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  1. Hi, Lauren! First time commenter here. I love your site and find every post relevant to my personal health goals. 🙂

    I’ve been no-‘poo for over a year now and am super curious about what you’ll write tomorrow. No-‘poo has been great for me — to the point where I am easily committed to never returning to bottled shampoos — but it’s never felt like the perfect solution. I just blamed our hard water on any issues that cropped up. I’m really interested in trying out this honey shampoo.

    Since I’ve already survived the scalp transition period, do you think this would cause any other unexpected weirdness from previously being no-‘poo? Also, I’m used to going 7-10 days between washes. Too much ACV, the conditioner, on my scalp decreases that time and increases the oily factor. Would something as conditioning as honey shampoo have the same effect? I suppose I should just try it and report back in case others are wondering…

    • Yay for the first comment! 🙂 I think you may find my post tomorrow on the no ‘poo interesting. I transitioned to this honey shampoo from the no ‘poo method and I did have a couple weeks where my hair got oily. I think this is because no ‘poo is actually very stripping to the hair, while this honey method is more moisturizing. It does balance the scalp, but it usually requires a transition period.

        • Hey Cinda,

          I know this article is old and you probably already received your answer but if you haven’t, here’s my reply.

          I saw this rinse while doing my own blogging and decided to try it and it actually does work very well on African American hair (I’m African American). Since honey is a humectant, I find it draws a lot of moisture from the air and puts it into my hair. Since I’m natural, I find that my hair needs all of the moisture it gets and I thought this rinse was really helpful. Although I don’t use it anymore (I missed my shampoo lol) I wouldn’t mind trying it again if I had to!

          Hope I could help!

          – Moriah

      • Hi!
        I tried baking soda and apple cider vinegar a while back, and did it for about 2 months. No matter what it always left my hair gummy and greasy and never felt clean. I’ve recently been using RenPure cleansing conditioner, and that works alright, but when I saw the DIY Honey Shampoo method, I had to try it! I love home remedies. I’ve been using this honey shampoo method for about 2 weeks now, washing with it about 3 times a week, and it is AMAZING!! It leaves my hair soft, shiny, clean, and manageable. This stuff really works! Thank you so much for posting the honey shampoo recipe! 😀

        • I’ve tried the no-pop method and I had same results…very gummy and dry then I found this recipe with coconut milk, dr.bronners soap and essential oils. I am presently trying it and this time my hair is dry and just slightly gummy/oily but I’m not liking it.
          My hair is long, thick and Curley and both of these experiments have made my hair very heavy so I’m curious about this honey method. I was told by a lady at local herbal shop that she does the same coconut recipe that I’m presently on but adds honey on top of it for moisture so I added a little about 4 days ago and haven’t seen a hangs but I’m thinking I didn’t put enough. Any suggestions?

        • I’ve been doing the honey rinse for a week now. Nothing has worked for my itchy, dandruffy, oily scalp and thick hair. I have always itched and dealt with using H&S for dandruff which I hated.

          So far, honey rinse has been astoundingly effective. I have been doing a honey mask when I wash my hair because why not? I leave in the rinse as long as my face mask.

          I noticed immediate improvement in skin and hair from plain old honey and water. My hair smells fresh and sweet and my boyfriend loves it.

          I wish I could express more gratitude in an Internet post. I will update of this goes awry.

        • Honey does stay good forever (edible honey was found in the Egyptian tombs)
          when it is stored in a sealed container. When water is added to honey, however, (as in the case of the shampoo recipe) honey can ferment and molds can form.

          In nature the bees seal the cells of honey over with wax so that the honey is not exposed to moisture. It’s probably a good idea to make a fresh batch of honey shampoo every few days. I’m a beekeeper and sometimes feed my plants with “honey water” from honey buckets where most of the honey was emptied…and I’ve seen the mold or yeast start to form usually after 5 or 6 days.

          • Wish I’d read that earlier. Just made a larger batch of honey and water and put it into a spray bottle. How do you guys just apply honey straight onto scalp when showering? What about adding some tea tree oil to prevent mold?

            • Reason for the mold is twofold:

              Even filtered water contains pathogens and bacteria. Chlorine is added to tap water to remove germs but after time germs multiply and win. Silver kills patogens – I use distilled water free from chmichals and to add to it. All my drinking water has a silver coil in a glass bottle. I noticed that after I added the silver and distilled it lasts a long time. This is why honey will mould.

            • Tea tree can help, but it still can’t guarantee 100% that mold won’t form. The idea of this shampoo is a breeding ground for mold and those other ‘beasties’.

            • I use vitamin e oil to preserve my coconut milk shampoo. Always worth a try with this one as well.

        • When you put honey in water, it becomes an ideal growing medium for molds, bacteria and yeasts due to the sugar levels being reduced. Whole honey has so much sugar it will not support mold, yeast or bacterial growth. This is why it should be kept refrigerated or made fresh.

        • Honey lasts forever because it has a really low water activity, so most pathogens are unable to survive since there are very few free water molecules floating around. Sure, it’s a great food source for bacteria/molds/yeasts, but they also need plenty of water to grow!

      • I have 4C hair which is usually dry. I was using Shea Moisture Shampoo and conditioner. I have experimented with different Shea Moisture products and have not been disappointed with any of them. I found your website while searching for DIY methods/products for my hair. I tried the Honey Shampoo mixture last week. It was wonderful for my hair. The night before, I treated my hair with Shea Moisture Hair Mask, a combo of plain castor oil (you can also use Jamaican Castor Oil) Peppermint Oil and a few drops of an essential oil. I prefer Lavender. First, I dampened my hair with distilled water, then added the above. I covered my hair with a plastic cap, then with a satin cap for overnight saturation. The next morning I rinsed out then used the Shampoo mixture, finishing with Shea Moisture Leave-In Conditioner. I have short natural and I found my hair to be with shine. I will continue to use the natural honey method until I see a reason not to. I hope this review helps someone.

      • Jessica, I’m going through the same thing. Been on acv + baking soda for two months and just made the switch three days ago. My hair is super greasy now! I really hope it’ll transition soon, I’m already thinking I might switch back. Your post was from a month ago; did you stick with it?

        • So, was it just a transition period for you ladies? Did your hair turn out well after a little while? I have been on baking soda and apple cider vinegar for almost a year now, but just last night hubby told me he missed my “nice smelling hair” and could I try something different. I am thinking about the honey or a coconut experiment.

        • I’ve been doing the “no poo” method for the past 3 months, only I washed my hair with it about every 3 days. Then I read it can be damaging to your hair, so I switched to the honey method a few days ago. During the no poo method my hair was always as fluffy and clean as with regular shampoo. When I switched to the honey method my hair has been really greasy and dirty looking, even right after I wash it. So just wondering what you ladies ended up doing. I have really long fine hair.

          • First off, think of honey’s texture. Do you think something so thick and sticky could work on fine hair? No, it’s not gonna work. Plus this recipe contains water which will make this formula moldy within several days due to honey being a humectant. I don’t suggest you try this. Maybe a dry shampoo would work. I sell a few of those at my store and people with thin or greasy looking hair LOVE it.

            • I make my own dry shampoo at home and it makesy hair smell like chocolate which me and my boyfriend love. Honey has been working for me and I have fine strands, a lot of them. So my hair is odd in a way it is thin and in a way it is thick. Honey has been great for me and not greasy at all…. Unlike baking soda which made my scalp itchy and left my hair greasy. I think you are right on in that everyone’s hair responds differently. I wish your shop luck but for the DIY girls you can make your own dry shampoo. Harder to apply but more effective and inexpensive… Plus natural.

          • I was wondering if you found a solution… Everything I have read points towards a honey wash… I have fine hair myself an I noticed with store bought my hair after a day becomes greasy and sticky and I seem to lose more. I went to barber school in 2010 butif we learned in depth about shampoos its been lost in this head of mine lol… I’m going to give this a try and go ahead and prep an apple cider vinegar rinse to follow with if it feels heavy? I hate when a shampoo leaves my hair feeling weighed down…. With fine hair you want less weight lol …. Its hard enough to get body in this hair as is :-/ but! Honey alone should promote hair growth and help to thicken over time is what I always heard… Maybe decrease the amount of coconut it has tons of minerals you may not need? But I doubt its the honey… Hmmm now I’m curious lol guess I’ll go give it a go 🙂

          • I was wondering if you found a solution… Everything I have read points towards a honey wash… I have fine hair myself an I noticed with store bought my hair after a day becomes greasy and sticky and I seem to lose more. I went to barber school in 2010 butif we learned in depth about shampoos its been lost in this head of mine lol… I’m going to give this a try and go ahead and prep an apple cider vinegar rinse to follow with if it feels heavy? I hate when a shampoo leaves my hair feeling weighed down…. With fine hair you want less weight lol …. Its hard enough to get body in this hair as is :-/ but! Honey alone should promote hair growth and help to thicken over time is what I always heard… Maybe add in an EO to try n cover the way yours comes out? But I doubt its the honey… Hmmm now I’m curious lol guess I’ll go give it a go 🙂

          • Ok, call me clueless, I got the ACV but the water, will bottled water work just fine? You may email me so I be sure and get the answer.

            The honey: Is local honey ok? It is hard to find here. So I am “guessing” regular honey from the grocery store is not acceptable.

            My scalp….I have fought hair loss since fall of 2013, when I lost my Mama. Then the OIL, it has become unbearable…..

            I even QUIT swishing the coconut oil because I thought it was part of the problem. My hair is still pretty thick but not like it was prior to losing my Mama. Do you have any other suggestions?

            Thank you SO much. I found this portion of your info accidentally. 🙂

            • bottled water will be fine. regular water would do in a pinch too.

              for the proper antibacterial/antifungal effect, you want raw honey, local is good too.

      • You may need to do an ACV rinse or lemon juice and water rinse. Because I have hard water if I don’t do this weekly my hair gets very gummy and looks like I used tub of Crisco in it.

    • Hi Lauren, I need help. When I was small my hair was really really curly. But then because I couldn’t get a comb through it we did relaxer on my hair. We relaxed my hair a lot of times. Then we realised that it was bad and now for the past year we’ve been doing Keratin treatments. So you might’ve guessed, my hair is super straight and is breaking and never wants to go curly anymore. And my hair is super long. If it gets wet it goes really puffy 🙁 so … If I do this honey treatment do you think my hair will go naturally curly again (and not puffy) because I am desperately looking for ways to get it to that state and I’m nervous for trying out new ways. If you think it won’t work, what do suggest I do??

  2. I have a quick question: will this work with well water?
    My hair is thick, wavy, shoulder-length, and can go a day in-between washing, although it gets oily by the end of the 2nd day. After moving to the country, I found that my hair didn’t like well water as much as it had city water (even if I’m glad we don’t deal with fluoride anymore).

    I had been hesitant to try the “no-poo” baking soda method because it seemed like it would strip my hair, but I’m up for something gentle like raw honey (and found that from time to time, I do like to wash my face with it or do a mask, as well).

    • I would not recommend using well water because it will contain natural bacteria, and the honey shampoo won’t last very long before it will start to grow some nasties. It would be better to use distilled water. I speak from experience, as a natural cosmetic manufacturer. 🙂

      • The ph of water differs greatly and affects hair. Distilled water is very acidic and has no minerals which may be perfect for hair. Well water will have lots of minerals and be alkaline. We have chloromines (ammonia and chlorine bound together) in our water and it’s destroying my hair. I would also make the honey mixture fresh each time unless you refrigerate a concentrate then add hot water when showering. Just my thoughts. I’ve been using only natural conditioner with essential oils in it and it works pretty good except the water issue, so I’m going to use distilled, so thanks for the tips!

        • I am sorry to correct you, but distilled water is absolutely neutral (pH of 7) by definition (it is based on the self-ionization of water – the pH scale is based on this fact). It is not acidic or basic. I am a HS chemistry teacher – I hope my students know this basic fact as well. Well water can be basic, acidic, or alkaline – it depends on the chemistry of the ground rock in your area. Most tap water is slightly alkaline.

  3. When ever I see these posts it seems the people that responded have thick or curly hair. I am curious if anyone has tried any of these home made products that has naturally thin, fine hair. Normal, not dry or oily. I am always looking for ways to give my hair volume to make it look like I have more.

    • Although my hair is wavy, it is very thin. I do think this shampoo is naturally volumizing. Of course, during the transition period from regular sudsing shampoo, the hair may be more oily and heavier. But afterwards, for me at least, it became more voluminous.

      • My hair became extremely voluminous after use of this honey rinse. I have great amounts of wavy hair, thin strands. The honey rinse volumizes my hair (maybe to a level I don’t want) and the residue after I rinse is a great built in curl enhancer. I have felt so much more confident about my hair and scalp and skin since discovering honey as beauty product. My oil and dandruff were so bad that i cried when I had to leave the house. Thanks to this article (which is VERY easy to follow up on as there are two basic ingredients) I was able to find something that works finally. I have been rinsing every other day and hope to cut that back to every three next week.

    • Theresa,

      I have thin hair that used to be very straight and dry. I stopped using shampoo three years ago and have primarily washed with egg and honey on a weekly basis ever since, though I have tried several other methods. It works beautifully for me. And this year, I noticed my hair has actually become a little curly/wavy. I’m not sure whether that is a result of turning 40 or of nourishing my hair and scalp for three years. Either way, I love the way it looks.

      I look forward to trying this honey shampoo. It might save me a little money. Good eggs are expensive.

      • Rebecca, maybe you could use the honey-poo on a regular basis and do a 20-min yolk treatment with shower cap once a month for extra nourishing conditioning? This is what I’m going to try!

        Lauren, I was just waiting for one of my blogger buddies to come up with a good homemade option because the “natural” Everyday Shea shampoo I’d been using left my hair ugly, dry, and strangely dirty feeling. Thank you! You confirmed my suspicion that baking soda and ACV would be too disruptive to the natural pH of hair.

        Incidentally, Heather over at Mommypotamus confirmed my suspicion that ongoing, daily use of homemade baking soda and coconut oil toothpaste can disrupt the naturally slight acidity of the mouth, leading to gum problems (slightly inflamed gums in my case). So, I alternate between homemade toothpastes and tooth soaps now.

        • I must have missed that at Mommypotamus, so thanks for sharing! Heather is the expert when it comes to DIY body and beauty products. I’ve been using my baking soda toothpaste, but I will give her tooth soap recipe a try.

        • I know large families who use only baking soda for their teeth on a daily basis. They all have very good teeth and gums and hardly any problems. They also eat a healthy diet, though not organic.

        • All these comments about the baking soda and apple cider vinegar damaging your hair are so wrong. That’s what people used for decades before commercial products were widely available and used. I have fine straight hair and since switching my scalp problems have completely disappeared and my hair is soft again. I work with food and the heat of the oven was destroying my scalp and hair. I know people that have been using the soda/acv for over 10 years and they have beautiful hair. If it’s not working you might need to adjust the amounts you use. Please stop and understand that just because one person says something works or doesn’t work for them doesn’t mean it will or won’t work you. Any homemade product will need time to work (fix years of damage) and might need adjustments.

      • Hi Rebecca! Can I know ratios for your egg and honey wash? I’m switching my family to no poo and researching our options. My daughters 9 and 5 are excited about cracking eggs on each others heads…lol. 😀

    • Theresa – my hair is extremely fine and I was stunned at how much it appreciates the no shampooing, once the old product wore off, my hair has continued to improve and to be SO full and ‘happy’. My hairdresser has finally gotten over how clean it is and how great it looks, in spite of no product. I never would have dreamed that my fine, totally limp hair could change this drastically.

      • Oops. Forgot to say I never did the baking soda or vinegar, didn’t make sense to me. I did use a kombucha rinse for a while but, after loving it at first, my hair stopped doing well with it. Back to plain water. With once in a great while an egg. Or epsom salt water. Curious about the honey recipe, think I’ll give it a go.

      • Venus, I don’t think you should be on this site. All you seem to talk about is how great your products are. It doesn’t make sense that you’re following something you disagree with.

      • Venus,

        I don’t t think this blog is for you!!! Since you prefer to use chemicals in your hair why dont you either go start your own blog to push your products or if you already have one then go and blog on your own site and push or promote your own chemical warfare bio- hazardous products.. If you read the postings on herethis is a blog for DIY NO SHAMPOO !! Not the pesticide you think your trying to convince yourself that work!!! If you really believed that your products work you wouldn’t be on this blog trying to push and promote them so hard!!! Who are tou trying to convince the readers or yourself??? We on here because we’re interested in a NO POO if we wanted pesticides and chemical warfare products we would still be buying what we use to use!!!. So please go pedal on another blog site!!!

        Thank you!!!!

    • I also have long fine hair that tangles easily. Even after I would condition it would get tangled again. I bought a water filter for my shower and have been doing the BS & ACV method 1 week. But, think I will stop. My hair is ugly now. Transition or not, there is no shine just dry hair. And. . .I am getting confused by what I am reading. Was gonna do the honey shampoo but guess that won’t work either. Been using Trader Joe’s shampoo that doesn’t contain sodium anything for a couple of years. Don’t really want to go back to it. Now what?

      • I had that problem, and the same hair type. I was afraid I had irrepairable damage. I got so frustrated. I ended up in an acv bath (detox 1.5 cups acv in a full very warm bath for 20-30 min soak). I figured my hair wash shot, what more could happen from soaring it too. I rinse off when I am done soaking.

        Any way, my hair was so much nicer when I was done.

        I have only been no poo for a little while but I only use the baking soda when my scalp feels icky (once a week to ten days) otherwise it’s water or acv rinse. I use the baking soda dry before I get in my shower as well it gives it time to work on my roots and scalp area and saves time in the shower itself. Not alot dry baking soda and not on the length- ever.

        If my hair feels like it’s getting dry I soak again. I also try moisturizing every three to four weeks. Still trying to get that down. Treatments are sometimes hard to get out.

        Anyway, I have recently started adding essential oils to my hair routine. Not sure how well they will work just yet.

        Hope you haven’t given up on your no poo yet. The hardest part is balancing the bs and acv for your hair type I think. To much dries it out. Not enough does not feel clean.

    • I’ve been doing BS and ACV for about 6 months now. I like it, and it gives my hair much more volume. However, I work in a dirty factory and get covered in graphite. I know if I run out of baking soda, and use a shampoo or something to wash with, the suds and water is black. Which says to me that the baking soda isn’t cleaning my hair. I think since I always have raw honey for other things I’ll try this for awhile. Also, to keep down the static elec. I use about a dime size of organic conditioner mixed with water and spread it on my hair. I have middle of my back length hair, in fact I’m the only one left in my family with a full head of hair;) so I’m hoping to keep it.

  4. I love this idea – I’ve been getting great results with honey as a conditioning treatment, so how much better would it be to use it as shampoo as well! I’ve tried the baking soda/vinegar no poo twice now with ok results so I’m anxious to try this out instead.

  5. I do a natural shampoo with coconut milk and instead of plain water I do an herb infusion using herbs like rosemary, horsetail and etc which are good for my hair and scalp. Thinking I will incorporate yours with mine.

      • I have been using a home made herbal shampoo for over a year now. I generally use fresh rosemary and either fresh or dried lavender, sometimes bee balm. This is brewed up with water and a bit of liquid castile soap. Lately I have been adding a bit of coconut milk for moisturizing my hair, which tends to dryness. It is a pretty forgiving formula and I cant even remember the original recipe. I just tweak it till I get a bit of foam and it smells good and feels good! I can go at least a week without shampooing and it is very manageable. Oh…I have medium thick curly hair.

        I am thinking I will add some honey to it as well.

  6. Hi! I just joined your posts not that long ago but am really enjoying your thoughts and wisdom. My daughter has Alopecia and interestingly enough, I’ve been using vinegar on her head the past few night. Her hairdresser said a client of his had success with it… triggering the nerves, increasing blood flow to the scalp. I don’t mind using it but I am curious if this would work for my daughter. For shampoo we use a traditional Kiss my face volumizing to help give the appearance of body to her hair. If you have any thoughts regarding our situation, I’d appreciate it. She has an appt. with a dermatologist on the 7th of June. Thanks and much appreciated!! Rebecca

    • I’m sorry to hear that your daughter has Alopecia! I have severe hair loss due to my autoimmune disease so I know just how difficult it it, and how it can affect self-confidence. In my own experience, this has helped give my hair more body because it helps bring out the natural curl of my hair. That is very interesting to hear about the vinegar on the scalp and the theory that it increases blood flow. An anti-inflammatory, grain-free diet may also be worth a try to see if it helps your daughter’s hair growth.

