This is a jar of pure raw honey collected from my uncle’s bee farm in southeast Texas…that good stuff! This jar had been sitting around for awhile, hence its darker coloration and crystal formation at the bottom (not seen from this angle), but I was super excited to take some home with me anyway! Was I thinking about adding this to my coffee, tea, or favorite cereal? Not at all! First thing that popped into my head was, “I could use that in my DIY projects!!!”. Needless to say, that is exactly what I’ve been doing.
Honey has many positive benefits both internally and externally. It’s full of vitamins and minerals to nourish hair follicles and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties! As I have discussed on this website previously, honey is a natural humectant that draws moisture to your hair and skin. Here is a link to my previous discussion on humectants: Hair Care 101: Humectants! These and many other properties make it a wonderful addition to conditioner, hair cream, and shampoo recipes.
For more information about honey and its many healthy benefits, please take a read at this article from an Ayurveda research journal:
Ediriweera ERHSS, Premarathna NYS. Medicinal and cosmetic uses of Bee’s Honey – A review. Ayu. 2012;33(2):178-182. doi:10.4103/0974-8520.105233.
Here are a few simple DIY hair recipes using honey:
Coconut oil, is fully of vitamins, antioxidants and is naturally a great moisturizer easily penetrating the hair shaft and strengthening against protein loss!
1/4 cup warmed coconut oil
3 tbsp honey
Combine coconut oil and honey and blend thoroughly. Work into damp sections of detangled hair. Let sit for 20-30 minutes, best under a hooded dryer. Finally, rinse with warm water and follow your regular wash routine.
Honey has been reported to even have some cleansing ability, and in combination with other key ingredients it may make for an excellent gentle shampoo. Castile soap is known as a gentle cleanser but as I’ve pointed out in a previous post and like most soaps, it’s highly alkaline which over time can wreak havoc on your hair and scalp, especially if the pH is not restored and moisture is not added back! In this recipe, we add apple cider vinegar which will help balance the pH and seal the hair cuticle amongst other benefits.
1/2 cup castile soap
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp coconut oil (exempt or add your favorite oil instead)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp favorite essential oil (peppermint, sweet orange, vanilla)
Combine ingredients and blend thoroughly. Massage mixture into soaking wet hair in detangled sections, then rinse out completely. Follow your regular conditioning routine as needed.
HONEY pH BALANCING CONDITIONING RINSE
As mentioned before, Apple cider vinegar is great for pH balancing effect. It smooths the hair cuticle and adds shine. Here is a link to my previous discussion about ACV: DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
2 cups water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
Combine ingredients and blend thoroughly. After completing your regular wash routine, pour mixture over hair while massaging scalp and hair, then rinse thoroughly with water.