Honey and olive oil are natural products that can assist in improving your overall health, but did you know both can contribute to your beauty routine as well?  Honey and olive oil benefit the health of your hair, boosting the look and touch of it.  Do you have dandruff?  Is your hair damaged, dull, or dry?  A honey and olive oil hair mask can condition and hydrate your hair to improve shine and smoothness.  This is a simple recipe that requires only two ingredients for healthy hair.  It works on all hair types, lengths, and textures.  It will not discolor your hair, and it is uncomplicated to do.  The end result will enhance the overall look, feel, and manageability of your hair.

Now that you know honey and olive oil can repair hair, let us take a look at what causes hair damage.  To lessen the harm on your hair, be sure to not excessively expose or treat your hair to the following sources.  On top of these causes, your hair takes a toll with the daily brushing and products used on it, so be sure to rejuvenate your hair with a honey and olive oil hair mask.

Most Common Causes of Hair Damage

  • Over-use of products (synthetic, artificial, chemicals)
  • Highlighting and coloring
  • Bleaching, chlorine (in pools)
  • Hair lightening (peroxide, Sun-In)
  • Heat exposure (blow-dryer, flat iron, curling iron)
  • Perms
  • Extensions and weaves
  • Over-brushing
  • Over-shampooing

Causes of Dandruff

  • Dry skin.  Dry skin is the most common cause of dandruff, and occurs more commonly with people that have dry skin in general (arms, legs).
  • Oily skin.  Oily and irritated skin is a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis, which affects the skin on the scalp and other areas with rich oil glands.  The skin will be greasy and red covered with white or yellow flakes.
  • Not brushing or combing your hair enough.  This is due to not assisting in the shedding of skin that a brush or comb provides.
  • Not shampooing enough.  Without sufficient shampooing, oil and dead skin cells can build up and can cause dandruff.
  • Reactions or sensitivity to hair or skin products.  Some hair care products can cause the scalp to react and become red, itchy, or scaly.  It is possible that over-shampooing can cause dandruff because it can irritate the scalp.
  • Diet.  People that do not consume enough zinc, B vitamins, and specific types of fats are more prone to dandruff
  • Malassezia.  Malassezia is a fungus that lives on almost everyone’s scalp.  Usually it causes no problems, but it can irritate the scalp.  The fungus feeds on the oils secreted from hair follicles, and when this happens it can irritate the skin and overproduce skin cells.  The extra skin cells die and mix with hair oil from the scalp to become dandruff.

Benefits of Honey for Hair

honey-jarHoney contains many minerals and vitamins that nurture your hair.  It is a humectant, which means it has a high moisture retaining capacity.  It can function as a hair conditioner because it provides moisture to dry hair strands while smoothing the open cuticles.  This process creates natural shine and volume.  Hair transforms from dull and limp to shiny and voluminous.  These properties go as far as restoring dry, damaged hair and split ends.  Honey also has anti-inflammatory components that can help nurture the scalp and dandruff.

Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair

olive-oilOlive oil has a number of health benefits for your health and wellbeing, but it also softens and enriches your skin and hair.  Olive oil is a natural moisturizer making it a great conditioner, allowing you to brush or comb through your hair easier.

Olive oil contains Vitamins A and E, which help to make hair strands, as well as stimulates the hair follicles to grow.  The follicles open up and allow blood to reach the scalp efficiently.  Inadequate blood flow to the scalp can be the culprit of hair loss, dandruff, dryness, and dullness.  Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, which can clean and and promote a healthy environment along the scalp and for the hair to grow.  It also has anti-bacterial properties, which can eliminate dandruff.  Olive oil helps promote hair growth, thus preventing hair loss.  It keeps the scalp healthy through eliminating dandruff and regaining lost hair.  It also prevents breakage by improving hair strength.

Recipe

  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil

Depending on your hair length and texture, you may need to double or even triple the recipe.  This is simple: 2 parts honey to 1 part olive oil.

Instructions

For this mask, you will need the ingredients of extra virgin olive oil and honey, as well as a small microwave-safe bowl and spoon to mix.  Measure out the ingredients and pour 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a microwave-safe bowl.  Mix as best as possible.  Follow by heating the mixture until warm (not hot) for about thirty to forty seconds).  Remove bowl from microwave and stir until solution is mixed well.  Let the solution cool enough to touch.

