It’s important every so often to get back to the basics, and many of us natural haired folks are doing just that. Using good ole’ honey as a part of your natural hair routine has many benefits that you wouldn’t know about without digging to find information. Well, I have done the research! In this article, I want to share with you several key benefits of honey for natural hair as well as some recipes that you can use to incorporate honey into your hair regimen. I hope that you enjoy!
Moisturize Your Hair
As you may already know, honey is a humectant. But what does this mean for your hair?
When you apply honey to your hair, it draws moisture from the air into your hair. This property alone makes honey great for dry and damaged hair, as well as healthy hair (to guard against both dryness and damage).
There are many humectants used in hair products today, but what’s great about using honey is that it is natural and it does its magic without leaving a greasy film on the hair.
Moisture retention is SO IMPORTANT for obtaining and maintaining healthy hair. I would drive this point home further, but I already published an article on keeping your natural hair moisturized.
Cleanse Your Hair
Natural cleansers are desirable for many people with natural hair, myself included. While I do use hair products with man-made ingredients, I do prefer natural products in most cases.
Luckily, another benefit of honey is its antibacterial/antimicrobial properties, making it a proper option for cleansing your hair.
If you are like me, and you like to use natural products, a honey shampoo might be a cool DIY project to try (honey shampoo recipe is below).
Recipe for Honey Shampoo
You will need:
- 1 Tablespoon of raw honey
- 1/2 to 1 cup of water
- Optional Castille soap for an even deeper clean (1/2 cup)
- If you want to add some additional moisture to the shampoo, you can add a couple of drops of your favorite oil to the mixture.
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a mixing bowl and then store the mixture in a bottle. You may want to put the mixture in a bottle that has a pump so that you can dispense your honey concoction with ease.
Shampooing Instructions: You should use the honey shampoo just like you would use a traditional shampoo. You will start by applying the mixture to your hair, focusing on massaging it into your scalp for a minute or two. You will then rinse the mixture out completely. Repeat if necessary for product or oil buildup.
Is Honey Shampoo a Good Shampoo? Some say that their hair is deeply moisturized after washing their hair with honey, while others say that the honey left their hair dry initially until their scalp oil production adjusted to the new regimen. Everyone’s hair and scalp are different, so I cannot say that it will for sure be your miracle shampoo.
The only way to know if honey will be a good cleanser for your hair is to try it yourself.
Condition Your Hair
Honey is also a great conditioner for the hair since it’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Using honey as a hair conditioner, specifically a deep conditioner, can help you to achieve enhanced smoothness, shine, and manageability in a natural way.
Easy Recipe for Honey Deep Conditioner
- 1 Part Raw Honey
- 1 Part Olive Oil
Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix them thoroughly.
Deep Conditioning Instructions: Wet your hair thoroughly and then apply the honey deep conditioner to your hair, focusing on the ends of your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 15 to 30 minutes. You can leave it on your hair longer if you want. Then rinse the mixture out thoroughly.
While researching the different uses of honey for natural hair, I found out that honey could be used to treat dandruff. I was sleeping on this benefit.
Since I had never heard of this before, it was not enough for me to simply be told that honey could fight dandruff. I needed proof. I found a cool blog that references a study conducted to test the effectiveness of honey on dandruff. According to the blog, called ForeverConscious.com, it was observed in the study that “patients had reported less itching, less hair loss and the disappearance of skin lesions, scaling and flaking scalps [after using a honey solution on their scalps].”
So, if you are dealing with dandruff and have not tried raw honey, I encourage you to give it a try. Recipe below.
Dandruff-Fighting Honey Recipe
You will need:
- 1 Cup of Raw Honey
- 2 Tablespoons of Water
Add the two ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to your scalp, cover your hair with a plastic cap, and allow the mixture to penetrate your scalp for at least an hour.
Lighten Your Hair
Honey is known to lighten hair over time. If you add honey to your regimen, doing frequent honey treatments, you will likely notice some highlights after a while.
If I were you, I wouldn’t expect bold balayage highlights. The hair color change from honey is subtle and very flattering.
Give It a Try!
Whether you want a natural way to cure dandruff, or you are looking to moisturize, cleanse, condition, or lighten your hair, try reaching for honey.
I hope that you found the information that you needed and that this article is helpful to you in some way.
As always, I’d love to hear from you! Do you know of any other honey benefits that I missed? Have you tried honey treatments in the past? If so, how did you like them?
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Thanks for reading!