Honey is a healthy, natural ingredient in a lot of recipes, but did you know it is great for your hair too?
Honey is an emollient. This means it is a natural softener and great to use as a conditioner to smooth hair, especially if your hair is coarse and/or frizzy. It also improves the health of hair follicles, which help your hair grow healthy and strong. Honey contains antioxidants as well, which keep your scalp healthy and also stimulate hair growth. Honey is a humectant, which helps prevent loss of moisture from scalp and retain moisture in your hair. It also contains antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that keeps your scalp clean and helps prevent infections, psoriasis, dandruff and itch.
Here are some different honey masks to try for maximum hair health:
- Try olive oil and honey to help your hair grow faster. Mix a half a cup of honey with a ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil and ¼ cup of buttermilk (buttermilk is optional). You’ll need to blend the honey and olive oil together and microwave for 30 seconds. Add the buttermilk after the mixture has cooled if you want. Apply evenly all over hair and wear a plastic cap. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with a honey and water mixture. Use four tablespoons of honey with one mug of water. Then rinse with just water to get everything out.
- Try honey and coconut oil to repair damaged hair, retain moisture and add shine. Combine ¼ cup of honey and three tablespoons of warmed coconut oil and use it like a shampoo in damp hair. Let sit for 10 minutes then rinse out with warm water.
- A banana and honey hair mask. Grab two ripe bananas, a half a cup of honey and ¼ cup of olive oil. Blend them and apply to hair and scalp evenly and leave on for about 20 minutes. Then rinse and shampoo.
- Use raw organic honey for your hair. The ultra-pasteurized clear kind doesn’t have many benefits for your hair. If you don’t want to use a hair mask, try adding a little honey to your shampoo or conditioner. If you try any of these masks or treatments, use only once or twice a week and be patient. If your hair is very damaged, it won’t restore overnight.
Do you have any other honey masks you like to use? Will you try any of these?