Honey can lighten hair?

Today's post is about a natural hair lightener made from everyday kitchen ingredients, I originally wanted to buy some colourb4 for my hair but I couldn't stand the smell another time, so I decided to try a gradual natural way to lighten my hair. The main ingredient for this is honey, I'm not a big fan of honey as a few years ago I made a honey oak face mask and the smell lingered for a long time, I've slowly got over my hate for the smell and decided to do a hair mask with it (I hope I don't go off it again!). I looked everywhere online for a natural way to lighten my hair when I came across this Snapguide post, I changed up the way I did mine a bit, so here is what you need:

  • Honey ( 2tsp)
  • Cinnamon (1tsp)
  • Olive oil (1tsp)
  • A few drops of water
  • Bowl (or a mug)
  • Shower cap
  • Conditioner 
  • Shampoo

First of all, I put 2 tblsp of honey (raw honey tends to work best) in a mug mixed with 1 tblsp of cinnamon, I ended up using honey with a hint of cinnamon as that's all I had but it worked just as well, I then added 1tsp of olive oil and a few drops of water, if you have long hair double the mixture. The mixture should end up as a thick paste but if it is too thick add a few more drops of water, it should look a little like the picture below:

I let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 40 mins before applying it to my damp hair using my hands, the consistency of it is almost like a coffee scrub and it goes everywhere. As I didn't have a shower cap I found a clear plastic bag to put over my head, when I did this I noticed how warm my head started to get but after 20 minutes the heat started to subside. The site I originally found this hair lightener on says to leave it in for 6-8 hours but the smell of honey and cinnamon was getting to me so I ended up taking it off after 2 and a half hours When washing off the mixture I first rinsed out some of the mixture, then added conditioner all over my hair and rinsed it off, this helped me get the mixture out more easily as they honey was being a pain in the bum. After I rinsed out the conditioner I washed my hair normally with shampoo then used a hair dryer to dry it, my hair is normally curly but I brushed out the curls so I could straighten it more easily later. But the results were very noticeable as you can see below:

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I may give it a few more goes until it's light enough for me to get it done like this:

Elle May x

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