If you're game for this at-home hair lightening challenge, remember to use ahoney with high levels of hydrogen peroxide for best results and distilled water in the mixture. The minerals in tap or filtered water can negate the bleaching properties in the honey, so buy ye a jug of distilled aqua from the market.

Just follow these easy instructions and get your mane in full summer mode with a super sweet natural bleaching dye.


  • Honey
  • Distilled water
  • Shower cap
  • 2 uninterrupted hours

Optional Ingredients (To Step Up Your Game):

  • Slow pour bottle (a recycled shampoo bottle will do the trick)
  • Cardamom
  • Swim cap

1. Mix the honey and distilled water in 1 to 4 ratio in a container

For example, 1/4 cup of honey requires 1 cup of distilled water. You are welcome to mix it in a bowl if that's all you have on hand, but a shake-it-up and pour bottle (like an old shampoo bottle) will be so much less messy than scooping the goop onto your head with your hand. If you're adding a teaspoon or two of cardamom (which also has bleaching properties), now is the time.

2. Let the honey do its thing

Leave the honey and water mixture alone for one hour at room temperature. Ktani's Hair Sense has done a round up of experiences and reports this creates optimal outcomes.

3. Apply honey mixture to wet hair

You can go for the all over application using a applicator bottle, or if you're feeling crafty, you can brush on honey highlights with a stiff makeup brush or a basting brush from your kitchen.

4. Keep hair wet

To keep the honey's hydrogen peroxide doing its bleaching thing, you have to keep your hair wet. A shower cap will work, but might get wonky if you have longer hair and the honey wants to slide around. Susie J at BlogHer shares that after many go 'rounds with honey highlights, she has found a shower cap to work best for containing the mess.

4. Relax & let honey mixture soak in

Now you just get to hang around for an hour or more with your sweet self and let the honey develop. Don't use a hair dryer, it won't work. Don't sunbathe, like you would when using lemon to lighten hair.

5. Rinse with conditioner

Skip the shampoo and rinse the honey mix out with conditioner. If your hair feels weird, try an apple cider vinegar hair rinse to clear off any residue. The honey, a natural humectant, should make your hair feel super moisturized and lush, as it attracts and retains water molecules. You will also shine, shine, shine.

That's all it takes!

Repeat the process as often as you like. Unlike getting bleach highlights, this will be a soft, natural tonal shift and may take several times to get the look you want. This gradual change is great if you're uncertain about going lighter, and allows you control over the process. If you repeat it on a regular basis, you also get the benefit of having ultra soft hair. Just don't be surprised if your co-workers start subtly smelling your hair.


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My mom was always telling me to put honey, lemons, and/or apple cider vinegar in my hair when I was a teenager.

Yeah the lemons and do you remember Sun-In?


How would that work for dark haired people? 

You may have to reapply more than once.  I would think black hair would be more difficult than brunette.  I don't know if it said so above but if you try test a few strands first if possible.

That makes sense, thanks, I will!


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