7 Reasons Why You Should Use Honey for Hair

Introduction

Do you know that honey is good for your health, but also beneficial for your hair?

For a long time, honey has been used as a natural way to improve hair health.

It can help hydrate and nourish your hair. Moreover, it promotes hair growth, prevents dryness and frizz.

In this blog post, I will discuss 7 reasons why you should use honey for hair growth.

Furthermore, I will include some tips on how to get the most out of this natural ingredient.

So let’s read on…

 

“Some people have called honey a remedy rediscovered.”

– Peter Molan, PhD, professor of biochemistry and director of Honey Research Unit, N.Z.

History of honey

Honey has been a sweetener for as long as we’ve had written records. People have used it since 2100 B.C. The ancient world is always a source of inspiration when it comes to beauty.

Cleopatra and Queen Anne

We can look back into recorded history to find that Cleopatra used honey. She used it as an ingredient in her recipes centuries before Queen Anne (1665 – 1714).

It was reported that Queen Ann also used secret ingredients like honey and olive oil to stimulate hair growth.

 

What is honey?

Honey contains traces of B vitamins and minerals. Including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

It’s been claimed that honey in some types has hydrogen peroxide. It aids in healing cuts and scrapes by disinfecting them.

Finally, some honeys have propolis, a bee secretions with antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

All these benefits make honey a possible treatment for boosting hair growth.

 

Benefits of Honey for hair

The natural sweetener is packed with nutrients. These are beneficial for hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth.

I put together some tips on the benefits of honey for hair, and answer some common questions.

Can honey dry hair?

No way!

Many people desire honey hair growth. But not everyone understands how to treat their hair with honey.

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps hair keep moisture. This makes honey an excellent conditioner for dry hair.

Yes, honey can hydrate hair. When honey is applied to the scalp and hair, it helps seal in moisture and hydrates the hair shaft.

This can help prevent frizziness and dryness, and can make your hair look healthier.

It reduces dandruff and promotes scalp health.

Natural honey also has anti-inflammatory properties. This means it can help soothe scalp conditions like dandruff and eczema.

Another well-known benefit of honey is its ability to promote hair growth.

Honey as a sweetener contains B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. All of which are essential for building healthy hair follicles.

It’s antibacterial properties can help kill harmful bacteria on the scalp. If the bacteria is not removed, it may inhibit hair growth.

Is honey good for your hair?

There is no definitive answer to this question. As honey’s effects on hair growth may vary depending on the individual.

Yet, some people believe honey can help promote hair growth. This is due to its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

If you want to try honey for hair growth, start by mixing one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of water.

Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage gently for a few minutes. Leave the honey in your hair for about half an hour, before rinsing it out with warm water.

Repeat this process once or twice a week to get the best result.

Is it true that honey whitens your hair?

No, natural honey will not make your hair white. But honey has a lightening agent (hydrogen peroxide), so it might lighten your hair.

This is like the way lemon juice can lighten hair. If you are looking to lighten your hair, using honey and lemon together might be a good option for you.

Lightening hair with honey and lemon

Here is how you do it:

Mix together equal parts of honey and lemon juice. Then work the mixture through your hair. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsed out with warm water (no shampoo).

After rinsing, you can follow up with a conditioner if desired. If you have light colored hair, this will likely not do much other than brighten it slightly. The more porous your hair, the more dramatic the results might be.

I recommend doing any lightening on bleached or highlighted hair. Rather than dark brown or black color treated hair, as these colors tend to be resistant to fading.

 

How to make a honey hair mask at home

Here are some bee’s honey hair mask recipes using all natural ingredients

Coconut milk and honey

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • Half a cup of coconut milk

Instructions: In a mixing bowl, combine the honey and coconut milk until smooth.

Coat your hair with the mixture, rubbing it into every strand. Allow the mask to sit for around 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Shampoo and condition as usual. This treatment is effective if done once a week only.

Benefits: Both honey and coconut milk are recognized for their hair benefits. The sweet fluid helps with moisture retention in the hair. It’s antioxidant properties help prevent scalp infections like dandruff or eczema.

