The Cherry Lola Method Is a DIY Way to Hydrate Natural Hair—But Does It Work?

Cherry Lola Method


DIY treatments are popular within the beauty community, no matter if you're whipping up a recipe for your hair or skin. Today, I'm going to give you the details on the three-ingredient Cherry Lola Treatment that is said to repair hair damage, loosen curls, brighten hair, and hydrate. In case you're wondering where the treatment got its roots, the Cherry Lola Treatment was created in 2009 by its namesake blogger, Cherry Lola, and has become a highly talked about topic among naturals on message boards and online social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram. 

Now, before I started researching this method, I was a little apprehensive about whether three ingredients could do all of the things I stated above. So I reached out to L'Oréal Professionnel artist Jasmine Washington to get her thoughts on whether or not the DIY Cherry Lola Treatment has the ability to transform natural hair.

Meet the Expert

Jasmine Washington is a L’Oréal Professionnel Artist and stylist at Spectrum Salon by Jasmine Lynette in Washington, D.C.

"I definitely love DIY treatments at home," Washington says. "They are an excellent method to keep the hair healthy, get creative, and keep it budget-friendly. Just make sure you're educating yourself on the benefits and that the treatment you create at home is beneficial for your hair type and hair hurdle."

Before we get the inside scoop from Washington, let's talk a little about the ingredients in this at-home method. For this treatment, you need three ingredients you may already have in your fridge:

  • 16 oz. full-fat, plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos

So what makes these three ingredients so beneficial for hair? "Yogurt has amazing benefits for the hair and skin," explains Washington. "Its anti-fungal properties can help with reducing dandruff. But yogurt also balances the pH of the scalp. A healthy scalp produces healthy hair. Yogurt also helps to moisturize the hair and reduces frizz." 

Yogurt isn't the only ingredient that packs a nutrient-rich punch in this recipe. "Amino acid's biggest benefit is how it strengthens the hair," says Washington. "It also promotes elasticity. Some stylists believe it also helps with reducing the curl pattern, [but] amino acids do not permanently change your tresses—they typically will revert back in six to eight weeks." Washington can personally attest to the success of using this method on her own hair: "I definitely felt more hydrated and saw a reduction in my dandruff," she says.

Now that we've gotten confirmation from a pro about the proven benefits of this method, how often should we be using this protein treatment, as too much protein can leave your coils feeling crunchy or brittle?

If you have type 3 hair (or a hair type that ranges from loose curls to tight, curly tendrils), it is recommended that you use this treatment twice a month, while type 4 hair types can turn to it more often depending on their hair's needs. With protein treatments, I personally like to use them weekly on my 4c hair, but as with any conditioning treatment, your hair will let you know if you've overdone it or if the timing is just right. One thing to keep in mind as you experiment with this treatment is that you should always follow any protein-based hair treatment with a deep conditioner.

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With all of those benefits, yogurt and amino acids might be a nice addition to your wash-day routine. If you aren't up for becoming an at-home chemist, Washington says, "The beauty industry has begun to offer an array of products that have both yogurt and amino acids. It's really a matter of, Does the naturalista want to create her own treatments that she has full control of, or buy a product that will have the two amazing ingredients but others as well? Neither is right or wrong. It's simply a preference," Washington adds.  

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"Keep in mind that these are all amazing benefits," says Washington, "but make sure you're also using proper shampoo and conditioner, putting healthy food in your body, drinking a lot of water, and having the proper style and wash routine. All these things, paired with the right product, will impact your hair growth and journey tremendously." 

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