  7. I just read a Care2 article about honey and bees yesterday.
    The jist of it was, if we weren’t overusing honey and allowed the bees to eat it themselves they’d be healthier and able to fight off many of the mites and infections they are being plagued with (not pesticides).
    With that in mind, do we really need to be washing our hair with honey?

    • I think the most important thing we can do to support a healthy bee population is ban GMOs and also do further research into how cell phone towers/waves affect the communication signals between bees. I always buy my raw honey from a local producer who is very conscientious and wise about how he raises his bees. I recommend that everyone source raw honey from local, small producers.

      • I am a hobby beekeeper and I absolutely agree that if you are buying your honey from a local beekeeper with ethical practices then harvesting honey does not do damage to the bees. Like everything else, there are beekeepers who see beekeeping as a business and others who see themselves as stewards of the bees. If the beekeeper leaves enough honey for the bees rather than taking it all and feeding them sugar syrup the rest of the year, yes, it will, make a difference in the bee’s health.
        Be aware, as well, that the honey in the stores and especially big box stores can be cut with HFCS or mixed with honey from countries where regulations on pesticide use are less stringent. If it is mixed together in the US or Canada, it can and does say that it is “a product of” that country. The only way you know for sure you are getting the real ting is buying local.
        I’m looking forward to trying my own honey in this shampoo! Can’t get more local than that! Thanks.

        • I agree with Kathleen – our local bee lady has told us the same thing. She says that there are folks that overwork their bees to get more honey but that it causes damage to the bees (and she mentioned the feeding them sugar water also). She does not do any of that and goes to great lengths to make sure her hives are not near new subdivisions as the strange flowers they use and all the chemicals to keep the lawns nice, kills her bees. A year or so ago in TX we had a bad drought and our bee lady drove her bees quite far to get them to a place they could pollinate – she did not want to weaken their immune system by feeding them sugar water (it is bad for them just like it is for us!). So I would also say if you are getting your honey from a local source from a bee keeper that is more concerned with their bees than they are with making money – you should support that for sure! We buy our honey in 5 gallon pails from our lady so we will be making this honey shampoo soon!

      • I’m an engineer…
        Cell phone waves?!

        The effect of cellular phone waves on bees, unless they’re nesting on a cell tower, is zero. Bees don’t use RF communication… and the cellular power levels are negligible unless you’ve stuck an active cell phone in the hive (and even then I highly doubt it would affect the bees).

        For any argument of whether cell signals (or other low-power electronics) affect (nearly) ANYTHING, you should consult this:

    • Keep in mind that Europe is banning a class of pesticides known to harm the bee population.
      I can believe, to an extent that harvesting might have an effect on the bee population, but bee keeping/honey harvesting has been a long-time tradition that hasn’t broken too many modern changes, and generally comply with keeping healthy populations (read the article about the bee keeper whose entire population was destroyed by the FDA here–

    • With the ongoing apiary collapse taking place globally one contributing factor that British researchers have found is that the modern agricultural use of land does not incorporate or allow for the growth of flora which naturally help feed the bees. Starting a small bee garden is a great help and you can contact your local agricultural extension service who can put you in touch with local apiarists who will take care of your hives and bees if you start a colony. Just a way to pay back your honey use.

  8. I had tried no-‘poo for a few months, a few years ago. I first tried the baking soda routine, but that felt horrible, and then tried a natural shampoo bar (Chagrin Valley, many varieties). My hair never liked any of these routines. It was dull, lifeless, oily, lank… any “blah” descriptor you can come up with. My hair is thick and wavy and it had little curl during that time. I was told by all the no-‘poo websites and the soap website that there would be maybe a week of transition period, as your hair adjusted from traditional shampoo (stating that it was because of the plastics that coated your hair from dimethicone products) but I NEVER got over any “transition”. Curious, but still reluctant to try this honey method. Especially since raw honey costs $10 a jar, and even though it will be diluted with water, I anticipate using a lot more of the honey mixture than a traditional shampoo. I WANT to be more ‘natural’, but… I am SO afraid of this TRANSITION period. And of one more failed attempt. I’ll let you know if I actually try it or not. I have also been trying the OCM, and in general, my skin was looking better and I was so happy that it “worked”… until my period started. And I have cysts again. I’ll keep up with OCM, but will probably still be using some topical meds for cysts. :,(

    • If it is any commiseration, I do the Oil Cleansing Method for my face and I still have cysts on my period. Have you seen my post & Secrets that Cured My Acne without Chemicals? Acupuncture greatly improved my periods and reduced my cystic acne.

      • Interesting. I haven’t tried honey for my hair but I have used it for washing my face and it is really nice. A little goes a long way and I have really noticed a difference.

    • I use the OCM and it primarily has normalized my oily skin. For help with my cystic acne I use (dun dun DUN!) raw organic honey. My hand to God…it works miracles, even around “that time of month”. You just scoop some out (mine is a very thick consistency) or pour it into your hand and rub it all over your face. Let it sit on your face for a few minutes (about 5, or less) and then rinse it off with warm water. I’m very intrigued about using my raw honey to wash my hair as well! I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s tea tree oil soap for hair and body for about a year now and really like it, but my hair is very straight and fine…no body at all. Honey’s worth a shot!

    • The transition period is not so bad at all. I went through it with ease! I started with a baking soda hair mask which strips your hair of oils and waxes from regular shampoo so that it is ready for the new natural stuff. Thats it thats all I had to do. I do make a leave in conditioner that has apple cider vinegar in it so that it makes it easier to comb through. I do a baking soda hair mask once a month and my hair loves it. I have yet to read a comment on how bad shampoo from the store is for your body because it is not just on your head, it runs down your body and they are toxic sulfates.

    • I have been reading all the these posts and have gotten a lot of great info and trying coconut milk and aloe vera with vinegar /water rinse…..I don’t use any styling products just a teeny bit of spray after….so far, so good. Angela, I too struggled with adult acne/cysts when I was in my 30’s. The only thing that cleared it up was balancing my hormones by getting rid of HFCS, GMO foods, soda, etc. I try to eat grass fed meats and pastured chicken and eggs, raw milk, etc. Juicing helps. I know this can be expensive, but my motto is “One way or another, you will pay”. Meaning, you will pay now via more expensive, high-quality food, or you will pay later in the form of bad health, diminished quality of life, and medications.
      Try some krill oil, magnesium, alpha-lipoeic acid, and chlorella too. Helps with PMS/PMDD which to this day I struggle with (at 43 years old)

  9. Hi Lauren! Looks like a good recipe – one I’ll have to try. I’ve been in the same process of trying to reduce/remove toxic foods and products from my life. Shampoo/conditioner has been a tough one for me, but the worst is deodorant. What do you use for that?

    • I use the Naturally Fresh deodorant. I work as a hair stylist so it’s important for me to be fresh, or at least not funky! That brand is a crystal, though I like the spray or roll-on more than the rock. I have to say that it works, though!

        • Interesting! When I recently did the Master Cleanse (fresh squeezed lemon juice w/maple syrup & cayenne pepper) my husband kissed me as we hiked. My face was sweaty and he said it tasted sweet, like lemonade.

        • Thorow on some coconut oil and finish with a spinkling of baking soda! That’s it! Can go two days without funk. So underestimated! Just let it soak in for a bit before you put clothes on

            • Regarding removing oil stains…

              CitraSolv, a natural solvent cleaner/degreaser available at most natural food stores, is amazing for getting out grease and oil spots without removing any color from the garment. I apply it directly before washing the garment. It makes the whole load smell nice. If I don’t see a spot until a garment comes out of the drier, it’s not a problem. I just treat and rewash. I am extremely sensitive to fragrances and chemicals and this passes my test.

              CitraSolv comes in a regular bottle. Over the years, I’ve tried putting it in various spray bottles to use for spot treating and household cleaning. Most of them degrade quickly because the plastics are not designed to stand up to the solvent action. I eventually figured out that a spray bottle for stainless steel cleaner will hold up. I’ve been using one from Method for years now, though the stainless cleaner made by Seventh Generation is by far the superior stainless steel cleaner!

            • I buy Goop at the auto parts store. Very inexpensive. I rub it into the oil stains for about 30- 60 seconds, then wash the clothes in warm water. Make sure it’s not a short cycle to allow enough time to wash it out. It works almost 100% of the time. If not I wash it again.

      • I mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part arrowroot powder or cornstarch and add coconut oil to desired consistency. I ‘transitioned’ from otc deodorant to this during a Texas summer after I had my second baby, and I’ve never gone back. I sweat rarely and only smell if I forget to apply it for two days in a row.

        • This is the exact recipe I use, and I too will never go back. It works beautifully allowing my body to sweat (as it’s supposed to) but covers up any odor.

          I do, however, have to be careful that it contains the right amount of coconut oil or the baking soda will be painful, especially after shaving.

          It’s the perfect natural solution to OTC deodorants.

    • Mix equal quantities of virgin coconut oil and baking soda and a few drops peppermint essential oil. This works wonderfully well as a deodorant and I never noticed any staining. In fact I added a few drops clove oil as well and divided it in 2 batches–one for use as toothpaste and one as deodorant 🙂

    • Deodorant: I use a few drops of Monoi de Tahiti gardenia scented coconut oil. (you can buy it online, it smells divine and is not expensive at all) rubbed on the pits. Let dry one minute. Then with my finger tips, dust a small amount of powder on the pits. (I mix 1 part baking soda to 6 parts cornstarch (arrowroot can be used, didn’t have that at the time,) then I added two drops tea tree oil and 5 drops tangerine oil to the powder, which I store in a glass jar. It smells wonderful. And the best part, NO odor, and NO perspiration. I was amazed… I usually perspire even with the name brand anti-perspirant. With my new recipe, I can go 24 hrs and NO wetness or odor in Texas summer, too! I wish I had known this decades ago!

  10. I am definitely going to try this! I tried the no poo method but my hair got really dry feeling. I use honey mixed with BS to wash my face then moisturize with coconut oil and love it!

      • I’ve been washing my face and hair with honey for about a month now, and it cleared up troublesome blackheads that I struggled with for years–nothing else worked. Now they are gone! and my skin is soft and smooth (and I’m no spring chicken) .

        My hair is thick, coarsely textured and a little wavy. The honey has increased the volume and it feels fairly smooth once it is completely dry and has had time to settle down. I wash every 4 days or so. My friend who told me about honey is a guy with short hair and he scoops it out of the jar and rubs it in. This is what I have been doing. I’m going to give your recipe a try because it sounds like I’d get much better coverage.

        At first I thought it was decadent to use honey in this way, but the results are so amazing, it has given me a new respect for honey, and would love to some day keep bees. I know a handful of beekeepers, and they all love it. Thank you for your post, and all the comments, all very interesting and instructive.

  11. So excited you posted this!! Ever since you mentioned this the other week I’ve been anxiously waiting to hear. I have tried the no poo method many times, and have never liked it. Finally went back to commercial shampoo, but I only wash my hair with it about twice a month. Other times I only rinse it. Been feeling like I need another natural option to try. Will try this out on myself, my husband, and kids then get back to you.
    Thanks for posting this!

  12. I have used BS and ACV before but when I (over-) highlighted my hair I went back to shampoo. My hair has grown out enough and is no longer super damaged feeling so I decided to go back to no ‘poo today. How funny that today is the day you wrote this post! I am eagerly looking forward to tomorrow’s installment. 🙂 And also the next time I wash my hair so I can give this a try!
    Also, I have fine hair. It is thick, but it’s not particularly textured. The top part grows in totally straight. I did not find that going no ‘poo changed the texture at all. I also had no dryness or any other problems from using BS or ACV so I’m interested in learning about the damage tomorrow.

  13. Hi Lauren! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now. After this post I couldn’t resist commenting any longer. 😉 I’ve been struggling with hair issues for almost two months now, after deciding to go off all commercial, toxic products. I can so sympathize on the bathroom full of this that and the other thing, especially anti-frizz serums!!

    I’ve steered clear of the BS/ACV thing because I too have read about the damage it does to hair, and also I live in the country with very hard water and most sources say BS/ACV just won’t work with hard water. So I’ve tried all kinds of DIY and uber-natural shampoos (even expensive ones like John Masters) yet all I have is stringy, dull, lackluster, over-oily or over-dry hair, lots of frizz, bleh, yuck! I have also recently transitioned to a traditional foods diet and am experimenting with going gluten-free, so maybe that’s part of the issue, I don’t know.

    So anyways, I was excited to read about your honey wash yesterday. Mixed up a small batch and tried it this morning, and I have to say, so far I’m cautiously optimistic. I let my hair air-dry instead of braiding it like I usually do to better be able to judge the results. I have a TON of natural wave which I haven’t seen for a long time — granted, it’s not uniform, and some bits are pretty wonky, but hey, that’s what bobby pins are for, right? My hair feels decently clean but not stripped, it’s got more volume than usual and is relatively soft. There is a bit of frizz going on but it’s not devastating. I used a wee bit of aloe vera and coconut oil to try and combat that, plus a bit of your hair oil mist for moisture. 🙂

    Okay, now I’ve written a small novel on hair problems (lol)… Thank you so much for this post Lauren, I am really excited to continue this experiment. I feel like I’ve been in a transition period for a month now, so bring it on, raw honey!

      • Hi Susan! The hair oil mist is also something I found here on Lauren’s blog. I can’t actually find it right now, but as far as I recall it was half jojoba oil and half distilled or filtered water (I used distilled), combined in a small spray bottle and shaken well before each use. I also added a few drops of wintergreen essential oil for fragrance.

        I’m still experimenting with the coconut oil and aloe to get it just right. I’ve also tried argan oil and jojoba. Sometimes one works better than the others. I have found that I usually need less than I think, so I rub a bit of argan or jojoba into my palms and then comb/scrunch it through my hair while it’s still damp after washing. Then I’ll add either a little bit of aloe — same method, spread it over my palms first and then finger-comb it in. On days where my hair is especially dry or frizzy I’ve added a bit of coconut oil, but again, I find that I need much less than I think cause it’s easy to over-oil it and then my hair just gets lank and heavy.

        Hope this helped. Good luck!

      • i’ve been using this shampoo for about a month and i want to love it….but so far i really don’t. the honey doesn’t rinse out of my hair and it feels …. sticky, i guess. it doesn’t feel clean at all. when it dries, the sticky feeling isn’t so apparent but my hair is frizzy and fuzzy. the natural curl is much reduced and at the root end, my hair feels heavy and lifeless. any ideas for fine-tuning? i really want this to work for me. thanks!

        • I’m having the same problem! I used baking soda & acv for two months but never could go more than a day or two without needing ry shampoo or a waah.Now I’m back to washing my hair everyday and the honey has made my hair icky.

        • @carolyn tait:
          Hi, I’ve used the honey-shampoo a few times now and the trick to avoid the stickiness is to make sure you dissolve the honey in the water really well before you put it on your hair.
          I mix the honey with lukewarm water before I put it on my already wetted hair and when I rinse it, the first seconds I use warm water (to “melt” the honey away) and then I end with cold water. The cold water will close the hair cuticles so that it looks and feels smoother and shinier. I hope this helps 🙂

      • What do you suggest for someone who is heavily into fitness? I find that I have to do a light washing on my scalp using more water/less honey for every day, then doing a heavier honeyed wash every 3 days. I’m nearly a month in, and I do have the usual sebum build up that comes from transitioning, but I would think that it wouldn’t be as heavy as it was during my first week. If anything, it all feels backwards. I also worry about sweat build up, even though I’m very thorough.

        And for the record, we always sweat, even if we don’t feel it. Sedentary bodies sweat, but not as much as active bodies.

  14. One more thing… 🙂 when people comment can they describe what type of hair and length, that they have? Because I could see things like this working on folks that have short hair, but when it comes to waist-length hair that is super fine, I would love to hear responses from those people…. thick hair, dyed hair, thin hair, short hair, medium length, curly, oily, dry, etc. That is important, almost as much as pointing out the hard water vs. soft water effect on your hair.

    • Rebecca, I have medium-thick straight hair. My hair is 3 inches from hip length… I’ve been trimming back some due to trying to get rid of long layers. My shortest layers are just below BSL length. I’m also into fitness, so I have to do a scalp wash every day. I’ve just been watering down the honey even more so that it’s a very light yellow. I use totally raw clover honey that I order online.

      I suggest mixing it and storing it in a smaller bottle, like a smaller, recycled, olive oil bottle. The honey will start to get mold if you store it in a bigger bottle. Raw honey will ferment over time, but won’t go “bad.” Honey, without any water, can be stored for months, even years. But when you add water, various yeast and other elements that are already in the honey will react to water and whatever minerals that are in the water. Honey water is the base for mead, after all. 🙂 I’m just stating this in case some people get scared when they see white, fuzzy mold floating at the top of their honey shampoo. Mixing only what you need may help you save your honey supply, too.

      • Basically honey won’t go bad, due to the beeswax in it that prevents it fermenting/rotting/all that lovely stuff.

        Moment you dilute it or add foreign stuff to it, the balance is thrown off and it steam rolls from there.

        (Point of interest since it’s the reason I know this, this feature to honey is the reason why most the earliest known alcohols were honey-based. If water got into a hive, it occurs naturally)

    • Yes I agree. I an going to try this today. On BC and ACV for the last week. I have very long medium brown naturally wavy hair. It is on the thinner side but I have ALOT of hair. Sounds nice till you try to wash it. I have a super oily scalp and my ends tend to dry out.
      I will update 🙂 I would love any suggestions


  15. I was wondering how long your recipe up there tends to last you? Since raw local honey is pretty darn expensive and I use it for a lot of different things, I just wanted to know how to stretch it out and how long a recipe of the size you give would last if I wash my hair twice a week.
    I’ve been doing baking soda for a few weeks now and absolutely HATE my hair. It’s every description of annoying disgusting hair. So I’m super excited to try this (just worried about cost). So exited I might just wash it again tonight even though I washed it last night lol


    • You can experiment with watering down the shampoo even further to make it stretch farther. I’m not quite sure how long this recipe lasts me… I use probably 2-3 Tbs. of the mixture each time I wash my hair, which is 1 or 2 times a week.

      • my hair is about 10″ long and average thickness. i’ve been using WAY more than 2-3 tablespoons (more like 1/2 or so) because it doesn’t feel like a smaller amount getting all over my hair. any advice or tips? my hair does feel goopy and drab, frizzy and much less curly. i must be using too much, but can’t figure out how to use less. help! =)

  16. I have long, thick, curly, frizzy hair that I have never colored. I’ve been doing the no-poo method for nearly a year. I like it, but lately have been hearing that it may not be good to use. I am going to switch tonight to the honey method and see how that works. I only wash about twice a week, so I am not concerned about the cost. Thanks for the post!!
    I also do a honey mask about once a week. Just smear honey all over your face when you get in the shower, then about 10 minutes later, rinse it off. Feels great!

  17. I have long, fine, dyed hair which is thin and dry due to long term commercial dying. It is has a natural wave which does not show up much due to irs thin texture and how much stuff, even natural stuff, i have to put in it so it does not look and feel like straw!
    I just switched to an all natural dye that works great and I love it! I am using baking soda plus essential oils to wash hair and vinegar plus essential oils as a rinse. It is definitely clean and definitely dry, stripped and unhappy.
    I am starting the honey shampoo today and im excited by the prospect. I use raw unfiltered honey in food and on wounds with great results, so I am expecting great things!

    • I have pretty dark hair and I’ve been using commercial dyes for over a decade. I have heard that even “natural” dyes have chemicals, so I did a little research and I am going to try a 50% henna and 50% indigo mixture. 100% pure and permanent. I have a ton of gray, BTW, and heard it works great for gray coverage.

      After that I am on to no “poo”, or this honey “poo”.

      • henna works well and does cover gray, but it is a lot of work, messy, and time consuming to use. i tried it and the results were interesting, but due to the amount of effort and time involved, i went back to regular hair dye. one thing to watch out for – when you first henna your hair it might turn out a weird shade that is lighter than you expect. it will get darker over the next few days. not sure if that happens when it is combined with indigo. just don’t be shocked if your hair turns out orange at first.

      • It really does work! I just did the henndigo experiment and had a blast. Now, I’m researching all healthy shampoo recipies because my sulfate free shampoos cuased the henndigo to wash out of my hair a bit too quickly. I’m reapplying the henna/indigo mixture 50/50 as we speak. I hope the honey shampoo works…Also, I’m interested in trying a shampoo recipe with the horsetail and marshmello root herbs. When I’m happy, I’ll repost. Thanks everyone for sharing!

      • Just a comment about the Henna. I have dyed my hair red from a brownish red for years. I recently switched to Henna and LOVE IT. It initially takes a little more work until you get used to it. But it will condition the scalp ties in very well with no or low poo lifestyle.

