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A DIY Caramel Treatment To Soften Your Natural Hair

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by Shelli of Hairscapades 

I often get asked about whether there are any natural hair softener options for natural hair and if henna is a good choice. Although henna may soften some curls, it can be hit or miss and seems largely dependent on the thickness of the hair strand and the existing curl formation. Henna tends to loosen the curls of those who don’t want loosening! It’s also a time-consuming process and essentially permanent, so it’s not for the faint of heart! *lol* Finally, if not done right, henna can cause damage and so I always suggest that anyone interested in trying it do their research before making the leap (I read everything I could on henna for 2 months before finally deciding to try it).

That being said, when I was in the CurlyNikki Presents Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge (whew … that never gets easier to write!), I read a rave review about a natural hair softener. The young lady called it a caramel treatment. This treatment was generally made with molasses (which gives it the caramel color and consistency – hence the “caramel” moniker), honey, banana baby food and oils, but there are variations on the recipe that can be found online.

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Now, the old GOC blogs are very hard to find. So, I wasn’t able to find the GOC blog or post about the treatment yet. But I did find this good article on Black Hair Information: The Caramel Treatment- A Natural Hair Softener.

As I wasn’t interested in hair softening, I never tried it. But, I did “lock it in the vaults” as I knew it was good information and might be helpful to someone. And, since I recently got asked about natural curl softeners, I figured the time to open the vaults was now .

That being said, here is a video demonstrating how to make the treatment that might be helpful to those of you interested in trying the treatment.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey 
  • 1/4 cup of molasses 
  • 2 containers of banana baby food 
  • 1 tbs of cornstarch dissolved in water 
  • splash of apple cider vinegar 

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together cold in a small pot 
  • Add the cornstarch water mix into the pot while its still cold 
  • Mix well, make sure all the clumps are out 
  • Turn on stove to medium low heat and keep mixing 
  • Once mix begins to boil, turn off the heat 
  • Once cooled, apply mixture generously to your hair
  • Let the treatment sit on your hair for 1 hour, then shampoo off
  • Use this treatment once every two weeks for maximum softness and definition   

Now, it wouldn’t be right for me to share this and not tell you about an article that I found by WestNDNBeauty on Confessions of a Blog Vixen that said that it was a waste of perfectly good banana baby food!  So, guess it doesn’t work for everyone. But, given that the ingredients are pretty easy to find and inexpensive, I figured that some might want to give it a try to come to their own conclusion!!

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Have you ever tried/do you use caramel treatments? If so, what’s your recipe and what are the benefits?

This article was originally published on February 2013 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

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VOICES Share New Doc & Soundtrack ‘Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom’

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VOICES is a community that discusses, develops, and distributes resources by Black Christian content creators for communities of color. Today — in support of the brand’s new historic documentary — the brand shares the original motion picture soundtrack, titled Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom. A 13-song collection that echoes the truth and revelation of how the recently recognized federal holiday Juneteenth came to be. The project features previously released singles “Where Do We Go,” and “Black As Heaven,” and a-list features from hip hop’s biggest names such as Lecrae and Propaganda, who appear on a new posse cut “Black Reconstruction.”

The documentary’s synopsis is as followed:

Uncover the deep spiritual significance of America’s newest federal holiday with pastor Rasool Berry in “Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom,” a new documentary film presented by the Our Daily Bread Voices Collection and Our Daily Bread Media.

Learn how Scripture inspired the faith of enslaved people, travel to the church where America’s first Juneteenth celebration took place, and uncover why newly liberated men and women credited God for their freedom.

With special guests Ms. Opal Lee, Lecrae, and more, you’ll journey to Galveston, Texas to discover a faith stronger than suffering.

Take a look at the documentary below.

The doc paired up with popular music outlet Rapzilla to spread the film’s awareness, with curator Rasool Berry stating:

“The first celebration of what has become known as Juneteenth took place at a church in Galveston, and I discovered that people who were closest to it understood their emancipation on spiritual terms. To really understand that story, we need to grasp their perspective on their own emancipation. The church is where the story starts, but that’s not where the faith component ends. The role of the Black church in establishing communities was really vital, I discovered.”

Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom: A Documentary from @Our Daily Bread Voices Collection is directed by Ya’Ke Smith.

After the listen, feel free to check out more of VOICES via social media.
Check out the full project below.

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East Coast Rapper Helly Way Has “One Eye Open” In New Single

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VA native by way of Smyrna, Delaware, Helly Way is one of the hottest rising rappers on the east coast. Coming from a long list of musicians, songwriters and singers, he is the grandson of legendary music copyist Samuel Herman who came up in a group with Quincy Jones. Determined to rebuild his family’s legacy that was lost, he began creating music at the tender age of 16 and never looked back.

Heavily influenced by Pharrell, Timbaland, DJ Premier, The Lox, Mobb Deep, Meek Mill Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, he began creating an original sound that cannot be duplicated. As he returns to the music scene with a hot new single titled “One Eye Open”, he is setting the streets ablaze with this release.

Wanting to give his fans something special to vibe out to all summer, “One Eye Open” serves as the first single off of his highly anticipated Scriptures EP. On this single you will hear Helly Way speaking his truth like never before, allowing listeners to get a more intimate look at the obstacles he has to overcome in order to achieve stardom. With grungy, original vocals, mixed with his raw truth telling, he is carving out his own lane in the music industry.

He is putting on for Virginia and Delaware in a way that the world will tap into very soon. Press play below to stream Helly Way’s “One Eye Open” single and give this rising rap star a chance.

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Corey Hales Shares New Visual “Cool It Down”

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Massachusetts Corey Hales serenades guests at a backyard boogie by the pool in the new visual for his latest single “Cool It Down.” In the Caleb Edens-directed visual, Hales blends various genres with his soulful R&B vocals over classical instrumental and pop-folk vibe. As the days turn to night in the latest visual, Hales’ performance certifies him as an artist-to-watch as we wined down 2022.

Hales on the making of “Cool It Down”: “I bought a mustang and was living on my own for the first time in Charleston, but on a cruise home from my Monday gig I was left thinking about this girl I had just met at the show. I think we all have those moments in our head where we map out everything we wish we said to someone and that’s exactly when the record was born. It’s also the first song I had written as a newly single person after a 5 year relationship, so it’s my personal favorite because all of my memories associated with the song are still super fun and positive.”

“Cool It Down” prepares for the release fo the artist’s highly-anticipated upcoming album, coming soon. “Cool It Down” is available on all DSPs via CAH Music/Foundation Media. Stream it here. Want more Corey Hales? Follow the rising star on social media for up-to-the-minute news.

You may watch Corey Hales’ new video for “Cool It Down” below.

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