The great thing about lightening your hair with honey is that your hair suffers no damage. The bad thing about lightening your hair with honey is that results appear slowly. You need multiple applications to get a deeper, brighter appearance — and then your hair starts growing again, and you have a whole new batch of dark hair to light.
Sitting with hair “dripping” wet for over an hour is not a fun or practical way to spend an hour.
While experimenting on my own, I’ve come up with a few tweaks to ensure your hair gets a daily boost of a honey’s peroxide enhancing benefits.
NOTE: Please see this original post with all of the details about how long to let the honey sit to activate the peroxide, along with ratios of water to honey.
Lighten Hair While You Deep Condition: Honey’s peroxide is activated in water — but there is also quite a bit of water in your favorite daily, leave-in conditioner or deep conditioner. So, instead of saturating the honey in water, simply saturate and active the peroxide in honey by mixing it with your favorite conditioner. Leave your conditioner/honey mask on your hair, wrapped in a shower cap for an hour, or overnight. No more drips and honey is still doing its job.
Using Honey as a Leave-In Styling Gel: Honey activates curly hair to create defined curls, that are resistant to frizz. Remember, once you dilute honey with water, the honey becomes less “sticky” while the water helps to release the peroxide in the honey. Cosmetic manufacturers have already discovered the value of using honey to release and define curls and have created an abundance of honey hair care products. So, DIY your own honey mask. Experiment by adding honey to your favorite leave-in, or mixing it with your favorite hair gel. A little honey goes a long way toward lightening your hair.
DIY Honey Hair Gel: Have you tried making your own flax seed gel, or oatmeal gel? You’ll be amazed at the holding power. There are tons of how-to videos, with people adding oils, creams, and botanicals. Add honey for super styling/holding power. I will never go back to any other hair gel! Moisturizing and soft.
Use Peroxide-Boosting Spices: Adding cinnamon (could burn our scalp), cardamon, cloves, nutmeg can enhance cinnamon’s lightning power. So add these spices to any of your DIY mixes!
Another note: For the most potent peroxide impact, I would add the honey for each use, rather than mixing a bottle in advance. Research shows the honey peroxide is only active for an hour…