How to use honey to highlight hair

Written by amelia allonsy
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How to use honey to highlight hair
Use pure honey to lighten your hair. (welcomia/iStock/Getty Images)

Highlights are a great way to update your hairstyle by adding dimension to a dark hair colour. However, most highlighting systems require the use of strong, smelly chemicals to achieve results. Honey is a versatile beauty product that can lighten your hair without chemicals, nourish and rejuvenate the skin, and even prevent pimples. Honey naturally attracts moisture, which adds to its appeal as a hair highlighter because it provides essential moisture, rather than stripping hair of moisture like most chemical highlighters.

Things you need

  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) uncooked raw honey
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) distilled water
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) cardamom oil or
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) cinnamon oil

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  1. 1

    In a medium bowl, combine the distilled water and uncooked raw honey. Mix well.

  2. 2

    Slowly add extra virgin olive oil, cardamom oil or cinnamon oil to the honey and water mixture. Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated.

  3. 3

    Pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy application to your hair. If you prefer, you can apply this solution to your hair with a brush. Start with the roots and work your way to the tips, ensuring that all sections are completely saturated with the honey concoction.

  4. 4

    Let the hair set for 30 minutes (longer for lighter results), and then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Follow up with a conditioner if desired, but the honey should add a lot of moisture to your hair with the highlighting application. Do not wash the hair with shampoo for 24 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • As with any hair dye, you may wish to do a strand test to see results before you apply mixture to your entire head. Choose a 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) strand at the back of your head that can be hidden easily if you don't like the result.

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