Most of us know honey as a delicious, sticky and sweet product that we use in the kitchen for cooking and as an ingredient to make our tea taste good. But, when it comes to using honey for other things like on our skin or hair, we may raise an eyebrow. But let’s take a closer look at this amazing ingredient and answer the question – “Is honey good for your hair, and have you ever used honey for hair?”
Well, let’s first determine what you would consider a good hair care product in the first place. First on the list is that it must be safe for the hair, safe for your body, make the hair healthy, and doesn’t break the bank. Using this as our criteria, let’s examine honey.
1. Is it safe for the hair? Chances are, if you can eat it, you can put it on your body. Honey contains vitamins, minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties. Many civilizations in the past and today use honey for many, many uses, and honey for hair is one of those uses. So, honey is definitely safe for the hair and has stood the test of time.
2. Is it safe for your body? Today, many diseases are popping up at an alarming rate due to chemicals and other “crap” that is included in many cosmetics and medicines. As an example, fibroid tumors and other related hormone imbalances have reached epidemic proportions, due in whole or in part, to these chemicals.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and chemicals are absorbed through the skin. The skin does such an excellent job of absorbing things, that medicinal “patches” use this same principle. These patches are placed on the skin instead of taking the medicine orally. So whatever you put on your skin and scalp affects your entire body! But you need not worry with honey, it actually boosts the immune system and is used to treat all kinds of health problems – it has stood the test of time.
3. Does honey make the hair healthy? You bet. Due to the many characteristics of honey, hair is actually nourished and enriched. It is food for hair. Keep reading and you’ll find a recipe of mine that will have your hair looking fabulous in no time.
4. Is honey economical? Honey is extremely budget friendly. In most cases, you only need a very small amount. I have a jar of Manuka honey that I’ve had for months because I only need to use a tsp or so for most of the recipes I use. You can save quite a bit by making your own conditioner and shampoo. Plus, it’s fun. You’ll also feel good knowing that you are doing something good for your body and helping the planet at the same time!
So, the evidence is in – honey is good for your hair!!
Okay, on to the fun stuff! Here’s my recipe for a fabulous honey hair conditioner.
Hydrating Honey Olive Oil Conditioner
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 tsp plain yogurt or buttermilk
Put olive oil in bowl and microwave until warm, not hot. Add honey and yogurt (or buttermilk) to olive oil and stir until well blended. Apply to damp, clean hair. You may want to use an applicator bottle to make application easier. After all the hair has been covered with this honey hair treatment, put a plastic cap on your hair to keep in the heat. (Update: If you have really long or thick hair, you may want to double the recipe to make sure all the hair is coated.)
Now is a good time to relax with your favorite cup of tea, along with a little more honey so that you are being rejuvenated both inside and out. The warm oil on the scalp will leave you feeling so relaxed 🙂 Even though you may be tempted to leave this therapeutic mixture on for a while, leave the honey in your hair for only 20 minutes – then rinse thoroughly with warm water. You may have to rinse twice to make sure all the conditioner is removed. Use this product once or twice a month. You’ll see the difference right away!
Don’t have the time to make your own honey hair conditioner? A wonderful alternative is a company called 100% Pure. Many of their products use honey and their products are 100% natural, pure and don’t contain chemicals. That’s what I love about them. And their products work! I love their Honey and Coconut Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner.
So will you now use honey for hair? I sure hope so because I really think you’ll like it.
How many of you enjoy concocting home recipes for skin and hair treatments? Are you trying to get away from products that contain many harmful chemicals? We’d love to hear from you.