In the last post we introduced you to a completely free way of lightening your hair naturally: by using the sun and the sea (or swimming pool). However, there were a few downsides with these methods… No worries, there are a number of even better methods for lightening your hair in a cheap but very effective way that will be shown throughout this series of posts. Let’s get started with something sweet, honey!
Sweet as honey
Did you know that a lot of chemical lighteners are actually based on many of the products you already have in your kitchen closet? Raw honey is probably one of them! Honey is a great natural ingredient that not only nourishes and moisturizes your hair, but can also function as a natural lightener! This sweet substance is capable of producing small amounts of hydrogen peroxide (by an enzyme called glucose oxidase), what you might recognize from your regular bleaching product. It should thus not come as a surprise that honey can actually make your hair lighter. Since hydrogen peroxide is antibacterial, honey is also often used for cleaning wounds! All in all, it is a great product to be used on your hair and skin. One of the easiest way to apply it to your hair is by making a honey mask. And that is exactly what this post is all about!
Honey Hair Lightening Mask
When you’re not really fond of experimenting with dosages and prefer some sort of a cooking manual you should give the following recipe a try. Keep in mind that this is not a fixed set of ingredients! You can add as much as you want to it and modify it in any extent. See it as the ideal step to get started in the DIY business of lightening your hair naturally! Here’s what you need (click the link to see which product it is on Amazon):
- 1 cup of raw uncooked honey
- 2 cups of distilled vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of ground cardamom or cinnamon (Some people have adverse effects to cinnamon when it touches the skin! This could be an allergic reaction, a burning sensation or dermatitis due to the antiseptic effect that it has. Best to be on the safe side so cardamom should be your first choice!)
Step 1: Mix it all up! Raw honey is often a bit stiff and therefore it might be a good idea to add a bit of water to it. This will make it a bit looser and therefore easier to spread later on. Minerals in tap water or bottled water however, might interfere with the hydrogen peroxide, thereby reducing its effect! Distilled water does not have this problem. So if you want to go all-out, use some distilled water since this will make your homemade honey hair lightener the most potent. For every unit of honey, add about 4 units of water. Leave the entire mixture for about an hour at room temperature. This will give the honey ample time to reduce the peroxides.
Step 2: Apply it to your damp hair and massage it well in with your fingers. Make sure your hair is completely covered! Don’t miss a spot!
Step 3: Now cover it up with a plastic shower cap. If your hair is really long, twist it up before putting the shower cap on. There is no need to be adding heat with a blowdryer, since honey works well enough on room temperature!
Step 4: Rinse the honey out after about 30 to 40 minutes with water (and maybe a bit of shampoo if it stays sticky). Dry it with a towel and enjoy the result!
After a first treatment, the lightening effect might be very subtle. If you don’t find the effect noticeable enough, do not be afraid to reapply! Honey is a natural product (you normally eat), meaning you’re not dealing with large amounts of dangerous chemicals! If you want, you can leave it in for longer than 40 minutes, but this depends on the color of your hair and how much of the lightening effect you actually want. Some people achieve their desired effect by leaving it in overnight!
By the way, this honey masks also functions as a great deep conditioner that nourishes your hair. If you really want to go for it, combining it with other natural parts such as other oils or a mashed banana can be a great addition to your hair care routine! One thing I can tell you, it smells great!
Cardamom is always a great addition to you honey hair lightener because they boost the lightening effect. If you want a more reddish hue as a result, add some henna hair powder to your mixture.
If all of that is too much work for you, no worries! Honey can be used together with a variety of products so you can still benefit from it. One option is to add some of it to your regular conditioner! Shake the bottle well in order to combine everything and use it after you’re done shampooing! Remember to let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to let the honey actually do its magic. If your hair feels a bit sticky you might have used too much honey. A good way to prevent this is to keep your empty conditioner bottles and fill them with part conditioner and part honey. That way you have more control over the concentrations and can adjust accordingly!
And if even that is too much trouble for you, there are also a variety of products available using honey as a base. One of my personal favorites is this honey hair mask!
Stay tuned for part 3!