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Feed Your Hair: Honey

Feed Your Hair: Honey

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 is also used as a humectant in many natural hair and skin care products because naturally attracts and retains moisture.

Honey is also a great additive to help reduce frizzies and tame your naturally kinky coily hair. Unfortunately, honey is not a good lubricant, so it doesn’t make hair slippery and smooth. In fact, it’s the opposite of slippery– it’s sticky because it’s basically a sugary solution. Honey unfortunately will not smooth your cuticles or help a comb pass through your hair without damaging it. So, any moisture-grabbing benefits that honey might give your hair are offset by it’s stickiness.

We experience hot and cold throughout the year and the extreme changes in weather can make our hair look like straw. Using honey for hair growth nourishes the hair; with a blend of olive oil for moisture, rosemary for hair growth and honey for shine. Here is a simple hair conditioner recipe that uses honey. Try this at home, I’m sure you’ll be surprised by the results!

Try this Homemade Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask

What you’ll need:
1 tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Sauce Pan
Mixing Bowl
Spoon
Towel
Shower Cap (optional)

The mask can be applied to dry or wet hair, although we’ve found that it’s easier to apply to wet hair. Have a towel around your neck to protect your clothes while applying the mask. Section your hair off and apply generously from top to bottom, focusing on my ends where most damage occurs. Wrap your hair in a bun and let the mask soak in for 30-40 minutes. While you wait for the mask to do its magic, flip through a magazine, read a book, or paint your nails to pamper yourself some more in the meantime. Wash the mask out in the shower using your regular shampoo and conditioner routine and voila! Soft, smooth, healthy hair.

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • naturallyKurlie

    Jenell,I love the way honey feels in my hair plus i love the smell..I have to find a product that gives all of the benefits PLUS the smell lol. Any suggestions?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      So you want a product that does what honey does? Why don’t u just use honey?

    • http://www.naturalbecomesher.blogspot.com/ Kiianah P.

      Oyin Handmade products are all made with honey fyi!

  • TBreezy21

    Am I the only person that couldn’t see the link? I clicked on it 3 times and it took me to some weird search engine…. :-(

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Yea, ur right, it seems the KiKi has either changed her blog or took it down. Hmmmm… Let me investigate.

  • Janell Smith

    What is the sauce pan for?

  • Renee Green

    Honey also is a hair lightener

    • Aya

      Do u apply the honey without any dyes to lighten your hair

      • Renee Green

        Aya, I have always had some coloring in my hair only because my gray doesnt grow in evenly ( LOL ) it grows in spots and it’s horrible, so I have always added some color , so since I have been natural, I went lighter in color like a golden brown , not, then I saw a hair color product Textures & tones- the color I use is 5 G- called Light golden brown, and since I read about Honey can be used as a moisturizer with a DC , I decided to use, and after usage few days later I noticed my hair lighter really glowing , so went back and read more on Honey and it also said it will lighten the hair, and since I read it I have used it a few times in hair , actually applied straight honey to my hair placed plastic cap on and left in hair for about 1 hr , after rinsed out the hair is very soft, if hair color is black I’m not sure of you would see any color difference but then again you may see highlights, yesterday I twisted hair with shea butter and some honey , I hope I have given you some insight, here is the color of my hair right now

        • Aya

          Cool! My hair color is a cinnamon brown by dark and lovely. I going to give honey a try. I will upload a picture. Enjoy your weekend Renee :)