Keeping Your Hair Healthy Using Manuka Honey and Other Natural Ingredients
Blow drying, straightening, curling, coloring, lightening – these are all things women do to their hair on a regular basis to keep it looking beautiful and styled. What many of these women may or may not realize is using heat and chemicals on their hair can have some serious side effects. Using heat and chemically treating the hair over a period of time can strip the hair shaft of its natural oils and cause damage such as breakage and split ends. Often, women will notice their hair becoming overly dry and brittle.
Treating Damaged Hair with Manuka Honey
Hair is kept strong and healthy looking by the proteins that are located in the hair shaft. Heat styling and chemical treatments damage this protein and can even remove it from the hair completely, which can cause the hair to break and look very damaged. A key to repairing this damage is to replace the protein that is damaged or lost. There are a number of products on the market that claim to be able to achieve this but, in some cases, using natural products is much more beneficial to the overall health of the hair.
Manuka honey is full of protein that can help to heal dry and damaged hair. The high protein content can help to rebuild hair shafts and return the hair to a healthy, strong state. Use Manuka honey as a mask on wet hair – thin the honey with a small amount of water, saturate the hair and allow the treatment to sit between 30 and 45 minutes. Not only will this infuse protein back into the hair but it will also add moisture and feed the hair vital vitamins and nutrients to keep it looking healthy.
Adding Moisture with Coconut Oil
While protein is important to restoring hair’s health, too much protein can do more harm than good. Infusing the hair with too much protein over a period of time can actually cause additional damage, leaving the hair feeling very dry and brittle. If your hair needs a moisture kick, consider doing a coconut oil treatment to the hair using raw, organic coconut oil. Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil and heat it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until melted. Spread the oil of the hair, focusing on the ends and damaged area. Wrap the hair in plastic wrap and allow to set for 30 to 45 minutes, rinse and shampoo.