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Honey - LOVE it/ help me count the ways ;)

love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
So, I tried adding a drop of honey to my gel this morning, Biolage Gellee with a little water to prevent crunchies....

I LOVE IT! :D My hair is shiny and my curls are more bouncy than usual.... Honey is fabulous!!

So, how do you use it? (other than in tea and baking, of course)
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
- Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

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  • PottervillePotterville Posts: 137Registered Users
    I add about a tablespoon to my Elucence in the morning and rinse out then I DT with the same combo as well (once a week w/heat) It's really helping my hair!
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  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    curltopia, i love me some honey!! it's been almost a year of me using it and it's been a true blessing and the answer to my curls being defined. i use it mainly in my fruit of the earth aloe vera gel and sometimes in my conditioner. i'm so glad i found it because it even helps the really fine hair around my ears curl. it gives the most awesome shine and hold. i'm so glad you like it! kinda funny that something so simple as honey can make great things happen with hair :D
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I guess I haven't figured it out because it tends to make my hair feel hard no matter what I do.
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali


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  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    aww i'm sorry amneris, i wish it could work for you. what exactly have you tried to do with the honey? also i think it may not give you the results you want because it really does promote clumping, and i know you aren't fond of clumps. the honey rinse is good to try and so is trying it with with conditioner. that shouldn't promote too many clumps, just some great shine.
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)
  • LipGlassHoneyLipGlassHoney Posts: 230Registered Users
    curltopia, i love me some honey!! it's been almost a year of me using it and it's been a true blessing and the answer to my curls being defined. i use it mainly in my fruit of the earth aloe vera gel and sometimes in my conditioner. i'm so glad i found it because it even helps the really fine hair around my ears curl. it gives the most awesome shine and hold. i'm so glad you like it! kinda funny that something so simple as honey can make great things happen with hair :D

    I'm so glad to see you're back!!!
    Black and Puerto Rican 3c Natural since '95 (15). Growing hair to waist. PJ and Certified MAC JUNKIE and a freakin' DEMOCRAT!!! Visit my other page @ www.myspace.com/LipGlassHoney
    Me @ 6 mos. looking just like my son
  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    Amarilla-

    Sounds like you are a honey EXPERT... So, give us some more details on how you like to use the natural wonder that is honey :P
    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
    "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
    - Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

    (taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    aww i'm sorry amneris, i wish it could work for you. what exactly have you tried to do with the honey? also i think it may not give you the results you want because it really does promote clumping, and i know you aren't fond of clumps. the honey rinse is good to try and so is trying it with with conditioner. that shouldn't promote too many clumps, just some great shine.

    I've actually never noticed extra clumping - it just made my hair feel hard. I tried mixing it with conditioner and oil and leaving it in and I also tried using it with my DT and oil and rinsing out. My hair just wasn't as soft, and I am normally blessed with naturally silky, soft hair. I guess not everything is for everyone.
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali


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  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    Amneris-

    I think that you may be using too much. If I use a pea sized drop mixed with gel and water, you probably only need a lima bean size amount for your hair... How much honey were you using?
    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
    "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
    - Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

    (taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)
  • LipGlassHoneyLipGlassHoney Posts: 230Registered Users
    I always mixed just a nickel size amount with my conditioner or whatever.
    Black and Puerto Rican 3c Natural since '95 (15). Growing hair to waist. PJ and Certified MAC JUNKIE and a freakin' DEMOCRAT!!! Visit my other page @ www.myspace.com/LipGlassHoney
    Me @ 6 mos. looking just like my son
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Curltopia wrote:
    Amneris-

    I think that you may be using too much. If I use a pea sized drop mixed with gel and water, you probably only need a lima bean size amount for your hair... How much honey were you using?

    for the deep conditioning which I rinsed out, I used about two spoonfuls, and to leave in, a palmful. Too much?
    How can I distribute as small an amount as you're suggesting through all my hair? I have trouble with small amounts....
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali


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  • PottervillePotterville Posts: 137Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Curltopia wrote:
    Amneris-

    I think that you may be using too much. If I use a pea sized drop mixed with gel and water, you probably only need a lima bean size amount for your hair... How much honey were you using?

    for the deep conditioning which I rinsed out, I used about two spoonfuls, and to leave in, a palmful. Too much?
    How can I distribute as small an amount as you're suggesting through all my hair? I have trouble with small amounts....

    I've been thinking about this as well and I would suggest mixing your products in a bowl first and then applying to hair in sections.
    VERY THICK 3c/3b -Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap to Shampoo or Elucence Cond. daily/dt, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In to style.

