Natural Hair

Living Smart: Lighten you hair with HONEY!!

Ever since I went natural (stop relaxing my hair), I have found that I have wanted to take better care of me all around. And I am not saying that I wasn’t do that before, but now I look at ingredients for everything. I think about how this will effect me (and my family) in the long run. Well, that brings me to hair color. I wrote a few days ago about Henna and how it’s a natural color and much safer than the chemical commercial brands. If you read that blog post, you also remembering me saying that I wanted to lighten my hair!! And and HENNA can not lighten! Henna’s colors are mainly different shades of red. Well, I ran across another article just two days ago about using HONEY to lighten hair. Yes, Honey! So, off course I googled, YouTube, etc. And yes people claim it works for them and they have the results to prove it. My main issue would be the stickiness of honey in my hair, but apparently I haven’t heard that as a complaint at all because of how much you dilute it with distilled water. Well, I think I am going try it. I will keep you updated with the results. Here is some of the information I have found below: 

How Does Honey Hair Coloring Work?
This method works due to the natural hydrogen peroxide that is found in honey. We all know the affect that hydrogen peroxide has on hair. The iron that is also found in the honey oxidizes the oxygen free radicals that are released by the hydrogen peroxide.The amount of lightening that you can achieve through using this method greatly depends on how well your hair absorbs the honey, or how porous it is.

Honey Hair Lightening Method

  1. Mix honey and distilled water together. Use a 4 to 1 ratio of honey to water to make the mixture work properly.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and let sit under a shower cap for one hour under no additional heat.
  3. Completely rinse the mixture out of your hair and shampoo, condition and style as usual.

The overall outcome of this process will have your hair looking and feeling silky, shiny, and healthy. It will also have your hair looking a little bit lighter in a natural, non-dramatic manner.
This method takes time, and if you are using the honey for only lightening purposes, you may have to leave the treatment on longer, or do it multiple times to get your desired outcome.

Honey Hair Lightening Tips

  • Add a bit of peroxide for a more dramatic honey hair effect.
  • Add ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for a boost to the natural honey hair color.
  • If you have product or oil in your hair, wash it before applying the mixture.
  • This method requires zero additional heat. Do not apply heat to your hair with the honey in it.

Honey Hair Conditioner Recipe

  1. Pour 1/3 cup of honey into a bowl.
  2. Scoop a 1/4 cup of your favorite conditioner and put it in the bowl with the honey.
  3. Combine the mixture until you have the perfect combination and consistency.
  4. Apply the mixture to damp hair and cover with the shower cap. After this mixture has been sitting on your hair and scalp for 8 hours, you can take the shower cap off and wash the mixture out with water.

Have you ever tried it? What were the results?



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  • Anonymous
    April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    worked brilliantly for me, i got henna out and got my natural honey blonde colour back and no damage

  • BernettaStyle
    April 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    How did you get the Henna out? Please tell!

  • Nailtiques
    June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    definitely going to do this for spring!