How Honey Can Help Your Hair
And How You Can Help The Bees…
Honey isn’t just a great on toast or mixed in with your yoghurt and granola, it’s also one of the most widely used ingredients in natural hair and skin products – and with good reason.
Healing with honey (also know as Apitherapy) is nothing new to the natural health & beauty world. For thousands of years, honey has been used and historically noted to treat so much: from boosting your immune system to ramping up hair shine, this tasty treat is an under-rated gem which can be found in most kitchens.
Beekeeper and Beauty Writer, David Wolfe, says that wild, raw, unprocessed honey is the best sort to use, for all applications, and it has a beautiful, strong taste too. This type of honey is generally richer in all the essential nutrients honey provides, making it perfect for potent health and beauty use.
Honey is a humectant, meaning that it attracts moisture from the air, which makes it an ideal addition to any hair and skincare routine where serious hydration is required. Not only does honey add moisture – it seals it in too, along with all the honey goodness! You will often see deep conditioning treatments, such as the John Masters Honey & Hibiscus Reconstructing Treatment (one of our favourites!), using lots of lovely honey to repair your hair, leaving it glossy and flyaway free.
Here’s how to use honey to treat your hair:
As you might imagine, this will be very sticky, so you may want to prepare by having a plastic bag or shower cap to wrap your hair in.
- Using wild, raw, unprocessed honey as mentioned above, combine with just enough water so it is easier for you to apply evenly. Pour or scoop out onto your head and comb through from roots to tips, making sure that your hair and scalp is well covered.
- Tie your hair back and cover. Leave the honey to sit for around half an hour for a deep, nourishing treatment.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water but don’t shampoo if you can help it – just let the honey do it’s stuff. Finish with a blast of cold water to seal and boost shine.
Want to do more to help the bees?
By buying your honey from local beekeepers, you can help save our bee population, which is vital to keep our planet ticking along nicely. Help keep food miles down and your local beekeeper in business whilst getting the very best product around – you can’t beat a good local honey!
If your honey isn’t local, be sure to wash out your jars thoroughly before putting them into the recycling. Bees are very keen on eating left over honey and will be attracted by it, but if the honey is from another country or even from just another part of the UK, it may contain spores and bacteria that is deadly to bees from anywhere else. If one bee is infected then it may result in the death of a whole colony, so please do be careful!
If you have a garden, there are also lots of beautiful flowers and foods that you can plant, which contain much needed nectar for the bees. Treat them and yourself to a garden full of sunflowers, hollyhocks and foxgloves or set yourself up a vegetable patch – onions, garlic, all beans (expect French beans), mint and flowering herbs are all firm favourites. And better yet – if you plant bee-friendly veg, the visiting bees will help them flourish!