A lot of us add honey to our meals. Honey is healthy and provides us with a whole host of medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic benefits. It’s no surprise that this wonder food is sometimes referred to as Liquid Gold.
It’s been used throughout history and has been well documented, and this multipurpose product is used in most parts and most cultures of the world. For natural hair care, honey is a popular ingredient in both manufactured products and DIY recipes.
Below Are Benefits Of Honey For Natural Hair
In case you discover that shampoo excessively dries out your hair or that the fragrance of some hair oils is too gross to bear, then you should give honey a try. A study published in the European Journal of Medical Research in 2001 concluded that the application of 9:1 of honey and lukewarm water mixture to affected areas relieved itching and flaking within one week provided that the mixture was left on for three hours before rinsing. It was also found that ‘skin lesions healed within two weeks and patients even showed an improvement in hair loss. The patients did not relapse even after six months of use.’ Honey possesses anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungus and addresses redness and itching caused by the overgrowth of these microbes.
■Naturally Conditions Hair And Scalp
Most naturalists into DIY have tried the recipe that uses olive oil and honey as the only two ingredients. This recipe is probably one of the most popular homemade deep conditioner recipes among naturals and is as simple as it gets. Some recipes call for a 1:1 ratio of the ingredients, while others use the ratio of 2 parts oil to 1 part honey. It’s a matter of preference, and the result is hair that is softer, shinier, and more manageable than before. Incorporating honey into your everyday conditioner and deep conditioner is also an excellent beneficial practice.
■Cleans Hair Follicles
The anti-microbial properties of honey get rid of impurities that can cause pore-clogging so that hair growth can proceed unimpeded. Buildups are removed from the scalp, and so the hair can thrive. Even though honey on its own will not add volume to the growth rate, it can create an environment where the conditions for hair growth are optimal.
When you combine honey and water, small amounts of hydrogen peroxide are created, leading to the hair lightening over time. Though the peroxide source is natural and the lightening process occurs slowly over time, it is no different from the bleaching process used in synthetic hair dyes. Apply care to your hair to ensure the integrity and health of the hair are maintained and damage prevented.
■Moisturizes Dry Hair
Honey helps to prevent dry scalp and remove buildup because honey is a humectant. It draws moisture from the atmosphere into the strands to combat dryness and keep hair moisturized and manageable. Since it helps to remove buildup from the scalp, it relieves itching and fights dry scalp because the buildup is not allowed to create a barrier between the scalp and the moisture and nutrients from products applied.
Because honey is a heavy, sticky product, it smoothens the cuticles of the hair strands. This results in a reduction in frizz and an increase in the natural luster and shine of the hair. Combine 5mls of honey in 16fl Oz of lukewarm water and apply to your hair as a rinse and watch your strands become smoother and frizz disappears.
Tips: Most honey you see on the shop shelf labeled “Pure honey” is likely adulterated honey. If you can’t get organic or unadulterated honey, do not use honey on your hair!!!