        Additionally I have been no poo about 3 years. I have very fine curly shoulder length hair( irish green eyes) Initially Iwas doig the BS & ACV but found it very drying. I make a homemade shampoo using 3 drops of Dr Bronners w coconut milk, honey and a few drops lavender & 1 drop tea trea oil mostly for the scalp. This gets used 1-2 times week. My hair gets wet often though since I am a triathlete. I do use a purchased organic conditioner “Dem Organics”… I kow its not entirely no poo….. but this is enough to cleanse my hair and make it manageable.
        I am looking forward to trying the honey as I do have access to a local raw honey man..

        If you need a resource for the henna check out I have no affiliation, I have just found her to be very helpful.

  18. I am really excited to try this. Thank you for sharing. The No Poo method damaged my hair and hurt my scalp. It was painful and itchy. I have been afraid o try anything else until now. 🙂

  19. I was excited to see this because I like washing my face with raw honey, and have been struggling with rinsing baking soda out of my hair – it always dries out my back and leaves me itchy all day. So far so good, my hair is a little oily today, but not enough to make me want to go wash it again. What I struggled with was getting it into my hair. It was runny and I would pour some into my hand, then it would run all over the place before I got my hand to my hair. Is yours runny? any tips for getting it to my scalp for massaging it in?

    PS. thick sometimes wavy hair. the buzzed parts of my head are in love with this!

      • I’m going to try this with the honey! I’ve been using the baking soda/ACV method a few weeks and Ido feel like it’s over drying or damaging my hair. I’m always surprised at how very little of anything (bs, acv, coconut oil) it takes to see a difference in my hair. I have to fight the “if a little is good then a lot is better” temptation.
        I was having the same worry about getting the mix on to all of my scalp, so I got a pair of those ketchup and mustard dispensers with the pointy tops from the kitchen section of the store. They are plastic, and someone previously mentioned that essential oils can leech chemicals out of plastic, but if you don’t use oils or if you put it from a glass storage into the squirt bottle just prior to showering, seems like it would minimize the risk.

  20. OOOOH!!! No wonder why I was getting dandruff!!! I was using a mixture with Dr. Bronner’s and some conditioning oils. I was so disappointed that my natural, homemade shampoo was a bust. Now I know why! Thanks so much for posting this!! I will whip up a batch soon!!

  21. I like this idea…I may have to try this. Currently I use a mixture of coconut milk and Saponified organic Virgin Coconut Oil soap and rinse my hair with ACV and filtered water…as a final rinse. Then I add a dab of Coconut oil back to my hair when it is still wet to calm down the ends of my hair which are dryer than I would like and sometimes…Hair seems to be oilier after two days or so…it maybe that my hair has not quite adjusted yet…I will try honey next… Thanks!

  22. Have you noticed your hair color lightening at all? I know honey is a natural lightener, I have dark hair but I would love to use this shampoo, I just don’t want my hair to become light after using it often, thank you!

    • No, I haven’t noticed any lightening, and I have moderately dark hair as you can see in my picture in the sidebar. That is interesting that honey is a natural lightener. The shampoo is only on the hair for a few moments, so I don’t know if that is long enough to make a significant color difference.

  23. I swim a lot in pools, so there’s chlorine in my hair. I use Aubrey Organics Swimmer’s Shampoo.
    But I’d like to try the honey instead. THo of course, that means at the pool, I’ll just be rinsing my hair in the shower, and then washing my hair once a week or so at home.

    I keep bees, for the person who commented about that. The present problem with bee die-off is complicated. You’re right, leaving enough honey in the hive for them to winter over is important, and all beekeepers do that. SOmetimes that isn’t enough, and they have to be fed, usually sugar, in the in-between seasons, or if there is a dearth of nectar for them.
    BUt also the problem of pesticides, travelling long distances, exposure to foreign locations, all kinds of things affect bee survival. But harvesting honey doesn’t mean one is depriving the hive.

  24. Has anyone attempted this with hard water? I would really like to know how this works with hard water. I purify my drinking water, but I rent and can’t afford a whole-house water softener. I’ve tried one of those screw-on shower head softeners, but it’s a joke. Like many other commenters I tried the No ‘Poo method with hard water and had bad results. My hair got greasy, thick and nasty. I really want to try this, because I had to switch back to shampoo and conditioner, but I can’t go through another period of really nasty, greasy hair if this doesn’t work with hard water. I just started a new job and I don’t want everyone to think I’m the new girl who doesn’t bathe!

    • I live in the country and have pretty hard water. I’ve washed my hair with honey for about a week now — three washes — and so far I haven’t noticed any problem with hard water.

    • I’m curious about the water, too, and if using water filtered with reverse osmosis would be too acidic as it removes all minerals, and if adding back in some Concentrace minerals would be helpful, or if filtering hard tap water through a simple Brita or equivalent filter would be better.

    • I boil my water before mixing it to use on my hair. Otherwise the hardness (minerals) build up on my hair after several washes and start to weigh it down and make it look dirty – a bit greasy-looking, but mostly just dirty.

  25. Great post! I’ve been doing “no-poo” for a while now. Sometimes the results are good, but overall I’m not loving how my hair is feeling. Can’t wait to try this!

    By the way, I saw in another post that you’re training to be an NTP. Me too! Taking my final exam tomorrow 🙂 How are you liking the program so far? Who’s your instructor?

  26. I was thrilled to read this post. I have tried BS and ACV and the vinegar ate my hair! It was horrible! The BS leaves me dry and flake and itchy. I just recently bought some raw honey and thought I would give it a shot, especially because you said it didn’t need to be followed by a conditioner. Well, I tried it. The first time it was great, for a few hours but by the end of the day I was gross. The second time my hair dried looking oily and nasty. I rinsed really well but it is still feeling like it won’t come out. Am I doing something wrong? Help!! I really want to keep using honey rather than BS but it’s not looking good.

    • I don’t think you will be happy to hear me say this, but it sounds like you are in for the “transition period.” The BS and ACV is extraordinarily drying and stripping, so it may take a little while for your scalp to adjust to not having all the natural oils stripped during washing.

      • How long is the transition period? I’m on day 3 and my hair is so greasy . I never did the no poo method but I look scary. I am trying to keep going and wearing a pony tail daily. But in a few days I need to wear it down and I am hoping it will go away soon.

        • I think the transition period is different for everyone. I imagine it could be 1-3 weeks. You can use arrowroot powder or cornstarch to help with the greasy look. Use a large makeup brush to brush on the powder and use your hairbrush to brush it through your hair if necessary. You might have to play with it a little to figure out how much arrowroot powder or cornstarch to use. If you use too much, you’re hair kinda looks white. 🙂

          • I’m just starting week two, and I’m still transitioning (yes, ponytail every day). I’m washing every other day, but my hair is flat, dull and not very pretty. I came direct from off the shelf standard shampoo, and haven’t ever tried BS/ACV (because of well water). I figure I’ll give it to the end of the month, and if I’m not looking better I’ll have to try somethign else.

  27. I’ve recently been using coconut milk with castile soap and some essential oils for fragrance, but my hair feels so heavy now. I rinse with ACV about once a week but that doesn’t seem to help much. I feel like there is a build up, and the mixture just doesn’t get rinsed completely. I’m growing my hair out , from short and spiky, and it is now touching my neck, but is naturally thick and straight. I wash it every other day, not because it gets oily, it just gets dirty smelling. I’m going to try this honey shampoo, and see how my hair does with it. I’m hoping it works well.

  28. I am looking forward to trying this. I am a breast cancer survivor and tried the bs/acv combo when my hair began to grow back. Luckily no transition period, but it made my scalp painful to touch. I currently have insanely curly hair and wash once a week or less, using allegiance or trader joes products. This sounds like it will work very nicely for me.

  29. I have the same experience as Shelby, I started 5 days ago and the first day was fine for a few hours then oily, now it has been just drying oily, if that makes any sense. I want to try and keep using honey but maybe I’ll use an egg yolk too, to see if it will be less oily, or try a cider vinegar as a final rinse.

    • Tawnya,
      I know what you mean about it drying oily. I’ve been using the honey shampoo for a week after switching from no poo, and even fresh out of the shower if my scalp feels clean, my hair will be dull and oily even before it fully dries. I’m starting to think that I’m actually just not rinsing the honey out well enough and that this “oily” coating is actually just honey. I mean, I don’t know what I expected, with pouring honey on my head. It’s gonna be sticky.
      Does anyone have any tips for washing it out thoroughly, and am I right in thinking it’s mostly just leftover honey making my hair look this bad?!

      • My scalp is fine also, but a month into this my hair is getting worse – feels like there is a coating of sorts. My hair is thick and about chest length so I thought I wasn’t rinsing well enough either. Washing in a basin helped a bit but not enough. Then came the white chunks – not dandruff, just weird white chunks chunking my hair. From what I have read, this is chemicals being stripped off and once the white chunk phase is over you’re almost done transitioning. I hope this is true.

        • The coating may just be sebum. It’s your hair’s natural oils. Get a boar bristle brush to brush your hair every day, after combing it. And please, don’t comb wet hair. You’ll give yourself tons more split ends than you should have. After having nearly hip length hair for 5 years, I know from experience, including what to expect during any transition. I gave up hair spray, “cones,” and all other junk. I don’t even use mousse anymore for pin curls. Make sure you massage your hair thoroughly before and after you use the honey rinse. You might notice a bigger difference later.

  30. Is there a transition period? My hair feels greasy and looks a little to. But it’s very soft. I’ve only done one time. I’m scared what will happen tomorrow when i do it again.

  31. I warmed my honey a bit and I think I warmed it too much because it is so watery!! I don’t think it supposed to be this way, huh? :/ If I add a little more honey to my mixture, do you think that would do the trick? :):) Also, can you recommend a good, natural conditioner? My hair is super coarse! For the time being I just drenched it it coconut oil and then rinsed it out and I am waiting to see how my hair feels dry :):) I am so excited to have found your blog :D:D Thanks in advance!

    • What if you add aloe vera gel? I think I read somewhere that it is a natural thickener, but I’m not sure if the pH is off from hair. I would look into aloe as an extra additive.

    • Don’t heat your honey at all. Just use warm water. Heat will damage the properties of honey. And do NOT add anything to it. Honey naturally cleanses AND moisturizes. I used to add a few drops of oil to my hair every day, but with this method I don’t really need it. Use a wire wisk and mix it very briskly. It takes some time to get the honey to dissolve, but it does dissolve naturally. It is no joke that honey can be damaged by over-heating. Even mead-makers talk about this. The pollen itself is what you need to protect. It can get scorched.

  32. I’ve only used this a couple of time, but my hair feels like it has a coating on it after I was it. I used lavender and rosemary in the recipe and 2 cups of water with the honey. Am I doing something wrong? I have long fine hair.


  33. Interesting.

    I have been using baking soda and water as a hair cleanser for about a year now. In the beginning, it was fabulous — hair was shiny and full of body with lessening of fallout. But I have noticed over the last three months, my hair has become very coarse, brittle and frizzy. Plus, it is falling out all over the place!

    Couldn’t figure out what was going on until I read your post. Makes a lot of sense.

    Look forward to trying your honey shampoo. Thanks!

  34. Ok being a hairdesser and new to paleo (but long time suffer of celiacs my gluten free to now journey has taken forever) but I have seen the amazing results from the change in my diet and I have changed my skin care now as well. But I have been hesitant to change my hair care its against everything I know! I have been scared of the no-poo because it does seem drying and I know at different times hair needs different cleansing methods. I wash my hair twice a week. Once with a clarifying shampoo (after swimming) which Im thinkin of replacing with no poo and with a conditioneing shampoo (which I think Im going to replace with this has anyone else tried using both?

    • Honey is by nature moisturizing, moisture-retaining, and anti-bacterial. Using a honey rinse does not need a conditioner. In fact, a conditioner or conditioning shampoo would ruin everything the honey is doing.

  35. I’ve been using this for a week and LOVE it!!! I have wavy, fairly thick, medium length hair. It’s watery so I go through a fair amount, still working on figuring out just how much I need. I still love the natural line that revolutionized my hair but this is an awesome option!! Thank you so much for posting! I’ve been sending your link to everyone I can think of – LOL!
    (I think I saw deodorant discussed above. I love the recipe – coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot and optional EO. No stains and handles everything.)

  36. Hello. Thank you so much for your article and recipe. This is Awesome! I’m going to try this today! 😀 I was just curious if you though maybe mixing it with ACV would work too? or maybe give an added cleansing ingredient.

  37. One other very important consideration is the quality of the baking soda you use. Some comes from the natural mineral extracted from the earth and some is chemically manufactured. I don’t see a lot of people talking about this. The only 2 natural ones I know of are made by Frontier or Bob’s Red Mill.

    If it says USP on the box then the method is likely the Solvay method – “carbon dioxide and ammonia are passed into a concentrated solution of sodium chloride. Crude sodium bicarbonate precipitates out and is heated to form soda ash, which is then further treated and refined to form sodium bicarbonate.”

    An alternative is to refine soda ash from trona ore, a natural deposit.

    “Trona dates back 50 million years, to when the land surrounding Green River, Wyoming, was covered by a 600-square-mile (1,554-square-kilometer) lake. As it evaporated over time, this lake left a 200-billion-ton deposit of pure trona between layers of sandstone and shale. The deposit at the Green River Basin is large enough to meet the entire world’s needs for soda ash and sodium bicarbonate for thousands of years.”

    There are also 5 different grades of baking soda used for the food industry all the way to industrial grade. Personally I won’t put anything on my body that I wouldn’t eat so I use the much more expensive ones and so far I am having good luck rather than arm and hammer or the bags from smart and final which are fine for cleaning the sink, etc. I can’t think how long I’ve been doing it now – maybe a year?

    I think also it’s important to use organic raw ACV – I use Bragg’s and buy it by the case on member discount days at my coop to save money. if it’s not raw it’s irradiated and that won’t do anything healthful for your scalp.

    so, like everything(!), pulling back the curtain on ingredients is soooooo complex! Before people completely discount the ‘poo’ method, it may have something to do with the quality of the ingredients. If you’re using baking soda that was made with ammonia – that might have something to do with your hair getting brittle over time!

    Here’s one article I found –

    • Wow, that is very interesting and thanks for sharing! I will have to do more research on baking soda now, and I’m glad I only use Bob’s Red Mill for my baking. I still believe that the drastic pH changes between the baking soda and the vinegar not the best option for hair care. But if you have found a no ‘poo routine that works for you and your hair, more power to you!

  38. How does this work on colored hair? And does it work to remove build up from hair products? I’m a hair stylist and use hairspray daily (sometimes a lot of it) and need that off my hair when I shampoo… Does this do that?

    • I have been using this method for about 3 weeks. I am still very much in the “transition” period. My hair is shinier, healthier looking and I have not had dandruff since I began. But, oh my lord when will my scalp stop producing so much oil?

      As to the hair color issue: Rubbing the honey into my scalp removed my permanent hair color. So much so that, for the first week, my fingers were brown after I rubbed the honey mixture into my scalp. The crazy thing is that I really don’t dislike the way my natural hair color looks at the roots. My gray hairs are tamed from the natural oils and the brown color, that used to look mousy, now looks shiny and vibrant the way it did when I was younger. I’m seriously thinking of letting my hair grow out and not dying it for awhile.

  39. How long is the transition period? I’m on day 3 and my hair is so greasy . I never did the no poo method but I look scary. I am trying to keep going and wearing a pony tail daily. But in a few days I need to wear it down and I am hoping it will go away soon.

  40. I want so badly to trqnsition to these kinds of methods, but the problem i face is most of it just goes down the drain during the application because its so watery. Thats the main reason ive stuck with store bought shampoos because i like the consistency of it. Any suggestions?

    • While I’m still figuring out the product itself, I’ve found something that works for applying it- I use an oil bottle ($10ish from Target) to pour it on my head and the flow is controlled nicely so less is wasted.

    • I don’t really have any problem with getting the watery mixture on my head, but like you I really miss the consistency of normal shampoo. So I’ve been scouring the internet for how to fix this problem, and I’ve found that you can add a thickener to the watery solution and it helps. This one website suggests using oatmeal flour as a thickener. I haven’t actually tried it myself yet, but I thought maybe you’d be interested in it. Here’s the website that has this information:
      It’s all the way at the bottom under tips for thickening shampoo. It also lists other ways to thicken your shampoo.
      Hope this helps 🙂

  41. My daughter has been using no poo for several months and likes it a lot. Because I read about the concerns with the ph balance, I had her try a coconut milk/aloe shampoo recipe and she HATED it. Her hair was crispy/greasy immediately afterwards and it smelled bad–very musty–even though the shampoo itself smelled fine. Maybe I can get her to try this honey recipe but she’s not going to like a greasy transition now that she’s happy with no poo!

  42. Hello 🙂 I have very long hair (to my butt) and I’m curious how this will work with my length and no conditioner after??? I’m going to try it tomorrow morning and I’ll report back…thanks for all your natural recipes, I’m loving my new lifestyle and saving a lot of money. I’m a mom of 2 plus one on the way, and my children (9 & 7) are embracing my new lifestyle and love helping make our new products. Thanks 🙂

  43. I have thick hair with s-waves and random botticellis. I’ve been rotating baking soda with an organic shampoo and coconut milk…I dissolve 1 T. of baking soda in a cup of warm water, and I’ve never had a problem with it rinsing or anything. But I keep using a commercial styling product to define the curls and reduce frizz…oiling my hair does both but weighs it down and looks a little…well, oily. I’d like to try the honey thing. I am concerned that it will begin to ferment…honey loses it’s anti-microbial properties with the introduction of water (that’s how they used to make mead, you know) and can really come to life. Would this need to be refrigerated? Or made in small batches?

    • I’ve noticed mine fermenting but thought I was imagining it. Refrigerating isn’t feasible for me, so I think I’ll keep the jar of honey in the bathroom and just mix a small amount before showering.

  44. I’m very excited to try this washing method! Lauren, I have a question… my hair became VERY dry and damaged this past winter after going the natural cleansing route. Although I am trying to remove every single commercial product from my life, I’m not sure I can live with this damaged hair. It’s dry, brittle and crispy… don’t even get me started on the split ends I have now . *cry*

    I only wash my hair once a week as it is, so I’m happy to try this… just curious about conditioning, though. It’s my ends that need help. Sadly, that Argon/Moroccan oil everyone is raving about is just too heavy for my hair… and coconut oil just doesn’t seem to do anything for it. (Like you, I have fine hair… I hate quite a bit of it, but it’s quite fine so it can become weighted down very easily.)


    • Hi, perhaps I can help you out: I treated my hair with Coconut oil. This makes the hair wonderfully soft. Just put a few teaspoons of coconut oil into your hair before washing it, massage it, then leave it for a couple of hours. I use to make a ponytail during that time, the hair actually looks terribly oily. Then you wash that stuiff out and – voila – beautiful hair. Do this once a week. And don’t wash your hair too often. it needs some time to recover from all the products you used before. Shampoo & stuff, especially the cheap stuff, actually isn’t very good for the hair. It just covers the damages. I abandoned Shampoo a while ago and my hair is now great.

    • You might try mixing jojoba oil with a bit of water, then misting your hair with this after you wash. Jojoba oil is moisturizing but I find that it doesn’t weight hair down much, especially if diluted with water. You could also try using a conditioner after you wash with the honey shampoo. I don’t feel like it is necessary and I think it makes my hair a bit greasy. But you may have a different experience. Hair care is very personal and unfortunately it often takes some experimentation to find what is right for you.

    • Is there any part of the length that feels healthy? If so, you might consider having all the damaged hair cut off and letting it grow out from where it feels healthy. Of course, if your hair is short already, that may not be viable. 🙂

  45. I’m really struggling with the transition period! It’s been a week and my hair is oily, dull, looks dirty and always looks like it needs a brush. I feel like a tramp! I’m going to persist though and give it a good go – but I hate not having my flowing blonde locks – at the moment my hair looks dark and skanky 🙁

    • Hey Elizabeth,

      It’s been almost a week for me too with my blonde hair, and I’ve had the weighty, oily hair you’re describing. I’ve corrected by combing my hair with a dry shampoo (Baking soda and baby powder). I’ve read all the comments about how baking soda is bad for the scalp, but I wonder if it’s okay not completely dousing your head with it like a shampoo. It’s worked for me.

      I read another comment that said to try using cornstarch or arrowroot powder as a substitute for baking soda as a dry shampoo.

    • I think I may try that because the honey mixed with water began to ferment in the bottle.

