Friday, March 22, 2013

Honey & Cinnamon Hair Mask. Lighten and Condition!

Hey all! It's been forever since I've posted anything. Life has been crazy and yada, yada, ya. This is totally not crochet related but I just had to share it! Anyways let's get to the point.

Dirty dishwater blondes this is for you. Brunettes can add some color too.

So about 2 years ago I decided to swear off hair dye forever (well probably not forever but you get what I mean) so I did one last round of dye and did an ombre thing to my hair so I could just let my roots grow out and rock that look. But recently I have gotten really bored with my hair and want a change so bad. But I refuse to dye it. So I went to my good friend Google and searched for some natural ways to lighten your hair.

Sure enough I found this remedy that not only lightens your hair but conditions it and makes it smell delicious all from stuff that you may have lying around in your home. To good to be true right? I was a bit skeptical but I figured why not give it a try and I was amazed with the results!

Mind you my hair is a dirty blonde and takes well to coloring of any kind. When I used to bleach it, it would take very quickly so depending on your hair you nay not are results for just one use. My research online lead me to believe that I wouldn't really see any results after just one use, but I did. So it all depends on your hair.

The science behind it: 

I'm not going to get super technical. You can Google it and find out more if you would like. Basically, honey contains a small amount of peroxide. Mixing it with the cinnamon boosts the lightening process and helps add the golden tones. Honey is a great conditioner. It locks in the moisture.




What you need: 

Raw honey - Don't just use the kind from the bear bottle. Apparently it is important to use the raw kind. Once I went to make this mixture I found that raw honey is much more thick than the other kind of honey which helps keep it thick and creamy. They sell raw honey at any health food store or probably even the regular grocery store.

Ground cinnamon - You might as well buy the big container of it because you want you use quite a bit of it.

Conditioner - Just your regular conditioner.

Plastic bag or saran wrap - To wrap around your head after you apply it.

Bandana - Not crucial but helpful to wrap around your head you catch any drips.

I didn't measure when I mixed it all together, just eyeball it. How much you need depends on how thick and long your hair is. Try to go for equal parts honey and conditioner.

Modifications:
 So you can make changes to this mixture. I found a few different "recipes" shall we call them..? I didn't try any of these...yet.
Swap the conditioner for olive oil
Add a little bit of lemon juice
Not even using cinnamon, just raw honey and olive oil
Adding distilled water


Mix it up:

You need at least 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. I used probably about 4 or 5 though. Scoop that up and put it in a bowl. (If you have very sensitive skin go easy on the cinnamon because it may burn a tiny bit, I didn't notice it personally)

 Take a few spoonfuls of honey and pop it into the bowl. Work it around with a spoon to get it softened up and mixed with the cinnamon. If it's really cold where you are run a blow dryer on it for a minute and that will help soften it.

Add some conditioner. Roughly equal to the amount of honey you used. Stir it all up.

You must let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The explanation of why it technical. But apparently it's important. Your hair must be damp when you apply it so perhaps take a shower to pass the time..? The smell of honey and cinnamon made me hungry so I munched :)


Ready, set, go: 

This WILL be messy. You have been warned.

Your hair must be clean (no product) and damp. Not sopping wet but not super dry. Brush through your hair and separate it into 2 or 3 parts depending on how thick your hair is you may need more.

Dip your hands into that ooey-gooey delicious smelling mess and slather it on. Make sure you're generous with it and really cover your hair. After you're done icing your head twist your hair up in a bun. Wrap the bag or saran wrap around it to keep the mess contained. If you have a bandana roll it up and wrap it around so it will catch any pesky drips that try to roll down your neck.

Now we wait. I slept with it on which is what I recommend. I put it on a bit before bed since I never actually get 8 hours of sleep. Take a towel and lay it over your pillow to avoid your pillowcase getting ruined. I shift a lot in my sleep so when I woke up my bag and bandana were a bit askew so I was grateful that I thought to lay down the towel. If you aren't planning on sleeping with it on then leave it on for at least 6 hours.


Lather, rinse, repeat:

You've done your time and now you get to rinse it out. When you go to wash it be prepared because it's going to take a lot of washing. The funny thing is, initially I thought, honey is so sticky it must be so hard to get out of your hair. But no, it was the cinnamon that really hung on there.

Rinse it well, very well. Then start shampooing. What I did was wash thoroughly twice then put some conditioner on it so I could comb through it a bit. Rinsed, shampooed again and conditioned. Inspect it to make sure you don't see any specks of cinnamon.

Take a deep breath and soak in that lovely smell. Yup, that's coming from you. Voila!

Like I said, you may or may not see a difference from just one use. You need to do this multiple times for it to really take effect. I plan on doing it again in a week or so. But for now I just can't get enough of how soft it feels and how great it smells!

Enjoy!!!

If you love inexpensive beauty tricks be sure to check out why I love baby shampoo!



34 comments:

  1. Thanks for this!! I used it last night and it made a visible difference, thank you very much :)

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  2. I'm wanting to try this! You mentioned the cinnamon makes it more golden. I'm wondering since I'm cool skinned I tend to like more ash blonde high lights and over all coloring. Should I skip the cinnamon and try olive oil or should I still try the cinnamon? My hair is naturally a dirty ash blonde but it's lightening up from using lemon juice etc :)

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  3. This is great! A fantastic way to lighten your hair, and it's good for your hair as well! Because I have dark-ish brown hair, I needed to do this three times before it really got light. This really works!(:

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  4. honey might lighten your hair but its not because of 'peroxide', peroxide opens the cuticle scales, bleach is what lightens the hair, peroxide but allows the bleach to enter it..

