One of the best ingredients you can use in your DIY hair masks is honey. It’s an emollient and humectant, which helps your hair hold onto moisture, plus it leaves your hair shiny, smooth and healthy looking. Honey is also rich in antioxidants that helps prevent damage to your hair and scalp. Read on to find some honey hair mask recipes, all tried and tested by me.
#1: Honey, Banana and Olive Oil
This mask is my personal favorite to do and always leaves my hair feeling super soft, shiny and moisturized. It takes only 3 ingredients:
- 1 banana
- 3 tbsp of honey
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
To get started, cut the banana into slices so that they’re easier to blend. I recommend blending, instead of mashing with a fork, so you don’t have to worry about small clumps getting stuck in your hair. After slicing the banana, add the honey and olive oil and blend until smooth. I like to apply the mask to damp hair because I feel my hair absorbs the ingredients better that way. After applying the mask generously all over your hair, let it sit for 30 mins before washing out with your favorite shampoo. Proceed with your regular hair styling routine as normal.
#2: Honey and Castor Oil
This is another great mask for hair growth. Castor oil is one of the best oils you can use to stimulate hair growth. It contains fatty acids and vitamins that make hair strands strong, and it also acts as an antifungal to help fight off scalp infections. This honey hair mask recipe includes:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp castor oil
Add both ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together with a fork until the ingredients are blended well together. Section your hair into four sections to make it easier to apply the mask. With a spray bottle, spray your hair until it’s damp to help the mask penetrate the hair better.
Generously apply the mask to each section of hair until your entire head is covered. Place a plastic shower cap on your head to hold in heat and leave on your hair for 30 mins. Shampoo the mask out and proceed with your regular styling routine.
#3: Honey, Aloe Vera and Yogurt
Aloe vera is great for hair as it contains antifungal, anti-inflammatory properties and vitamins B2, B6 and folic acid that help maintain scalp health and contribute to hair growth. Yogurt is great for adding protein and also contains lactic acid that helps cleanse the scalp and remove dead skin cells. Use these ingredients:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
To mix this mask, combine the honey, plain yogurt and olive oil into a bowl. For the aloe vera gel, I like to use the plant because I feel it gives the best results and is the most natural. To remove the gel from the leaf, slice the leaf down the middle and add the gel from the inside of the plant into the bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a fork until all the ingredients are mixed well together and are smooth in texture. To apply, section your hair into four sections and dampen each section with a spray bottle to help the mask penetrate the hair better. Add a generous amount to each section and leave the mask in for 30 mins. Wash out with your favorite shampoo and proceed with your regular styling routine.
#4: Honey, Avocado and Mayonnaise
Avocado is a great source of biotin, which contributes to hair growth. Mayonnaise acts as a great protein treatment because of the eggs and also leaves hair strong and shiny. Combining these ingredients is another way to make your hair look and feel healthier. You’ll need:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 2 tbsp honey
In a blender, combine the mayonnaise, avocado and honey until all the ingredients are blended smoothly together. Section off hair into four sections and dampen with water. Apply the mask generously to each section of your hair and make sure to cover each strand from root to tip.
tip. This way your hair will be able to get the full benefits from the mask. Allow the mask to sit for 30 mins before washing out with your favorite shampoo. Style as desired and look at that shine.
#5: Honey and Your Favorite Deep Conditioner
If you want to keep it simple, adding honey to your favorite deep conditioner is a great and easy way to add extra “oomph” to your deep-conditioning routine. This mask takes only 2 simple ingredients:
- 2 tbsp honey
- A handful of your favorite deep conditioner (mine is Stellar Strands by Kinky Curly)
To get started, just combine a handful of conditioner and the honey to a bowl. I say a handful because let’s face it, there’s no such thing as too much conditioner when it comes to curly hair. After mixing the two ingredients together until smooth in texture, add the deep conditioner to your hair from root to tip until all of your hair is covered. Use a plastic cap to help keep heat in and allow the conditioning treatment to do its job. Leave the conditioning treatment on for 15-20 mins and rinse out. Proceed with your normal styling routine and you’re all set.
#6: Honey and Egg
Eggs aren’t only great to eat, but they’re a great source of protein for your hair also. If you have heat-damaged or color-treated hair, adding protein to your hair-care regime will help nurse your hair back to health. The ingredients for this honey hair mask recipe are:
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp honey
In a bowl, add the eggs and whisk until blended. After the eggs are whisked, add the honey and stir again until well blended. Section off your hair into four sections and apply the mask to damp hair until all of your hair is generously covered in the mask. Put on a plastic shower cap and let the mask sit for 20-25 mins. Wash the mask out in the shower and proceed with your regular styling routine.
#7: Honey and Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is amazing for your hair. Not only does coconut oil deeply nourish hair from within, it also reduces protein loss and protects against UV damage. When combined with honey, it’s almost impossible not to love. Simply combine:
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
If your coconut oil isn’t already melted, place it in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until it’s fully melted and not too hot. After your coconut oil is melted, add the honey and mix well until the two ingredients are well blended. Apply the mask generously to your hair from root to tip until all of your hair is covered. Put on a plastic shower cap and let the mask sit for 15-20 mins to allow it to fully penetrate the hair. After the mask has done its thing, shampoo out and proceed with your regular styling routine.