Dye Your Hair Naturally with Cinnamon and Honey


There comes a time in our life when we just feel we need to change the way we look.

And though this feeling may occur more often in some people, a lot of us actually fear change and see it as something of a big deal.

Haircuts and hair colours are an easy go-to action that could change our appearance quite drastically but also, quite suddenly.

This could be an extremely liberating experience for those willing to take the plunge, but often comes with the risk of the dreaded feeling of regret and feeling that either the change was not what we wanted or it came too soon.

So whether you want a natural hair dye as a healthy alternative to the chemical damage you get from box dyes and salon visits, or you are looking for heathy and sustainable ingredients to add to your hair regimen, this easy DIY cinnamon and honey hair mask could be just what you need.

Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey on Hair

Cinnamon is known to stimulate blood flow all the way to the scalp. So it can actually stimulate hair growth. 

The powder can also act as a mild exfoliant that thoroughly cleanses the scalp. But be careful if you have a sensitive scalp, as the warming sensation you get might turn into an irritation.

Like honey, cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and a rich antioxidant, which helps promote a healthy scalp.

Honey is a humectant, which draws moisture into your hair strands. It is deeply nourishing and is a natural hair conditioner.

Along with its anti-fungal properties, honey also adds moisture and shine to your hair.

Together, these two ingredients create a sensuous smell and shower experience. And if you’re lucky, the scent could linger after rinsing your hair.

Does Cinnamon and Honey Lighten Hair?

Cinnamon and honey can lighten your hair.

The mask adds a beautiful warm tone to the hair, thus changing the colour slightly.

But cinnamon and honey will not dye your hair blonde.

You are more likely to get a reddish brown hue to your hair than anything else. 

Remember, this is a natural hair dye so the change won’t be drastic, and it also won’t be the same for everyone. 

Does Cinnamon and Honey Turn Hair Red?

Yes. Cinnamon and honey can easily add a red tone to your hair.

In fact, this is probably the results you’ll get if you have brown to dark brown hair.

However, this undertone is usually stronger immediately after applying a cinnamon and honey hair mask, and can settle after a few days to a lighter shade.

In my personal experience, my hair had settled into a lighter brown shade some days after applying the cinnamon and honey hair mask. Which just shows how the colour changes and settles over time.

Natural hair dyes are known to be unpredictable so bare this in mind before you attempt dying your hair with natural ingredients.

How Long Does Cinnamon and Honey Take to Dye Hair?

It can take up to 4 applications to see results.

Again this dependents on how light or dark your hair is before doing the cinnamon and honey hair mask.

This could also depend on how much cinnamon you use in your mask. The more cinnamon you add, the more likely you’ll notice a colour change. 

I only noticed a change in hair colour after the 4th application. But don’t worry, because honey has amazing hair benefits, it’s easy to incorporate this mask as a routine, and then naturally have your hair colour change over a period of time.

Cinnamon and Honey Hair Mask Recipe

Ingredients: cinnamon, raw honey, olive oil, water & conditioner.


  1. Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl
  2. Let mixture sit for 30mins-1hr for hydrogen peroxide in honey to activate
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of water to make mask less sticky
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil for added moisture
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of conditioner to thicken texture and make application easier

Add hair mask to damp hair and wrap hair in a shower cap or plastic bag.

For best results, apply the mask on freshly washed hair (just shampooed, no conditioner)

Do not apply on dry hair as this would make the application of honey less slippery and more sticky.

Leave the hair mask on for approximately 4 hours allowing enough time for hair to change colour.

Cinnamon and Honey Hair Dye Results

These are my results after using the cinnamon and honey hair mask.


I’ve done about 7 applications to date and I can see a difference in my hair colour.

It definitely has a red tone to it, which was never so prominent before and it also has a lot of warmth as you can see.

But these differences are also slight in comparison to chemical dyes and is far more noticeable in direct sunlight than in shadier areas. 

So what do you think of this natural hair dye?

I must say, this hair mask has really helped me to deep condition my hair every week and to keep me on my healthy hair journey.

So tell me, have you tried any natural hair dye methods? Comment below! ❤


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