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    1. hydrogen peroxide in raw honey actually seeps into the hairs pigments, (the larger the pigments the better results) and reacts with them, slowly making them lighter. it also works with the hairs yellow/white undertones to exaggerate them.

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  5. The only downside is if you have sensitive skin. The cinnamon left my neck/back/scalp red,raw, and burned. Be careful!

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  6. Thanks for this advice! I was all over utube but couldn't really find anything that works but I'm going to try this now, so ya!! THX!!!

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  7. Honey and cinnamon do work. Lots of people like to lighten their hair. It changes their look and may make their face appear brighter in some cases. Nowadays, people have many more products available that are designed for home use.

    I think that if individuals want to use stronger hydrogen peroxide hair bleach at home they should read a good tutorial first and even practice on a location that is not so obvious. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. It sounds like it will work... but how much will it lighten my hair? And will it give me highlights? (even subtle ones?).

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  9. Do you have to use raw honey? I don't want my hair to be too it so can I use pure honey?

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    1. I used pure honey and it worked great. As long as the honey is not processed any type should work. Unprocessed honey contains higher amounts of hydrogen peroxide.

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  10. Will I see too huge of changes in the color of my hair? I only want a nice warm tint to my hair... not a full on color change.
    Oh, yeah, and my hair is a shade of dark brown.

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    1. no. i do it weekly... but i don't use raw honey. i use the giant bear and a bit of coconut oil... smells great conditions amazingly and gives it a warn hubut not a full tint change. it brings out my natural highlights and enhances the ones from eekkkk 8 months ago! i haven't dyed my hair in 8 months and just use more honey near the roots and more cin. near the tips with olive oil... twist shower car bandanna and bed. great Friday night ritual

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  12. sounds good, Will this work for black hair? :OO

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  13. I have brown hair and on the tips its naturally dark blonde if I put it on the tips a lot and keep it for an hour will it make them lighter

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  14. Will this turn my light brown hair red?

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  15. Your questions made me laugh.

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  16. Any chance this will slightly lighten black hair? I'm going for maybe a very dark brown.

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  17. Honey contains peroxide? Oh my goodness? Who would have thought it?

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  18. I just did it, and i believe i put too much cinnamon in, because when i put it in my hair, my scalp started burning when i put the shower cap on. I toughed through it though. It had dripped down my cheek, and now i have a red, burning mark on it. All worth it though, it smells heavenly and feels SO soft c:

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  19. I'm going to try this today!! I will also be adding lemon juice which I hope will not be to harsh on my hair when combined with honey. I also plan on sitting out in the sun to speed it up

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  20. Does it have to be in there for 6 hours

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  21. i accidentally lightened my hair yesterday with honey. It was very interesting. I did my usual Weekly/biweekly hair conditioning treatment, which is as follows: 2 table spoon raw honey, 2 tablespoon greek yogurt, 1 egg, 2 table spoon castor oil and 1 table spoon olive oil. Mix it all up, and apply to hair for about 45 mins - 1 hours, rinse, shampoo condition and I'm done. Yesterday for some reason I added water...because the yogurt i used was really thick, and since I was home from work, i decided to let the mask marinate my hair for about 3-4 hours and then wash it off. To my surprise, my virgin hair (i have 2-3 inches of new growth, darkest brown/black in color) had lightened!! my hair was wet, but it was noticeable. My roots went from black to a very warm, golden toned dark brown...a visually noticeable difference!! and I didn't use cinnamon, just what I usually use. I do want to mention that...i have dyed my hair black, which are now the ends of my shoulder length hair, and they still seem pretty black. i googled, and came across this post (and menay others) and now I understand what happened...the raw honey, mixed with water+kept on the hair for a long time, allowed the peroxide to release from the honey and do it's thing on my hair. I think i will consciously make an effort to lighten with honey and cinnamon next time, but only on my ends, as my roots have lightened already.

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  22. I have been doing this for a year...thanks to this blog... My daughter wanted to try it yesterday, her hair is a medium blond with gold highlights... it has worked well for both of us... though for some reason it felt a bit strawy/dry this time around... and clue? Thanks :-)

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  23. I do honey, olive oil, cinnamon, coconut oil. Leave on over night in hair cap. Lay towel on your pillow though! Honey is proven to strengthen hair and prevents breakage and adds shine! Great for ladies who dye/bleach their hair! Makes my hair INCREDIBLY SOFT AND SHINEY!

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    1. Hi! I do a highlift blonde (see majirel 901s color chart). What do you think your recipe would do to my hair?

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  24. Hey.. I have black hair and really want to try is methid. But im scared because of cinnamon that it will burn my skin.,i researched about it and got to know that it makes skin red and this and that.. So should I really try it?

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  26. I have silver and dark gray hair, what will happen? I don't want to dye it or go blonde but would like it to look less "old lady"

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    1. use sage, but only if you're naturally dark haired (black-dark brown)

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  28. Hey.. I have black hair and really want to try is methid. But im scared because of cinnamon that it will burn my skin.,i researched about it and got to know that it makes skin red and this and that.. So should I really try it?


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