The other day Youtuber Editorial Naturalbeauty556 published a video demonstrating how she used Cocoa Cola to define her coils.
To say that her comment section is a ‘mess’ is an understatement watch the video for yourself:
Without coming for this young lady (because to be fair we have all tried a little something crazy on our hair at least once in our journey) this was a bit of a fail but not an uncommon experiment for women of all textures to try.
As a matter of fact a few years ago Seventeen Magazine conducted the same experiment using the editors of the magazine who had different hair textures.
According to the publication and just public knowledge, Coke contains phosphoric acid, a very low pH. So when you apply it to your hair, the cuticle tightens, which makes your strands look smoother and your curls look more defined. Others say the sugar adds build-up to your hair, making it look fuller.
I picked the results of the editor with curly hair for the purpose of this post. This is what she said:
Hair Before: I have fine, curly, natural hair that is prone to breakage. It’s thin and needs product to give it a boost.
Hair After: My hair immediately felt thicker — like, so thick it was almost like I grew more hair! I usually finger comb my hair, but there was so much texture (kind of like when you go to the beach and have all that salt and sand in you’re hair), I had to use a wide tooth comb.
My hair took about two hours to completely dry, which is about half the time it normally takes. I was worried my hair would be really dry without any product or leave-in conditioner in it, but it felt surprisingly soft. My hair felt a lot bigger than normal and really really poofy, but my curls were still mostly defined.
Final Thoughts: After I took the picture above, I decided to wet my hair to some leave-in conditioner in it. My hair turned to mush. It was a big poofy mess — no curls, just super frizzy. The Coca-Cola rinse might work for same-day styling, but my hair’s very fragile, and I need to be able to add product and re-style my hair. I would probably do it once a month, but not every day.
Why you shouldnt try it (at least not long term)
Frankly, this experiment sounds similar to how your hair would react when you go to the beach. Salt water for some reason will make your hair appear so curly and so defined without any product. You could be fooled into thinking that using salt water on your hair daily could be a good thing but over time you would just ruin your hair.
Sometimes we can get confused by one-off reactions of our hair when exposed to certain things but at the end of the day what really matters is what consistently works for our curls.
Do not try this at home!