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Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask: Get Super Soft and Shiny Hair

yogurt & honey hair mask


When your hair is dry and frizzy, it needs a special something.

And that special something is — moisture. Yes, lots of moisture for your unruly hair. A well-hydrated hair looks softer, smoother and without a doubt stunning.  

You don’t need to do anything fancy to moisturise your hair. As simple as spraying some water (rosewater works better) on your hair and then sealing it with almond oil or argan oil will tame the fly-aways and will bring back shine and luster to hair.

And if you are up for some extra pampering, let me suggest this yogurt and honey hair mask. This is a quick fix for dry, lifeless hair. It will put plenty of moisture and shine into your tresses.

To make this mask, you need yogurt, honey and olive oil — all common and ordinary ingredients. But they can make your hair extraordinarily beautiful. Why these three, if that’s your question…

Yogurt is full of protein, which helps strengthen the hair shaft, making them less prone to damage and split ends. For your scalp health, yogurt has lactic acid. Its gentle cleansing action helps to clear away dead skin cells that gather on your scalp and cause it to become itchy and flaky.

Honey helps your hair absorb and restore moisture. And moisturised hair equals super soft and silky hair. Honey is also pH balancing and antiseptic, which make it good for your scalp too.

Olive oil is a superb hair softener. It’s oleic acids offer great moisturising and conditioning effects. Your hair will be more elastic, so less breakage and easy to comb. Plus the vitamin E and polyphenols in olive oil rejuvenate hair follicles and encourage strong, healthy hair growth. 

Let’s get making….

Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask: Get Shiny, Beautiful Hair 

yogurt and honey hair mask

To make this mask you will need:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (full fat)
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional, adds rich brown tint)
  • 1 egg yolk (optional, adds extra shine and softness)

Stir all of the ingredients together until well mixed.

How to use:

You can use this mask right before you shower.

Apply the mask to your hair and scalp (you can use it on dry or damp hair). Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in muslin cloth or a towel. Leave this on for 20-30 minutes.

Wash as normal and let your hair dry naturally. Do this mask once or twice a month to restore and maintain your hair.

Enjoy your soft, shiny hair!

Extra Notes

  • Using yogurt: For this mask it’s best to use plain, whole fat or full fat yogurt. Also, prefer yogurt with live cultures, as it has extra benefit for the scalp health. If you make it at home, that is the best.
  • Yogurt substitute: Some hair become rough after using yogurt, so if you are one of them you can replace it with coconut milk. Also, vegans or those of you who avoid dairy can use coconut milk. It offers similar hair benefits as yogurt.
  • Oiled hair: You can apply the mask on oiled hair.
  • Using Honey: Honey has a mild bleaching effect and can lighten your hair over time, but if you use it once a week, you won’t see much difference. Alternatively, use blackstrap molasses, which is superb for those with darker hair. It has high amounts of iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium, selenium and vitamin B6 – all these nutrients are excellent for your hair. 

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Seal-in the moisture

If you have dry hair, use this technique to keep your hair soft, shiny and frizz-free. While your hair is still damp, take a few drops of the oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and work it through your hair, paying attention to the ends. You can use any light oil such as argan, almond or grapeseed; or you can also use butters such as shea. This will lock the moisture into your hair shaft and add plenty of shine and gloss to your hair.

Top Tips for Beautiful Hair

  • Do not wash your hair too much. Once or twice a week is good enough, unless you work out every day or live in a very humid area.
  • Use gentle shampoo, or try this natural cleanser.
  • Hot water is your enemy. Always use cool water on your hair as well as skin (unless you have cold and cough).
  • Let your hair air dry. If you must blow dry, use the cooler setting.
  • Stay away from chemical treatments. Perming, straightening or coloring deplete moisture from your hair and can leave it very dry.
  • Protect your hair from hot sun as it can dehydrate your hair. Wear a scarf or hat when you are spending long time in the sun.
  • Nourish your hair from within. Take omega-3 rich foods such as fish, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Omega 3 helps to restore moisture, and improves smoothness and shine of your hair.
  • Vitamin A is also extremely important to keep your hair soft and hydrated. Include foods such as pumpkin, mango, carrot, sweet potato, dark leafy greens, and papaya.

