Secrets of Beeswax for Hair

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Are you looking for a new way to tame your wayward locks, nourish your hair and release your inner hairstyling genius? Then, its time to consider the remarkable benefits of using beeswax for hair care. This is not a new practice. Beeswax has been cherished for centuries as an aid in hair braiding. Some people believe it even promotes hair growth.

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Beeswax is used as a major ingredient in numerous hair products including gels, pomades and braiding wax. It is an especially good companion for curly or braided hair styles.

Beeswax: Nature’s Gift to Hair

A natural product from the hive, honey bees make beeswax from special glands on their abdomen.

It is used to build sheets of honeycomb with thousands of hexagonal wax cells where the colony stores food and rears young.

Beekeepers are able to harvest excess beeswax left over from the honey harvest. It is a valuable product that is worth more per ounce than honey.

Natural Qualities

For the health of hair on your head and face, beeswax boasts some remarkable properties.

It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties and it is noncomedogenic – it doesn’t clog pores. Yet, it acts as a sealant providing a protective barrier.

Wax also contains Vitamin A – which is a natural moisturizer for hair and skin care. This is also why it is used in healing salves – such as homemade Calendula Salve.

Small blocks of yellow beeswax used for body care image.

Benefits of Beeswax for Hair

  • locks in moisture
  • protects hair from harsh chemicals
  • smooths flyaways or frizz
  • may help promote hair growth
  • great for starting locs

This natural wax works well to lock in moisture for hair and skin. It also forms a protective shield that helps protect you from environmental chemicals and dirt. Because it is insoluble in water, it helps protect hair strands from harsh acids.

Hair pomades are waxy styling products that are still used by many stylists. Beeswax is a common ingredient in these products due to the styling capabilities.

The amount of hold obtained can be changed by increasing or decreasing the amount of beeswax used in the ingredients.

One of the biggest reasons to add some beeswax to your hair is its ability to smooth flyaways. It is a natural humectant and helps lock in the moisture that prevents unruly locks.

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Some users believe that using beeswax on their hair actually helps hair grow by increasing the length.

At any rate, it is a non-toxic and chemical free alternative to synthetic products that you may be using now.

Collage of images braiding hair with beeswax, dry hair and beeswax pomade in tin.

Hair Types that Work Best

As great as it is, beeswax is not the best choice for all types of hair. Thin fine hair may be weighted down by the application of a wax product.

For normal hair types, keep moderation in mind Like many things, too much of it can lead to problems. Sticky reside can occur if you apply to much of any wax product.

We usually want to keep our hair in place but not make it feel weighed down and sticky. You can avoid waxy buildup by using just the right amount.

Beeswax hair care products can help tame curly, kinky or textured strands. A little goes a long way and you should not need to use it more than a couple of times a week.

How to Use Beeswax on Your Hair

For basic application, remember – a little goes a long way. Don’t over do it. You can even apply a little wax with your hands – but you can create some homemade products too.

  • apply alone on with carrier oil
  • buy a commercial product
  • use on dread locks
  • create a beard balm for facial hair
Smoothing flyaways of braided hair with light coat of beeswax image.

Hand Application

You can make your own wax solution by mixing beeswax with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.

Simply melt the wax and add a small amount of oil – let cool and test firmness. You may need to experiment a bit to get the right consistency.

Others choose to simply warm a small bar of wax and rub it on damp strands. You really only want to apply a very small amount. Do not use it every day – a few times a week is usually sufficient for most people.

Commercial Blends

Commercial styling blends are available to purchase. Always check the label to make sure your are pleased with the listed ingredients.

These may say beeswax on the label but they have other ingredients mixed in to make application easier.

Dreadlocks : Braiding and Twisting

The sticky properties of warm beeswax make it a good product to use when starting dreadlocks.

It will help hold them in place in the beginning while you are just starting to train them. It also helps seal them together.

Section your hair as desired, apply warm (not melted) beeswax to the hair and roll between your palms. Use a small amount-but continue to do this until your dreadlocks are staying in place.

Depending on the type of hair you have, beeswax can be an excellent partner for hair twisting and braiding of all styles. It is a gentle substance and is not damaging to hair-even if it is a bit damaged.  

Make Your Own Beard Balm

Many men enjoy making their own beard balm to condition facial hair. A simple recipe includes beeswax with some nourishing oils or butters. This make application easy and provides good moisturizing.

You can start with: 2 parts beeswax – 1 part (shea butter or cocoa butter) – 4 parts carrier oil (jojoba or almond oil). For there experiment with the recipe until you get the blend you like.

It can be used unscented or you may choose to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Beeswax blocks and homemade hair care product in jar.

Precautions

There are numerous benefits of using beeswax for hair care but you must consider a few precautions too.

It can be quite heavy and leave a reside if applied to heavily. Always apply lightly and with moderation until you learn how your hair responds.

Also, some people experience allergies to bee products. There are individuals who are even allergic to honey (that’s so sad). So before you apply beeswax all over your scalp, conduct a small patch test first.

How to Remove Beeswax from Hair

Though it can make styling easier, you can end up with more wax on your tresses than you desire. Regular shampoo will not remove the wax.

But, the wax can be washed out without a lot of trouble. Use a strong clarifying shampoo or even liquid dishwashing soap and foam into the head. You may need to repeat several times and then rinse well.  

As an alternative, a bit of warm olive oil can be massaged in. Let soak a couple of minutes and then wash with dishwashing liquid and rinse. Follow with good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.   

Soothing for Dry Scalp

In addition to providing great hold and improved styling, some people believe that beeswax can encourage hair growth. It definitely reduces the appearance of split ends and makes wavy locks easier to style.

If you suffer from dry scalp or eczema, beeswax may be a smart part of a good hair care regime. This study from 2016 reports that it may play a role in a healthier scalp.

FAQs

Is beeswax safe for hair?

Yes, beeswax is very safe to use on your hair when used in moderation. It provides even more benefits for those with dry or brittle hair.

How often do most people apply beeswax to hair?

The most common application is once or twice a week.

Does beeswax build up on hair?

Yes, if you use too much wax or do it too frequently.

How long does it take beeswax to lock dreads?

In most cases, you should expect it to take about 3 months to lock dreads in place. However, depending on your hair texture and the exact formula used – it can be much sooner.

Will beeswax harm my scalp?

When applying wax to your hair, it is best to avoid getting it on your scalp. Too much accumulation could clog pores in the skin.

Final Thoughts

If you are someone with a hair texture that doesn’t seem to want to behave. A little natural beeswax may be just the answer. Go slow and only add a small amount in the beginning.

Many crafters use beeswax for sewing projects. It works in a similar way making fibers strong, reducing knotting and preventing frizz. So, what can a little beeswax do-for your latest “do”?

Disclaimer: This information is shared for entertainment purposes only. I am not a dermatologist but want to share tips on ways to use beeswax that works for others. If you have any concerns, consult the proper medical professionals before using.

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