labour intensive for me...
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