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Honey Hair Mask: The Definitive Benefits and Tips

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have used honey for medicinal purposes and as a natural sweetener.


Due to its vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidant properties, honey has been used as a natural remedy for all sorts of ailments, ranging from healing wounds and relieving digestive issues to soothing a sore throat and improving skin conditions.


So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that honey can also be used to nourish, condition, and boost the health of your hair.


Here’s a look at the benefits of using honey in a hair mask, and how you can go about making your very own mask at home with honey as the key ingredient.


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The Benefits of Using Honey in A Hair Mask

Due to honey's therapeutic properties, it’s been used in hair rinses and conditioners for centuries. Today, it’s still a popular natural ingredient in many types of hair care products.


So, what are the benefits of using honey on your hair and including it in a hair mask? According to research and anecdotal evidence, honey may be beneficial in a hair mask for the following reasons:


  • Moisturizes dry hair and scalp
  • Reduces hair breakage
  • Restores shine
  • Improves condition of natural hair
  • Reduces frizz
  • Softens hair


Additionally, honey works well as a binding agent. This means it’s a good base to use as a hair mask if you want to include other ingredients.


Because you leave a hair mask on your hair for a longer period of time, it may promote more intense healing, nourishment, and repair than a regular conditioner.


How to Make a Honey Hair Mask

There are many different recipes you can use to make a honey hair mask. This is one of the most basic, and it’s well-suited to dry, damaged hair.


The combination of honey and olive oil has been used for centuries to rejuvenate and revive damaged hair, leaving it looking and feeling soft, silky, and moisturized.


All you need are the following items and ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • A mixing bowl
  • A shower cap
  • A small paint brush (optional)


Try to use raw honey, which is the least processed and has a higher concentration of antioxidants. However, nonorganic honey should still provide benefits.


If you don’t have a shower cap, you can make one using plastic wrap or a large plastic bag and tape.



  1. Start with clean, damp hair.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil into a bowl, and stir the mixture well.
  3. Start working it into your hair using your fingers or a small paintbrush. Start at the scalp and work your way down to the ends.
  4. Gently massage your scalp with circular motions using your fingertips.
  5. Place the cap on your hair to help seal in the moisturizing ingredients.
  6. Leave on for 30 minutes.
  7. Rinse the mask from your hair and shampoo as usual to ensure you’ve removed all ingredients.


Honey and olive oil hair mask is an excellent solution for those struggling with damaged, dry, and frizzy hair. The combination of honey and olive oil works to hydrate, protect, and revive hair, leaving it looking and feeling healthy and vibrant.

Recipe Variations

Honey can be combined with many other ingredients to create hair masks that provide additional benefits to the standard recipe.


Depending on what you want to use a hair mask for, you may want to try one of the following options.


Scalp Cleansing Mask

Together with honey, this mask includes yogurt and coconut oil.


The protein in yogurt can cleanse your scalp and also strengthen your hair. The coconut oil can help moisturize and soften your hair.


You’ll need the following ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup plain full fat yogurt
  • 3–4 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil


Mix the honey and coconut oil, and then add the yogurt, and continue to mix until the ingredients are well-blended.


Follow the instructions outlined above for applying to your hair and scalp and rinsing out of your hair.


Scalp Itch Reliever

Adding banana to a honey hair mask may help alleviate an itchy scalp.


Use the following ingredients to make this mask:


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Mix these ingredients in a blender until you have a smoothie-like puree, and then follow the instructions outlined above to apply to your hair.


If you have very long hair, you may need to add up to 1/2 cup more olive oil to make the banana less sticky on your hair.


Cover with a shower cap, and leave this mixture on for about 10 minutes. Shampoo your hair well to remove all ingredients.


Are there any risks?

Unless you’re allergic to honey or oils that are typically used in a mask, like olive oil or coconut oil, there’s very low risk associated with using these ingredients in a hair mask.


The Bottom Line

Due to its many therapeutic properties, using honey in a hair mask may help moisturize your hair and scalp, reduce frizz, restore shine, and reduce hair breakage.


You can make your own DIY honey hair mask using a few basic ingredients, or you can buy a premade mask at your local drugstore, beauty store, or online.


If your hair is dry, use honey hair mask a couple of times a week. If your hair is oily, use it once a week.


You should always consult with your physician or other health care professional before taking any nutritional, herbal remedies or adopting any health advice, whether offered on the Site or otherwise.

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