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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Curltopia wrote:
    Amneris-

    I think that you may be using too much. If I use a pea sized drop mixed with gel and water, you probably only need a lima bean size amount for your hair... How much honey were you using?

    for the deep conditioning which I rinsed out, I used about two spoonfuls, and to leave in, a palmful. Too much?
    How can I distribute as small an amount as you're suggesting through all my hair? I have trouble with small amounts....

    I've been thinking about this as well and I would suggest mixing your products in a bowl first and then applying to hair in sections.

    Hey, Potterville, I've been doing that since I started using coffee! even messier otherwise.
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali


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  • PottervillePotterville Posts: 137Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Hey, Potterville, I've been doing that since I started using coffee! even messier otherwise.

    Cool!!! Add some honey to the mix and see if it works. I'm going to do the same and just leave it all in and see if I can use that as my conditioner/styler.
    VERY THICK 3c/3b -Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap to Shampoo or Elucence Cond. daily/dt, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In to style.

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  • mandyvmandyv Posts: 2,437Registered Users
    A palmful is much too much as a leave in. I have a lot of thick hair kind of ling and I use at most a pea sized amount for my whole head. I mix it with a gel or jojoba as my final step. It might help if you mix it with something and then apply another product on top of it, a little bit of leave in or oil or whatever you like.
    3c
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    CoWash: VO5 kiwi
    Cond: Robert Craig, Tresemme Natural, or Fekkai Shea Butter
    Leave in/Styling: Grapeseed oil, KBB milk, KCCC, and Aveda Confixor
  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    mandyv wrote:
    A palmful is much too much as a leave in. I have a lot of thick hair kind of ling and I use at most a pea sized amount for my whole head. I mix it with a gel or jojoba as my final step. It might help if you mix it with something and then apply another product on top of it, a little bit of leave in or oil or whatever you like.

    I totally agree with Mandyv... A palmful of honey left on your hair :shock: No wonder it is making your hair hard, Amneris!

    I have a lighter hand with products than you but can be skeptical of things like "pea size" amount.... Until I tried Curly Brunette's Shea It Ain't So and raw honey added to gel... Truly a pea size amount is enough for my shoulder length hair! That's why I suggested a lima bean for you since your hair is longer and thicker :wink:

    The 2 spoonfuls in your conditioner sounds about right... I'm surprised that you didn't get good results with it :?
    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
    "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
    - Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

    (taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)
  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    ohh no amneris! yes dear, 2 spoonfuls is wayyyyy too much. a pea to nickle size will do the trick with a lot of conditioner. don't worry about the size of the honey because you will notice the effects as long as you mix it well through whatever you are going to mix it with. honey acts like a small package and remember, big things do come in small packages ;). also, honestly, i wouldn't use it as a leave in unless you are using it for styling purposes. i would say a drop of honey to big dallop of conditioner would be great as a leave in or rinse off. honey will make your hair crunch but using a nice oil/water spray such as coconut oil and water will really help to soften it up but still leave you with the intended results of the honey which is hold and incredible shine. i hope that helps you girl :)

    curltopia, so you want my secrets huh? shhhh don't tell! haha :D ok well here is the deal, i use honey the majority of the time as a styling aid in my gel along with a styling creme. i sometimes use it with my conditioner if i don't plan on doing my normal routine.

    here's my routine...i wash/condition my hair, rinse the condish out and squeeze the water out. i next spray my hair with my coconut oil/water mixture (about 1:4 ratio), then i proceed to styling. i guess the oil/water is my leave in condish? so then in my hand i drop a dime size of honey, dime size of aveda universal styling creme, then a big dallop of FOTE aloe vera gel (enough to fill my palm) and mix it throughly. i clip up 3/4 of my hair, spray that with oil/water and then spread the mixture on the hair that's left out, then comb it through with a wide tooth comb and spray again. i do same thing 3 more times cuz girl i've got a ton of hair. then after i've applied all my styling mixture, i spray my hair again with some oil/water just to make sure it's saturated nicely. this oil mixture is great because it keeps my hair moisturized and it keeps the honey from being too crunchy. so then i use my diffuser on the cool setting and blowdry my hair for about 10-15 mins while styling with my fingers in all directions. after that i air dry the rest of the day.

    the next day i respray with the oil/water mixture to wake up my curls and blowdry on cool again. my hair is softer than the first day. my hair last a whole week like this and it looks great everyday. the honey really helps me because it makes my hair more durable when i go to sleep since i don't sleep with anything on my head. honey is so great, i'm in love :D
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)
  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    aww lipglasshoney, you're so sweet! i'm glad to see you're back too, i was wondering where you went hehe. when i was going to send you an email but you popped back up on the boards right in time :)
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)
  • dandelionwinedandelionwine Posts: 48Registered Users
    I started using honey this week after reading about Amarilla's regimen. Wooooweeeee baby! Loving it!