      Raw honey is generally firmer as it naturally crystalizes, so I’m wondering what kind of container to keep it in. Has anyone tried a squeezable plastic bottle with straight up honey?

      • I use one of the travel conditioner bottles from the drug store with raw, organic honey to wash my face. I leave it in the shower. The lid does get moldy, but I just wash it out. The inside doesn’t get moldy.

  46. My hair is long, straight, fine, and on the oily side (sometimes I can go two days but usually shampoo daily) I did the no poo (bs and acv) method for about a year, and ended up with dried out hair and scalp. Have been using Trader Joe’s tea tree shampoo for a few months with acv rinse.

    I tried this recipe with 1/2 cup local raw honey, 1 1/2 cups warm water, and emulsified in my single cup blender. Today is the first day I’ve used it, and I let my hair air dry afterward. My hair at the scalp is slightly oily but very soft and I would have been fairly pleased with that result except that the length of my hair is super oily and stringy looking like I forgot to wash conditioner out of my hair or brushed through a coconut oil mask. I used the water/honey mix alone, no acv or conditioner and no other hair products.

    Will continue to experiment with it and update my post.

    • Sasha,
      I’ve noticed that with mine– I’ve been using it for a week and now it’s fizzy and lightly fermented-smelling Hope that doesn’t affect how it works! I think I’m finally almost through detox. (I have fine, thick, slightly wavy hair, and it gets pretty oily after about three days.)

  47. I used the “honey poo” today and while my hair isn’t yet dry, I love the clean feel. it was very soothing to my previoiusly irritated scalp. I’ll update further. Btw, I used a hot sauce bottle with a shaker top on it to distibute it directly on the scalp. That worked wonderfully! 🙂

    • Olive is right. Real honey alone never goes bad — it doesn’t get moldy or rancid. All the more reason to be very careful about the honey you buy. There are tons of fake ‘organic’ and ‘raw’ honeys on the shelves. Try a local farmer’s market; you may find a local producer there.

  48. I use Baking Soda with my handmade soap only 2x/month for a clarifying effect. Otherwise, I have been using my handmade cold processed soap, and a rosemary&nettle infused vinegar for over 2 years now with wonderful results! I have fine, oily hair. I can go 5 days without “washing” and it has improved the health of my hair! I also do a deep conditioning with Organic EV Coconut Oil 1x/mth also to help provide a small Spf and soften my hair. I have not blow dryed my hair for over 6 years now and only air dry. I also DO NOT comb my hair with a comb or brush while wet, only finger combing, and this has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced my split ends and breakage. Your hair is like little elastic strands that while wet are weak. You stretch them out when you comb it while wet, then its elasticity is depleted over time.
    Hope this helps someone out there! I think the honey method would be great for a try!

    • That was during my “water-washing-only” phase, I think. I tried the no poo, then I tried just water washing and now I’m doing this honey shampoo. My hair was actually really greasy for the picture, so I’m glad you can’t tell!

      • No, you can’t! It looked nicely held in the bun so I wasn’t sure if you had a DIY spray or cream. My hair is pretty short now and while I’m in the transition phase I’m trying to figure out how keep it somewhat presentable

  49. Ok this may be out of you expertise, but I have a sweet little Chihuahua and she is struggling with yeast infection of the skin. She is on a high quality dog food and we have been prescribed this very expensive and harsh shampoo for her short hair. Vet says not to use human yeast prep because it would be too strong for her liver. I’m thinking that the anti fungal properties of raw honey may be a good and gentle alternative for her once a week bath (I never thought you could was a dog so often.). What do you think?

    • Make a shampoo for your doggy with 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of bi-carb, 2 tablespoons raw honey and 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 cup distilled water. Put oats in a food processor and process until its like flour. Then, put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Store in a container – will keep about a week in the shower or 2 weeks in the fridge. This is an excellent dog shampoo for all dogs, but especially those who have skin problems. My husband has also been using it as his shower soap for the last couple of months – he loves it. 🙂

  50. A couple questions. I’ve looked into the whole No Poo thing, but decided to just start with a gentler shampoo and skip conditioner. If I’m using a shampoo that doesn’t have any of the bad stuff (parabens, sulfates, etc.), will that make the transition easier you think? I’m thinking I will keep using this bottle I just bought until it runs out then start the honey shampoo. It will probably take me a month to finish it, so it will be a little while of washing without all those chemicals.

    Also, does anyone here work out daily? I work out 5 days a week and can get really gross and sweaty. Do you still not wash your hair every day? What do you do to it?

  51. So I have been doing the “no poo” method for about a month now. I am a guy with fairly short hair but my reasoning is my horrid dandruff with no help form any conventional shampoos. I added a few essential oils to the ACV, lavender and tea tree oil. I am thinking about giving this a try. The dandruff is worse now as I have white flakes all over my shirt every day. Do you think this would help my dandruff out? Should I let my transition period to “no poo” continue or just stat with the honey shampoo?

    • Hi Tracy. I’m with you on the dandruff, I’ve been dealing with it for awhile now. I found something that is all natural and works great though – liquid grapefruit seed extract (GSE). I started adding a few drops to the shampoo I was already using and let it sit during my shower, and the dandruff cleared up pretty well.
      I’m giving this honey shampoo a try now, and have put some GSE into the bottle. I’m definitely dealing w/the transition period though – my scalp is crazy itchy and feels like it has build up on it (I don’t use any styling products). When I scratch, I get gunk underneath my nails and it pulls up some flakes. I’m hoping this will normalize soon, otherwise I’ll go back to my somewhat natural dandruff shampoo (Regenepure DR, which I get on Amazon and is the best anti-dandruff shampoo I’ve found) w/ GSE and just accept that when it comes to my hair and scalp, all natural doesn’t cut it.

      • I have been starting to use coconut oil soaks and that seems to help. Depending on how much hair you have up to 3 tbsp of coconut oil melted and massaged into the scalp. I put 4 drop of tea tree oil in the oil as well. Some places say to soak overnight but I only do a few hours at the most. FYI coconut oil is hydrophobic so it doesn’t rinse out well and you will have a slightly greasy hair.

      • Try washing your hair with baking soda and make sure you rub it (not scratch it)into your scalp. Follow with a couple of Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar – it will condition your hair and leave the scalp squeeky clean. Over a two week period the ph of your scalp should normalize and the dandruff should be gone. It sounds too simple to be true but the banking soda will remove any shampoo/conditioner residue and if you have a fungal dandruff will take care of that. Simple is better.

  52. I can’t wait to try this. Since switching to honey as my facial cleanser, I have been trying to phase out my other beauty products for natural options. Thank you!

  53. I wonder how this would work for dreadlocked hair? I’ve just started with the neglect method (wash every few days but no brushing / combing – non residue shampoo for washing.) A LOT of people with dreadlocks use the BS / ACV combination for washing the locks. Many say it helps hair lock up too. This honey method looks really nice but I wonder if it would make the hair too soft to lock up? Would it be easy to wash it all out of my hair so nothing gets left behind?

  54. I’ve been having terrible allergies, some of which have been manifesting on my skin and scalp and causing irritation/itchiness, and I’ve been dandruff. I did this for the first time today and was really pleased. My scalp doesn’t itch for the first time in days!

    I just made a small amount (using about a tablespoon of honey), and I added a tablespoon of homemade kombucha as well. I also added a few drops of a mushroom extract as that can help with inflammation and skin irritation. It feels surprisingly nice.

  55. I have been poo-less for 1 year and 9 mo. I do a BS/water wash, followed by a water/ACV/aloe gel/EO rinse. I have LOTS of thin rear-length wavy/curly hair and have been mostly content with my regimine— til reading your info about pH. I tried your honey shampoo last and found that I had to dab a LOT on my scalp to get through my hair (not even sure I did a good job all over), and my hair dried kind of clumpy (though soft). Any advice on better administration? A spray bottle maybe? Honey is aweful expensive for me to waste this, or go through it like water; yet a want to take care of my hair naturally and correctly. Thank you.

  56. I am curious if others are still dealing with the transition period. I am on day 5 or 6 and my hair is still pretty greasy. Feeling discouraged, but also, don’t want to give up. This has been the first week in forever, I have never needed conditioner.
    Also, for those dealing with mold and odor issues in your batch, did you use any essential oils? I am thinking the EO’s help with some preservation too.

    • The transition period can take up to a month, sometimes maybe even two.. Do you use the honey shampoo everyday? I haven’t had any problems with the batch yet, I put some drops of tea tree oil in mine.

  57. I just found your website and I am so excited!!! I had been using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in my hair for quite some time (followed by Apple Cider Vinegar) and I was noticing that the soap would leave my hair a frizzy mess! I am so happy to find something a little more gentler to my hair.

    One questions: what kind of toothpaste do you use? I was about to use the baking soda/coconut oil when I heard of the abrasive properties of baking soda on the enamel. Just wondering what your opinion on this is… Some dentists say that baking soda is bad and others say that it is fine, as long as you don’t brush too vigorously around the gums.

  58. Hello!
    I’m on week 2 of the “transition period”… The first couple of washes weren’t so bad, but now it looks like I haven’t washed my hair in weeks. It’s so greasy I almost can’t do anything to hide it. I have very thick/curly hair – is there anything you’d recommend?

  59. Very interesting! I have been no-pooing (with a coconut oil conditioner instead of the ACV) for about four mouths now. Though I have really like how long it stays “clean” (oil free), it has been very brittle…so I was glad to find your blog! I tryed your honey shampoo recipe for the first time yesterday, and my hair was REALLY oily afterwards…I know there is a transistor period, but it was quite oily…I just read this post again to see if I did something wrong, and behold, I forgot about the RAW HONEY part…I used PURE honey I got from a local farmers market (a lot, 5lbs of it so it would last). I really don’t want to have different honey (since I just got so much) to use. Is it super essential to use raw honey?
    Thanks for your awesome blog!

  60. Is the consistency supposed to be pretty much like water? I mixed a 1/4 cup RAW honey and 3/4 cup water and it was as liquid-y as water. Is it supposed to be? Just checking! 🙂

  61. I wanted to chime in. I’m also in the transition period and I’m really hoping for a fabulous end result! I have thick, long wavy hair. I’ve used the honey method in three washes now. It’s a mixture of raw honey, spring water, and essential oils (eucalyptus & two drops tea tree…I may have added grapefruit as well). It’s in a glass bottle with a cap; no mold. The one perk that I noticed right away was that my flaky scalp cleared up! Which is really amazing because I’ve been struggling with that for some time now & felt really hopeless about it. So – woohoo! Overall though, it’s looking dirty & sad. I do have faith that it will come back to life; I’m going to try for a few more weeks. Thank you for the idea, Lauren!

  62. Hello Lauren,
    I found this article via Pinterest. I love your site! I was wondering if you (or any of your followers) could help me out. I got running 6 times a week. I usually shower after running, but my hair get super dried out and I use A LOT of shampoo. I have been doing the honey shampoo for four days with four washes. I find that my ends are IMPOSSIBLE to deal with when I get out of the shower.
    Would coconut milk help? And do I need to refrigerate the mixture? I am using up the rest of the water honey mix I made, but my next batch I was thinking 1/4 honey, 1/4 coconut milk and 1/2 of water…. I will post again after I try it out.

  63. Hello,
    For those of you who have tried this diy shampoo, are you having problems with the smell after a day or so (the smell is HORRIBLE)? It seems to be spoiling but I cant imagine why if its just water and honey. I am using raw and unfiltered and also distilled water. I do add alittle bit of baby mild castile soap.

    • I have had mine for a week and it smelled funny when I ‘shampood’ the other day. Has anyone else had issues with their hair texture? I switched to the no poo BS/ACV method well over a month ago. My hair was feeling dry. I have a rather short hairstyle and I have a medium amount of fine hair. It is not oily at all. I was able to go almost a week in between washings. I switched to the honey shampoo when this post came out and hate the texture of my hair. It just doesn’t feel clean. Is this due to an adjustment period?

  64. Would this be considered no’poo? From my understanding no’poo can be nothing at all or a mix (normally bs and acv) of something to cleanse your hair that isn’t commercially (nasty chemicals that strip the hair) bought.

  65. Wow, this is something I never would have considered, but it sounds good to me! I’ve seen so much about no ‘poo over the years and I have to say that it just never made sense to me. I would never, ever, in a thousand years, wash my skin with something as abrasive and drying as baking soda, so I can’t see how scrubbing your scalp with it would be a good thing either. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to clear up a persistent flaky and extremely itchy scalp issue by washing daily with coconut milk and a mild liquid castile soap, then following it with ACV sprayed directly on my scalp 2x a day. It has been helping but hasn’t completely cured the problem, so I will try adding some honey into the mix first and then see about transitioning to just a honey wash. It’s worth a try anyway! 🙂

  66. I’ve tried a lot of the things you’ve recommended for body care and had great success, and I was also dissatisfied with the baking soda & cider vinegar when I tried it for about a month, so I was pretty excited when you posted this recipe. But, I’ve been washing my hair every day with the honey shampoo for about two weeks now, and my hair is disgusting. At first it was oily but still easier to brush, and I saw the frizz I’d experienced with the baking soda disappear and I was excited. But as I’ve continued using it my hair just never looks clean. I have long thick hair, and although I haven’t noticed a change in body (other than it being greasy) it seems like I’m losing a lot more hair too.

    Do you think I’m doing something wrong, or is this just an awful transition period? I’m willing to stick this out if it will improve, but right now I’m pretty surprised by the effects I’m seeing.

  67. What should the consistency of the no-poo be?? Mine is really watery and I cant seem to get enough on my scalp. I did heat my honey and water to mix it ( on very low heat). I added about 3-4 drops of lavender also. Am I doing something wrong??? And I must admit I need suds!

  68. Hi there! I love the idea of this recipe, and totally agree with it’s benefits, but oh my goodness does my hair hate it right now. I am on my second week and my hair feels like it’s covered in wax. How long does the transition period last for you?

  69. Came on here to hopefully find some answers. Seems lots of you are having the same issues. However, many of you are putting this on daily?? And I don’t think you’re supposed to do that. During ANY transtion period (even with BS and ACV), you only wash your hair once a week and brush it daily with a bristle brush to help regulate the oils.

    I’ve only been using this about once a week for about 3 weeks and I too have a weird film, like a waxy feeling on my hair. When I brush my hair with the bristle brush, the bristles turned white! I did have to use my “normal” shampoo soap during this process because I had to go somewhere and could NOT be looking a mess and to my surprise, even my soap didn’t take out all the grease which it normally does. When I use the honey shampoo, I’ve only been using 1-2 tbsp. I was really hoping this would work.

    • I was also really excited about this post. I’ve been no poo for about six months, and I still can’t find anything that makes my hair feel as clean as it did when I was shampooing. I was hoping this would be the answer, but my hair always still felt dirty, even after a few weeks of washing two times a week (which is my normal routine). Yesterday I was going to try again, but noticed that my honey shampoo was growing mold. Really unappealing, and such a waste of so much raw honey, as I have used very little by then. The only thing I am happy enough with is washing my hair with egg yolks, but it’s not perfect, and not cheap either. Thanks for the post though – I’m glad it works for you.

  70. I recently read that when raw honey is diluted the product is hydrogen peroxide. I know that some people use hydrogen peroxide to lighten their hair, but I wasn’t sure if this mixture produced anything strong enough to do so. I have dark hair and I started using the honey poo this week. Do you think this is anything to be concerned about?

    • I’m not a chemist, but I am a biology professor, and I have to say I can’t see how mixing water and honey would create hydrogen peroxide.
      Also, pure honey is an antibiotic and antifungal mostly because of its high percentage of sugar, which pulls water out of cells and thus kills them. When you mix it with water, that property disappears. You’re then creating a wonderful solution of sugar water to feed the bacteria and fungi!

      • Hi Sara,

        I’m not quite understanding your comment. When you say that “pure honey…pulls water out of cells and thus kills them,” what does “them” refer to? With your last sentence as you saying that the honey shampoo doesn’t actually cleanse because it’s mixed with water and actually promotes the growth of bacteria and fungi?

        • I’m also a biology teacher. Sara’s ‘them’ refers to cells. Water flows to areas of higher concentration, so Sara seems to be saying that the normally plump-with-water cells of the fungi and bacteria that land in undiluted honey would shrivel up and be unable to reproduce, therefore pure honey is resistant to spoilage. (FYI I’m familiar with this concept with salt, not sugar, but I’m assuming that Sara knows her stuff and that it holds true for sugar too.) The point is about the difference in spoilage potential between pure and diluted honey for the purposes of letting you know that you can’t just store your prepared honey-shampoo in the bathroom for long periods.

          As for cleansing, despite what the anti-bacterial soap companies would like you to think, washing is not generally about the killing of germs, but simply the removing of them, along with dirt and grime. In fact anti-bacterial soaps create super-bugs that cannot be killed off, as well as kill-off the beneficial organisms that are normally your allies against the ones that can make you sick. Therefore whether diluted honey kills germs or not is a mute point as to its cleansing potential.

          • So, I’m guessing I won’t get a response but just in case…I was wanting to try this out but now I’m not sure, how does honey actually clean hair then if the purpose is not kill bacteria and fungi, which it can’t do anyway once it’s mixed with water?

            • It does still have the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties when it is freshly mixed with water. This, combined with the pH of the honey shampoo, makes it effective and gentle. The problem is mixing it with water and letting it sit for days at room temperature 🙂

  71. I am on my third day using the honey shampoo 🙂 I add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. I cannot wait to be able to go a few days between washes! My only question is this: is the shampoo supposed to be the consistency of water? Or should it be more thick than that? Thanks!

  72. Hi Lauren,

    I have been using this shampoo since last week and I love the smell, but I think I’m still on the adjusting period-my hair feels greasy… I won’t give up yet, though. On another note, I was wondering how long the shelf life is?

  73. Hi, I haven’t tried this method yet, but I’m really looking forward to do so. I have some doubts about the whole process especially the transition part because my hair is thin and striaght and I wash it 5 to 6 days a week, and here comes my first doubt because I exercise 4 to 6 days a week and I really hate how my hair feels and smells afterwards, so how can I stop washing it everyday without the bad smell?

  74. I’ve gone no-poo with BC & ACV for a little over a year and a half with great results; since they are so diluted with water perhaps it is not too prone to damaging the hair. But the honey treatment sounds very interesting so will try that. As an aside, Dr. Bob Marshall ( often says that doing a coffee enema will produce the most amazing benefits for beautiful hair and skin due to the liver cleansing it causes. Check out his radio show archives.

  75. I am totally new to no ‘poo and am on day 3 of this honey shampoo. I am wondering how long you leave the honey water on your scalp before rinsing – a y advice? Thank you!

  76. Thanks for that. I became allergic to SLS and went no-poo in October 2012 and gradually reduced the number of no-poo washes per week down to one and then started doing no-poo on days 7 and 21 (roughly) and a water only wash on days 14 and 28. I also go swimming once a week and the talc from my swim hat does act like a dry shampoo. I’ve found however that I still have dandruff so i might switch my two no-poo washes per month for the honey method for a couple of months and see how I go! 🙂

  77. Does the honey actually remove grease? I know there was a warning that the honey wash leaves hair greasy and dull the first few washes but after trying it once this morning, I’m panicking. I’ve been no poo about three weeks, and still into my transition period. However, I’ve never been THIS greasy. I’m committed to sticking with it, but with all this grease build up, I’m just wondering how exactly all this grease is supposed to go away, even if my oil production does normalize.

    I’ve showered twice today, once with the honey (had to wear my hair up all day) and a few hours later of just water, desperately trying to loosen up some of the grease…I am still not totally successful. Is there anything I should be doing differently?

  78. Okay, for those of you following the comments, I thought I’d post my results. I had been doing no poo since fall of 2008. I loved how it got my hair clean and the ease. Actually for the last couple years I usually didn’t even use the vinegar, just a tablespoon or two of soda in a large glass of water. I have long thick wavy hair that has strands ranging from baby fine to super coarse, but mostly medium thickness. The past year my scalp has tended to be dry and itchy and I was noticing tons of split ends and breakage. I decided to try switching to the honey to repair the damage. I tried it for almost four weeks with honey straight from my folks’ hives. Pure honey that had only ever been just capped and spun out of the comb. I tried amounts ranging from a tsp to ¼ cup. Even my hands felt greasy when they touched the honey water. The first day was okay and hair was easy to style, but each subsequent wash made my hair feel greasier, duller and heavier. And the white residue in my brush was severe. My scalp felt GREAT though. During this time I was washing about every four days and either leaving my hair up or wearing a ball cap. Finally on father’s day, after trying an egg rinse following the honey wash and the hair still felt super heavy, I couldn’t stand it. I washed again with a bit of California Baby shampoo. My hair was about the most awesome it’s been for years and I loved being able to wear it down. It’s been four days and my bangs are just starting to want a wash. I have done honey and oil treatments before and they make my hair nice and curly. I am going to try the honey again because I think my hair still needs the conditioning. But I think I will again try the tiny amount.

