The Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment

If you’re doing this method for the first time, I would suggest starting off with a Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment or regular Cherry Lola Treatment. This will be your step 1 in the 5 step regimen on the first day, instead of the clarifying options. The Cherry Lola version is a combination of the Caramel Treatment, and Cherry Lola.

ooo Cherry Lola Regimen ooo

This version of the regimen is done on only the FIRST day of the 7 Day Challenge.


Step 1: Cherry Lola
Step 2: DC overnight


Step 3.Clay
Step 4.Leave in
Step 5.Gel/oil(if doing set style)

It can be done as often as every two weeks, or every few months. It’s up to you. When you are doing this treatment, it will replace Step 1: Clarify.  It is NOT in addition to that step.

Although I appreciate many people spreading the word about this regimen, it is important to come read it either on this website, or black hair media forum. Not everything you read about this regimen off other websites is going to be correct. My main concern is there seems to be an impression that the cherry lola treatment is done everyday for the first 7 days, or that the cherry lola must be done every 2 weeks, or worse– that the cherry lola is done first, and then right after you do the bakingsoda step. This is all incorrect. I urge you to double check on this website or when it comes to the actual instructions, come here because the way you execute these steps is very important or you pay for it in your results.



  • Greek yogurt (2 cups)
  • Baking soda (2 tbsp)
  • Organic apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp)
  • Raw coconut liquid aminos or liquid Soy aminos (2 tbsp)
  • Raw honey (1/2 tbsp)
  • Unsulfured molasses (1 tbsp)
  • Half an over ripe plantain or banana
  • Avocado (3/4 tbsp)
  • 1 egg (optional, but I used it no problem)

1. Blend the ingredients in your blender. This is important in preventing chunks getting stuck in your hair.

2. saturate your dry (but detangled) hair completely from root to tip with the mixture.

3. put a shower cap and let sit for 1.5-2 hours.

4. Rinse out completely with warm/hot water.

5. Green House Effect /deep condition overnight directly after rinsing out the treatment with botanical MHM approved conditioner.

6. Continue with the rest of the MHM regimen but skip step 1.

Never do an acv rinse directly after this. The point of temporarily opening the hair cuticle is so the moisture can get in, it makes no sense to just reclose it before actually putting the moisture in your hair.
Do the steps in the exact order, and do not skip any step, or it will not be as effective. Do not use any drying products.For the first week, these steps must be completed everyday. The DIY treatment is only done on day 1 of the 7 day challenge. After the 7 days are up, the DIY can be done as often as every 2 weeks, even only a few times a year.

Don’t be deterred from doing this treatment if you are protein sensitive. These are animal proteins so it isn’t going to have the kind of effect like if you did an aphogee treatment. The molecules are too big to absorb  into your hair, and the aminos are too small. So this protein treatment is mild, and a better choice for low porosity hair. If you want to do a protein treatment with this regimen, make this DIY recipe your go to. Otherwise you can hinder your results. It is very easy for low porosity hair to get protein overload.

Do not do Step 1 clarify after this. This is in replacement of the first step, not in addition to it. If you read anywhere of anyone saying there are 6 or more steps, and they are not only talking about the optional stretching option, then that is incorrect information. Please come to this website or black hair media forum, or to read when it comes to the actual instructions for the max hydration method.


58 thoughts on “The Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment

  1. Hi. Are the avocados necessary? I ask because they are not part of the original cherry lola/caramel treatment. Or do you add that and the egg for the extra protein/ softness/ strength that they offer?


    • Advocado was added as a source of fat to counteract what may result in a more drying effect by the bakingsoda. I found the addition of advocado made it more conditioning. I initially was going to add oil but realized i would have to be careful with the measurements since too much oil means it can nullify the effect of the bakingsoda. Since I didn’t want to waste product trying to experiment with the best measurement of oil, I went with advocado and it turned out great.

      The egg is optional, it is a protein but it is also an animal protein, meaning it won’t really cause any issues of build up.


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    • You can try, I would freeze it and use it 2 weeks later. It might not be a potent, btw. You might end up needing to add a bit more bakingsoda, especially to get the foaming effect back.


  3. I didn’t know to leave it in for 2 hours. I only left it in for about 20 mins. Is iy safe to do it again? Or should I just try it again next time?


