The benefits of honey for hair are more than you can imagine! From preventing breakage and curbing hair loss to improving scalp health and adding shine and lustre to your hair, using honey to pamper your tresses is not just beneficial but also economical. Who knew that this sticky, sweet substance could be a boon to your hair? Apart from its conditioning properties, honey also helps boost hair growth. Treating your hair to the goodness of honey once a week can weave magic into your hair. However, it’s best to combine honey with other nourishing ingredients to prepare a DIY hair mask that is easy to apply.
Apart from washing your hair thrice a week, oiling once every week, using heat-protectant sprays before styling and applying serum regularly; you also need to pamper your mane with nourishing hair masks. Your hair needs power-packed nutrients to look healthy, nourished and moisturised. That’s when nutritious natural ingredients such as honey come to the rescue. So what’s stopping you ladies? Read on and find out how you can put this wonder ingredient to good use.
- 1. Benefits of Honey for Hair Growth
- i) Honey + Banana hair mask
- ii) Honey + Egg hair mask
- iii) Honey + Yogurt hair mask
- iv) Honey + Aloe Vera hair mask
- v) Honey + Coconut Oil hair mask
- vi) Honey + Apple Cider Vinegar hair mask
- 2. FAQs about honey for hair
1. Benefits of Honey for Hair Growth
Breakage is one of the most common hair woes that most of us deal with on a daily basis. You’ll be happy to know that one of the benefits of using honey on hair is that it reduces breakage. Honey is an emollient which helps seal moisture in the hair, thereby keeping it smooth and conditioned. This, in turn, makes your hair shafts and hair strands strong and thus reduces breakage, which is often the cause for slower hair growth.
Environmental factors such as heat, pollution as well as lifestyle habits such as over-washing and rubbing your hair vigorously are some of the reasons for hair damage. It is, therefore, best to include natural treatments in your regular hair care regimen. The goodness of natural ingredients such as honey can strengthen your hair and prepare it to avoid damage in more ways than you can even imagine!
Weak and brittle hair is more prone to breakage. And excessive breakage can come in the way of styling which in turn can bring your hair game down drastically. Pampering your mane with a honey hair mask once a week can strengthen hair follicles, curbing hair fall.
Scalp infections, no more:
Honey contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties that not only prevent scalp infections but also soothe hair woes such as dandruff, thereby allowing unhindered hair growth.
Master the following DIY hair mask recipes infused with the goodness of honey:
i) Honey + Banana hair mask
Step 1: Blend together two ripe bananas, half cup honey and one-fourth cup olive oil
Step 2: Mix well until you get a smooth, consistent texture. Banana can get stuck in the hair, therefore, it’s best to increase the amount of olive oil to make the mixture even smoother
Step 3: Apply the pack onto your hair and scalp evenly
Step 4: Let the mixture sit on your hair for about 20 minutes
Step 5: Cover your hair with a shower cap in order to avoid any mess
Step 6: Wash your hair using a mild shampoo and lukewarm water
Step 7: Take a wide-tooth comb and comb through the hair to remove any chunks of banana that could have been stuck in your hair
Step 8: Rinse again with cold water to seal in the moisture
Benefits: Bananas are rich in proteins, biotin, natural oils, vitamins and magnesium which in turn offer a ton of benefits for your hair. From preventing breakage and split ends to strengthening and volumizing fine hair, bananas make for a wonder ingredient, you didn’t know your mane needed. And that’s not all! The nutrients present in bananas help aid healthy hair growth too. When mixed with honey, this hair mask is gold for your hair. Honey is an emollient and seals moisture in your hair which in turn reduces breakage, which is often the reason for slower hair growth.
ii) Honey + Egg hair mask
Step 1: Beat two eggs and add half cup of honey to the mixture
Step 2: Mix well until you get a smooth texture
Step 3: Now, start applying the mixture from the roots and work your way down to the ends
Step 4: Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mask stay on for at least 20 minutes
Step 5: Rinse the mask out with cool water and a gentle shampoo. You can use the Dove Healthy Ritual For Growing Hair Shampoo which repairs damage and prevents hair breakage
Benefits: Egg and honey together are packed with just the right amount of nutrients that your hair needs for healthy growth. While eggs help reverse hair loss, cleanse your scalp of excess sebum, strengthen hair and promote hair growth; honey has the ability to promote cell growth that makes up the many follicles and ducts important for hair growth. Pampering your mane with the natural goodness of egg and honey once or twice a week can show visible results.
