Benefits of Using Honey On Your Scalp

Alyssa François | 09 June 2017
honey for scalp tips

A sweet treat your scalp will thank you for.

Calling all mixologists and D.I.Y gals out there, we have a sweet treat for you! Some of you may already know about the benefits of using honey on hair, and some of you may not. For the latter, we’re here to help!

We understand that many prefer to use products found in their pantry, or products infused with natural ingredients in their head-to-toe beauty regimen. We’re focusing on how you can use honey on your hair, and why you should be doing so if you haven’t tried it out just yet. Read on to learn all about the benefits of using honey as a hair mask for your scalp, featuring some tips from Unilever’s Senior Hair Manager, Leon Van-Gorkam and the best honey-infused hair products to try.

Benefits of Using Honey: Why You Should Apply It to Your Scalp

benefits of using honey for scalp
Honey contributes to the overall health of your scalp.

All Things Hair: What makes honey a beneficial hair product?

Leon Van Gorkom: Honey has a lot of sugars, vitamins and minerals. Scientifically, honey has been proven to have a lot of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which makes it great for keeping your scalp in good condition. Since honey has lots of sugars, it also acts as a humectant. If your scalp is in good condition, then your hair follicles will be in good condition as well. Therefore, your hair that grows out of the follicles will be in good shape.

All Things Hair: How can one use honey on their scalp?

Leon Van Gorkom: To get the benefits of using a honey on your scalp, you can make a concoction with honey. Make paste with a lot of honey and apply it to your scalp as a treatment. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then rinse with lukewarm water.

All Things Hair: Will it work for a dry and irritated scalp?

Leon Van Gorkom: Since honey has anti-inflammatory properties it also can help with an irritated scalp or dermatitis. It’s not necessarily anti-dandruff but it may work for people that suffer from dandruff as well.

All Things Hair: Are there any benefits for hair that’s already outside of the follicle?

Leon Van Gorkom:  There’s very little scientific evidence that it does a lot. However, since it has a lot of sugars, you can look at it as a molecule that attracts water and therefore, absorb water in the hair. Honey is predominantly for the scalp.

All Things Hair: What are the benefits of using honey infused hair products?

Leon Van Gorkom:  Honey mixed with the other ingredients of a specific line helps provide the benefits provided by the line. For example, honey mixed with other ingredients that strengthen and moisturize the hair.

Editor’s Note: If you want to try honey on your hair at home, we suggest using it as a scalp treatment. Since honey has a very sticky consistency it’s best to make sure your hair is completely detangled to prevent further tangles. If you prefer to use products infused with honey, opt for the Suave Professional Honey Infusion Strengthening Shampoo and Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strenghtening Conditioner. 

For more about the Suave Honey line, read our experience with the collection here

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