Honey, a sweet treat for your hair

From Examiner.com Featured on Natural Hair Rules.com

July 3, 4:52 PM

Honey naturally attracts and holds moisture. It is also a natural antiseptic and contains antioxidants. Honey is packed with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulphur, iron, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, B3, which aid in hair growth. It can be added to conditioners, rinses and pomades.

Most of the honey hair recipes I've come across contain a mix of honey and olive oil. Try using this honey (pre-poo) treatment. Mix honey and olive oil in equal parts, distribute on hair, put on your shower cap and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing and washing.

Here is another pre-wash treatment from Deecoily of Nappturality.com, it should be used before shampooing to condition the scalp and repair damaged hair. She suggests that you use it regularly if your hair is dry or ends are split. You will need 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of honey, 5 drops rosemary, lavender or geranium essential oil, a small cup, a ceramic or glass bowl, a small stainless steel spoon, a plastic shower cap and a comfortably hot towel.

In a cup sitting in hot water, warm the olive oil and honey (or use the microwave but be careful not to scold yourself). Stir in your choice of essential oil and mix well. While the mixture is still warm, apply it all over your hair, massaging well into your scalp. Cover your hair with the shower cap (or large plastic bag) wrap the towel around your head and leave on for 10-15 minutes. For severely damaged hair, she suggests that you leave the mixture on up to 30 minutes. Remove the towel and shower cap, and wash your hair with a mild or baby shampoo.

I mix honey in my final rinse after shampooing. I use two to three cups of tea (I use green tea, but you can use your favorite, you may also need to increase the amount of water depending on your hair length), one teaspoon of melted honey (if you add more water, use 1 tablespoon), one tablespoon of lemon juice. After making the tea, add the honey and mix well, then add the lemon juice. Remember to let the mixture cool before pouring over your hair and do not rinse. I follow with a leave-in conditioner and style. A tablespoon of ACV - apple cider vinegar - can also be added to this mixture.

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Author: Laquita Thomas-Banks

Laquita Thomas-Banks is an Examiner from Washington DC. You can see Laquita's articles on Laquita's Home Page.


  1. i've gotta try honey but i'm not sure if my hair will like it. my hair only likes water as a moisturizer...nothing else...no oils, no butters ugh!!!

  2. I have been using honey for a while and my hair loves it!