Caramel Treatment On Natural Hair

A sticky concoction of all your favorite ingredients that can help rejuvenate your mane.

Reviewed by Precious Rutlin, Licensed Cosmetologist
Written by Arshiya Syeda, BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Dip
Edited by Anjali Sayee, BTech
Fact-checked by Swathi E, MA (English Literature), Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Many factors like pollution, stress, or sun rays cause your natural hair to lose its glory. If you feel that your locks have lost their shine and the nourishment they deserve, it is time to look at some effective ways to pamper your mane. There is a lot of buzz about the effect of caramel treatment on natural hair. This hair conditioning treatment helps reduce hair fall and gives shiny and healthy hair. Here, we explore the benefits of caramel treatment for natural hair and how you can prepare it at home. Keep reading.

What Is Caramel Hair Treatment?

If you are struggling with hair thinning, you can consider a caramel conditioner treatment to regain your gorgeous tresses. In this treatment, a combination of caramel, banana, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar is used. These ingredients are mixed with almond or olive oil to increase the hair flexibility and help with hair fall. Read on to learn more about the perks of caramel treatment.

Benefits Of Caramel Treatment For Natural Hair

  • Banana is a fruit that is rich in protein (1). As it is a major ingredient of the DIY caramel hair treatment, it may help boost keratin (a fibrous structural protein used to form specialized tissues, such as the tissues needed for healthy hair growth).
  • With the apple cider vinegar in this homemade caramel treatment, you can manage dandruff and keep other scalp infections at bay (2).
  • This hair treatment is completely free from artificial chemicals, making it the perfect choice for people with sensitive skin and hair.
  • A major advantage of choosing a caramel conditioning treatment is that it smoothens your hair cuticles, and its effects last for a few weeks.

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The inception of the Caramel Treatment is credited to Kisha Hudson, who was just trying out a home remedy mixing honey and bananas for her daughter’s tricky-to-brush curls.

The next section explores how you can prepare caramel hair treatment at home.

How To Make Caramel Hair Treatment At Home

If you are looking for a homemade caramel hair treatment recipe, you have come to the right place. Most of the items needed for this hair treatment are ones that you can easily find in your kitchen.


  • Banana baby food – 2 packets
  • Molasses – 1/4 cup
  • Honey – 1/3 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup
  • Cornstarch – 1 teaspoon
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Applicator bottle


Step 1

Mix the banana baby food and molasses together until you get a smooth paste. Then, add mix in the honey.

Step 2

Add the olive/almond oil and a splash of apple cider vinegar.

Step 3

Dissolve one teaspoon of cornstarch in minimal water and add it to this preparation. Make sure that there are no lumps in this mixture. While cornstarch does not add significant nutritional value to your deep caramel conditioner, it helps thicken the otherwise sticky liquid caramel mixture.

Step 4

Place the mixture on a medium flame till it starts boiling. Then, take it off the heat and wait for it to cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an applicator bottle.

Do not undermine the importance of the applicator bottle in the caramel treatment natural hair recipe. This bottle distributes the conditioner evenly through all your curls and ensures that you get the best results. In the next section, we tell you how to use this natural treatment on your hair.

How To Use It

Your caramel hair treatment’s next stage is applying it to your damaged hair.

  1. Divide your hair into four sections and clip them up.
  1. Then, starting from the first section, use the applicator bottle to apply the treatment to the roots.
  1. Once the roots are well-covered, apply it to the length of your hair, making your way to the hair tips.
  1. Move to the next section and repeat the process.
  1. After all your hair is covered, let the treatment sit in your hair for an hour before rinsing it off.
  1. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to wash off the caramel treatment.

A YouTuber shared her experience after the caramel treatment, stating, “It felt good. I don’t have anything negative thus far. It did somewhat put a little bit more definition into my curl pattern (i).”

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Some people often apply heat to aid in better absorption of the treatment. For this, you can sit under a hooded dryer or use a warm towel over the shower cap for about 15-20 minutes after applying the mixture.

On average, you need to use this treatment once a night for the best results. However, the exact frequency may vary depending on your hair’s porosity, and you need to identify the schedule that works the best for your curls.

Try the caramel treatment on natural hair if you are wary of applying harsh chemicals to your scalp but still want to deal with your hair troubles effectively. It is natural to rejuvenate your curls back to their original radiant glory. Caramel treatment is good for hair growth, adds shine and smoothes your hair, and deals with hair thinning and dandruff. This organic approach can be carried out from the comfort of your home as well. All of the ingredients mentioned are readily available, the instructions are simple to follow, and the treatment is easy to apply. See how well it works for your hair and plan out a caramel hair treatment schedule every fortnight.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should you do a caramel hair treatment?

While caramel hair treatment can improve your overall hair quality, its effect usually lasts for only 3 to 4 weeks. Post that, you are expected to repeat the process for the best results.

Can I style my hair after caramel hair treatment?

Yes, you can style your hair after caramel hair treatment. This treatment leaves your hair feeling significantly softer, thus making it easier to style. Keep in mind that your hair is the most fragile when it’s in the “wet” state.

Key Takeaways

  • Caramel treatment uses a combination of caramel, banana, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar to increase hair flexibility and help with hair fall.
  • Caramel treatment is a perfect choice for people with sensitive skin and hair as it does not use any chemicals.
  • Apple cider vinegar in caramel treatment can manage dandruff and keep other scalp infections at bay.

Watch the following video to explore the effects of a caramel treatment on natural hair. The video gives a step-by-step guide on how to do this treatment to enhance the health and appearance of your hair.

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