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March 8th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Current details on honey lightening, a safe, alternative method to conventional peroxide/bleach, that can lighten any hair colour; virgin, colour-treated, hennaed and henndigoed hair. This is a very long thread. You can simply read this one post to be up to date.
START HERE - It is not necessary to read all of the following links. The first few contain the basics. The rest deal with specifics. "Frequently asked about topics" may be very helpful. See also the Innovations link in "Methods and Details" for ideas.
Honey lightening basics
The Successful Honeys List
The new dilution measurements
A one post summary of the new honey lightening recommendations,
with explanations and links.
A breakdown of the above link
Methods and Details
How often honey lightening can be done
Choosing a honey and honey lightening boosters
The colours of honey
Notes on extra virgin olive oil and cardamom essential oil
Coumarin information in more detail
Where to buy distilled water in different countries
Methods of application and covering a honey lightening treatment
Suggestions for doing roots only with honey lightening
Recent honey lightening recipe and method Innovations
Tap water, minerals and pH
pH and honey lightening
Frequently asked about topics
When to pretreat
Diluting honey with conventional peroxide
Honey lightening and "extras"
Honey lightening and red tones
Honey lightening and cassia
Factors that influence changing an existing hair colour
Honey lightening on hennaed hair
Honey lightening on henndigoed hair
Honey as a leave-in - no lightening - it is a styling aid
Honey lightening, Sun-In, UV Oxidation and Oxygen bleach
Vegan lightening recipes (no honey)
4 things reported to discolour hair
Differences between an SMT and honey lightening recipes
Honey and coughs and an all natural vegan (no honey) cold remedy, plus
information on coumarins and cassia cinnamon
Pictures of honey lightening with the new dilution
Pictures of honey lightening with just honey and water
Pictures of honey lightening on blonde hair
Pictures of honey lightening on medium shades of hair
Pictures of honey lightening on hennaed and henndigoed hair
Pictures of honey lightening on dark, dyed hair
Last edited by ktani; March 13th, 2012 at 11:09 AM.
March 8th, 2008, 03:38 PM
I will be happy to help with any questions continuing from here.
March 9th, 2008, 08:35 AM
If you are concerned about how a honey lightening treatment might affect your hair colour - do a strand test first - it is no guarantee but it is better than not doing one, IMO.
A lot depends on the recipe, method and the honey but reddish tones on natural or colour-treated hair were not reported to be a problem in either Honey thread.
Honey treatments were actually reported to reduce brassiness for goldilocks, whose blonde hair is colour-treated - brassiness is a reddish tone. She successfully reduced brassiness from the wrong colour more than once.
Last edited by ktani; March 9th, 2008 at 08:36 AM.
March 10th, 2008, 03:55 PM
I've tried this recipe:
Hair with Multiple Layers of Henna
These recipes have been slightly altered to remove additions that proved irrelevant to the recipes working.
1. The Recipe: 1 cup tomato (pasta) sauce, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
The Method: Mix and apply to wet hair, cover with a plastic bag or wrap, and leave on the hair for a minimum of 1 hour, rinse, shampoo and use a mild vinegar rinse to follow.
In this recipe, honey, tomato, and extra virgin olive oil all contain peroxide This was the first recipe to significantly lighten multiple layers of henna.
I've done the treatment 3 times (about once a week) on my hennaed/indigoed/chemiceal treated (dyed and bleached) hair now, and I'm really happy with the results. I am growing out my natural colour, and have tried several things the last 6 months to get rid of the henna/indigo colour. Nothing works as far as to totally remove the colour, the bleach made my hair multicoloured so I had to recolour my hair. And cut a lot of it off!
But, this treatment has lightend the colour a lot, the red/orange colour is not glowing like it used to and the indigo is slowly starting to let go.
I am going to continue to use this treatment (or one of the others) on a weekly basis, will report back later.
March 10th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Thank you for posting your results.
I am so glad that you are so pleased.
The 2 best recipes IMO for hennaed hair are the one you tried and the 50:50 honey coconut cream recipe.
Viviane had great results with the coconut cream one on her henna and indigo but she got great initial results with the tomato pasta sauce recipe - in fact she is the one who created it.
Viviane is very innovative.
Last edited by ktani; March 10th, 2008 at 04:27 PM.
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March 10th, 2008, 04:30 PM
How did the treatment leave your hair condition wise?
March 11th, 2008, 05:10 AM
March 11th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Great news about the condition of your hair - and thank you. I hope some day to meet you too.
People have used crushed tomatoes and tomato paste but they can tend to stain the hair more red - there were less problems and no red stain reported with pasta sauce.
You could if you want to, alternate the tomato sauce recipe with the coconut cream version but since you are having success with the tomato version and the EVOO is working out so well, there is no need. An hour at a time is the recommended minimum time so you are ok with that.
EVOO, of all of the oils I researched, has the highest peroxide value but has not been reported to lighten hair much on its own.
However, as part of your routine now, it could help somewhat on its own.
EVOO has been reported to be an excellent conditioning oil.
Coconut oil has a peroxide value too, but less than EVOO.
Last edited by ktani; March 13th, 2008 at 10:43 AM.
March 11th, 2008, 08:43 AM
In terms of personal credits, this is the section from the Honey Article. I bolded the member's names here.
"A special note of thanks: to Maluhia, for the first honey lightening recipe for 1 hour with vinegar rinse; Viviane, for creating the first honey, tomato lightening recipe; Joliebaby, for altering the first honey, tomato lightening recipe; iris, for the first honey, amla, cassia, hibiscus lightening recipe; and everyone who gave their feedback, pictures and time."
Last edited by ktani; March 11th, 2008 at 09:04 AM.
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March 11th, 2008, 10:07 AM
Thank you ktani! I did a strand test and was happy with it. Right now I'm soaking in a conditioner/honey mix with a hint of olive oil. I will let you know what the results are.
Originally Posted by ktani
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