Deep Conditioning Molasses Hair Mask

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Molasses is a nutrient-dense natural sweetener that is a good source of minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium as well as copper and other trace nutrients. It is often consumed internally as a plant source of iron or used as a natural sweetener, and externally, a molasses hair mask is a natural beauty remedy that has been used for centuries.

Molasses for Hair?

Though there isn’t a lot of scientific research on why molasses is so beneficial for hair, there are thousands of anecdotal reports of it being used to strengthen and condition hair (and even naturally reverse gray hair!).

The great thing about this natural beauty remedy is that it works internally and externally, and seems to be most effective when used both ways. In other words, you might get the most benefit from sipping a gingerbread latte with some molasses in your hair.

How it Works: Internally

When used in foods or drinks regularly, molasses may provide benefit to hair due to its unique combination of nutrients, especially copper, which is important for hair growth. Molasses also contains a good amount of iron, which may help stop anemia (a common cause of hair loss) and antioxidants that may help stop premature graying.

How it Works: Externally

There is also some evidence that nutrients in molasses can help nourish and strengthen hair externally. Like honey, it is a natural sweetener that works as a natural deep conditioner and makes hair silky and smooth.

The dark color of a molasses hair mask may also help cover gray naturally. I don’t have any gray hair yet, so I haven’t been able to test this theory first-hand, but I have used molasses to help naturally darken my hair in the winter months when my sun-bleached summer hair starts to grow out. It worked wonderfully to tone down the really blonde streaks I get after spending time outside all summer.

A Molasses Hair Mask?

I can speak from firsthand experience in my early trials with natural beauty recipes that there is a definite wrong way to use molasses on hair… mainly, putting it straight on the hair undiluted. It is incredibly thick (and sticky!) and takes forever to get out if applied directly.

Instead, using molasses in combination with other hair-healthy ingredients helps improve and thin out its thick texture and intensify the benefits without the need to shampoo dozens of times.

My favorite hair-boosting ingredient to combine with molasses for deep condition hair is yogurt. It is a natural source of amino acids, beneficial bacteria and enzymes, zinc and lactic acid that help nourish the hair and scalp.

Deep conditioning molasses hair mask
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Molasses Hair Mask Recipe

This special combination of ingredients nourishes hair and improves hair strength and texture. It can easily be made at home with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.
Prep Time18 minutes
Author: Katie Wells



  • In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, molasses, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Add essential oil if using.
  • Massage into hair and scalp.
  • Cover with a shower cap or wrap in a towel and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
  • Shampoo as normal.


For best results, sip a gingerbread latte while you’re waiting for the mask to work. 

Ever used food in your hair? How did it go?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


91 responses to “Deep Conditioning Molasses Hair Mask”

  1. donna Avatar

    How often would you do this treatment? maybe it’s been addressed but I don’t see it in the article and I don’t see any comments. Thanks!

  2. Dunja Avatar

    Is there any chance of my hair turning green from the molasses? My hair is gray, bleached blond, orange, yellow (and a tinge of green from a henna fiasco), so am letting that mess grow out and would like to nourish and condition it, just really don’t want anymore green! I starting turning grey at 25 and have been colouring since then, mainly with henna and other more natural products. I was most recently henna brown (and green) and am now highlighted blond with a lot of orange and yellow still showing. Any chance using this mask could create more of a mess? Thanks for any advice!

  3. Sarah Avatar

    Can you use fresh squeezed lemon juice instead of Apple cider vinegar … i think I am allergic to acv…

  4. Shusha Baraka Avatar
    Shusha Baraka

    This is true it will grow your hair but remember if you take it internally it is very fattening but the nutrients are great I add it to my tea every morning and my hair is so long now I take it for my anemia.

  5. Joe Avatar

    Hello there!
    I tend to ferment everything and I thought you might want to try my recipe. I combine a half cup molasses, a half cup raw, unpasteurized honey, and a cup of spring water, along with a teaspoon of yeast, at room temperature. I allow this mixture to ferment into a molasses and honey vinegar over the course of about two weeks. I use the vinegar as an all natural toner and hair conditioner. It works well for me.
    Great article and thanks!

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