    • I bought the liquid soy aminos at the Healthy Planet store in Toronto. Check a health store near you. I’m gonna try the CLT today. I’m excited to see the results! Thanks Pinke Cube 🙂


  4. I just took braids out of my hair and want to start the max hydration method, but want to know if the cherry Lola treatment is done on clean dry hair or can it be dirty dry hair

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  6. I’m just getting started and did a modified Cherry Lola Caramel treatment. It took me a while to realize I have low porosity hair (thanks to your pics and post on black hair media forum). Wow! what a difference – that whole “product just sitting on my hair” did NOT happen after the treatment– except for one area of my head: the front and side edges. When I got to step 4 of MHM, I noticed product whiteness/residue only at those areas.

    Does this mean that the front & edges likely need more cherry lola caramel treatment? Can I do this treatment just on those areas next time or do I repeat it on my whole head? I’m trying to figure out what’s going on with that section of my head. Thanks.


  7. Do you need to use full fat yogurt for the cherry lola? One recipe stated it must be full fat. I haven’t been able to do the seven day challenge . However, I have been able to do it every three days. My hair feels mushy and overly soft and my curls are limp. It is possible my hair is over moisturized? My hair is 3c in the front and 4a in the back. The front curls are mushy soft and less defined. What can I do to correct it? I do not think my hair likes the overnight conditioning. HELP!!!


    • Hi Carolyn. It does not have to be full fat. What products are you using specifically, are they approved? What product are you using to DC with? What options are you doing? Have you done the cherry lola yet?


  8. Hey,
    I’m french and I really want to try this method… The thing is that I do not know where I could find coconut or soy animo acid since I don’t know what it is 😦 Is it soy sauce? I cannot buy anything on the net but I can find anything in Paris, so if you could give me the name of this ingredient in french and an explanation of what it is or the name of an another ingredient That can replace it I would be sooooo happy!
    I also wanted to know if I need to shampoo before the cherry lola caramel treatment because I haven’t washed my hair since a month ( I ma rocking box braids and I deeply hate the sensation of extension weighted down by water, it givres me headaches).
    Thank you in advance


  9. Hi,

    I just wanted to let everyone know to please be careful when blending the products for the cherry treatment. It almost made my blender explode. I believe it was the baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Next time I’m going to just mix the baking soda and apple cider vinegar in after I blend the other ingredients.

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  10. Hi, I am interested in trying this on my daughter’s thristy hair. The only problem I foresee is with the protein. Recently, she has just gotten over protein overload about a month ago and I notice that the Cherry Lola treatment contains things like yogurt, bananas, or avocado. Will this set her back? Should I wait longer to try it?


    • the cherry lola is optional, yoyu could head into the regimen w/o it or do it another time. otherwise I dont consider bananas a protein, I believe it is conditioning. Advocado fruit is added because of the fat. yogurt is fatty, and also an animal protein. All in all this will be a mild protein treatment. HTH


  11. Hi. Are there any less expensive options for the conditioners? I am really strapped for cash but my hair is extremely dry and hard and this seemed like the perfect savior for my crunchy curls. I’m willing to do homemade but I don’t have a clue what to use. Thanks in advance


    • on the home page you can find the recommended product page there are a list of conditioners. If u have a trader joes near, Trader joes tea tree tingle costs about $4. The tresseme is $5. The creco pelo is a good value as well. try to read that page for a list of ingredients, you could use. I would think for a leave in, you’d need mucilaginous plant extract, emulsifier and/or honey/agave nectar, essenstial oil, light oil, maybe a bit of water, and other extra ingredients you may want to add maybe banana or freash advocado. Although banana seems problematic for a leave in. As a DC though, it would work. And then just freeze in icecubes like suggested on the page for gel to help preserve.


  12. Hello. I just completed the first day of this method starting with the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment. I did all the steps as written except for the gel. I didn’t have the proper gel at the time so I used olive oil to seal in the leave-in conditioner. However, my hair is feeling super crunchy. I definitely noticed my coils being defined which is amazing but the crunchy feeling…not so much. Could it feel crunchy bc I didn’t use gel or do you think my hair may just be responding negatively to something? The products I used were 1) all the ingredients listed for the CLC treatment, 2) tresseme naturals conditioner for the deep conditioning/cowash step, 3) bentonite clay, 4) kkkt for leave-in, and 4) olive oil to seal.


