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Old 07-28-2007, 08:02 PM   #1
 
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Does honey lighten hair when mixed with a conditioner and rinsed out? I'm tempted to try this for the moisture and less frizz but I don't want to change the color of my naturally red hair. Thanks in advance!
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My experience is that honey helps moisturize, and closes the cuticle, which results in shinier hair that looks lighter because it's reflecting more light–temporarily.

When I have used honey, my borderline dark blonde/light brown hair looked more blonde. If I didn't use honey again the next day, my hair appeared slightly darker, back to the "is it dark blonde or light brown?" shade.

The sugars in honey probably also help clean the hair too, again leading to more color becoming visible.
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I haven't noticed any permenent color changes in my hair from honey use.
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Thanks!
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The results vary by individual. Honey contains a small amount of peroxide, (or contains on enzyme that produces peroxide depending on what you read) which can lighten hair. I think this would be less noticeable in a rinse out than a leave in.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=51646

Scroll down a bit in the link and you can read a bit about it. it has a before and after pic too.
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The results vary by individual. Honey contains a small amount of peroxide, (or contains on enzyme that produces peroxide depending on what you read) which can lighten hair. I think this would be less noticeable in a rinse out than a leave in.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=51646

Scroll down a bit in the link and you can read a bit about it. it has a before and after pic too.
Thanks, this is a great article! The after results look really nice. However, I just had some really good luck with CVS aloe vera gel (less frizz and softness!) so I think I'll just stick to that for now. :P
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I use honey almost everytime I condition my hair and I have noticed my hair is lighter. But I also have started to use less heavy products which made my hair appeared darker, so I'm not sure which has had the most effect.
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