Honey for your Hair: The Amazing Benefits
Beauties and Beaus,
Recently, I've been adding honey to my deep conditioner to add some extra love to my tresses. My hair is color treated, so it needs all the extra love it can get! I posted on my Instagram and Facebook page that honey can help to add moisture to your hair when used in your conditioner or as a conditioner. Who would have thought that nature's candy, the one thing I love to put in my oatmeal and on my toast, could help to improve my hair? The first time I decided to add honey to my deep conditioner, I was nervous. I was scared my hair was going to stick together or worse. I wasn't sure if I would need to shampoo my hair after rinsing, or if I would simply have a sticky mess on my hands. Surprisingly, I didn't have any of those problems. I rinsed my conditioner out with tepid water (lukewarm) and all of it rinsed out clean. No sticky residue and no need to shampoo my hair again. After drying my hair, I noticed how my hair was EXTREMELY soft. Honey is a natural emollient, it's going to automatically make your hair or skin feel softer. To my surprise, there are a lot more reasons why honey is great to use in your regular hair care routine. Check it out below:
- Honey is a natural humectant, it will help to retain moisture and draw moisture into your hair or skin from the outside.
- Honey is a natural antioxidant, it will keep your scalp or skin clean. In doing so, it helps to stimulate the growth of your hair.
- Honey also has antibacterial/antiseptic properties, it can help to prevent infections
There you have it, nature's candy can help to retain moisture, add moisture, make your hair feel softer, keep your scalp clean and free from developing further issues that will prevent hair growth. I highly recommend adding honey to your hair care routine, if you haven't already, it's great for the skin also! Many people use it to clean their face, it's great for eczema, preventing breakouts and helping to make your skin glow. I will admit, I haven't tried using honey in my skin care routine. Who knows, maybe in the future. Using Organic, unprocessed honey is better to use. Unfortunately, the honey bear we may be used to purchasing is not as potent as the raw natural honey.
Adding to your conditioner 2 tbsps should do it. I never measure it out directly because I have free spirit tendencies. Whatever feels right to me. I squeeze and let my gut tell me it's enough (don't ask). I could use anywhere from 2-4 tbsps.
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- Use honey and add some water to thin it out. Combine 1/4 cup of honey and fresh water to dilute it a bit. Apply it to your damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Apple Cider Cocktail
-Combine 1/4 cup of honey and 10 tbsps of Apple Cider Vinegar. Apply it to your damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Coconut Oil Sweetness
-Combine 1/4 cup of honey and 3 tbsps of warm Coconut oil. Apply it to your damp hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Olive Oil Magic
-Combine 1/2 cup of honey with 1/4 cup of Olive oil. Warm the mixture a bit, apply it only as needed.
I'm sure you have a huge question at this point, and I'm sure it's pertaining to rinsing it out to make sure your hair is free from honey. I get asked this question a lot and most of the time, I have heard that most can't seem to rinse their hair free of their conditioner. Rinsing your hair for about 3-4 minutes (5 minutes max) under warm water should do the trick. You have to make sure you rinse every part of your head completely (if you are doing this at home) under water using a spray nozzle or under the faucet. Your hair and scalp should feel clean to the touch (no slip, no gummy feeling), if it feels clean your hair is completely free from conditioner/honey.