If you’ve checked out our infographic on Natural Ingredients for Natural Hair, you already know that there are plenty of kitchen staples that can pull double duty both as snacks and natural hair products. One of the sweetest of these – literally and figuratively – is that delicious golden natural nectar, honey!
Not only will honey give your mug of chamomile tea a sweet boost, but it’s a natural shine and strength enhancer when used on your natural hair. Its humectant properties draw much needed moisture to damaged hair and help hold it there. Although some naturals worry that honey will stick to their coils and curls, when mixed with an oil – like the sweet almond oil used in this recipe – it glides smoothly over natural strands and rinses easily.
The almond oil in the recipe can also be swapped with light olive oil – a stock item in many modern kitchens – but, since it’s especially good at smoothing cuticles to prevent frizz and breakage, it makes a great honey side-kick. The addition of coconut oil ups the smell-good ante and aids in the prevention on dandruff. For more info how these ingredients can be used for your natural hair, click here.
Honey-Almond Conditioner Recipe:
1/2 cup Honey
1 tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
1/4 cup Sweet Almond Oil
5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or the essential oil of your choice)
1 tbsp Rosewater & Vegetable Glycerin*
*The addition of rosewater and vegetable glycerin is optional, but it enhances the scent and slip of the final product. Available at Whole Foods Market.
Add all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. If honey sticks to measuring cup, add a little oil to loosen it from the sides. Mix well. Transfer mixture to small squirt bottle (I used a Wilton candy making bottle from Michael’s). Shake well before use; ingredients will naturally separate.
With a small spray bottle filled with warm water, thoroughly dampen dry hair. Section hair into 4-6 parts. Use a quarter-sized dollop of conditioner to saturate each part from root to tip. Add more conditioner for longer hair. Once hair is saturated, cover with a plastic cap and wrap in a warm towel for 20-30 minutes. Rinse completely with warm water.
**This honey-almond conditioner left my natural hair feeling incredibly soft and smooth; my curls had very little frizz after being treated with this recipe + Coconut Milk Shampoo.