  13. Good Afternoon,
    Getting ready to do the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment..question, can I apply the mixture to hair with product on it? Or, is it best to at least wash the gel out of my hair?



  14. I just started this regime last night. My concern is that my hair is now straight as if I just relaxed it! I’m afraid that I may have changed my natural curl pattern. I did in fact start the Cherry Lola Carmel Treatment on my hair that was straighten from a blow out 2 weeks ago. However, I didn’t read anything on your website that suggests that my hair had to be in its natural curly state in order for it to be effective? Perhaps I’ve misunderstood? Today a rinsed out my overnight deep condition, applied my clay rinse step, rinsed that out and my hair is still straight… I’ve continued my next steps and I’m currently back to step 1 clarify with the baking soda rinse. Please advise???? Thanks in advance!


    • This sounds like heat damage, can you send me before and after photos of your hair before straightening it and what it looks like now? Also, did you use a heat protectant before straightening? Did the heat protectant have silicones in it? If it did, then you might want to try using a sulfate shampoo and deepconditioning right after to see if that will help. If you didnt use a heat protectant, then it is probably heat damage. I havent used heat, but i have done the full mhm regimen with bakingsoda on stretched combed out hair and my hair curl still returned. so if you didnt use a heat protectant this could be heat damage from the straightening. Email me photos here: (its okay if u want to blur ur face out.)


      • Thanks so much for the info!! It didn’ t occur to me that my hair is coated to prevent humidity from causing it to frizz. I never straighten it myself because I’m afraid of possible heat damage. My stylist uses a heat protectant & I’m sure it has silicones in it because she doesn’t necessarily use organic products. My hair has always reverted back to its natural curl pattern especially when she washes it which is probably with a sulfate shampoo. I’ll call her tomorrow and ask her the name of the product line she uses. In the meantime I’ll wash my hair with a sulfate shampoo and deep condition afterwards as you suggested. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks again for your help!! 8^)


  15. Is the Cherry Lola Method necessary or not, because in your response to Terri Davis above you say its not mandatory, so I’m confused. I want do the seven day challenge but I want to do it correctly.


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  17. Ok am so confused I need help…the 1st day I use the Cherry lola then day 2 -7 I do the 5 steps? Second question: do I do the 5 steps everyday together and rinse each step before applying the next step?


  18. Hi,

    I don’t understand why apple cider vinegar (acv) is an ingredient in the cherry lola caramel treatment. I thought that it closes the cuticle. If that is the case, then would it counter the purpose of the baking soda which is to open the cuticle so that moisture can better penetrate your hair? What further confuses things for me is that the directions say not to apply an acv rinse after the treatment for the same reasons explained above. Don’t get me wrong I like acv rinses. While I know that both baking soda and apple cider can clarify the hair the both have contradicting effect on the cuticle. So can you please clarify this for me.



  19. I made the caramel cherry Lola and saturated my hair with it. I have lots left over, that I don’t want to throw away. For now, I’ve put I’m ziploc bags and put in the freezer. Can I save it and use it in 2 weeks for the next treatment?

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to completing the 7 day challenge. I’ve been fighting with dryness for years so hopefully this will work!


  20. Hello, So now that Ive done day 1, what does day 2 suppose to look like. Repeat all the steps except the Cherry Lola CT, start with step 1 on day 2. Is this correct?


  21. Hi its currently 12:40 pm and i see i suppose to do the overnight conditioner after i wash out the cherry lola. Is there an amount of hrs to leave the conditioner in or do i just leave it in all day and rinse tomorrow am?


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  24. Hi. I do not understand what exactly the whole process involves. On the 7 day challenge what do I do on each day. Please explain step by step. What happens after the 7 days


  25. Hello! So the first day of the Max hydration method we do the cherry Lola treatment along with the other steps above. What do we do on each of the other 6 days of the week?


  26. I am doing something now that has most of the elements of the maximum hydration method, but in a different order (clay mask, cherry lola treatment, deep condition with heat, tea rinse then LCO. I want to start the MHM but I was wondering if what I’m already doing will affect it, if I have already reached a particular percentage of hydration or how my hair will react to the 7 day challenge.


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