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Homemade honey hair masks: perfect for soothing scalps and getting shiny hair

Try It Together: Homemade Honey Hair Masks

When I was growing up, I was always one for a good DIY beauty treatment.  Oatmeal masks, lemon juice highlights – it was all so much fun!  Which is why I love the idea of indulging in a regular honey hair mask with your littles.  What a great way to make them feel extra special.

Anna’s here today with all the details on how to create some fun memories with the kids and get a healthy scalp and shiny hair, all in one fell swoop.

We think raw honey is the bees knees at our house. In the morning a spoonful might be stirred into warm lemon water or plain yogurt, and on a “lucky” day, spread over toast. It can be mixed into a salad dressing at lunch, paired with goat cheese and toasted almonds for a snack, you get the idea – we use it a lot.

But, raw honey is now taking over our bathroom (and yes, the jar that goes in the bathroom stays in the bathroom). I have loved raw honey face masks for years, but I never thought to put it in our hair.


Like so many other findings, it all started with a Google search. This brutal Minnesota winter was tough on my three year old’s scalp. A couple months ago, I noticed she would rub her head into her pillow at night and in the morning, but it wasn’t until I was parting her hair for pigtails that I could see how dry it was.

I believe our cupboards, pantries and refrigerators hold some of our most powerful healing agents, so that is exactly where we started. I was searching for “homemade dry scalp recipes” and came across a number of options. I read that we could try coconut oil, olive oil, mashed banana, egg, raw honey, and various mixes of all of these.

I started with coconut oil because of its healing properties and the heavy duty moisturizing effects. But it took me – no joke – 8 hair washes to get the oil and oily look out of her hair. I just plain don’t have time for that, even if it does work. Raw honey was next up to bat and located conveniently next to our jar of coconut oil.

Raw honey is unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed, pure honey. Because of this, all of the vitimins and enzimes and other nutrients are preserved. It’s also thick, a wax-like consistency, so I added a touch of filtered water to make it easier to spread on her head.

Here’s what we did:

  1. stirred 2T raw honey with a dash of water
  2. massaged the honey into her scalp
  3. wrapped the honey covered hair in saran wrap {then we played for about an hour}
  4. washed hair as usual

DIY honey hair masks

Things to Remember:

  • Always do a skin patch test before your first time trying
  • I read that if used often or left in for long periods of time, honey may slightly lighten hair
  • No honey for kiddos under two!

After letting her hair air dry most of the way, I finished it off with a “trip to the beauty salon” and used a blow drier to dry her hair the last 10%. Her hair was so shiny, voluminous, and soft that I almost forgot to peek at her scalp (it looked great) – which was the whole reason for trying this. Would my hair get similar results? Holy cow, yes.

We now have a “honey ‘do” weekly ritual at our house. My girls beg for honey wraps and because it can fill up a cold, winterish morning or afternoon stuck indoors, I am happy to do it and almost always do my own hair as well. I love a cheap, healthy, quick-fix in the beauty department, don’t you?

Here’s to healthy scalps and shiny hair!

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Anna is a joyful wife and mom to two sweet girls. Nutrition became one of her passions when her first daughter was born prematurely and showed early signs of food allergies. She is now happily learning all about health and wellness as part of the Prescribe Nutrition team. (Use code: MPMK20 to try one of their courses at 20% off.) When not working, she can be found practicing yoga at Yellow Barn Wellness.

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Megan H April 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

Ok, so your youngest looks pretty darned similar to my youngest, who also has dry hair from this winter….Um, are you me? 😉 Thanks for the great idea! Anything that we have in our pantry that can do double duty (which is surprisingly a lot) makes me a happy mama.


Tara April 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Where do you purchase your honey?


anna April 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi Tara! We actually just buy ours at the grocery store (usually Whole Foods, but I have seen it at other grocery stores as well).


Holly C April 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Do you start out on wet or dry hair? Thank you, can’t wait to try it! :)


anna April 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Hi Holly,
We start on dry hair. Mixing the honey with some water helps the application process, so don’t forget that step!


vivien April 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I love using home remedies for my hair, it’s super curly and frizzy. I also tend to splurge on good quality products like pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask, at least I know they work :)

Your girls are adorable!


Monique April 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

thank you so much for the tips, I’ll try that and I also use another good hair mask, it’s pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask which is great, keeps my hair soft and healthy. 😀


anna April 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I LOVE moroccan oil! I have really fine strands of hair, so unfortunately lots of products end up making my hair feel greasy – even up by the roots where it isn’t even applied.


Lilly April 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

For the face mask, do you just apply it to your face, or do you add something else?


anna April 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Lilly, I do use just raw honey. I usually leave it on for about 20 minutes and then steam it off with a really warm washcloth. If your up for another great face mask, as gross as this may sound, raw egg is great, too :)


Eve April 11, 2013 at 1:18 am

the “no honey for kiddos under 2″ — is that bc it’s raw or did you mean 1?


kayla May 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

what is the ratio you used to make the full jar?

Eve – kids under 2 shouldn’t have honey because it can cause botulism.


Amrita August 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

cutiee girls..:*


Melissa August 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Natural treatments are the best! I often use high quality Active Manuka Honey as a hair mask, or leave it on my face for about half an hour (or longer!). It’s the best and it makes your skin look super healthy, and helps repair your hair superbly!


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