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Old 06-16-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
 
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Default What are your experiences with honey?

For those of you who have used honey in their hair whether it be a treatment of some sort or it's in a styling product, what did you think of it? Can you tell me what it can do for curly hair and most importantly, will it lighten hair? I've heard of people using honey to naturally lighten hair and that's the last thing I want.

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Old 06-16-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
 
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Loads of threads on this here and on the Recipes board if you run an advanced search. Honey will not lighten hair if it's highly processed or microwaved before use. I use honey as a deep conditioner with coconut oil, it is a humectant and I find it encourages curl.
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It's never lightened my hair, but my hair HATES honey. I mean it really really hates honey. I've tried it in DT, stylers, conditioners and it's all bad. It makes my hair feel crispy.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
 
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Opposite side of the spectrum here. My hair love, love, LOVES honey. I throw it in a super elaborate deep treat at least once a week. I also keep a bottle of honey in my bath at all times to mix with conditioner when I'm washing my hair. (Yes, visitors think I'm crazy, but who cares?) Honey really moisturizes my hair. I have not tried it as a styler though.. . Oh, and I also do a honey mask once a week on my face. It's great for your skin, too. FYI, you would need a whole crapload of honey, I'm talking two cups maybe on cleansed, naked hair, to lighten your hair and even then it probably wouldn't do much. The level of peroxide is so miniscule. If you warm it in the microwave (I often do) before adding it to your deep treats it doesn't have any lightening properties at all. Anyways, I think I would've noticed if honey had lightened my hair because it's pretty black.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
 
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The product I have is Redken Fresh Curls curl boost spray and one of the ingredients in it is honey. I can't imagine how the product would turn out if I microwaved it and since it's discontinued, I don't want to take the chance of trying that. LOL

dusalocks, thank you for mentioning the hydrogen peroxide that's in it. I've heard about that so reading your post is reassuring. I think I may have to try some on my skin now to see how it turns out!
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The product I have is Redken Fresh Curls curl boost spray and one of the ingredients in it is honey. I can't imagine how the product would turn out if I microwaved it and since it's discontinued, I don't want to take the chance of trying that. LOL

dusalocks, thank you for mentioning the hydrogen peroxide that's in it. I've heard about that so reading your post is reassuring. I think I may have to try some on my skin now to see how it turns out!
If it's in a product, it probably won't lighten your hair. There probably isn't that much in it, and I'd bet the product was processed in a way where the lightening affects of gone.
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I tried a honey & olive oil recipe. WRONG!!!! It made my hair crunchy & hard. Won't do that again.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
 
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Honey in products gives me frizz. I doubt there'd be enough in one product to lighten hair color unless its labeled for that.
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Hardness or crunchiness likely indicates the product has not been rinsed out effectively or too much used, leaving basically a sugar coating on the hair. As a potent humectant honey won't suit all porosities in all humidities.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:13 PM   #10
 
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I did honey and olive oil in tresemme naturals as a leave in slept with it overnight and woke up it was sooo sticky but when I rinsed it out my curls were defined and bouncy

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When I do an elaborate deep treat, if I don't want get sticky I only use a tbsp of honey compared to a tbsp of avocado, castor, grapeseed, olive, coconut oil, a teaspoon of aloe vera, a couple of tbsp of conditioner, etc. . . If I don't care about my hair being sticky or crunchy during the time I'm doing the deep treat, I'll use more honey. I usually just throw on a shower cap afterwards so it being crunchy for an hour doesn't bother me. Honey rinses right out.
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I have natural blond hair (see avatar) I use honey to light up my hair in the summer.
Before I knew about lighten properties of honey, I did a DT in the lower part of my hair and sat with it in the sun. Totally forgot all about it and by the end of the day my lower part was a few tints lighter than the upper part! I was shocked... It looked dip dyed and I even made a picture of it (I will look for it and post it)
So, if you don't want the honey to light up your hair, be sure to heat it before use!

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I have natural blond hair (see avatar) I use honey to light up my hair in the summer.
Before I knew about lighten properties of honey, I did a DT in the lower part of my hair and sat with it in the sun. Totally forgot all about it and by the end of the day my lower part was a few tints lighter than the upper part! I was shocked... It looked dip dyed and I even made a picture of it (I will look for it and post it)
So, if you don't want the honey to light up your hair, be sure to heat it before use!

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Or don't sit in the sun, that also lightens and damages hair and can accelerate the effects of peroxide.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:00 AM   #14
 
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I microwave honey and coconut oil together and then add that to a cup or a cup and a half of cheap conditioner. I use that as a DT - let it sit for an hour or so and then cowash out and continue as usual. My hair seems to love this. I have my best hair days when I do it.

I may need to stop when the dew points go up, though. Maybe just coconut oil will work well over the summer.
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I have a stupid question... so, you have to microwave honey in order to not lighten your hair... but what happens if you microwaved it an hour before and it is cold again?
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It's not stupid. I'm wondering that too now although I think the heating of defeats the lightening purposes period. but it's strange to think that honey + sunlight = highlights because I used to do that as a girl with lemon juice. (I had lighter hair as a kid.)
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Rinsing might be the issue, but honey just doesn't come off my hair without a lot of cleansing and at that point it defeats the purpose. My hair likes most other humectants.
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I have a stupid question... so, you have to microwave honey in order to not lighten your hair... but what happens if you microwaved it an hour before and it is cold again?
It's not a silly question but nothing happens, the bees enzymes are permanently destroyed/ denatured by heating so they can no longer produce peroxide. If honey is highly processed the enzymes will again be destroyed or possibly removed.

Sunlight and lemon juice is a different chemical pathway to the same end result
HOW COME?: UV rays bleach hair by breaking up molecules
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In my experience the honey is much gentler on the hair than lemon juice, the latter left my hair feeling like straw.

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I really love it. I use about 2 or 3 teaspoons mixed into warm oil as a DT once a week. Even the ends of my hair regain a little curl after the honey treatment, and those are fried beyond recognition any other day of the week. =)
I also use it straight as a weekly face mask to clear up my complexion.
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