Honey is a staple in every kitchen as well as a lot of natural hair products. The use of honey for natural hair has been attributed to several properties like humectant and antioxidant properties. It is also quite a cheap product to incorporate into your hair regimen so in this blog post we will be uncovering the liquid gold called honey.
Honey is a sweet, thick fluid made by bees and some related insects from the nectar of flowers. We most popularly use honey in diet as a replacement of sugar in foods but it has many other uses. The uses can be medicinal or cosmetic and we will spend more time on cosmetic uses in this post.
Honey contains carbohydrates like glucose and fructose, calcium, iron, phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium, and magnesium. It is also known to have antioxidant properties that help clean up free radicals that may cause diseases and antimicrobial properties due to its slightly acidic pH which prevents bacterial growth. On top of all this it is soothing so it is beneficial and it feels nice too!
Benefits of honey for natural hair
Honey is a humectant.
Honey is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the atmosphere. This helps keep the hair strands moisturized and soft. This property is very useful for a dry scalp too.
To get the best of this property, use honey in a hydrating hair mask (you can find honey hair mask ideas here) and apply the mask to your hair and scalp for about 10-20 minutes then rinse and shampoo to get the mask off. This step is very important because honey is thick and leaving it on your scalp indefinitely can clog up your pores and cause build-up or other issues.
You can also use honey as a leave-in conditioner to tap into this benefit on the go. Mix 1 part of honey and 8 parts of warm water in a cup and decant into a spray bottle. This way whenever you need a moisture boost or to refresh your curls, all you have to is is spritz and you are ready to go. This will also help with reducing frizz and boosting your hair shine.
Honey treats and prevents Dandruff.
The antibacterial and antioxidant properties of honey are very useful in dandruff prevention. Because it is so good at helping clean the scalp, it helps get rid of build up that can cause these scalp conditions and can reduce the extent of an outbreak if it occurs.
It also helps remove the flakes associated with dandruff. All you need to do is massage the diluted honey into your scalp for about 10-20 minutes daily till you see the effects then you can reduce your intervals to once a week. The thick liquid will lift and trap the flakes in it so when you wash out the honey, a lot of the flakes will be washed out too. While massaging, you are also working the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds into your scalp which will reduce the intensity of your dandruff and flakes in the long run.
It reduces build-up and unclogs pores.
Honey is very effective when it comes to cleaning the scalp. Its thick consistency is great for lifting up particles and caked-up dirt on the scalp surface. It traps this dirt and when you wash out the honey, a lot of dirt and build-up is eliminated.
For this use, if you deal with build-up or scalp issues, try out honey. Using it on your scalp will help with thorough cleaning and moisturizing of your scalp. A healthy scalp means you can freely grow healthy strands of hair and you are one step closer to your natural hair goals.
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Stay soft, Stay sweet.
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