3 Ways Honey Helps Our Hair

September 21, 2016 by Seymone Brutus

Honey is such a thick substance, it's a given that it's a great conditioning treatment for our hair. But how?

According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, "Honey is a bee-derived, supersaturated solution composed mainly of fructose and glucose, and containing proteins and amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other minor components." (Burlando, B., & Cornara, L., 2013)

Typical raw, unfiltered honey consists of "Amino acids, B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid), Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc." (Draxe.com)

"In cosmetic formulations, it exerts emollient, humectant, soothing, and hair conditioning effects, keeps the skin juvenile and retards wrinkle formation, regulates pH and prevents pathogen infections." (Burlando, B., & Cornara, L., 2013)

So what are the top 3 ways honey helps our hair?

1. Cleanses

Honey can be added to your favorite shampoo to enhance the cleansing process of your hair. It will help your hair regulate its pH balance and promote hair health and growth with its own proteins, vitamins and minerals.

You can also make your own Homemade Honey Citrus Shampoo


To get the recipe here.

2. Conditions 

Honey can be absorbed into the hair shaft and add moisture and shine. Use honey as a dressing on your scalp to treat dandruff and other skin related problems. Add your favorite organic oil like coconut, olive or almond.

3. Purifies 

Honey is deemed for its ability to be an antibacterial agent. A lot of facial skin problems is related to our hair and scalp health. Keeping our hair and scalp clean, free from excessive oil, dirt and product build up can be achieved by using raw ingredients like honey that include one ingredient alone and can be easily managed after washing and rinsing. Less is truly more, and having clean, oil free hair promotes body and sheen that is praiseworthy of great hair!

Related post: 4 Raw Ingredients We Can Use For Our Hair


Burlando, B., & Cornara, L. (2013). Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review. Journal of cosmetic dermatology12(4), 306-313.

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