Can You Use Honey for Hair Growth?

by Kimbry Parker ; Updated July 18, 2017

Honeycomb and honey with a dipper.

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Honey makes a yummy tea additive, and it can spruce up a bowl of oatmeal, but look beyond the kitchen for even more uses. Little scientific evidence exists to support the claim of honey stimulating hair growth, but combining it with olive oil and cinnamon makes a folk medicine for hair loss. And despite the lack of proof that honey will make your hair grow, there’s no harm in putting it in your hair. At the very least, honey will add some moisture and soften your strands.

Pour one-half cup of olive oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds until it’s warm. Olive oil helps soften hair, add shine and control dandruff.

Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg. Stir well with a fork to combine the ingredients. Beware if your olive oil is too warm; it may start to cook the egg. While the cinnamon and honey both promote hair growth, the protein and lecithin in the egg strengthen your strands.

Smooth the mixture through wet hair, starting at the scalp. Comb the hair to evenly distribute the mixture.

Leave the mixture on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Use this mixture daily to moisturize your hair -- if the believers are correct, you'll also stimulate hair growth.


  • You can also apply honey alone to your hair. Smooth honey onto wet hair. Leave it in for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash your hair as usual.

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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.