    • Thanks for your update, I’m glad to see that this hasn’t worked for someone else too because I was worried I wasn’t doing it properly or something. I’ve been using honey for two weeks on my normally straight, fine, thin (and often oily) hair, with results exactly like yours. I hate it. This is after using an organic shampoo only twice a week for over a year. I feel like 2 weeks is plenty of “transition” time. I’m going to do a shampoo wash today!

      Curious, how have your results been since you posted your update? Did you go back to just honey or did you use the Cali Baby again?

      • So far I’ve stuck with the CA Baby, but I think I might try the mixture of honey and bentonite clay that someone mentioned down the comments a bit to reign in the super greasy waxy feel. CA Baby is very expensive and I have a lot of hair. 😉 It would still be nice to find a way to use the honey more regularly since it feels so good on my scalp.

    • I’m with you…I have fine, somewhat thick shoulder length slightly wavy hair (it dries oddly so I usually use a hair dryer). I’d been using BS/ACV since January when I read this article not long after it came out. I have been only using the honey wash since around June 1 and my hair isn’t looking like it will be out of transition any time soon. It’s heavy and greasy, in a way that I’ve never had it be before when it would get greasy with shampoo. It looks like its still wet from the grease at times. I usually never wear my hair up and since I’ve started the hoeny wash I have worn it up everyday because it just looks and feels gross. It has gotten a tiny bit less greasy in certain areas (like the top right side of my head) but within a few hours is terribly greasy. I wash usually every other day to every three days. Maybe I’m using to much of it, but I’ve been rinsing it well with warm water and then do a final cold water rinse too.

      I would love any ideas or suggestions on what else to use to get this greasy, nasty look and texture to go away.

  79. I made this recipe the very first day you posted it, and have had great results with it so far! You originally had a larger recipe, but I see you took that off now. My life is too busy to mix up this mixture each day for my family since somebody needs it every day. I think the ratio was 1/2 c honey to 1 1/2-2 c water. Am I remembering correctly? I know you said somebody had a problem with mold, wonder what kind water they used and if their honey was from a trusted source? Thanks for all you do! Love your blog!

    • Hi Nora! Yep, I decided to recommend “single serving.” But if you would like to make the larger recipe, I would recommend storing it in the fridge and adding essential oils to prolong the shelf life. I just didn’t want anybody else to have the experience of the mold growth.

  80. Hi Lauren,

    Great post! I made this shampoo with your recipe and love it so far (its been a week and I only cheat with real shampoo after running because I’m dripping with sweat).

    My question is, what kind of brush do you use? I want something that will distribute the oils in my hair, especially in this transition period.

  81. I am going on week two of honey washing, per the instructions posted here. I am hoping to get over the transition period. My question is whether or not pool chlorine will affect this hair washing technique. Maybe someone has already asked, but I did not take time to look though all comments. Thanks for the technique!

  82. Hi Lauren,

    I am also curious about chlorine and sweaty hair. Do you just rinse, or use honey shampoo when you get dirty hair? Also, curious how long you leave the honey on your scalp (rinse off quickly, or leave for a few minutes).

    I also had trouble with the large bottle going bad, so I’m going to do small batches from now on.


  83. I have been using the honey shampoo for about 3 weeks and my hair is awful. My scalp itches, my hair feels oily and dry at the same time, and it looks horrible. Has anyone had any success with this shampoo?? Thanks:)

    • I, too, am having a problem with itchy scalp. I’m only on my second wash, and I realize there’s a transition period, but I don’t think my scalp should itch this bad…. I heat the honey and water over very low heat, to dissolve the honey, and rinse my hair with warm water. Maybe I need to use a but less honey? I know you posted this in June, so how did it pan out for you? Btw,I have thin, fine, almost shoulder length hair.

  84. Hey, Lauren!

    I’ve been trying to eliminate chemicals from my life for a bit and was terribly excited when I found your lovely blog! You have the best ideas, (I love the way that you back everything with examples and data), and I immediately switched to honey shampoo. Now, I’ve always had REALLY oily hair and skin, so the transition period is pretty miserable so far. Just so I can get an idea of what I’m in for, would you mind telling me how long the transition period lasted for you and how you dealt with it? Thanks!

  85. Hi 🙂
    I love this idea! I’ve been trying out a lot of different things to wash my hair without chemicals, but the only thing that worked was eggs, which I can’t use often. I’m definitely up for trying this too, but I’ve heard honey lightens hair, and I don’t want that. Do you think molasses would work? I know some use it as a mask, but never to wash with. Thanks 🙂

  86. Hi

    I’ve been using this method for a week now. Having to wash it everyday bit its still very oily. I never used to wash my hair everyday maybe once or twice a week. I’ve resorted to Diy dry hair shampoo bit still feels heavy. Any ideas please? Am I doing something wrong? I do have to thick hair so have tried putting the mixture in a spray bottle and sectioning my hair so it gets to the whole head but still not working out xx

  87. Hi there! Thanks for sharing this. I started with the no poo method of BS+ACV/WV wash and the first time it was great. The next 2-3 times were terrible and I figured it was transition. But I started reading more and more on the damages of BS onthe hair and found myself here. I love the sound of using honey and so I’ve tried it 3 times now. I’m sad to say, it’s leaving my hair oily, heavy, and dull. I would think I would be out of transition by now especially since I typical washed my hair only twice a week and with typically natural type shampoos and never any product after. I’m saddened as I really wanted no poo to work. I’m not giving up yet but my science brain just can’t compute why I would still be in transition and I’m thinking honey just isn’t for me? Maybe I should try the coconut + aloe? Should I wait and try it a few more times? I typically have hair on the oiler side- it’s wavy and fine but there is a lot of it. But right when my hair dries from the shower of a honey wash (or any no poo method thus far), it looks so greasy that it looks wet!!! Ew

  88. – sorry- hit “send” by accident. Anywayy, I would love some tips or suggestions! My scalp was also feeling great in the beginning of this endeavor (about the only good thing that was happening since starting no poo as I usually get an itchy scalp in between shampoos) but now it’s back to feeling itchy after a wash. I also tried a wash of Castile with some oils in it because I was at a hotel and it was the most convienct to bring. Needless to say that didn’t work either. I’ve only been at it for about 2 weeks but as I said, I was semi-crunchy before all this and chose my shampoos somewhat wisely and I was never a product user besides shampoo (no gels, anti frizzers, etc) so I’m shocked at my results! Any ideas?

    • Hi Christine and everyone else who is ready to give up after only a week or two. I haven’t been using shampoo for almost a year, so I believed the transition period wouldn’t be much of a problem for me – I was wrong, apparently. When I switched from baking soda to the honey shampoo, my hair immediately started getting totally gross and didn’t improve at all for about three weeks and only very slightly in the three weeks after that. Then, after about six weeks, when I was admittedly starting to lose hope, as well, it suddenly improved considerably. I am in week seven now and it’s still not great, still slightly oily, but finally stopped being totally sticky and wet-looking! I’m optimistic that it’ll improve further over the next couple of weeks (hopefully).
      One thing that seems to help is brushing your hair every day (you will need to clean your brush after every use). My hair is about shoulder-length and really thick, not sure if that is an advantage or not, though.
      Anyway, just wanted to encourage people not to give up so easily and expect to reverse years of “maltreating” their scalp with shampoo within a few days. It just takes time I guess 🙂

      • Yvonne, thanks for your encouragement! I am on week 6 and my hair still looks like I’ve dunked my head in oil every day, although I think it’s somewhat better than when I started. I was almost ready to give up tonight, but I guess I’ll stick it out a little longer!

  89. Hey Lauren,
    Thanks for the recipe. I have a question, instead of using water, could I use green tea? Because I have a bag I brought from Asia and it smells quite nice. Also, I recently read that it helps preventing hair loss and that it is good for your hair.
    Thank you very much.

  90. Hi, I’ve been trying this shampoo for about a week and while my hair doesn’t seem that greasy every time I try washing it doesn’t get clean it looks extremely dirty at the roots like I put conditioner in them and didn’t wash it out. Could I be using to mush or not rinsing enough(I rinse for quite a long time). Help! I really think this could improve the quality of my hair.

  91. I found your post on honey shampoo on pinterest. Thank you so much for posting it! After years of bleaching my hair I have been on the road to recovering it. I have not put a single chemical in my hair in almost three months and have been using the baking soda and acv rinse. My hair still has not transitioned and it was starting to fall out from that method. I used your honey shampoo last night and my hair looks AMAZING! It was the first time my hair felt clean in three months. Also the length of my hair was not dry and crispy like it was with the baking soda method. My ends were a little hard to comb through when my hair was wet but this is probably because that is the part of my hair that is damaged from bleach still. Thanks so much for sharing and please post and new tricks or tips that you learn with this method!

  92. I’ve been trying this out for the past two weeks but my scalp is so itchy all the time and if i scratch it I would get major dandruff….
    maybe its cuz its not RAW honey, but its hard to find raw honey.
    could u show us an example of RAW honey please ? 🙂

    • If you’re using regular store bout honey, all you’re putting on your head is sugar water. Store bought honey is highly processed, high fructose corn syrup, that’s been pasteurized. RAW honey comes straight from the hive, with bees pollinating and making their honey from nectar of plants. Organic head aren’t necessarily raw either. The bees are often fed sugar water, so that the honey can be taken from the hive, and increase honey production for money. If your honey label has ‘ingredients’ listed on the back, it’s likely not pure, raw honey. Try farmer’s markets, or looking online to find a local raw honey source.

  93. For anyone struggling through this transition, I found something to help with the greasy stickiness!
    I did BS for 2 years and recently became unhappy with itchy scalp, dry/brittle hair and splint ends/breaking hair. After reading this article in mid June I switched to this honey shampoo mixing it up before each use, just a spoonful raw honey in a 1/2 cup water, by the end of the 3rd week I couldn’t stand my hair anymore. I lived through the BC transition but this transition has been unbearable. My hair had a very gummy/waxy quality to it that others have mentioned which made it impossible to style or even brush and even left a residue on my fingers when I touched my hair. I work in customer service so a hat is not an option and my hair is chin length so ponytails don’t really work either. I didn’t think I could continue to go to work this way but I really didn’t want to take a step backwards and go back to using a commercial shampoo.
    I read on Mommypotamus about using clay to wash hair.
    She alternates clay with her honey shampoo with success so I thought it was worth a try, I was desperate! I mixed 1 Tablespoon bentonite clay with just enough water to make a runny egg consistency. I tried to mush up as many of the clumps as I could. Wet my hair and squeezed excess water out, I lightly coated the tips of my hair which are not really greasy and scooped the rest on the crown and hairline and massaged through my hair to my scalp. I left it in 2 minutes (more than 5 minutes can be really drying) and then rinsed it out. I finished with an ACV wash (1Tbsp ACV to 1 cup water) to close the hair cuticle and rinsed that out with cooler water. A-ma-zing! Almost all of the gummy feeling gone and I could brush my hair easily!
    I decided that alternating regimens might still give me gummy sticky hair on honey shampoo days so I decided to try and mix them together. Today I mixed just 1 teaspoon clay with 1 teaspoon honey and just enough water to get a runny mixture. I used it in the shower same procedure as above with the ACV wash and cool water rinse and my hair is finally reasonably perfect. Feels clean and soft and I’m not afraid to let my husband touch it now!

  94. Hi Lauren!

    So I have been using the honey-poo for about a week and a half, and I know that the directions say that no conditioner is needed. However, my hair is really long (about to my bellybutton), and I have been relying heavily on conditioner for the past few years while my hair has been growing out. I have been needing to use my conventional conditioner along with the honey-poo because my hair is just so sticky, I can’t even finger comb through it. I’m wondering if I’m alone and/or how others with long hair deal without using conditioner! I’m not sure if it’s just the transition period, or maybe just my hair!

    I’d love to hear how this works for others with long hair!

    Thank you!

  95. I’ve just mixed together this formula, and I can’t wait to start it! 🙂

    I’ve used store-bought natural hair care products for a long time before I switched back to the regular toxic kind. (My hair kept getting really tangled) After only a couple months I noticed that I couldn’t go as long between washes as I could with the natural stuff. Rather than switch back to store-bought I had started the no ‘poo method two days ago and after reading your article on why no ‘poo isn’t so great I decided to make the switch as soon as I could. I am so excited to try this!

    I have a quick question though, my hair tangles really, really easily. If it’s still tangled, would you suggest using diluted ACV still?

  96. I just start using this method and it have work great so far, but I have a problem. I have ants in my bathroom. I tried to put disinfectant on the shower but then I have the same problem on my sink where i put the mixture before getting to the shower.

    What can I do to solve this problem?
    is there something I should add to the recipe to make it less attractive for ants?

    PS I am only using honey and water on the recipe

    • Use a vinegar and water solution. I keep a vinegar watery solution in a spray bottle in my kitchen to spray and wipe down the counters whenever I work with anything with sugar and it works great. Be sure to spray everywhere that you have seen the ants and especially the ant trail all the way to where they are coming in to get rid of the scent trail they leave behind. It worked great for me and it’s cheap and nontoxic. I’m now going to spray my bathroom and shower to make sure I don’t get ants in there.

  97. Hi everyone! I’ve been getting lots of questions about how long the transition period lasted. For me, it lasted probably 2 months before my scalp’s oil production normalized and my hair had no sticky residue. But it is really going to be different for each person. Hair care is very personal and, as a result, this honey-poo may not be the best choice for everybody… especially if you don’t want to wait through the transition period.

    Another tip to help get through the transition period is using a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse after the honey shampoo. I did this, using about 1 Tbs. ACV per cup of water. It helps soften hair. I don’t recommend the baking soda + AVC method of hair washing (no-poo) because the drastic pH changes takes a toll on hair. But the honey is slightly acidic and so is the diluted ACV, so it is closer to the natural pH of the scalp.

    • Thanks for the clarification, Lauren! I’ve tried this twice and my hair is sticky even after warming the water, but I’ve prepare it the night before for use the next morning…maybe I should prepare it right before use?
      I’ll try an ACV rinse afterwards too.

  98. Hi Lauren,

    I really like the sound of this method. I would definitely give it a try. Tell me something, can we use regular honey is some way? Because in my country raw honey is not easily available and if it does it is more expensive than a branded shampoo. Do you know any other way around this? Would really appreciate it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this.

    • I don’t know if it would work with regular honey. Other alternatives include just “water washing” and this accomplishes the same goal of normalizing the oil production of the hair (but it doesn’t work for everyone). You could also just try using a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse as a shampoo (raw ACV is best, but you can use regular ACV if you don’t have access to raw).

    • When honey is mixed with water it can “ferment.” This is what my local beekeepers told me. I’ve been making and using this honey shampoo and the first batch began to smell a little “funny” after awhile. I began keeping my honey shampoo in the refrigerator. That seems to do the trick! 🙂

  99. I thought something was up. I went “no poo” for nearly a year,switched back to the live clean brand shampoo for about eight months (whole slew of reasons for that one), and about a two months ago started back on the “no poo” regimen. I never had an issue with baking soda/ACV the first time around, my hair actually felt fantastic!

    But this time it’s been problem after problem. At first I thought it was the transition period, but this period of havoc being wreaked on my hair has far outlasted the original transition period. Now my hair is constantly greasy feeling, and brittle at the same time. I tried adjusting the ratios of ACV and baking soda, thought maybe the shampoo period had messed with my hair more than I thought… I’m just really glad you posted about this. I’ve read so many positive things about the baking soda/ACV method, never once came across negative reviews.

    Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been looking into finding an alternative to “no poo” and I will definitely be trying the honey method. Fingers crossed it works its magic on my poor hair!

  100. Hi Lauren…. I have shampooed all my life but lately I feel a compelling need to switch to non-lather natural methods. Would Manuka honey work?

    I am also considering pre-conditioning with virgin coconut oil. However I am concerned if the Honey ‘shampoo’ will effectively rinse the coconut oil out.

    Your thoughts would be deeply appreciated.

  101. Hi Lauren,

    I swim most days in chlorinated water. Do you think the honey shampoo would wash the chlorine from my hair? I coat my hair with coconut oil before my swim and wear a swimming cap but i still feel like the chlorine is damaging my hair. I have very fine hair. Is there anything you think would be worth trying?

    • Katarina, I had the same problem. I only rinse my hair with water after swimming, but the chlorine always left it feeling horrible. I recently found a swim cap made out of neoprene ( that’s supposed to keep the hair dry in the water. It doesn’t work perfectly, but almost and my hair feels so much better now. As you’re wearing a cap anyway, you might want to check that out.

  102. I’ll have to try this. I read a lot about the “-poo” free method using baking and it sounded great. Cheap, easy, better for you. I thought I’d give it a go. Well…. it didn’t work AT ALL. My hair was super dry and brittle feeling after just a week. No shine, it actually started to look darker! (I’m blonde) I was just trying to think of a solution when I found this site on pinterst. I hope it works because I have acess to all the free raw honey I could want since I keep bees. 🙂
    I was wondering though if you had a good body wash recipe?

  103. I’ve been doing the no poo method for about a month now but I am definitely going to try this out instead. I have very oily hair so I expect that the transition period will be very oily for me. Do you have any recipes or tricks that could remove the oil while my hair is adjusting?

    • Raw honey has not been heated about 118 degrees. It may be called “unpasteurized.” It may be cloudy or not very cloudy, depending on the season and how the honey is filtered. You can find it at a health food store or from your farmer’s market 🙂

  104. I have just purchased “Raw & Unfiltered Wildflower Honey”. I want to make sure that the “unfiltered” or “Wildflower” part doesn’t affect the honey shampoo.. I figured I’d buy it because it said the words “raw” and “honey”, haha. Thanks!

  105. So I’ve been trying all sorts of different hair things since I got the Brazilian blowout. The treatment is amazing and I got it 4 times, but now I just can’t seem to fork out the $300. It’s crazy!! I haven’t gotten it in about a year and a half. I tried 2 at home keratin treatments. One which was so sketchy and the chemicals almost killed me. (Though I did get decent results) Now I’m trying to keep it natural! Plus I love to order new things from the vitamin/grocery section on Amazon. (if you don’t have prime you’re crazy!) I’m about 3.5 weeks in now. My hair is still oily but I’ve been getting by with cornstarch and have been wearing plenty of buns and french braids. I have used castile soap twice so far because I wanted to wear my hair down. I guess that’s cheating, kind of? It gets a little bit of the oils out.. but no where near normal shampoo. I might start using the ACV rinse to get the tangles out, I have noticed I’ve been losing a lot of hair from all the brushing. I have been adding lavender, carrot seed, and rose hip seed oil to my mix. I have had no problems with mold and make about 4x the recipe. I guess I won’t stop now since I’m already 3 weeks deep! But if I don’t see a change by the end of the summer I might try something different.

  106. I’m still in my transition phase, but it’s definitely getting better. However, I have two questions. Question 1: I work out quite a bit and take a fair amount of detox baths which causes me to sweat a lot. How do I deal with the sweatiness in between washes? Question 2: I work in a bar in Las Vegas and it is filled with smoke(gross). My boyfriend and I absolutely cannot stand the smell and his allergies are affected by it sticking to my hair. How can I get rid of the smell without washing it? I really love being so natural and would love to keep it up. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!
    <3 Jess

  107. Thanks for the informative post. I have been using the no ‘poo method for a while and my scalp has become very sensitive, dry and itchy since I switched. This might sound like an odd question, but has anyone experienced bees becoming more attracted to your head after using this honey wash? I heard from a beekeeper that bees have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and are attracted to honey. I am very interested in trying this honey wash, but don’t want a swarm on my head. Thanks!

  108. After six weeks trying the honey shampoo, I gave up. My hair had just started to feel a little less oily, but my scalp was really unhealthy. I was washing my hair every 3 days. My hair is long, dark and wavy and even after 6 weeks of honey shampoo, my hair looked like an oily mop. Back to using Kiss My Face shampoo and conditioner. They’re cheaper too!

  109. I have been washing my hair with raw honey and water and using an ACV rinse occasionally. My hair stinks and is very tangled. Any thoughts? I have mid length curly hair. Thanks

    • “I have… curly hair.” This caught my eye and I thought I’d take the time to reply. Curly/wavy hair and straight hair can rarely be treated or cared for in the same way.

