Everyone is familiar with honey. People use it to sweeten teas, dressings, sauces, and marinades, but it has many therapeutic properties and uses outside the kitchen. In fact, many beauty bloggers and DIY enthusiasts endorse the fact that honey should be a staple in everyone’s beauty routine.
Is Honey Good For Your Hair?
Whether you want to strengthen hair follicles, reduce breakage, calm the frizz, or reduce dandruff, honey is the ingredient that takes your hair care game to the next level. Honey provides deep conditioning and the slightly acidic pH level works to balance the scalp, helping you avoid dryness. Additionally, honey doesn’t strip the scalp or hair of the natural, protective oils. This means that your scalp stops producing excess oil, which happens as a result of chemical shampoos ridding the scalp of its natural oils. Finally, honey makes it so that your hair is softer and less frizzy.
Note: When you decide to use honey on your hair, it is very important to use raw organic honey.
Honey Helps You Avoid Hair Breakage
Your hair contains keratin, the natural protein that strengthens your hair and gives it structure. Many hair care routines have started to incorporate protein treatments to avoid brittle hair. Now, honey contains 0.5% protein, which isn’t a substantial amount, but it does help give life to weaker strands of hair.
Honey Improves The Health Of Your Scalp
If you want your hair to be luscious and moisturized, you need to direct your attention to your scalp first. If the scalp is filled with built-up dirt, oils, or the residue from hair care products, you’ll have a difficult time keeping your hair healthy. Honey helps to combat dandruff and dermatitis because of the antibacterial and moisturizing properties. Additionally, the antiseptic properties of honey keep the scalp bacteria-free, reducing your risk of scalp infections.
Honey Encourages Hair Growth
The antioxidants in honey penetrate hair follicles in the scalp, and they are in charge of hair development. Studies have shown that raw honey helps to awaken resting hair follicles and supports them through healthy hair growth. A 2013 review found that honey works to encourage the growth of epithelial (skin) cells. Epithelial cells make up the many hair follicles that exist on the scalp, so start lathering your scalp in honey for better hair growth!
A Quick Note: The shampoo recipe below makes a single serving. The reason for this is to prevent spoilage. Also, the shampoo is naturally watery. Don’t question the consistency; just go with it!
DIY Honey Shampoo
- 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
- 3 tablespoons filtered water
- 2 drops carrot seed essential oil (optional)
- 2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Add the honey and water to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Stir in the essential oils if you want to use them, and then add the mixture to a little jar.
- Bring the mixture with you into the shower. After wetting your hair, massage a couple tablespoons of the shampoo onto your scalp. Make sure to evenly distribute it all over your head.
- You don’t have to worry about getting the mixture on the ends of your hair. Please just focus on the scalp.
- Rinse well and then dry your hair after the shower. There’s no need to condition after using this shampoo.