Youtube and internet forums are all buzzing about the coconut/lime relaxer. I have previously discussed this on super extra fab blog BGLH too but because I have two ladies asking, here we go
(Some add Juice of 1 lime)
Mix it up, place it on your hair and allow to sit. Et voila, the hair is relaxed........or is it?
Evidence of Relaxing
Youtubers seem unsure for the most part, I think for lack of a description (because the hair is clearly not relaxed) some say their curl is 'loosened'. I have to say that in none of the 9 videos that I viewed was there a 'relaxing' or even 'loosening' effect. Actually one lady has a 3b/3c haired daughter and to me the hair before was dry and sort of picked out and afterwards looked moisturised and more clumped together.
Do any of these ingredients have bond breaking capacity like relaxers?
Yes, bacteria in yoghurt can break bonds but whether this extends to hair, I very much doubt it.
Would I consider this to be relaxing?
In a word No. I think it is most likely a fussy but good moisturising treatment. Until I see some real evidence of relaxing, I'm going to say no it does not relax the hair. Would I recommend that you do it? Sure throw out the lime (or maybe make a drink with it!!) and apply the rest, after all coconut oil is great (I really need to stop raving about it, don't I:)).
For the BGLH discussion - click here