After revisiting my modified cherry lola treatment this weekend, I decided to officially induct this powerhouse treatment into my hall of fame. Known as a savior for low porosity hair, the cherry lola treatment is praised because of its powers of frizz reduction, moisture retention, and because it produces a shine factor that is out of this world. Though there are many variations of the exact recipe, my version of this hair smoothie consists of baking soda, apple cider vinegar, plain greek yogurt, and a moisturizing (silicone free) conditioner. (A word of precaution– I would not perform this more than once a month, as baking soda lifts the hair cuticle and can be a bit harsh on hair if used too often.)
You know me– everything in this recipe is eyeballed, rather than precisely measured. But it looks something like “2 parts yogurt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 part ACV, and a good dallop or two of conditioner.” The consistency will resemble cool whip once it fizzles and settles.
I apply it to dry hair and allow it to sit for about 30-45 minutes. I never detangle prior to applying it because this stuff literally melts tangles away. The application process is so enjoyable, not only for this reason, but because I see an immediate change in the way my curls clump together and a reduction in frizz. I am so upset with myself for taking an unintentional hiatus from this hair treatment for as long as I have, but I am VERY happy I’m back at it. Since my healthy hair journey began– through each natural-relaxed-back to natural, and so on– this has been the ONLY consistent, tried and true hair treatment that has worked for me.
My favorite part of the process is rinsing and seeing the magic it has worked. The camera does my curls no justice. My naked hair is left plump and delicious, with little to no frizz, and a crazy amount of shine. I’ve even gone without applying any product at all, a few times following this treatment. I followed through with a deep conditioning treatment and styled on damp hair.
All in all, the cherry lola treatment– or a modified version of it– is worth a try if you are experiencing frizz, dull or dry hair, and are in need of a BOOST. For me, it has been nothing short of a lifesaver. I am crazy in love.