The amber nectar benefits that are a sweet treat for your natural hair
From ancient times, raw honey has been used as a medicine and a food source. It’s clear to see why, with benefits such as antioxidants and nutrients packed within its sweet-tasting goodness. It’s also been known to lower Triglycerides and blood pressure while improving cholesterol. But did you know that it can work wonders on your natural hair too? The following are some of the benefits you get when you incorporate honey into your haircare regime.
NB: To get the most out of honey, opt for an organic, pure or raw variant. In addition, it works better in a team than all on its own. For example, if you want to make a hot oil treatment or a deep conditioner, you’d mix the honey with a naturalista-friendly oil, shampoo or conditioner.
Natural hair easily dries out, which makes it prone to breakage. The good news is that regular honey treatments could remedy this. Thanks to its humectant properties, honey not only attracts water from the atmosphere but also retains it. Thus, when applied to your hair, it keeps it hydrated. Additionally, it fights product build-up on the scalp, whilst opening its pores to aid moisture and nutrient absorption.
It’s emollient attributes, conditions the hair giving it a softer texture, whilst bolstering the hair follicles. The softening effect on the external cuticle layer not only reduces frizz, but it also adds lustre to the hair’s appearance. Be careful not to use too much of it though, as it can cause hair stiffening.
When mixed with your conditioner or water and applied to natural hair, it can faintly lift your hair colour over time. This is because organic honey contains hydrogen peroxide which is produced when bees add glucose oxidase during the honey-creation process. For more intense results, you would have to add in some lemon juice. Though it’s a natural method and isn’t as harsh as store-bought colour, it’s still bleaching and should be done with caution to prevent damage.
It’s ‘Anti’ Attributes Promote Scalp Health
Packed with anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory elements, honey can easily tackle an itchy or dry scalp. This makes it ideal to confront dandruff, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Additionally, it can treat wounds and skin lesions created from scratching or flaking. While, the antioxidants work to improve hair and scalp health by protecting it from free radicals. This in turn promotes hair growth, as well as, improved texture and appearance.
It’s no secret that natural hair products don’t come cheap. And in the pursuit of healthy, curl-defined hair, it’s very easy to become a product junky and rack up a serious bill. Natural honey is easy to find and works out incredibly cheaper than some of the products on offer. Plus, if you really want to be all-natural, it’s a definite product to have in your hair routine.