Have you used yogurt and honey hair mask? How do you moisturise your hair? Share below!

yogurt and honey hair mask


Leave a Comment:

Mihika Warrier says

Hi Minaz,

I am a great follower of your hair buddha website. And since I have grey hair i am using your herbal rinse but in powder form and also add Indigo to the same. It really works and Thank You so much for everything. I wanted to let you know that last week i went to the saloon to trim my hair, and the stylist trimmed my hair and later she ironed my hair which now i feel the ends have been damaged. My hair has become quite rough after the stylist used iron. And also wanted to highlight that i cannot trim my hair anymore as she has already cut until my shoulder.
I really need your help on how to repair the damaged hair.


    Minaz says

    Hi Mihika, I have two recommendations for you and they should instantly revive your hair and add shine and moisture back:
    1. Coconut milk hair mask
    2. banana hair mask

Sue says

I did a yogurt mask yesterday and it was impossible to comb through. The only other ingredient was avocado oil but not much because I didn’t want oily hair afterwards. Xanthan gum is very slippery. Next time I’m going to add that, too. My recipe was 1/3 cup plain whole milk yogurt and 8 drops avocado oil. I think 1/2 tsp xanthan gum will be plenty. Be careful in the shower. This stuff is VERY SLIPPERY! I’m also going to add more yogurt, like 1/2 total since i have long hair and maybe one tablespoon of oil.

    Minaz says

    You can also use coconut milk for yogurt. It adds more slip.

Kazumi jacinto says

Hi, do we expect to see a treated/healthy hair after applying this like immediately?

Salikaa says

Can I apply this paste after I apply oil?

    Minaz says

    Yes you can.

Sara says

My hair is thin and curly, on the frizzy side. It breaks and creates knots easily so I thougt a yogourt mask would help but really it didn’t! It was even harder to untangle them after the mask. Not a good idea for my type of hair 🙁

    Minaz says

    Oh no! You can try coconut milk hair mask.

Kiran says

I’ve tried this method and I’m actually having major hair fall issues.
I applied it in my hair and waited 30 minutes before I washed it. And since then I’ve lost a major part of volume.
Do you think it’s an allergic reaction??

Kasia says

Hi, I wonder why you choose yoghurt which is full of protein for dry hair? Proteins make dry hair coarse so I am curious about your opinion on that.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Kasia, It’s a good question.
    Yogurt has high amount of water and fat content and therefore it doesn’t really cause protein overload. Although in some people it can cause a drag.

Karen says

Love this hair mask! Left my curly hair bouncy and soft ?
Thanks for sharing!!

Kirti D-Explorer says

Hello Minaz
Kirti here,
i have a question, when you mentioned wash hair as normal did you mean to say we need to shampoo our hair once the mask is rinsed out or do we shampoo our hair the next day?? do let me know please..
Take care..

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Kirti, you shampoo after you rinse out the mask.
    Let us know how it works for you.

Donnamarie says

I really appreciate your concise factual post. I have adopted the thinking, “If it comes from a plant it is good for the body. If it comes out of a plant, not so much.” My modification was avocado oil, the sun protection! I use EVOO in many of my other hair care products I make. I went to visit an elder cousin (only 8 yrs) she said my hair looked great like it did when I was a child. I had done the yogurt honey mask earlier that day. Going to try with the cocoa next time. I’ve been doing Helena mask the last couple months and don’t want indigo.

Thanks again

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Donnamarie, I totally follow that thinking and it’s done wonders for me.
    Thanks for sharing your results 🙂

Sudha says

Nice dear…working indeed!

jenny says

I am gonna try this tomorow.

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