    Talk about some clumpage and shine. My DH keeps asking me what I did differently.
    Kinky 3C corkscrews with 4A patches.

    HG Products:
    MOP Leave-In Conditioner (This is my new all time favorite.)
    S Curl Texturizer Gel
    Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Honey is awesome. I forget to use it sometimes and when I remember again, I always am amazed at what it does: shine and better-defined, bouncier curls.

    I add about a quarter's worth to Elucence, which then gets rinsed out.

    I add a pea-sized amount, like most people here are saying, to my leave-in condish, which lately is [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Aloeba-Daily-Conditioner-p-104.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-aloeba-daily-conditioner]Aloeba[/buylink] thinned with water. I mix it all up in a small yogurt container and apply to soaking wet hair.

    My hair is BSL and medium thick.
  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    i'm always glad to be of help to my fellow curlies and especially my hair twin ;) i love you guys here at nc.com, i swear i wouldn't be where i am today without your help. so i feel it's my obligation to share what i've learned with everyone here who needs advice or a lil pick me up. :D
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Does it lighten anyone's naturally dark hair? If I am worried about that should I try molasses instead? (as per a thread on the main forum.)
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali


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  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users

    curltopia, so you want my secrets huh? shhhh don't tell! haha :D ok well here is the deal, i use honey the majority of the time as a styling aid in my gel along with a styling creme. i sometimes use it with my conditioner if i don't plan on doing my normal routine.

    here's my routine...i wash/condition my hair, rinse the condish out and squeeze the water out. i next spray my hair with my coconut oil/water mixture (about 1:4 ratio), then i proceed to styling. i guess the oil/water is my leave in condish? so then in my hand i drop a dime size of honey, dime size of aveda universal styling creme, then a big dallop of FOTE aloe vera gel (enough to fill my palm) and mix it throughly. i clip up 3/4 of my hair, spray that with oil/water and then spread the mixture on the hair that's left out, then comb it through with a wide tooth comb and spray again. i do same thing 3 more times cuz girl i've got a ton of hair. then after i've applied all my styling mixture, i spray my hair again with some oil/water just to make sure it's saturated nicely. this oil mixture is great because it keeps my hair moisturized and it keeps the honey from being too crunchy. so then i use my diffuser on the cool setting and blowdry my hair for about 10-15 mins while styling with my fingers in all directions. after that i air dry the rest of the day.

    the next day i respray with the oil/water mixture to wake up my curls and blowdry on cool again. my hair is softer than the first day. my hair last a whole week like this and it looks great everyday. the honey really helps me because it makes my hair more durable when i go to sleep since i don't sleep with anything on my head. honey is so great, i'm in love :D

    Amarilla-

    THANKS girl for being so generous with your routine. WOW - it's just like being there with you :wink: 8) I have a bunch of sprays but don't use them enough. Today, I used some MHC humectant spray and then applied a little Qhemet Biologics honeybush tea gel + [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Confident-Coils-Styling-Solution-p-116.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-confident-coils-styling-solution]Jessicurl CCSS[/buylink] for second day hair :D It was cool not to have to re-wet/soak or apply conditioner...

    I'm going to try your honey routine one of these days... Your ringlets are oh-so-cute :D
    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
    "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
    - Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

    (taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)
  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    hey curltopia, i kept forgetting to come back to this post. i'm always glad to share my routines and products that work great. i love using oil sprays because they really do promote second day hair very well without having to start over. i'm going to pick up some myhoneychild stuff this thursday from krika and i'm excited. what have you tried so far? by the way, your hair is so cute, the curls are coming in nicely :D
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)
  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    Amarilla-

    Thanks!! I've tried a bunch of My Honey Child stuff.... I'll categorize it as follows:

    Stuff I loved
    Type 2 creme
    Oil blends
    Natural humectants
    [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/MyHoneyChild-Sweeet-Almond-Hair-Milk-p-345.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=myhoneychild-sweet-almond-hair-milk]Sweet Almond Hair Milk[/buylink]

    Stuff that was just ok
    Manuka honey hair conditioner (weird smell and not detangling)
    Type 3 creme (too heavy/greasy for me)
    Carribean products (the smell is a little too much for me)

    Stuff I hated
    [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/MYHoneyChild-Herbal-Hair-Cocktail-p-344.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=myhoneychild-herbal-hair-cocktail]Herbal Hair Cocktail[/buylink] (grassy smell that lingered...)

    HTH!
    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
    "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
    - Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

    (taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)