Hi paint horse. I'm kind of new to all this hair stuff so someone else might be able to answer better. I finally tried some honey and it really made my curls perk up. I read about it lightening hair (which I don't want) so I tried molasses. It made my curls perk up the same as honey but also added shine and softness. I definitely like molasses better and I'm experimenting this week with molasses in my FSG. So far I'm really liking the results.