      Most likely the reason your hair is tangled is because it is too dry. Curly hair NEEDS lots of moisture to keep it happy. 🙂 Do a little research on hair types and you will quickly find this fact stated over and over. I have wavy/curly hair on which I’ve tried several “no-poo” recipes and experiments. Baking soda definitely dried my hair out causing my curls to be light/fluffy/frizzy/tangley.

  110. Hey Lauren! =)

    Thnak you, first of all, for your beautiful blog – inspirational and delicious, does a better combination exist?? =)

    I was wondering how you’re going with the honey? I havent used a bought shampoo in two years (so exciting!), experimenting with lots of many fun recipes, having found as you have that no poo isnt the nicest for our hair. I’m currently using rhassoul, Moroccan red clay, which is actually pretty magic, working better than any recipe I’ve tried before, but I’m looking into recipes with a lower pH (the clay is around 7.5, so ok, but could be lower I think). I’d love to have another go at honey, but last time I tried it I developed a little greasy build up of sorts at the top of my head – have you experienced anything like that?

    Lots and lots of love and light! =) xxxxxx

  111. Hi,
    I just want to know if you find that making your own natural shampoos, toothpastes, cleansers etc. saves money. I really want to go all non toxic but I need to make sure that its not costing me too much.
    Thank you

  112. I’m new here, so if this was covered in the comments, I apologize!

    I have permed hair, and my once very oily straight hair is now normal/dry, and I need more oil production!
    Would this shampoo (or the coconut aloe vera mix) keep my curls in tact? Should I not attempt this on chemically permed hair?

  113. Hi Lauren,

    Nice site, I must say. I’ve recently had a breast cancer diagnosis, and apart from the partial mastectomy, I’ve decided to make the rest of my ‘treatment’ a thorough purge of toxic products from my life.

    I declined radiation, chemotherapy and hormone suppression, all of which are highly toxic to the body. I’m on the hunt for all things natural.

    The honey shampoo is a winner. My hair tends toward dryness, probably due to years of commercial products and the dryness that seems to accompany women who are nearing menopause. No matter: I was indeed skeptical of the feel of this mixture on my hair, since there was no soap, and it felt rather runny, as your post mentioned.

    Really, though, my hair seems to have doubled in volume, and it can actually hold some style. My commercial products are history. I plan to try a bit of orange or lemon juice mixed in, just to experiment.

    Keep up your valuable contributions. They are needed and appreciated. I will be checking back, so keep them coming.


  114. This shampoo makes my scalp less dry but my hair is SO oily. My friends and family have asked me if I’ve been washing my hair. I’ve been washing it with honey for a month now and I’m starting to break out from all the oil on my hair. and my hair looks so nasty, it separates from all the oil and looks very unprofessional.

  115. Hi! I just switched from using regular shampoo to using the honey shampoo about three days ago and today I noticed dandruff that I didn’t have before. Is it normal to experience this during the transition period, or is it just me?


  116. Hi, Lauren.

    I made this DIY Honey Shampoo a few months back and I love it! For some reason I thought it had Apple cider vinegar in it? I also thought you gave a recipe for a larger batch? Can you please post the original recipe or am I wrong in thinking this shampoo had vinegar in it?

    Thanks so much!


    • I did give a recipe for a larger batch, but then I had a few people report mold and I so I believe it is best to make it on a per-serving basis. It didn’t include vinegar but you can finish with an apple cider vinegar rinse, if you wish, after the honey poo. For the ACV rinse, mix half and half raw ACV and water.

      • FYI regarding the mold – honey is dried, by the bees in the hive in the comb, to a perfect moisture content (around 17-18% moisture). Once the bees have the moisture content correct, they cap it with wax, to prevent more moisture from being absorbed by they honey. This allows the honey to be stored indefinitely, even after it’s harvested, in a sealed container. That said, adding water to honey increased the moisture level to one that is above optimal for storage. Hence, the mold. That is why, as beekeepers, we never harvested uncapped honey, as the moisture content is still too high and it will sour/mold/spoil in the jar. Just the science behind it!

  117. I need a little help. I’ve been using the honey shampoo for 2 weeks now and my hair is still really oily and dull. Plus I’ve started developing dandruff. Sort of. My scalp doesn’t itch but there are white specks in my hair that never used to be there. Any thoughts? So I just keep pushing forward? Thanks!

  118. I have been using homemade shampoo for a week now and I’m just starting to get over the transition period. I really need a haircut and I know my hairdresser uses regular shampoo and conditioner before cutting. If she uses regular shampoo on my hair, do you think it will damage my hair so I have to go through the whole transition again? It was so oily- I really don’t want to go back there!
    How do you all deal with getting your hair cut? Thanks!

    • Ask her if she can just rinse your hair with water and skip the shampoo and conditioning. Hairdressers only wash our hair before cutting because wet hair is easier to cut. I’m sure your hairdresser will be flexible about it :).

  119. Honey! It’s a miracle worker! So far, I’ve also used it to help with my allergies, acne, and coughing. Anyway, I often find myself reaching for shampoo in the shower, only to realize that I forgot to prepare it. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who does this. Next time you empty a bottle of soap, don’t throw it away just yet. Rinse it out, fill it up with honey and keep it in the bathroom. Also, since it is so liquidy, put it in a spray bottle and then just spray all over your scalp and roots. Although it’ll take more time, you’ll have more control.

  120. Hi, I really hope I’ll get a reply from you, if not you, anyone who knows! We had a company come to our home and do a water test and it turns out the water is alkaline. The pH level is 9. How exactly does that affect the hair? Should I boil the water to make the shampoo, or is it fine even if it’s not neutral? And also, when I use the shampoo, does the alkaline water affect the hair any different from neutral water when I’m rinsing it out?

  121. I have fine, long hair all the way to my belly button, and this honey solution has worked wonders! A month ago I decided to use the baking soda + apple cider vinegar… but after the first treatment my scalp was itchy, that’s when I found your article. I did not want to go through detox for two months. So I tried a few tricks and it worked! I NEVER went through Detox! Here are some of my tricks. I used organic honey from a local provider. I did the 1/3 ratio in Tbs., but then I stored it into an ordinary plastic drinking bottle and punched four small holes in the cap. (I shower every two days.) I would rinse then grab my hair and hold it above my scalp. Then I would squirt the honey solution into my scalp, doing my best to avoid as much hair as possible. Every fourth shower I take a break and do not use anything on my hair except maybe my homemade conditioner. What I use for conditioner is the apple cider vinegar solution, but once a week I put just a dab of olive oil on the last 2-3 inches of my hair. I rinse thoroughly with everything I put in my hair. My family and friends are stupefied! My hair is less oily and much more lush and gorgeous.

  122. I’ve been investigating dyi shampoos that are non alkaline and this one looks good. Most require coconut milk and aloe. My has thinned the last few years so I’m thinking about trying this with a little aloe gel for regrowth. What are your thoughts on how to tweak this recipe for regrowth? Thanks

  123. I’ve been using this honey shampoo for a little over a month now and thought I’d share my own experience for anyone that might have a similar hairtype or who probably experienced the same obstacles. If its helpful to know, I have long, wavy/curly hair (maybe a 2B or 2C curl that’s maybe a little below the bra-strap on my back). I generally don’t use many other hair products except for occaisonally pulling out the flat iron for my roots, or the curling iron for more full-bodied curls. I’ve tried BS/ACV in the past and wasn’t too crazy about it, especially when I heard how bad it can be for curly hair types.

    When I first read about this shampoo, I was a little skeptical because I was unable to find many others like it. But I went for it anyways and here’s the routine I’ve been following for the past five weeks:
    1. I make a fairly diluted solution of this shampoo. I mix one tablespoon of raw honey with about 8 ounces of water in a bottle I recycled from my roommates old dishwashing soap. (It’s perfect because it’s an 8 ounce bottle with a small spout that’s perfect four pouring when I’m in the shower.) This bottle lasts me two washes (I wash every other day). Diluting the solution is definitely helpful if you’re experiencing stickiness.
    2. In the shower I wet my hair thoroughly before pouring the shampoo on my head. After I pour it on I use as much direct water pressure as I can to rinse the shampoo out. This is the MOST important part. If you dilute the solution, and rinse well enough, you won’t experience the stickiness! After I rinse, I use a wide tooth comb, starting from the ends and working my way up, to get out the tangles. I put my hair up for the rest of my shower and give it one last, quick rinse before getting out of the shower.
    3. Once my hair is mostly dry (I always air-dry) I brush through the roots – just the roots. I’ve gone years without ever needing to brush my hair, because of my curls and the fact that I have very fine, thin hair. However, I’ve found that brushing the roots a little distrubutes the natural oils in the hair and makes the hair look less greasy.

    My general review is that the honey wash is much more effective than the BS/ACV wash. I haven’t had to use any other hair products to rinse out the honey or condition my hair. The honey is good for my curls, my hair growth, and especially my split ends.

    My few complaints are these: frizz, shine, and dandruff. The dandruff has just come around in the past week or so, so I thought it was due to a burnt scalp that was starting to peel, but it seems like others are experiencing the same issue. Frizziness is expectable with curly hair, and I can get rid of the frizz if I use separate hair products or a hot tool, but I’ve lost most of the shine in my hair. But these issues have been fairly minor and I plan to stick with the shampoo for another couple months to see how my hair comes out after the transition period, so thank you for sharing this!

  124. Hey there lovely,

    I’ve been experiencing some adrenal fatigue and along with that my hair has gotten really listless and has been breaking/shedding at a pretty alarming rate. Anyhoo, I’m taking the necessary dietary steps to correct the situation and thought it would be nice to give my hair a break from the heavy chemicals in my store bought shampoo.

    I made a patch of your honey no poo and am just delighted with the way my hair looks after styling – not weighed down or greasy at all (and I have extremely fine hair). So thanks for posting this and you’ve just picked up a new regular reader!


  125. I started using the honey shampoo lastnight. And my hair was really tangly when i got out of the shower. After it dried it was kinda dull, and oily. I’m hoping this improves over time, because I heard the no poo method was bad for your hair. I love honey and I know it works wonders for a face wash. Should I also use a honey conditioner a well? Any suggestions please. I have wavy thick frizzy hair.

  126. Regarding spoilage…I’ve always heard that honey will not “go bad”. If that is so, any spoilage came from the water (try distilled/boiled) or from contamination (try a squirt bottle). Both together should correct the issue.

  127. Should I wait to use coconut oil in my hair til after the transition? My hair was greasy from using coconut oil. I just started the honey shampoo. And how many times should you shower with the shampoo?

    • If you were planning on using just coconut oil on your hair I would not recommend a no-poo (or honey-poo) method of shampoo. I’ve used coconut oil as a conditioner and its great as long as you shampoo your hair twice lathered all the way down to the ends in order to get the oil out. There is no way honey would get it out.

  128. I read this post about a month ago. At the time I had been doing no poo with baking soda and vinegar for about 6 months. While I liked not doing chemicals, my hair was severely dry and I had really bad dandruff. So I had to do something. My hair was also pretty damaged from coloring 18 months prior. Not using silicones really makes damaged hair look a lot worse! I ended up switching to loreal ever pure line and continued to wash my hair twice a week with that. In between I did the honey wash. After 2 weeks I was able to drop my middle of the week shampoo! The honey really works for me! This is my routine: brush hair and scalp well with a boars bristle brush. While the shower gets warm I put a squirt of honey (just regular store bought) in a generic condiment bottle I bought at walmart and the add enough water to dissolve the honey. Once in the shower I give my scalp a good massage all over in the water, this breaks up the initial coating of grease. Then I squirt the honey all over my scalp and massage again, I leave the honey mixture in while I do the rest of my stuff in the shower. At the end I massage my scalp again while the water runs through and rinses the honey out. That’s it! I only use oils to style my hair and it looks so soft and shiny and the curls look amazing. I did end up cutting off the remainder of the damage, so my hair is a bit shorter than I like right now and the layers are crazy, but it looks healthier than it did when I was a kid. I’m hoping to spread out my shampoos to every two weeks soon!

  129. Hi Lauren!

    It’s maybe another topic,but I would like to try the honey cleanser and I’m not really sure which type of honey good for me. and Crystallized honey or creamed honey? Thank u so much, now I try the oil cleanser with jojoba. we will see,I hope it’s going to work. I’m really happy cause I found ur blog today, I have got the similar problem like ur’s with my skin and hormons,but I will heal I know, I have to.:)

    Nora from Hungary

  130. Does anyone have info on phases of transitioning? My hair was acceptable at first, maybe thicker but also duller, and felt like it had a coating. Then some white kind of cylindrical chunks appeared, supposedly chemicals from the hair. Now 5 weeks into it, the chunks are gone but my hair is disgustingly greasy. Should I assume this will also pass? My hair is long and quite thick and has had some wave with the right natural shampoos/conditioners, but it is horrible and lifeless right now – it’s beyond ponytail help.

    • My hair is the same right now! It’s disgusting and making me very sad =[ I sat and combed it for awhile last night and my comb was full of the white chunks of gunk. I’m sure my co-workers are wondering what is up with my greasy looking hair, and my husband called me a sticky hippie. He’s begging me to go back to regular shampoo because he can’t stand how my hair feels either. I really want this to work, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll last.

  131. Hi Lauren,

    Firstly, thank you for sharing great, researched information. Although much of the topics are not new to me, you always manage to include some detail that adds great benefits. I’ve enjoyed every post.
    I’m posting here for the first time, and just wanted to comment on the ‘transition’ issue: Before I changed over (years now) I didn’t wash my hair for a week. This basically allowed the sebum to get back to where it naturally needed to be after years of stripping all oil every time I washed – Basically, the more we strip the sebum oil, the more the body produces to compensate. So abstaining from washing your hair every day, will give the scalp a chance to re-balance, whatever shampoo you use.

    When I changed over to the home mix, I washed my hair twice each time for couple of months – which I no l longer do – once seems quite sufficient now to keep my hair shiny and clean for a few/several days. Compliments are plenty 😉 I kept extending the time between washes until I reached 6 days (seems to be the magical number for me).

    I do use apple cider vinegar as a rinse at times – without bi-carb though – and it makes my hair very shiny.

    My advice: Don’t be afraid to experiment, your body will ‘tell’ you what works best for it.

    Anyhow, great blog Lauren and keep up the good work 🙂

  132. I’m a dude, and I loved this recipe. I have been trying (on and off) going and staying no ‘poo for about 2 years. I went a really long time just using BS and ACV, but the ACV is really heavy for my hair and the BS made it the consistency of straw. Plus I have a stupid scalp that isn’t really dandruff-ridden, but it seems to accumulate dead skin cells like they are going out of style!

    Hopefully the humectant that honey is can draw moisture into my sensitive scalp! Thanks for the recipe.

  133. Hello i really wannna try this honey shampoo. I just needed to ask u one thing, Will 1tbsp honey with 3 tbsp water be enough to wash my almost waist length hair.??? Or do i need to add more honey and water. Plz reply asap since im gonna start doing this tomorrow itself. Thanks!

  134. Hi! I just wanted to tell Lauren about these very Very cool DIY homemade recipes for deoderant, and facewash. so for the deoderant, I cut a lime in half, and rub it on my armpits and it stops them from smelling, and makes me smell nice all day long!
    For face wash, I squeeze one lemon, 2 tsp. of honey, and 1/2 a tsp. of olive oil, and mix it into a bottle, when I get out of the bath, my face feels so smooth, and soft!

  135. I began using honey to clean my hair in May, after reading this blog, and I am so very pleased with the results and grateful for your post. My transition period wasn’t even bad 🙂 Anyway, I was showering at my mom’s and I noticed dandruff shampoo in the shower. I was surprised at this, since she’s pretty chemical-free in most areas. I asked her about it and she said it was for her husband’s dandruff (and obviously not working). I suggested the honey method and they both switched. His flakes are gone, unsurprisingly. What DID surprise me is that they BOTH have new hair growth. It is most obvious on his head, where his bald spot looks like a 5 o’clock shadow. They couldn’t be happier. Thank you again!

  136. I’ve entered the no shampoo journey because I developed bad dandruff last year. I am naturally a minimalist and like the idea of using what I already have in my kitchen. I’ve just been rinsing with water, but 3 days ago washed with shampoo because of the heavy greasy look to my hair. Big mistake, my scalp was so dry and itchy. I used the honey mix this morning and it felt so soothing. I tried to compromise by just washing and conditioning my ends with commercial products. Overdry again. I’m convinced now, all or nothing. My next step is to make rosemary tea for a rinse (I have a huge bush in my back yard and its evergreen!) I was surprised I didn’t see much about rosemary in the comments.

  137. Been doing the honey poo for about three weeks. My hair still feels gross. It feels dirty and my scalp is itchy. I know transition can take a while longer but…is this normal? My hair is long and not really thin or thick. Everytime I wash it I think maybe today will be the day it doesn’t feel dirty and itchy. I’m sticking with it though.

    • I’m wondering this as well. I’ve only been doing honey for a few days, but I’ve gone without commercial shampoo for several weeks now. No poo left a ton of build up in my hair so I switched to a castille and coconut milk shampoo. it also left a lot of build up. The castille doesn’t seem to rinse out very well. I stuck with both of those methods for a couple of weeks with my hair just getting more and more gross. It seems to feel a little better with the honey, not so much build up, but my scalp is definitely itchy and there are lots of white flakes. I really want this to work so I’m sticking with it. I hope there’s a light at the end of this greasy tunnel =[

      • Today I put a drop of peppermint oil in my mixture, hoping it will help with the itchiness/flakiness. I remember my husband had a natural (ish) dandruff shampoo at some point that had peppermint in it which stimulated the scalp or something. So far, it’s not nearly as itchy and is feeling less gross. Maybe I’ve turned the corner. 🙂

  138. Hi Laruen! I just wanted to say, first time tonight using the honey shampoo-I have medium length (layered) fine, thin-ish hair and….I already LOVE my hair! I was afraid it would be sticky-it felt kind of gaumy/sticky in the shower-but it feels so soft, and just…wonderful! I know, the transition phase will probably hit sometime in the next use or 2, but I’m enjoying it tonight! I must confess though, I did blow dry my hair. Does that make a difference? Should I not do that at all? I didn’t think about it before I did it, it was just habit. As soon as I get out, I blow dry my hair. I very rarely use any product in my hair (I think I’ve had the same bottle of White Rain hairspray for almost a year, lol) as they all make my scalp itch horribly. I’m hoping this really pans out for me, I was so excited to finally get to try this! Thank you so much for your advice, and ‘recipes’ for War is profitable. The world will never be without war, because greed will never cease to feed itself.zthese home care items. I’d also like to use a different facial regimen, and deodorant, as well as soap. Do you have any recommendations on soap? I’ll check the rest of your site…Anyway, I just wanted to give you the BIGGEST Thank You! I truly appreciate it!

    • I’m sorry, I do not know how this got into my comment post. Just ignore it…. I don’t even know what it is…..War is profitable. The world will never be without war, because greed will never cease to feed itself.

  139. Hello Thank you for your useful information! I would love to use the raw honey & water wash.

    But I have read a blog that has conflicting information, that raw honey lightens the hair.

    The author gives a compelling statement that raw honey in large doses a thousand times more than your recipe prescribes and a certain pH level must be present in order for raw honey to lighten or bleach the hair.

    But in the comment section people are stating that raw honey and olive oil, cinnamon and/or lemon juice set in the hair for 8 hours has lightened their hair. This is due to the hydrogen Peroxide present in Raw honey and it is helped with olive oil and lemon juice.

    Has anyone’s hair lightened from washing/rinsing with this raw honey diluted over extended periods of time.

    I DO NOT desire my hair to lighten!

    I am striving to use only pure, raw, safe and natural products. I just started two weeks ago. I wash with diluted baking soda and rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar and then final rinse with concentrated black tea I have dark brown/black hair that is 40% greyed. I am in my late 40s and am striving to get the grays back to their original color. last week I started putting fresh onion juice in my hair for half an hour before the B.S., ACV & Tea rinse. Onion juice is purported to thicken and slightly darken hair.

    • Oh!, I forgot to add. After I wash and rinse my hair I condition it with about a teaspoon of blended (Cocoanut 50%, Jojoba 20%, Olive 15% and Argan 15%) oils. All cold pressed or virgin.

      Does anyone think it is okay after the onion juice treatment to rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar and followed by the raw honey dilution then the tea concentrate?

      I want to just use the onion juice, raw honey dilution and tea concentrate and then oils to condition?

