No shampoo challenge: honey

honey, hair, shampoo-freeI decided to attempt the no shampoo challenge and this week’s star ingredient is honey! I have been having hair ‘problems’ for a while now: it’s dry or oily, it won’t get clean or it comes out stripped and straw-like. I just can’t figure it out! My favorite, stand-by products from Shikai and Aubrey just up and stopped working and I was considering chopping it all off because having long hair was no longer enjoyable.

honey, hair, beauty, shampoo-freeThen I read this article on honey washing (which I previously mentioned) on Free People’s blog and thought I’d challenge myself to go shampoo-free for a while. I’ve seen so many people stop using shampoo in the last two years and the consensus seems to be that it’s super oily for a while, but ultimately totally worth it.

honey, shampoo-free, beautyWash your hair with a mixture of 2 Tbs raw honey and some water. Condition with two drops avocado, jojoba or apricot kernel oil massaged into wet hair. I added a drop or two of rose-geranium essential oil to my bottle of apricot kernel oil because it smells incredible. (Two drops really is enough, it’s quite potent!) It’s all-purpose too: hair, face and body moisturizer all in-one. I’ve been using it on my body for a few months, so adding it to my hair care routine didn’t seem like much of a stretch.

honey, hair, shampoo-free, beautyHave you ever done a no-shampoo challenge or used honey as a hair wash? How did it go? I’m looking forward to trying some different products and home remedies and having healthier, cleaner hair from now on!

Check out my follow-up post, No-shampoo challenge: castille soap and jojoba!


  1. Tara says:

    I’ve never heard of this before, so I’m interested to hear how it goes for you. I’ve been struggling with many of the same issues with my hair. The one shampoo I have had success with uses tea tree oil. It worked great, but is not an every day shampoo, so some other options would be good too.

    • Lauren Anne says:

      I’ll definitely try some other things too. The honey is leaving my hair pretty oily at the moment. I’m going to research some other options to find what suits my hair type. I feel you- it’s so frustrating to feel like it never gets clean!

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