Application

woman-applyingApply to clean, damp hair.  Massage the mask on scalp and through hair from root to tip.  Using a comb will help to evenly distribute the mask to every strand of hair.  Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap to keep in the heat.  If you do not have a shower cap, a towel will suffice.  Now allow the mask to absorb into your hair.  A side bonus is the warm oil on your scalp will put you at ease.  Take advantage of this and relax because the treatment will stay on for thirty minutes.  Once time is up, thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water.  Continue rinsing until hair no longer feels stiff or sticky.  You may continue to wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and follow with conditioner.

Alternative Use

This mask can also be used on your body’s skin!  If you have leftovers or want to make more of the mask, it can be used to hydrate and smooth the skin.  It acts in the same way it does to your scalp, so there is no reason to hesitate in considering this option.  The only difference is in application.  Apply the mask to clean and dry skin.  Allow the treatment to stay on for 20 minutes.  Once time is up, thoroughly rinse with warm water until your skin no longer feels sticky or oily.  You may continue to wash your body using a gentle or natural body scrub or body wash.

Natural Products

Natural products are notoriously better than artificial and synthetic products.  Why?  Plant-based and earth-friendly ingredients are more effective and do not contain chemicals that are toxic and irritate the skin or hair.  The main causes of hair damage come from over-use of hair products and the chemicals or synthetic ingredients involved in highlighting and coloring, bleaching, hair lightening products, heat exposure, perms, and over-shampooing.  Many of the synthetic ingredients in cosmetics are preservatives, which the only objective they have to being in the product is to extend shelf life.  Therefore, these elements are toxic and ultimately unnecessary ingredients that your hair and skin should not be exposed to.  These types of products can be harsh and irritate the skin and hair causing skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff, eye itchiness, and general sensitivity.  Learn to read labels before you buy products.

The following list is of the top ten cosmetic ingredients to avoid:
  • Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea – The most common preservatives.
  • Methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben – Preservatives; highly allergenic and extremely toxic.
  • Petrolatum – Misinterpreted to prevent sunburn and chapping.  However, the mineral interferes with body’s natural moisturizing process, which leads to dry skin.
  • Propylene Glycol – May cause allergic and toxic reactions.
  • PVP/VA Copolymer – Considered toxic because particles (from hairspray more specifically) can affect individuals with sensitive lungs.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Used in shampoo because of cleansing and foaming properties.  Can cause allergic reactions, or may be the reason for irritation to eyes and skin, potential hair loss, dry scalp.  BE AWARE: products that claim to be natural may use this product and state it is derived from coconut.
  • Stearalkonium Chloride – Originally created by fabric industry as a fabric softener… I do think that speaks for itself in saying that it is highly allergenic.
  • Synthetic Colors – Added colors are introduced to make cosmetics look attractive or match the color in which the fragrance or name is associated with.  These are highly warned about ingredients for they are believe to be carcinogens (cancer-producing agents).  If colors are preceded by “FD&C or D&C” on labels, avoid the product.  An example of this would be FD&C Blue No. 10 or D&C Red No. 2.
  • Synthetic Fragrances – Fragrances alone can potentially have hundreds of ingredients that are all unknown because labels are not regulated to say more than merely the word itself, “fragrance.”  The chemicals in fragrances have been linked to cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, extreme skin discoloration, coughing, nausea or vomiting, and irritation.
  • Triethanolamine – The job of TEA is to alter cosmetic pH or convert fatty acids to salt to voluntarily create a cleanser base.  It is highly allergenic, and can become toxic if absorbed into body over a prolonged period of time.

How often should you use a honey and olive oil mask?

The honey and olive oil hair mask can be used once or twice a month.  What makes it so great is that you should notice results after your first time!  Your hair should be smoother, shinier, stronger, and ultimately healthier looking and feeling!

Here’s couple of tips: 

  • Use honey and olive oil in their purest form for the most natural and effective practices.  Raw honey has more natural and beneficial components and extra virgin olive oil has greater properties than traditional olive oil.  These products may be a tad more expensive than the traditional versions, but they have more antioxidants and vitamins to give your hair greater quality benefits.
  • Apply the mask in the shower, while hair is damp and the heat from the shower can assist in opening up the hair follicles to allow the mask to access deeper into the hair shaft.  This can also help from creating a mess.

Conclusion

This simplistic and natural hair mask is the perfect treatment to repair and rejuvenate your hair from summer damage!  Transform dry, dull hair to shinier, smoother, and stronger locks.  In addition, look to use truly raw and natural products instead of highly synthetic and chemical potent products in order to avoid damage to your hair and scalp.   Apply the honey and olive oil hair mask once or twice a month, and enjoy keeping your hair gorgeous and healthy all summer long!