Honey Lightening Treatment for Hair

There are many homemade solutions that you can use to lighten or darken your hair with all natural ingredients. Here is the method I have tested and trust when lightening hair at home.

There are many homemade solutions that you can use to lighten or darken your hair with all natural ingredients. As with any homemade body or hair care solution, it is best to do an allergy test on skin or hair prior to committing for a treatment. You never know when an unknown allergy or sensitivity might creep up, and it is always better safe than sorry. The really cautious should definitely do a strain test on their hair to see if the treatment will have the desired affects. Different people react differently to just about every combination of ingredients, and again, it is better to be safe than regretful. Here is the method I have tested and trust when lightening hair at home.

1. Dilute a dark colored honey blend with water at room temperature. The recommended dilution is four parts distilled water to one part honey preferably calculated by weight. The minimum amount of honey that I have seen be effective is ten grams, which means that you would need forty grams of water to dilute it in. Two tablespoons of honey would need six ounces or three fourths of a cup or twelve tablespoons of water to make the solution.  The one tablespoon of honey to six tablespoons of water can be multiplied to make as much of the honey lightening solution as you need, it works out the same as calculating by weight.
2. Let the solution sit for one hour, still at room temperature. This will allow the honey produce peroxide. You can also use the solution right away. In that case, the honey will produce peroxide while on your hair.
3. It is best to wash or rinse your hair before applying the honey treatment. If there are any oils, aloe gel or other products in your hair they can act as barrier to the water. If your hair is free of any treatments of products, you can apply the honey lightening treatment on unwashed hair, wet or dry. I apply the treatment with a tint brush for the most control in placement, but you can also use a blush brush, basting brush, spray or squirt bottle.
4. Pin your hair up and cover the hair with plastic. Keep the treatment in your hair for about an hour. For the best results, your hair will need to be kept wet the entire time the treatment is on your hair. Wearing a swim or shower cap works, but using saran wrap under a swim cap does much to help maintain the moisture in your hair. Using a moist towel to help keep hair wet can also work well and reduce dripping.
5. Honey lightening does not damage my hair, even after many treatments over a long period. If honey residue sticks around you might experience some dry hair or crunchy ends. This can be easily removed with shampooing and a vinegar rinse.

Tips for the best results with honey lightening:
1. If desired, you can add lightening boosters to your solution. I recommend the basic honey and water for the first try, only adding ingredients such as ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil after knowing how you react to the regular treatment. When adding any of these items to the treatment it is best to remember that less is more, because spices can be irritating. Therefore, start by adding a single tablespoon, or less, to the solution and no more that two tablespoons. It is best to add any additional ingredients after the water and honey are mixed, to make for the smoothest possible solution. Oils can be difficult to wash out of the hair, so I do not suggest using more than one tablespoon
2. Never use external heat with honey lightening; this includes sunlight or a blow dryer. Do not heat the water, honey or any additional ingredients that you are using, the hydrogen peroxide that occurs naturally in honey works by decomposing it to water and oxygen. Pasteurization does not destroy the enzyme in honey that produces peroxide, although many people still prefer to use raw honey.
3. Do not use any ingredients that contain vitamin C, with the exception ground cardamom, which has the highest peroxide value for spices and a very low level of vitamin C. Hydrogen peroxide will oxidize vitamin C and become depleted. Since some honeys naturally contain higher levels of vitamin C, it is best to avoid those if possible. Honeys high in vitamin C include Anzer, buckwheat, linden flower, locust flower, mint, and thyme honeys. Most honeys contain very low levels. Here is a list of the Vitamin C content of selected ingredients.
4. I do not recommend adding any conditioner in honey lightening recipes. Conditioners often contain ingredients that interfere with honey lightening. This also applies to adding coconut cream or milk. If you would like, you can skip the shampoo and use conditioner only when washing out a honey lightening treatment. If honey residue remains, then I recommend using a shampoo, since it can easily solve the issue.

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