  140. Hi! I have long hair that I’ve dyed with henna and I started no ‘poo about a month ago using BS/ACV once a week. My hair started getting really dry and when I did some research I found that bs/ACV really isn’t good for your hair and that’s how I found this honey shampoo. I’ve used it twice now (3 days apart) and I love how soft and smooth my hair is but it’s also greasy (yay transition). Does anyone know of a good way to remove some of the oil from my hair? Thanks!

  141. Dear Lauren,

    I decided to use a relevant article to praise your weblog as well as state a suggestion in the topic of hair care.

    I read more than 75% of your webpage within a few days (soon finished!) and must say I am amazed by the quality of it, especially because this is a twenty-year-old about whom we’re talking! 😉 I mean…I am twenty myself and couldn’t imagine anybody my age managing a website of this quality!
    By the way, regarding quality I mean the layout, the standard of language, the illustrations / photographs, the clarifications, the rationalisations, the repeated mentioning of “your opinion” (in whichever way), which I find crucial, and, last but *not* least, your thorough linking to your sources. An other important mentioning is your choice of topics!
    Thumbs up!!!

    Now, regarding this particular article:
    I read it thoroughly and, because I also have made a rough reasearch on the topic, could agree with you where I knew something. The other points made a lot of sense to me despite my not knowing anything about them.
    I have a history of disgustingly fatty hair and lots of dandruff. I was used to showering daily with “Head & Shoulders” shampoo which was meant for reducing dandruff (which never had had a positive effect), although one day I decided, for my and the environment’s sake, to start showering with the blender on the coldest setting. Within a few days, my dandruff was dramatically reduced and my hair quality increased. After I then stopped using ANYTHING to treat my hair – that is, “rinsing” my hair only – my hair became even better and the danruff disappeared completely. Upon close and thorough inspection of my scalp I was told I hadn’t got a single dandruff patch at all!
    I must admit I cannot speak from a girl’s point of view (long hair and such), but I thought it be cool to mention my “story” to you as inner and outer body health is very important to you.
    I, btw, also have started to think about what I eat, albeit only a few of months ago (currently no seeds (including all grains/cereals) or legumes, no potatoes, only saline-soaked “nuts”, reduced almond consumption (and then only saline-soaked), reduced nightshades (I try to eat more homemade tomato sauce and cooked/baked capsicum than raw of either type), and no milk (but otherwise yogurt, butter, butterfat, cream and fermented cream)) and thus I stumbled across your webpage while researching on the web. I might add that especially the removal of the grains (maybe because of the gluten, although I’m definitely allergic to standard wheat and thus have eaten spelt for four years now) and milk has been a magnificent health boost for me. I still feel like shite most of the time, but less, nonetheless!

    Please excuse my overlong comment – if you found time to read through this comment I’m honoured of course. I otherwise want to thank you for your fantastic weblog (or website!…which I praised enough before 😉 ) and wish you all the best in all respects!

    Best regards,
    David .. from Iceland .. residing in Germany

      • My pleasure.

        Mind you, if you should indeed try it out, you should expect your hair to start smelling . . . . . natural. 😉
        As in, neutral scalp fat smell. It’s by no means disgusting or bad, but it definitely doesn’t smell stereotypically “clean”, if you get my drift. Another thing to point out is that because of cold showering, you can shower as often as you wish (teeny-weeny exaggeration, naturally) – it’s going to dry your skin out less than one hot shower.

        Take care, keep up the great work!

  142. Hey. I just did the honey shampoo today for the first time! I`m very excited about it, and hopefully it will work for me. I started the no poo method on my hair about 5 weeks ago and its still so incredible oily . (my hair is shoulder length and very thick) its all good in the ends, but my roots are soooo oily. I am beginning to give it all up, but I am so eager to do something healthy and toxic free for my hair. So I was wondering, are you still using the honey shampoo with luck? Thanks for sharing this. I hope this will help for me, Im pretty desperate after some advice. Thank you.

    Love from Norway

  143. I just want to thank you so much for posting this. I had been looking for a natural recipe for shampoo that would help my dandruff, because the baking soda thing was just killing me, but couldn’t find any that suited me until I found this post. So thanks! My dandruff, although not completely gone, has diminished quite a bit. But I would like to comment about the honey shampoo going bad – what I have noticed is that the essential oils preserve the mixture from spoiling. I had mine for like a month or two and it never went bad and I just left it sitting out. Another thing I would like to add about the use of this shampoo is that it has made my hair oddly collect lint. It’s no big deal because it comes out when you comb it, but it really is just odd. But thanks again for this recipe! So happy with it!

  144. I have just declared war against chemical cosmetics and the seemingly natural cosmetics two weeks ago. I slowly eliminate our entire range of cosmetics and household products will follow as well eventually.
    Now, my project at the moment is to get my shampoo right. I have done so many shampoos but it leaves my hair terribly greasy and heavy and it effects my skin as well.
    I have tried your honey water shampoo ( i made a herbal infusion of chamomille and rose buds for mine for the wate rpart) and i get up and my hair is oily again, but it is different oily.
    Now, is this the transition method? Please tell me it is, coz it is actually a fantastic mixture (i could drink and it smells divine. so is it a matter of time for my hair to start being normal?
    and the same goes for skin. Transition time is obviously a terribly looking phase, isnt it?
    It is obviously not as easy to find the right treatments for oneself.
    Thank you for your wonderful posts.
    I am having normal to oily hair and combination skin.

  145. Hi Lauren,

    I tried the honey shampoo several times, and found that my hair always felt coated, sorta waxy.

    Not willing to give up on an alternative to shampoo, and with no interest in using baking soda in my hair, I started experimenting. I think after 5 weeks, for me, I’ve nailed it. For those interested, here is my findings:

    I have thin, fine hair. Normal to dry in nature. I am caucasian. For deep conditioning I combine:

    1 egg
    4 tsp avocado oil
    2 tsp castor oil
    1 tsp coconut oil
    1 tsp ACV or lemon

    add to dry hair and let sit 10 mins to 2 hours. If I know I’m going to be watching a video with the family, I will start it before the movie begins, and rinse it out after the movie ends.

    To wash, after my conditioning treatment, or when needed:

    Beat as many eggs as needed for hair length and apply to wet hair, wash and rinse.

    I will also add essential oils to both applications.

  146. I’m so glad I found your blog, Lauren! About two weeks ago I began using the typical BS/ACV no ‘poo method, and I have been having a lot of trouble with it. I’ve read all the positive testimonials, and I was convinced it would work for me. For almost two weeks now, I could barely run my fingers through my hair because it’s been incredibly waxy. I tried a couple other ratios of the BS and ACV, but nothing was changing. This morning I decided to give the raw honey mix a try, and for the first time in two weeks, I can run my fingers through my hair! It’s definitely a bit oily still, but it has a much different (better!) feel to it than before. It actually feels like I made some progress with my hair. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m going to keep using it and hope I get through this transition period fast!

  147. Ugh I’ve been doing this for 10 weeks now. My hair is still as greasy as ever. I just don’t get it. I thought OKAY two months is probably the longest it would take to transition… nope still greasy- with no sign of it letting up. I was so stressed this week and all I wanted to do was go home and wash my hair… I can’t decide if I’m going to give up or not. I put so much effort into it but it’s just not working.

  148. I tried this for the first time yesterday, and my hair feel amazing. I was trying the BS and ACV method, and my hair was so dull, and my ends were super crispy. Today it still feels soft and clean. I’m very impressed.

  149. I’m going to try this!
    a few questions first:
    You mentioned putting oil in your honey mixture. Is that just for smell, or is it actually part of the process? can i use tea tree oil?
    I’ve tried to go a long period of time without washing my hair in the past, and I ended up getting lice! So I’m a little hesitant to go a few days without washing! Has anyone had lice problems?

  150. Thanks so much for posting this! I have been considering trying the baking soda/ACV for some time, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It seemed harsh and I couldn’t see much reason for it! I’ve been doing this for a week and I really think this is the thing for me! Granted there is a transition going on and I am getting the honey jokes from friends and family! Just wondering do you ever use a deep conditioner or heat products?

  151. I struggled with a mysterious rash on the back of my neck for almost a decade. Nothing and I mean NOTHING would stop the itching for long. I’ve tried everything, then I stopped using conditioner on my thick curly hair and went to coconut oil instead, and after a few days the rash is gone and has yet to return. I’m looking forward to trying this new shampoo recipe, I was waiting for my old store shampoo to run out before I made something new (I’m just that cheap) thanks for posting this I’m excited to try it!

  152. I have long dark fine straight hair. And it is very oily so I HAVE to wash it everyday if I’m going out in public. Because it is dark and straight, the slightest bit of oiliness is immediately visible. That being said my scalp is an oil factory probably BECAUSE I wash it everyday. I also suffer from mild to severe seborrheic dermatitis which means constant itching, scabs and flakes, and even very sore inflamed spots. Because of all these issues I am always on the hunt for something new or different that might fix these problems. I’m on day 2 of using the honey wash. So far my hair feels a little waxy/oily and looks a little oily (hair keeps separating into clumps at the roots) and my scalp was still itchy throughout the day. Some of the other comments have me worried about just how bad the transition period will be, but I will keep trying this for a few weeks at least and post my final results.

  153. I’m glad to find an alternative to ACV and BS that’s out there. I’ve been washing my hair every 2-3 days and so far my only issue is an itchy and flaky scalp. I can deal with the oil…I’m only 2 weeks in so I know there will be oil.

    If I use lavender and rosemary oil with my honey shampoo, that will take care of both itch and dry scalp??

    • I have the same problem with the itchy and flaky scalp. I use lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oil in my shampoo and none of them have really caused the flaking to stop. I’ve used this shampoo for maybe 2 – 3 months, and it is still the same. Better than when I used BS and ACV, though. My suggestion (unless you find something better, or it stops, which would be awesome!), and what I do, is just not to touch my head very often, no matter how bad it itches, and then the flakes don’t really come off.

  154. Hello, I am looking at my honey collection. I have a organic wild raw honey (in the typical liquid esk form) and I also have some organic honey that is in a more thicken (not runny) form. Which one is best?

  155. Wow, I will try it right after posting this! ^^
    I started washing my hair everyday with clay (I tried all types of clay) because my shampoo left me residues on my hair and it went greasy 🙁 but my hair was worse (very sticky and greasy, it was horrible!), so after one month I changed to an egg + lemon shampoo and rinse it with rosemary tea. My hair is now less greasy but there are parts that are still greasy. So I will be trying new shampoos until I find the best for me, and of course I will try this shampoo first! So thank you for posting this, maybe it will be my salvation! xD

  156. I have only done this twice so far, but my scalp feels amazing. I can’t speak to how long the transition period lasts, but I will come update (in case anyone ever reads this far down the list of comments!)

    I had already decided to try this method but was waiting on some raw honey to come in from vitacost, so I used the BS/vinegar method this week, knowing it wouldn’t be permanent but thinking it would help me jump start the transition. My scalp is so mad even after just a week. I knew this would happen because I’ve tried it before. Anyway, just wanted to say how GOOD my scalp feels after using the honey twice after a week of the BS. Aahhhhhh. 🙂

  157. Hi! This sounds so great. I was just about to try out the no poo method but your article has changed my mind and has convinced me to give the honey a whirl. I am wondering if you heard of the honey having any effect on dyed hair. My hair is dyed a bit darker now but I am in the midst of growing it out, I don’t want anything crazy happening to the color. Also, when you say filtered water do you think boiling the water first would be fine? I have well water and do not filter it. Thanks so much!

    • I was also wondering where is the best to buy raw honey and is it usually inexpensive? Around me I have Giant Eagles and Walmart but I’m not so sure if they carry raw honey like you describe for this.

  158. Hi Lauren and everyone else!

    I really like this recipe! I just started two days ago. Look what I found: scientific evidence that honey works against dandruff and hairloss:

    Since my puberty I have trouble with eczema, dandruff, sensitive skin, hair loss. I hope honey will help me out… It feels soothing already, but I hope the greasyness will go away. Cause I have a date soon 😛


  159. I came across this article on pinterest and i love to try this. I don’t have raw honey, instead i have honey that is from a local bee keeper that is in a liquid form, is that okay? I don’t think it is processed.

  160. Hi Lauren, I’ve only been washing with the raw honey mixture for two days now, and I plan to keep it up… I’m just concerned that even after a few months of using a raw honey wash my hair will still be greasy, will it? I’m starting college in about two weeks, and I don’t think I’ll have enough time for a transition period, is doing this honey wash really worth it in the end?

    • I’m going to do an updates and FAQs on the honey shampoo soon, so it may answer some of your questions. But it may not be the best time for you to do the transition period if you are making the big change to college right now… the transition can be longer than a couple of weeks.

      • Thank you for the quick reply Lauren, I really appreciated it. I still want to see how my hair looks after a few more honey washes, I just can’t make myself go back to using harmful shampoo just yet.. If it turns out that my hair looks too greasy then I guess I will be looking forward to trying out this honey wash some other time. I really appreciate your website, it’s so inspiring to see people like you who really care about changing the way people live their everyday lives, take care!

  161. Hi,
    I stumbled upon this idea and instantly feel in love with the idea. I’ve been using locally made (Vancouver Island,BC), shampoo and conditioner for the past 2 years so I figured the transition time woudn’t be too drastic. I am now on the fourth honey shampoo going about 7 days in between and just recently got a boar bristle brush to help pull the oil away from the scalp. But, I have very thick hair and I find the boar bristle not quite beefy enough to satisfy my hair brushing needs. My hair tends to feel like there is product in it ,which makes the hair on the top of my head hurt when I try to pull it into a pony tail, and leaves a lot of gunk on the brush. Is there something else I could try with the honey to get rid of the build up?

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience:)

  162. Hey I have recently gone no poo way with bs and acv. My curls are getting back but frizz is still a problem. Do u think this honey shampoo might help? If yes then I have couple of questions:
    1) Can use honey that is available in market as I don’t know where to get raw honey from or can u suggest any brand that sells raw honey in India?
    2) Are all these oils basic necessity for nourishment or I can use just one either or both – coconut oil / sweet almond oil?
    Many thanks!

  163. If this mixture goes rancid, it is from the water, the honey will never spoil. I use honey rinses and love it, but the stagnate water will spoil as well as lemon juice. I usually just make enough for a few days (1-2). I think of it like this…if I would not drink it a week later, I would not want it on my hair or skin. I also use a honey/lemon juice/olive oil mixture (equal parts) for my skin and it keeps the itchy dryness away from the change of seasons. But just as mentioned above, keep it in the fridge or just mix up a few days worth.

  164. Hi this is my first post. I have been using the nopoo honey method for a couple months now but I’ve been noticing dandruff or buildup mostly in the frontal area of my head. How can I fix this. I already bought a filter for my shower and it hasn’t helped. What do you suggest? (I have frizzy curly hair)

  165. As a bee-keeper of 10+ years, bacteria doesn’t grow in honey, in it’s pure form. When you start adding to it, you introduce bacteria into it. As for the fermenting, honey is a humectant and draws water. If you add water to it, yes it thins it down, which is awesome after extracting several 100 pounds, but water will cause it to sour. That’s why you keep it sealed after you open the jar. As suggested by the blogger, don’t mix it until you are ready to use it. As for it being thin, I would suggest you might put the honey in the fridge and let it crystallize, then dip it out with a spoon and mix it with water to change the consistency, then apply it to your hair. As you rinse your hair, the warm water will thin it down.

  166. Everyone is different – I didn’t get on with BS + AVC – AT ALL. I’ve tried everything. I think using natural soap bars has gotten me here – I’ve been using them for 2 months now, and my hair produces much less oils, but I was running into the problem of my hair drying out TOO MUCH and clumping form the soap. I’ve got fine curly hair, it’s a nightmare combination. Just did my first honey shampoo wash and BOOM! Finally something that works! I thought it would not remove oil but it totally does, AND separates the hair, my hair looks FAB! Thank you so much for this website – I’ll continue and see how it goes.

  167. I know this is a fairly old post but I’m hoping I could get a bit of help. Okay so I have tried to use 1 tbs of ‘raw’ honey to 3 tbs of water and my hair feels heavy or weighed down but when I use ‘pure’ weis honey my hair looks decent. Do I need to use less ‘raw’ honey and more water? Thanks!

  168. Hi, I find this DIY useful, however, my normal hair care routine is I oil my hair day before (at night) and shampoo the next day morning, I do not use conditioner. So, my question is does this honey shampoo help me get rid of the oil I applied last night? Otherwise my hair will be all greasy and sticky of that makes sense. Also, can we use this honey shampoo after we shampoo normally? just like conditioner? Anyone can answer this question. Thanks in advance.

  169. Hey Lauren! I love this so much! However, I made one slight modification after a few months of using this shampoo. It wasn’t working the way that I wanted it to, so I added a half tablespoon of baking soda (give or take) for every portion of the recipe above. I know that using baking soda and water is one “no poo” version of shampoo so I thought I’d combine them, and voila! It’s absolutely perfect (for me). I don’t have to worry about my hair looking greasy right after I wash it, it’s now just incredibly soft and happy! I also only have to wash my hair about once a week unless I’ve had a crazy training week – and even then it’s only twice! I just wanted to thank you for this brilliant idea! (:

  170. Hi!

    This post is coming as a big surprise to me as I have spent a little over 4 weeks doing the BC/ACV routine and just yesterday spent half an hour to melt castile soap bar to try out new thing. As much as I read about it, most people were happy with their results. I think my transition period should be about over now, but after reading this one I think I’m going to use honey from now on or do you think it’s ok if I made a shampoo of 1 part soap, 8 parts water, 1 generous tbsp of honey and 15 drops of peppemint essential oil? It didn’t get my hair clean, but I blame it on coconut oil mask I did before that wash. Staying no’-poo no matter what, never going back to commercial products!:) Thanks for this post, who new:)

  171. If you add a little colloidal silver, say about 1oz per pint, you shouldn’t have any mold growth whatsoever. I use one part raw honey to three parts straight colloidal silver, because colloidal silver is my business and I have a lot on hand. But one ounce per pint should be sufficient. Thanks for the honey shampoo recipe!!

  172. please help! for the past 5-6 months I have been using bs/acv to cleanse my hair. I’ve had great results until recently. my hair no longer feels clean and it has been giving me dry scalp/dandruff. so I started researching other natural hair care and found this. I tried some honey washes with horrible results. my hair is fine, thin, and stick straight. it gets weighted down very easily. it has never been so disgustingly oily and greasy than after honey washing. so I saw another comment in this thread where someone added in bentonite clay. tried that, a tiny bit better, but not much. I read the mommypotamus article about mud washes and did a straight bentonite wash. still not much better. and I have been using very little ingredients and rinsing well, so I know it’s not from overusing. i’m tired of my hair being so super disgusting but I really want to use something natural. I really dont’ want to go back to bs/acv or store shampoos but I don’t know what else to do. do you have any other suggestions??

    • Have you tried an egg wash to cut it? I just tried this yesterday with terrible results. Looked like I’d used too much gel as it dried, stringy-looking. And I’d rinsed it well and used an ACV rinse after. And also applied my Rosemary water after too… Last night I had to go out, so I did another ACV rinse and it was a tad better, but still. So I’m going to do an egg wash, which I did last week to great success, it’s just that you shouldn’t do it more than once a week (protein buildup). But it’s great at cutting grease. I put two eggs into a cup and whipped it with some lemon juice and coconut milk (just a little) and massaged it into my wet hair. be sure to rinse with warm water, or you’ll have cooked egg in your hair!

  173. I have a question, lets say I have been using the Honey Shampoo for awhile and then I go and get my hair done. I usually get highlights and of course they wash my hair with what shampoo the salon has… question is if my hair has gotten used to the honey shampoo will the Salon’s chemical shampoos/conditioner cause a set back.? Will I have to start the process of getting my hair used to the honey shampoo again?

  174. I’ve been doing the honey method for about 4 months now, and I absolutely love my hair! Very little transition time, maybe a week or so. My only problem is, I’m now noticing some red marks on my scalp, sort of looks like seborrhoeic dermatitis. (No flakes, just redness.) Has anyone else had this issue, and have they found a natural solution? I really want to keep doing the honey ‘poo because my scalp no longer itches and my hair feels healthy. It even looks good without the spray gel I used to constantly use. Any suggestions?

    • Oh, some additional information for what I’m already trying…I use lavender & tea tree essential oils in my honey / water mixture. I use distilled water, not water from the tap, as I noticed my honey mixture smelled funky after only a day or two with tap water.

