With hundreds of thousands of hair and beauty products in the market, it can feel overwhelming to choose one. And the need for better, more natural products that don’t damage our hair with harmful ingredients makes it all the more confusing.
But something that most people overlook is an everyday household item that does wonders for our hair. From strengthening it to keeping it lush and moisturized, honey has a lot of benefits. And it’s natural.
Not sold yet? Let’s talk about it.
Benefits of Honey In Natural Hair Products
Honey has a lot of different properties that can be scientifically backed up to make your hair stronger and healthier.
But honey can do so much more than that. Here are all the benefits your hair can claim from using honey in everyday products.
- Honey Strengthens Your Hair
If you have ever gone to a salon and been recommended to get a Keratin treatment for thin and brittle hair, then you know the value of keratin. In fact, your hair is made up of Keratin and how much you have of it is a direct result of how strong the structure of your hair is.
Honey, interestingly enough, contains 0.5 percent protein. This becomes your ultimate affordable and natural way to give your hair a salon-like treatment for strengthening splitting ends.
- Honey Deep Conditions
Because honey is not only filled with protein, but it also has other amazing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that our hair loves to soak up. This, combined with amino acids and antioxidants, allows honey to restore moisture to your hair and even helps hair that finds itself particularly tangly.
Leave in conditioner with honey can be used for a few reasons. The first is it is a great binding agent, which makes it easy to add other ingredients in if you would like.
The second is that it has humectant properties which means it’s great at retaining moisture.
Its enzymes are able to not only bind to the moisture of the air but actually penetrate deeply into the hair follicles.
- Honey Can Give Your Natural Highlights
Going to the salon for highlights is likely to be just as expensive as going for a keratin protein treatment. But honey contains glucose and glucose oxidase. The latter is an enzyme that breaks down glucose.
The result is that you are left with hydrogen peroxide. When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with melanin (the pigment that gives you your hair color), it bleaches it.
This is a double-win because it is a natural highlighter which means you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to bleach your hair.
When people use harsh chemicals, they usually need a keratin treatment to restore the strength of the hair, but honey does both at the same time.
- Honey Takes Care of Your Scalp
Hair can’t be healthy if your scalp is not. Our scalp takes a lot of the beating for oil build-up, dandruff, and products that clog up the space making it hard for hair to grow. Keeping our scalp both clean and moisturized is important.
Honey not only removes the build-up but also uses its anti-inflammatory properties to help people who may have skin conditions like eczema. It also is a great combatant for dandruff.
- Helps Hair Shine
Honey has emollient properties. Emotion helps smooth the hair and take the frizz out of it. This also adds shine to dull hair. Then the moisturizing properties can lock in these emollient properties to keep your hair looking like it came fresh out of the salon.
Make Your Own Honey Hair Mask
The best part of using honey for your hair is that you can buy products that are natural and use honey as a part of their ingredients list.
Or, as an easy, quick alternative, you can make your own homemade honey hair mask. And don’t forget that honey is also good for your skin too. Any benefits you can get from honey in your hair can be a turnaround for moisturized skin as well.
Simple Homemade Honey Hair Mask
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
Simply mix together in a bowl and throw them in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Let cool, and slowly massage the mixture into your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly. Voila.
No Need To Wait
With honey being such an accessible item, there is no need to wait to start treating your hair to a healthier and happier life. The best part is that there are tons of variations of masks and treatments you can find online with other easy-to-buy ingredients. Try them out and see which one your hair and scalp love the most.