For thousands of years, cultures around the world have used honey for its medicinal purposes; and as a natural sweetener. Cleopatra was a huge advocate for milk and honey baths and for good reason!
Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, making it a great moisturiser; for both hair and skin. Emollients smooth the hair follicles, adding shine to dull hair. Humectants bond with water molecules, adding moisture to dry strands. By moisturising and locking in shine, honey can help restore the natural luster of your hair.
Take a look below at some of the benefits of using honey in a hair mask, and how you can go about making your very own mask at home.
The benefits of using honey in a hair mask
Due to honey’s therapeutic properties, it’s been used in hair rinses and conditioners for centuries. Today, it’s still a popular natural ingredient in many types of hair care products.
So, what are the benefits of using honey on your hair and including it in a hair mask?
- Moisturises dry hair and scalp
- Locks in moisture
- Reduces hair breakage
- Restores shine
- Improves condition of natural hair
- Reduces frizz
- Softens hair
Additionally, honey works well as a binding agent. This means it’s a good base to use as a hair mask if you want to include other ingredients.
Because you leave a hair mask on your hair for a longer period of time, it may promote more intense healing, nourishment, and repair than a regular conditioner.
How to make a honey hair mask
There are many different recipes you can use to make a honey hair mask. This is just one of the most basic, and it is well-suited to dry, damaged hair.
All you need are the following items and ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- a mixing bowl
- a shower cap / plastic bag / cling wrap
Try to use raw, organic honey, which is the least processed and has a higher concentration of antioxidants. However, non organic honey should still provide benefits.
- Start with clean, damp hair.
- Pour 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil into a bowl, and stir the mixture well.
- Microwave the mixture for 20 seconds.
- Once it’s heated, stir the mixture again with a spoon.
- After allowing the mixture to cool (you want it to be slightly warm, not hot), start working it into your hair using your fingers. Start at the scalp and work your way down to the ends.
- Gently massage your scalp with circular motions using your fingertips.
- Wrap your hair in a cap, plastic bag or cling wrap to help seal in the moisturising properties.
- Leave on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse the mask from your hair and shampoo as usual to ensure you’ve removed all ingredients.
Soft lustrous locks at your fingertips.
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