Don’t we all experience dull hair after all these summer months constantly living in salty hair? Using honey in your next hair mask might just be the trick! Honey have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world for its medicinal purposes and as a natural sweetener.
Due to its vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidant properties, honey has been used as a natural remedy for all sorts of ailments, ranging from healing wounds and relieving digestive issues to soothing a sore throat and improving skin conditions.
So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that honey can also be used to nourish, condition, and boost the health of your hair. Here’s a look at the benefits of using honey in a hair mask, and how you can go about making your very own mask at home with honey as the key ingredient.
Benefits of using honey in a hair mask
Due to its therapeutic properties, it has 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, whats the benefits of using honey on your hair and including it in a hair mask?
Honey may be beneficial in a hair mask for the following reasons:
- Moisturises dry hair and scalp
- 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.
How to make a honey hair mask
There are many different recipes you can use. This is one of the most basic, and it’s 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
- a small paint brush (optional)
For best result, try and use a raw, organic honey, which is the least processed and has higher concentration of antioxidants. However, nonorganic honey should still provide benefits.
If you don’t have a shower cap, you can make one by using plastic wrap or a large plastic bag and tape.
- 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, but not hot), start working it into your hair using your fingers or a small paintbrush. Start at the scalp and work your way down to the ends
- Gently massage your scalp with circular motions using your fingertips
- Place the cap on your hair to help seal in the moisturising ingredients
- Leave on for 30 minutes
- Rinse the mask from your hair and shampoo as usual to ensure you’ve removed all ingredients
The recipe mentioned above can be combined with many other ingredients to create hair masks that provide additional benefits to the standard recipe. Depending on what you want to use a hair mask for, you may want to ty one of the following options.
Scalp cleansing mask
This mask also includes yogurt and coconut oil. The protein in yogurt can cleanse your scalp and also strengthen your hair. The coconut oil can help moisturise and soften your hair.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup plain full fat yoghurt
- 3-4 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
Mix the honey and coconut oil, and then warm the mixture in a microwave for 15 seconds. Once cool, add the yogurt, and continue to mix until the ingredients are well-blended.
Follow the instructions outlined above for applying to your hair and scalp.
Hair strengthening mask
This mask includes egg, as well as honey and coconut oil. The high protein in egg can help fortify your hair, making it less prone to breakage and damage from heat and styling. Coconut oil can help soften and moisturise your hair.
Use the following ingredients to make this mask:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 large egg (whisked).
Mix together the coconut oil and honey, and then gently heat the mixture in a small pot on the stove. Allow for it to cool, and then add the whisked egg and stir well. Once all the ingredients are well-blended, apply the mask to your hair following the instructions outlined above.
Let the mask sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then shampoo your hair well with lukewarm or cool water to remove all the ingredients.
Due to its many therapeutic properties, using honey in a hair mask may help moisturise your hair and scalp, reduce frizz, restore shine, and reduce hair breakage.
You can make your own DIY honey hair mask using only a few basic ingredients, or you can buy a premed mask at your local superstore, beauty store, or online.
If your hair is dry, use a honey hair mask a couple of times a week. If your hair is oily, use it once a week.