If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you may know about the many benefits of honey. Other than being a healthy alternative to sugar in sweetening your food, it is super hydrating for your skin. Honey has been used for centuries as a universal medicine to improve physical stamina and mental alertness. A few decades ago, honey became an important ingredient in the cosmetic and skincare industry due to its healing and repairing properties.

While most of you know the benefits of honey for your skin, do you often wonder if it is good for your hair too? This nature-made humectant is loaded with antioxidants which help fight environmental stressors and repair damaged, brittle and lifeless hair.  However, the benefits of honey for the hair doesn’t end there. We’ve found five reasons why honey is good for your hair and how it can be used to get healthier, shinier and stronger hair.

 

1. Benefits of Honey for Hair - Promotes hair growth

Promotes hair growth

Product build-up and impurities can block the hair follicles and prevent hair growth. Honey cleanses the scalp deeply by lifting away impurities and dandruff flakes, thus boosting hair growth. Honey is good for your hair as it rejuvenates dormant hair follicles and adds thickness to thinning hair. Brimming with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, honey naturally boosts hair growth as well as reduces hair breakage. You can finally get the thickness and length you’ve been longing for, by adding this natural humectant into your hair care routine.

 

2. Makes hair shine

Makes hair shine

Sometimes your hair has the desired length and good texture, yet it somehow looks dull and lifeless. This is because it lacks shine and hydration. Honey, being a natural humectant absorbs moisture from the air and locks it into your hair and scalp. This prevents moisture loss and keeps your hair and scalp healthy and nourished. Honey is good for hair that is dry and lacks lustre. Apply it topically and see the shine return to your hair as if it never went away! Hair loses its shine when it is exposed to harsh chemicals and chlorine. Therefore choose your hair products carefully and wash your hair with tap water before stepping in a pool that has chlorinated water to prevent further damage.

 

3. Keeps scalp infection at bay

Keeps scalp infection at bay

If you are prone to scalp infections such as itchy scalp or dandruff, honey can fix it. Honey inhibits the growth of fungi and bacteria and is therefore extremely useful in keeping scalp infections at bay. Opt for manuka honey, because this type of honey is good for hair and scalp that is prone to infections. Some scalp infections, when left untreated, can hamper hair growth and lead to severe hair loss. So if you’re facing hair fall, try and identify the reasons behind it, if it’s a scalp infection you can treat it at home using natural ingredients such as honey, tea tree oil, and others.

 

4. Highlights hair naturally

Highlights hair naturally

We know your inhibitions about using hair colours with harsh chemicals. But if you want to lighten your strands slightly or want natural highlights, then honey is good for hair lightening as well. Honey contains the enzyme glucose oxidase, and when it is left on the hair for a long time, the enzyme produces hydrogen peroxide which is responsible in lightening hair colour naturally. Apply at least three tablespoons of honey to damp hair and leave it on for about an hour to get desired results.

 

5. Natural conditioner

Natural conditioner

Honey is full of healthy nutrients that our skin, body and hair can absorb in order to stay healthy. A deep conditioning honey treatment will make your hair softer and look shinier as well. It does a great job of treating your hair and repairing dry and damaged tresses with ease. Applying honey hair masks also help you deal with split ends by smoothening them. Honey is good for hair and scalp of every type, include it in your hair care routine and watch the health of your hair transform.

Want to know how to add this powerful ingredient into your hair care routine? Here are some easy mixes you can make with honey for your hair!

 

6. Avocado and honey for hair growth

Avocado and honey for hair growth

You will need: One ripe avocado and half a cup of honey

Step 1: In a blender add one ripe avocado and half a cup of honey

Step 2: Once you have a smooth mixture apply evenly all over your hair

Step 3: Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.

 

7. Mayonnaise and honey for conditioning

Mayonnaise and honey for conditioning

You will need: Mayonnaise and honey in equal portions.

Step 1: Depending on your hair length and thickness, combine about half a cup of mayonnaise and honey

Step 2: Once you get a creamy paste, apply on hair

Step 3: Allow it to work its magic for 30 minutes

Step 4: Wash with a mild shampoo

 

8. Castor oil and honey for damaged scalp

Castor oil and honey for damaged scalp

You will need: Two tablespoons of castor oil, one tablespoon honey and two to three drops of lemon juice

Step 1: Mix castor oil, honey and lemon juice together in a bowl

Step 2: Once you have a smooth mixture, apply all over the scalp, shaft and ends

Step 3: Let it stay for 45 minutes, you can wear a shower cap to avoid making a mess

Step 4: Wash off using a mild shampoo

 

9. Aloe vera and honey for dandruff

Aloe vera and honey for dandruff

You will need: One tablespoon honey, two tablespoon aloe vera gel, two tablespoon yogurt, one tablespoon olive oil

Step 1: Combine honey, aloe vera gel, yogurt and olive oil in a bowl to get a smooth paste.

Step 2: Apply the mask all over hair and scalp

Step 3: Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes

Step 4: Wash with lukewarm water and repeat once every week.

 

10. Yogurt and honey for shiny hair

Yogurt and honey for shiny hair

You will need: Sour yogurt and honey in equal portions.

Step 1: In a blender add honey and yogurt and blend to get a smooth mixture.

Step 2: Now apply this mixture to your hair starting from the roots and moving up to the tips.

Step 3: Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Wash with lukewarm water and mild shampoo and repeat once a week.