iii) Honey + Yogurt hair mask
Step 1: Mix together one cup sour yoghurt and half cup honey
Step 2: Blend the mixture well to get a smooth consistency
Step 3: Apply the pack evenly, starting from the roots to the tips of your hair
Step 4: Keep your hair covered with a shower cap in order to avoid mess
Step 5: Let the pack sit for about 15 minutes
Step 6: Wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water
Benefits: Clogged follicles and unhealthy scalp are the main causes of hair fall and hair loss. The benefit of using a yoghurt-infused hair mask is that its rich properties nourish the tissues and work excellently towards hair fall control. Yoghurt makes the scalp healthy which in turn boosts hair growth. And that’s not all! The antibacterial properties of yoghurt help fight frizz and dandruff and work well as a conditioner and moisturiser. When mixed with honey, this hair mask is sure to leave you with shiny and healthy locks. Treating your hair to yoghurt and honey can help you say goodbye to dry and dull strands forever.
iv) Honey + Aloe Vera hair mask
Step 1: Mix together one tablespoon honey, two tablespoons aloe vera gel and yoghurt each and one tablespoon olive oil
Step 2: Mix well to get a smooth consistency
Step 3: Apply the mask evenly onto your hair and scalp
Step 4: Let the mask sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes
Step 5: Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and mild shampoo
Benefits: From repairing dead skin cells on the scalp to promoting healthy hair growth, the proteolytic enzymes present in aloe vera can prove to be extremely beneficial in improving the texture of your mane. Using aloe vera and honey once a week can help you get rid of dandruff while soothing the scalp and balancing the pH level of your scalp skin. Honey is rich in antioxidants aids in hair conditioning, breakage and damage. As a great emollient, it helps nourish the scalp from deep within in order to stimulate the growth of smooth, silky hair.
v) Honey + Coconut Oil hair mask
Step 1: Blend half a cup of organic coconut oil and half a cup of honey in a non-metallic bowl to form an even consistency.
Step 2: Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp thoroughly. Wrap your head in a hot towel and leave it for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Wash your hair with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo to get rid of all the traces of oil from it.
Benefits: Organic coconut oil has the unique property of being able to penetrate your hair shaft and nourishing it. This deep nourishment leads to strengthening the hair shaft, boosting protein content and added capacity to fight eternal UV damage. So when paired with honey in a moisturising mask, the mixture helps make your tresses grow stronger so that they can grow longer!
vi) Honey + Apple Cider Vinegar hair mask
Step 1: Combine honey and apple cider vinegar in a non-metallic bowl to form a smooth mixture.
Step 2: Apply the mixture all over your hair and scalp. Gently massage it in for a couple of minutes.
Step 3: Leave the hair mask for 15-20 minutes.
Step 4: Wash your hair with lukewarm water and a gentle, sulphate free shampoo.
Benefits: A scalp cleansing hair mask, apple cider vinegar combined with honey can help get rid of scalp buildup to stimulate hair growth. ACV is also known to keep other issues like split-ends, hair loss, balding, dandruff, lice, scalp acne, scabies, etc at bay - making it an excellent treatment to maintain healthy scalp for accelerated hair growth.
2. FAQs about honey for hair
1) Is honey safe for your hair?
A. Yes, honey is a perfectly safe ingredient to be used on your hair. It has both emollient and humectant properties - meaning it moisturizes your hair from within. Make sure to use unflavoured, organic honey in your DIY treatments and wash properly to get rid of any traces and avoid a sticky mess.
2) Can I leave honey on my hair overnight?
A. Yes, honey and banana are two ingredients that can be used as an overnight mask to nourish your hair. Make sure to lay down a towel or sleep in a head wrap to avoid ruining your bedding with the masks.
3) Does honey help repair damaged hair?
A. Yes, honey is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that function as a health food for your hair follicles and repair damage from within.
4) How long does honey take to work as a hair mask?
A. Honey is a fast-acting ingredient that can be left for as little as 20 minutes in your hair and still provide many benefits.
5) Is honey good for scalp health?
A. Yes, the anti-bacterial properties of honey can help prevent scalp infections and keep issues itchiness, redness and swelling at bay.
Written by Fatema Habib on Jun 18, 2020