honey

Honeydew melon, honey cake, honey buns, honey on my toast. Honey on my hair? Won't that be sticky? What about insects? Can it really be the right ingredient for curly hair?

Since it's September, and September is National Honey Month, we thought we'd offer up some fun facts and tips about this fantastic natural ingredient.

Honey is a natural humectant: This means it attracts and holds on to water molecules. This makes honey a great treatment for dry, damaged hair. Honey can be added to cleansers, conditioners, deep conditioners and oils. Or you can look for products that contain honey. Honey for your hair works best combined with other ingredients.

If you want to know the science behind honey in your hair, read this great article, Buzz About Honey, by NaturallyCurly.com's curly chemist Tonya McKay Becker.

Honey recipes for your curls

Pre-Cleansing Honey Conditioner that will nourish and moisturize your curls and scalp.

Ingredients: 3-6 tbsp. of honey, 1-2 tbsp jojoba oil or olive oil and a few drop of favorite essential oil.

Directions: Mix all ingredients. Apply in sections to your hair and massage into your scalp. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing out. Follow with your favorite cleanser and conditioner.

Read more about essential oils

Honey rinse for beautiful curls

Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup almond oil, 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of honey (Do not use more honey than this or you will have sticky hair)

Directions: Mix and put on your hair. Rinse with warm water. Presto, moisturized beautiful curls.

Want more honey recipes for your curls? Check out NaturallyCurly.com's recipes area.

Guidelines for choosing essential oil:

  • Dry or coarse hair: sandalwood, lavender, and geranium.
  • Chemically damaged hair: sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, or geranium.
  • Blond hair: lemon, geranium or chamomile.
  • Gray hair: sage, rose, lavender or geranium.
  • Hair loss: rosemary, juniper or lavender.
  • Dandruff: rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree or cedar wood.

Favorite products that contain honey

Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey

Curl Junkie Hibiscus and Banana Honey Butta Leave-In Conditioner

Darcy's Botanicals Avocado Honey Twisting Cream

CATWALK TIGI Oatmeal & Honey Treatment Conditioner

MYHoneyChild Honey Hair Creme

John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor

Oyin Handmade HoneyWash

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner

Beecology Honey Botanical Sulfate Free Shampoo

Read more about the Beecology line.