With a low pH level, honey smooths rough damaged areas on each hair strand by sealing the shaft’s cuticle.

Coconut milk has fatty acids that nourish damaged hair, while also moisturizing dry scalps.

This honey mask will help repair damaged strands by deeply conditioning them. At the same time softening tresses, thanks to both ingredients’ smoothing abilities.

The result? Silky hair you’ll love to show off!

Olive oil and honey hair treatment:

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • Three tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions: Combine the honey and olive oil in a bowl until smooth.

Apply the mixture to your hair, covering each strand. Use a shower cap and wrap the mask in it for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water afterwards.

Once a week, apply this combination for improved results.

Benefits: This hair treatment is nourishing, and helps heal damaged hair. Furthermore, it will keep your scalp healthy.

Avocado and honey hair mask:

Ingredients:

  • Half of an avocado
  • One tablespoon of honey

Instructions: Avocado hair masks are a great way to add volume and health into your locks. Mash up the avocado until it is smooth (you can use fork).

Add a tablespoon of honey to the mixture, then apply it over the hair, gently massaging it in.

After 30 minutes, rinse off under warm water, followed by shampooing and conditioning. Do this once a week.

Benefits: This honey mask is nourishing and will help repair damaged hair. It also helps hair grow more freely, resulting in healthier-looking and soft hair.

Egg and honey hair treatment:

Ingredients:

  • One egg
  • One tablespoon of honey

Instructions: Whisk the egg in a bowl until it is smooth. Mix in one tablespoon of honey until it is also smooth. Apply the mixture to your hair, making sure to coat every strand. Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Follow up with shampooing and conditioning. You can use once per week, before seeing results.

Benefits: This hair treatment is full of nutrients essential to healthy-looking hair. It also encourages healthy hair growth.

Curd and honey hair mask:

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • Half a cup of curd

Instructions: Mix the honey and curd together in a bowl until it is smooth.

Apply the mixture to your hair, making sure to coat every hair strand. Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Rinse, and dry as usual. For the best effects, use this every week.

Benefits: Curd contains proteins that help hair breakage, while honey seals moisture. Together, they make this a great treatment for damaged or overprocessed hair.

Egg yolk and honey hair mask:

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • Two egg yolks

Instructions: Mix the honey and egg yolks together in a bowl until it is smooth.

Spread the mixture to your hair, making sure to coat every strand.

Put the mask on for about 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Use a good shampoo and condition. You can use this once a week for best results.

How to make a honey and essential oil hair mask:

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • One tablespoon of your chosen essential oil (I recommend lavender oil)

Instructions:

Combine the honey and lavender in a mixing dish until smooth. Cover your hair with the mixture, making sure to coat every strand.

Allow 30 minutes for the treatment to set before rinsing with warm water. Wash and condition as usual after.

Try to use once a week for optimum results.

Benefits: The essential oil in this hair treatment will help repair damaged follicles, making it ideal for Damaged or Overprocessed Hair. The honey also helps retain moisture, so your locks appear and feel healthier than they have in a long time.

Cinnamon and honey hair treatment:

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of honey
  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions: To make a hair mask, combine the honey and cinnamon in a mixing bowl until smooth.

Apply the mixture to your hair, making sure to cover every strand.

Wait around 30 minutes before rinsing the treatment off with warm water. Shampoo and condition your hair like you usually would.

Follow this procedure once per week for optimum results.

Benefits: This hair treatment is ideal for damaged or overprocessed hair. Cinnamon will aid in the healing of damaged follicles. Furthermore, honey seals in moisture, leaving your hair looking and feeling smoother than ever.

 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a natural way to improve the condition of your hair, honey and royal jelly are a great option.

It hydrates dry hair, helps prevent dandruff, and may even promote hair growth.

We’ve shared some recipes for honey-based hair masks that can help you get started.

Be sure to check out our other blog posts for more tips on using natural ingredients to care for your hair!

 

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Disclaimer: We do not recommend or encourage you to use any of these statements as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. They are for educational purposes only. The FDA has not conducted any studies on them. If you have a medical concern, see your doctor immediately.

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