  175. Hi thanks for this. I was actually wondering how long you heat the mixture because mine does not look as light as the picture you have. Sorry if this question has already been answered. I tried to find it in the comments, but there are just too many to look through 🙂

  176. Hello,
    I have been using the raw honey recipe for two weeks now and I add one drop of Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil to it. I’ve noticed it makes my hair a little dry, but the oil is still there. It’s a weird feeling. I’ve noticed that it makes my hair more oily sometimes as well. Do you have any other natural homemade recipes or know any people who don’t use anything at all? Because last week I’ve noticed my hair feels better when I don’t use anything in it at all. But at the same time I’m worried that by no shampooing that I will get lice or fleas in my hair because I visit someone who has a cat with fleas. Any suggestions?

    • Lice will get on your hair regardless of whether or not your hair is ‘dirty’. The belief that lice only like long, clean hair is an absolute myth and completely untrue. The same with fleas. They just want blood and will get it from any source that they can.

      If your friend’s cat has a problem with fleas, I recommend Stronghold. It’s amazing!

  177. Okay so I have read most of the comments on here, but this is one thing I have not noticed…Are you using “unfiltered” raw honey or “filtered”? I began shampooing with raw honey between 2-3 weeks ago. My hair does seem sticky, but I’m beginning to wonder if it a build up of beeswax? Unfiltered has all that good stuff still in it, but the filtered kind, I believe, does not. Don’t get me wrong, I have extremely lifeless fine hair and having this build up does make it easier to actually style (which I wouldn’t do daily if my hair was longer). Its like having styling product already in it, but its getting to the point of being too much. Most of the raw honey I have in my house is unfiltered, but fortunately I do have a small bottle of filtered, so until I hear back for sure I’m going to try using that. This MAY just be some of the issues that other people have had with this. I will say this I too was using the baking soda/acv shampoo before this as well, so I could very well still be in the transition stage, as I tend to have slightly oily hair & the baking soda was super drying and irritating 😛 Hope to hear back. Thanks!

  178. I have been using organic excellance shampoo and it does lather some unlike so many organic shampoos but it does work well. Is this honey shampoo good for color treated hair? I don’t like to color and even tried henna but it did not work very well on my stubborn coarse greys. Thanks.

  179. Ok so before I started the honey poo I had trained my hair to go a week without shampooing. I started trying the honey poo with vinegar rinse and it was oily the next day? Will my hair go back to making it a week? I’m trying to stay away from chemicals and really want this to work!

  180. I loooove honey, and I’ve been thinking about switching to no-poo for months. I’m just coming out of the shower, waiting for the results of my first honey shampoo! As I only washed my hair every 5-6 days, I’m hoping they will not turn against me for changing their routine!

  181. Hi. I’ve been washing my hair with honey for a couple of weeks. Before that, I did no-poo, so my hair didn’t go through any transition periods. The thing is, when I wash my hair,the day that I’ve washed it, it’ll be fine, but the next day, it’ll get really waxy. I almost always have to wash it agian before the week is over because it gets so dirty. What Do you suppose I’m doing wrong?

  182. The lady who said her’s molded probably did not use raw or natural honey. Honey under normal circumstances does not spoil or mold due to its antiseptic properties. Corn syrup spoils easily, especially if mixed with water. It could be the water, though. If her water is bad, there’s not a whole lot she can do except first boil & filter the water for anything she’s making to store.

  183. Great post!! I cant wait to try it.

    But just an FYI – honey absolutely cannot grow mold. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It never spoils. Ever. I suspect she got some “fake” honey. A lot of the honey coming from China was recently found to be either mixed with corn syrup or just corn syrup with color and flavoring added. This is the same honey used to package nearly all the store private labels, the generic, the honey bears and the honey packets in the fast food places. Walmart and all the chain grocery stores were found to be selling this so-called “honey”.

    Rule of thumb – if it doesn’t crystallize it isn’t pure honey. Stick with the raw, organic honey imported from Brazil or New Zealand to be safe. 🙂

  184. I have been doing this since June and I LOVE how my hair feels. It doesn’t look dry and I really don’t have any flakes. Thank you so much for posting this! I have not had any issues with the shampoo growing mold….I think that adding a few drops of essential oil helps out and making small batches!

  185. The best raw honey that there is , is the Manuka Honey it is very healing should you have things going on with your scalp thanks for sharing this Honey Shampoo I am going to try this I am having scalp problems and I am going to buy me some Manuka Honey and do this

  186. Hi, IV been no poo for about 8 months but instead of baking soda IV been using castille soap with distilled water. I wash my hair already about every 4 days and have very naturally dry hair. How bad do you think my transition would be? I also struggle with dandruff.

  187. Hi! Thank you for you useful share. I agree that are is one of the most important organs in our body that a lot of people want to learn about how to take care of it. Honey is a “magical” natural ingredient that can help to improve human health and nurture skin and hair. The recipes you share above are very useful for me, thanks a lot!

  188. Hi. Thanks for the useful article. I started trying this and after a few days my hair was so disgusting I was embarrassed to go out in public. I discovered that a good solution is to apply straight honey to the oily areas of the scalp and massage it in while your hair is dry, and then use the honey shampoo. This seems to clean my scalp better and helps with the transition period. However, it’s still a little greasier than I would like so I think I’m going to try adding a small amount of baking soda to the mix once every few days.

  189. I have been no poo for about a year starting with Deva Curl No Poo and then Wen. I have blonde thin, fine, oily hair with natural loose curls that is thinner on top because of hypo-thyroid disease. The Deva Curl made my hair more oily. I like the WEN but it is so expensive I decided to try this honey rinse to see if it would work. I have used it twice but the second time I also added an egg yoke. The second time with the egg yoke left my hair a little dry so I rinsed the bottom half of my hair with WEN. This honey wash gives my hair more body and so far I love it. I have not had a transition period probably because I have already been no poo for so long and also WEN normalizes the oil in your scalp. I used raw unfiltered honey with filtered water. Thank you for the recipe!

  190. raw honey can still contain some beeswax. after using raw honey for a week or 2 on my hair i found i had beeswax build up!

    it might be best to find as filtered as possible honey for hair washing… i’ve had better luck with non raw cheap honey sadly.

    also i had been making my honey shampoo before hand and left some in the cabinet for a few weeks. when i took it out it smelled alcoholic! i realized that i had made honey mead! so adding water to honey and letting it sit in a dark place for a while makes mead! wow! look it up!

  191. Aloha!
    I’ve read a good many comments and notes above but honestly skimmed the vast majority.
    Just wondering – any issues with color treated hair and your honey recipe?
    Thanks. Sally

  192. Hello, I’ve been “low ‘poo” for about three months now. I have used Shea Moisture or homemade shampoos from etsy without any chemicals added to them. I’m interested in trying the honey method! I have fine, thin, oily hair that gets dry at the ends. I usually wash every other day, and it still looks pretty oily the second day. I have hard water as well. How has this method worked for people with my hair type?

    Thank you!

  193. i have just given up after 5 days of using raw honey diluted with water. I had heard that BCS and ACV causes damage to the hair when used long-term so went down the honey route. My hair was greasy at the roots and getting worse but nothing that couldn’t be hidden by putting my hair up. Today however, I rinsed my hair with diluted ACV (as I heard that this can cut through the worst of the oil) and my hair was *disgusting*! It was completely flat to my head, looked super greasy and it was *all* of my hair, not just my roots – it honestly looked like I had grabbed a hand-full of gel and smothered my hair. I have a natural boar bristle brush that I have been using, which has been spreading the oil down my hair but it got to the stage this morning, where I couldn’t carry on. Putting my hair up wouldn’t have disguised how disgusting my hair was and I can’t walk into a law office and greet clients looking like I’ve just gone swimming in oil. Has anyone else had a really bad transition? Was my mixture wrong? (2 tbsp raw honey diluted in a pint of hot water). Was I at the worst point and it would get better from then on? I need help with this as I am sick of washing my hair and finding it dull, limp and lifeless. I want my glossy hair back!

  194. I am so excited I found this recipe and I can’t wait to try it! But I just have a question, after the transition period when you can go a couple days without washing your hair (this is kind of a silly question but I just would like to check) can you still shower/ can you get your hair wet (without washing it) or will it make it greasy and mess it up? Thanks I appreciate your time and hope you see this! Also I am so EXCITED to have found this and can’t wait to try it ! ( I already tried the no-poo but it didn’t workout so well) Thanks, again!

  195. Hi,
    I have tried the no poo baking soda and it worked for a while, then I recently switched to honey, but then the coconut milk and aloe.. the coconut milk and aloe makes my hair super greasy more than any transition period I have experience, so I think I will go back to honey because it seemed to work. The question I have, is that everyone talks about not washing their hair for four days which is great, but I work out daily and my hair needs to be cleaned after the amount of sweat etc. Is it ok to wash it daily? Is there any tips for the coconut milk aloe shampoo method to help me. I REALLY don’t want to go back to normal shampoo.. but I am getting tired of the grease, if it doesn’t stop I might go back to baking soda? Thanks!

    • Just watering your hair during your shower time and letting that water drip off from your hair removes all the sweat and dirt. I am a guy with medium to long curly hair and workout 3-4times weekly and this works well.

  196. Hi, just wanted to mention that raw honey, pure water, and pure essential oils should not host mold. If someone had this problem it was probably because they didn’t use pure, filtered water, their oils weren’t pure, or the bottle they used wasn’t completely clean. Shouldn’t be a worry about mold.

  197. I’m trying this right now. Did BS and ACV for a couple weeks and it destroyed my hair (not saying it doesn’t work for others) I have long, fine hair. The honey shampoo made my hair pretty weighed down and I didn’t have that clean feeling. So i’m in the tweaking process. For my most recent batch, I have added only about 3 tbs of raw honey, 1 cup of distilled water, and about 1/4 cup of steeped lavender (basically lavender tea) for an added scent, and less than 1/2 tsp of baking soda. For conditioner I have 3 tsp of ACV, 1 cup of distilled water, and again 1/4 cup of steeped lavender, as well as 1 tsp of rosewater and glycerin. This left my hair feeling more cleaner and softer, Going to wait out the transition period, if it turns out its not for me I am going to try some homemade herbal and floral recipes and/or castille soap, aloe, coconut oil, etc.

  198. I’ve used the honey shampoo twice now and my hair is INCREDIBLY greasy….doesn’t feel clean at all. I was using the no-poo for a year and it worked great for my hair…but I was worried about using the no poo on my hair for an extended time….so I’m REALLY hoping that my hair transitions out of the grease filled stage. It’s so greasy it’s practically running down the back of my neck :/

    I will keep you posted after a week or two. keep your fingers crossed for me! lol

    I also wash my face with raw honey…and when I want to “scrub” my face I use ground oatmeal and a little bit of lemon juice or water. I make my own face night cream, eye cream, whipped body butter and body wash as well. I have horrible cyctic acne and since I’ve been on the “all natural” route it’s pretty much disappeared! It’s amazing what chemicals can do to your body! Gonna try making my own toothpaste and deodorant. My man thinks I’ve lost my mind. HAHA

  199. I’m glad to have found this article! I’ve got super-greasy hair, and have been fighting it for YEARS, by double-washing with clarifying soap and using a light leave-in conditioner or a detangler. After realizing that it only got worse, it occurred to me that my shampoo routine might be stripping my hair and stimulation over-production of oil…now I know the truth. I can’t wait to try this honey shampoo you’ve suggested, but was wondering…is there a way to give the shampoo a lemon fragrance, without making it much more acidic? I’ve never found a lemon-scented shampoo before, and can totally see myself walking around all day sniffing one of my braids, lol! Would just adding a few drops of lemon juice work, or would that raise the acid too much? Also, where can I get raw honey? We have a whole goods store that sells organic foods and herbal remedies, along with a lot of international foods that you don’t find elsewhere, so I’m wondering if I should check with them. Have a great day! 🙂

  200. Hey Lauren, I was wondering… In the Summer I normally wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo after I swim. Now, I’m trying this shampoo and I think my transition stage is almost over. Yay! So I don’t want to start all over with the transition after using the clarifying shampoo! Will this honey shampoo get chlorine out of my hair? Also can I use it on the length of my hair as well as the scalp? If the honey won’t get out the chlorine, have you heard of any natural things that will work without making the transition again?

  201. Thanks for the tip.. I’ve done variations of the baking soda shampoo method, but all of them left my scalp on fire. I’ve done the vinegar rinses, but over time they too dry out my hair. So for the past three months, I’ve relied on club soda to shampoo and a dime size amount of grapeseed oil to condition my hair. I’ve done honey hair masks before, but never thought of using it for shampoo 🙂

    Thanks again!!!!!

  202. About 20 years ago my hair started to fall out so I began to research heavily and eventually wrote down my findings at . One of the first things was to change shampoo, but this honey thing sounds cool and will give it a try. Generally I have been avoiding chemicals, washing less frequently, and trying different shampoos. Some short tips that I think are good for hair: eating pumpkin seeds or nitrate is supposed to be good for healthy hair; sporting or hanging upside down improves blood circulation and will help bring nutrients to your hair roots so they can grow stronger; and lately by accident I find that scratching my skull using my finger nails but slide parallel to nail and not perpendicular like when scratching. For some reason feels stronger when scratched along the meridians. Do that often as soon as I get up, after such a long period of lower circulation. Gets the blood flowing on the surface of my scalp and the tingling sensation feels real nice. The increased blood circulation should help bring nutrients to the roots. I also dropped to my knees and prayed vehemently. Whatever it was something worked and I have retained my hair.

  203. Hi! I have two questions 🙂 But first I LOVE this honey shampoo. I actually have skipped the pre-mixing and just use a small spoon of honey and massage it into my scalp/hair.

    I have noticed that over time my comb/hairbrush has been collecting this dusty oil grime on it and it started when I started using natural products to wash my hair. Has anyone else experienced this? It has gotten worse…when I comb my fingers through my hair it even sticks to my fingers! But my hair doesn’t look greasy or anything…it looks soft and smooth haha

    I know this isn’t the most natural, but I was thinking about perming my hair. Do you know of honey damages the perm and makes it not last as long?? I really don’t want to have to go back to commercial shampoos…


  204. Hey i’m seeing this post in February of 2014 so i don’t know if you will respond but its worth a shot. I have naturally dark thick hair, i’m interested in trying the honey shampoo but was worried it would make my hair lighter which i do not want. Do you know anything about this? Also i like washing my hair everyday or i feel gross with the honey shampoo would it be okay to wash everyday?

  205. I have been using this honey shampoo method for a bit over a week now and I started noticing that on my hair brush there is long white streaks up and down the bristles. When I rub it off it feel somewhat moist but not wet almost like wet oily dandruff. Is this suppose to be normal? This never happened before and I was wondering if it’s oil or something. (Btw it’s not lice I promise!)

    • I have something similar on my hairbrush as well! Its sorta oily, grayish and sticky…kinda gross when I take it off my brush. I assumed its my natural head oil since it doesn’t remove it like commercial shampoos…

  206. Hi,
    I am really looking forward to using your honey no poo, But I’ve got psoriasis, it’s settled a lot while I have be using shop bought, Johnson’s baby shampoo, and ACV rinse, My diet has improved considerably by cutting out gluten, some dairy, and some times I use a bit of epsom salts in the shampoo, because I read on line that, it strengthens, removes oils and toxins and gives your hair body. I have found that my hair is super soft (I really find that’s the ACV). I think it has looked a bit dull recently and wild, but with body, I think my hair doesn’t like the baby shampoo, which I have been using for a few weeks. Might this help my psoriasis? And have bought a honey because of another blog I have seen, but looked up how to use it and viola, found your blog, thank you! In UK honey doesn’t usually specify as raw. But I’ve got a honey, Supahoney by Rowse, that says 50% 5 + NPA, and 50% honey. There is no other stated ingredients, and was more than I’d usually pay for honey at about £5.00 for 250 g. Does it take longer for the scalp to adjust with psoriasis? Is your hair super shiny?

    Thanks again for helping people have a better quality of life.


  207. Just like you, I have long curly hair that tends to dry-out and frizz. I used the Shielo Restoration OIl (applied to wet hair) helps retain the natural curl while adding deep shine and hydration. I have used Shielo’s Oil daily for 6 weeks…and my hair looks so healthy!

  208. Hi Lauren, 🙂

    Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosting a special Hygiene Edition this week (3/5/2014) for posts on personal care and cleaning recipes; ideas for eliminating disposable cleaning items; and tips for making cleaning easier, faster, and more efficient. We’d love for you to share this post with us!

    Thanks! 🙂

  209. Hi Lauren,

    I was wondering, do you need to mix the honey and the water mixture at all? I’m so excited to try this method but I want to make sure I do it right! Thanks(:

  210. Dear Lauren!

    Thank you for the best no poo method I ever tried! It’s perfect!!!
    I’m on no poo since last summer using mainly potato strach (what is similar in Poland to cornstrach in US) plus conditioner or only conditioner or herbs, that was working good until I found your blog.
    More than three days with fresh hair – OMG!!!

    thanks a lot!!!

  211. I’ve been doing No Poo with baking soda paste (two tablespoons with a little water on scalp) for two months. At first I did it every day, then every two-ish days and then once per week, sometimes twice per week. I have long mid back length straight hair. Not thick nor thin. I have to water wash EVERY day otherwise my scalp is a greasy mess. My scalp is also itching and I have a little gunkiness.. not sure if that’s from scratching it and causing problems (lil scabs).. it only started about a month into this new scalp washing. My hair usually looks pretty darn good right after washing and blow-drying (blow drying 80% of the time) each night but by the following day evening and sometimes midday it gets nasty greasy. Itches very frequently.
    I did my first Honey, Water and Lavender oil shampoo just now. I have high hopes 🙂 DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS or help further?? Is daily water washing usually necessary for anyone else?
    Thank you!

  212. Hai I’m also considering going no-poo, but I als like to do hairmasks of olive oil and egg, or just a mixture of oils and I was wondering if you know how to wash these masks out using a no-poo method? Do you think washing it out with shampoo will opose the proces of adapting to the no-poo method?

    Also I think your article is great! I will defenitely try this honey method!

  213. Hello there. I have had the same problems with baking soda, and although my hair looks clean, I have a lot of dandruff (which I would have with industrial shampoo too, if i didn’t buy the special one). I’ve tried every single thing possible, tea tree oil, lavender oil, vinegar, lemon, coconut oil, all of it. Nothing works, and I don’t understand how people use the CO and don’t get their hair super oily. Anyways, I want to try a different shampoo but I am vegan, so did you find any other ingredient that would replace the honey? Did anyone try a mix with baking soda and coconut oil on the same go?
    thanks in advance,

    • Hi!

      I have the same issue. I’m vegan too and I want to try this shampoo. But I’m wondering if instead of honey or coconut oil (because I hate the coconut oil smell) I want to add to this “recipe” agave syrup or agave nectar, (miel de agave), which comes from a plant, but i don’t know if it is going to work.

      But I’m going to try it anyway, and I will let you know 😉

      I’m sorry for my crappy english. ♥

  214. I am really excited to try this method I’ve been going back and forth between no poo and WO for a little while and I’m not too happy with my hair so I’m ready to try something new. Thanks for posting Lauren!

  215. i tried this method this week and i love it! it did make my hair feel slightly grimey but am i weird because i like it like that? it holds my styles so much better when i wear it wavy or curly when it’s grimey like this. but like you aid, this will probably only be for a couple of weeks. anyways, i’m converted!

  216. I’ve been doing baking soda, water and a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Almond soap followed by a ACV rinse for about a year now. I love that I don’t have to wash my hair everyday, but it’s starting to get dry. I’m looking forward to trying this honey shampoo. I wash my face in the am with a raw honey/oatmeal mixture and use coconut oil at night. I’m in community theatre and nothing get’s makeup off your face like coconut oil. My hair is short and extremely thin and fine; I’m also in my 50’s. Hoping this honey shampoo gives me back some bounce.


  217. I was so excited when I came across this post. I’d been using the baking soda shampoo for awhile and also found that it really dried out my hair and made my scalp flake a lot. I was hoping this could be a solution to get my hair back to soft and shiny. However, I think my hair isn’t right for this either. I tried the exact ratio, 1 tbs raw honey to 3 tbs hot water. It just left my hair so sticky. I kept rinsing for a really long time and even just filled the bathtub and submerged my hair for a good 10 minutes but that didn’t work. I followed up with ACV solution rinse, but that didn’t work. I even put just plain apple cider vinegar in my hair for 10 minutes and that didn’t work. I finally just had to shampoo it out. Luckily I had some leftover baby shampoo so I didn’t have to put sulfates in my hair. Maybe I’ll give it one more try, with a lot less honey and a lot more water, but I’m not optimistic. I was surprised to find it so sticky since the solution really is pretty watery. Maybe I should skip any kind of shampoo and just stick with ACV rinses.