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Introduction

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There are many different Do It Yourself (DIY) beauty recipes ranging from body and skin to hair available in books and on the Web.

Honey is a fantastic hair and beauty aide added to a wide range of skin and hair cleansers and conditioners. It has been popular for centuries having been discovered as far base as during Sumerian times.

Note: For more information check out Honey For Hair, Skin, Body & Beauty

Egyptians cultivated bees with the specific goal of harvesting their honey. As a result, Egyptian honey found its way into a wide variety of skin, hair and beauty recipes.

Why? Honey is valued because it's hygroscopic which means it's a natural humectants that attracts and holds water molecules.

Honey's Healing Properties

Honey offers great healing power for moisture. It is also beneficial for healing scalp irritation, flakiness, abrasions and dandruff because it has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.

Honey is also known to contain the same properties as hydrogen peroxide which is also great for providing healing properties.

Combining Honey With Other Ingredients

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Honey can be used alone or combined with other ingredients, natural or manufactured. Although honey is truly an amazing ingredient one thing many people aren't aware of is that honey rarely spoils.

It may crystallize after an extended period of time, but it can be saved by heating the jar by placing it in a bowl of hot water.

Shake well and the honey is good to go. When honey has crystallized it may appear grainy, as if someone poured sugar or sand into it.

Avoiding A Sticky Honey Mess

Because of its basic lumpy stickiness, honey is usually not as good when applied to hair by itself.

Honey is most beneficial when it's combined with other oils or conditioners which prevent honey from drying into a sticky or crunchy finish.

When honey is applied to hair as a single ingredient it may actually increase hair's coarseness. Honey, when used as a final rinse may leave some types of hair more prone to breakage due to tangling.

Everyone's hair is unique so while honey may not work for many, it might actually help some types of textured hair when used as a stand-alone formula. Some people prefer agave or corn syrup rather than honey.

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Of course if you love to experiment with DIY formulas, experiment with honey, agave and corn syrup as your base formula and then add combination of different ingredients as desired.

Possible Honey Combinations

Depending upon your natural hair texture and ultimate goals, you may or may not enjoy the benefits of honey either alone or mixed into a variety of recipes. If you like the results honey provides, but don't want to use it as a standalone treatment, consider the following combination options:

1. Honey and water mixed together and applied to the scalp will provide relief and healing for irritation, dandruff or eczema. 2. Olive Oil and Honey - Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Heat until warm and apply to wet or dry hair. 3. Qhemet Biologics Olive and Honey mixed together to form a hydrating balm applied to damp strands. Makes hair soft, super moisturized and with great shine! 4. Honey mixed into shampoo, rinse out or deep conditioner. Provides softening to pre-existing formulas. 5. Honey And Coconut Butter - Mix hones with shea, mango and coconut butters. Add Coconut milk. This product provides fabulous detangling properties and increased manageability. All the rich butter ingredients combined with honey reduces damage and strengthens hair. 6. Honey can be mixed with styling gel or creams. 7. Mix honey with water, veggie glycerin, leave-in conditioner and 1-2 drops of styling lotions. 8. Add honey to final vinegar rinse. 9. Mix equal amounts of honey with shea, coconut, cocoa and almond butter. Add a few drops of Mimosa or Jasmine Oil. 10. Combine equal amounts of honey, olive oil and avocado. Mash into a paste and apply to hair. This mixture works very well on dry, damaged and frizzy ends. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and direct hot dryer air to the mask to intensify. 11. In a 4-6 ounce clean spray bottle combine 8 drops of pre-softened honey, 1/2 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel and 4 ounces of lukewarm water. Shake well to mix.

A Little Bit Goes A Long Way

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When it comes to honey a little bit goes a long way. When adding honey to other products such as shampoo, conditioners, gels or styling products only use 1 or 2 drops.

Too much honey added to any product may leave hair too thick or sticky. It can leave hair oily, gooey and/or messy. To avoid a hot mess, use honey very sparingly.

Some hard core honey users claim that honey may lighten hair over time. If this is a concern substitute molasses instead of honey. Because of its basic properties honey may be a good curl enhancer for some types of naturally texture hair.

Pre or Post-Cleanse Honey Wash

Measure 2 tablespoons of honey into 1 1/2 to 2 cups of lukewarm water.

Mix and then apply to hair which is wet. If you prefer you can apply it to hair after final rinse as a form of leave-in conditioner.

Creating Honey Spray Steps

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Some people with natural texture such as curls, waves, coils or kinks swear by use of a honey spray used in between a cleanse or conditioner only (CO) wash and a leave-in conditioning treatment.

1. To create a honey spray heat a cup of water on the stove. 2. Mix in 2 tablespoons of honey. 3. Allow mixture to cool slightly before pouring into a clean spray bottle. 4. Cleanse hair in lukewarm water or apply a conditioner only (CO) formula to wet hair. 5. Rinse out cleanser or CO treatment. 6. Squeeze out excess water and then spritz honey water spray throughout the wet hair. 7. Do not rinse out honey spray rinse. 8. Towel blot then apply leave-in conditioner mixed with desired styling products such as gel or cream. 9. Roll hair into finger curls, rag rollers or similar.

If you prefer you can plop hair for up to 30 minutes. When possible allow hair to air dry.

Other Honey Hair Tips

Some honey hair users suggest avoiding use of honey during hot or humid temperatures. Although a common concern with using honey it that it might attract bees or other bugs, this is usually an unfounded concern. One other possible concern with honey is that over time it might have a cumulate effect of over conditioning or moisturizing hair.

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Summary

There are many different Do It Yourself (DIY) beauty recipes ranging from body and skin to hair available in books and on the Web.

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- Revised Publication Date: 04/23/11

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