Honey is (literally) the buzziest ingredient for your hair, and this two-ingredient mask has you covered


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Honey has been around the block a time or two. It’s been utilized by humans for at least 9,000 years, and even the ancient Egyptians knew what’s up, using it as a food sweetener, liquid bandage on the skin, and beyond. All these years later, nothing has changed. The world’s love of honey only continues to grow—especially when it comes to how much it can benefit your hair.

“Honey is a wonder ingredient for both your hair and scalp, and it’s great for all hair types. It’s one of the oldest beauty ingredients,” says Jana Blankenship, founder of Captain Blankenship and author of Wild Beauty. “Honey is a natural emollient, humectant, antibacterial, and is full of antioxidants. It helps seal in moisture, adds shine, promotes hair growth, and strengthens hair, preventing breakage. It also helps soothe scalp conditions, such as dermatitis and dandruff.”

Reaping these benefits is simple: All you need to do is whip together a honey hair mask. “Did you know Cleopatra used to take milk and honey baths? This simple recipe is inspired by this practice, but it’s a hair bath mask. It softens and moisturizes your hair while soothing your scalp,” Blankenship says. “You can’t use this hair mask too often, but I recommend at least once a week.” Here’s exactly how to make the mask.

Honey hair mask

Ingredients:

2 tsp raw honey
1 Tbsp organic coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Combine 2 tsp raw honey with 1 Tbsp organic coconut milk.
  2. Mix the ingredients together and apply to damp hair from ends to roots, then leave it on for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour.
  3. Rinse the mask out and follow with your normal cleansing and conditioning routine. If you have extra, put it on as a face mask or pour into your bath.

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