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Simple Ways to Use Beeswax for Hair

Beeswax has many uses including being a popular ingredient in many beauty products.  Using beeswax for hair care is common especially for curly or braided hair styles. You will find beeswax in numerous hair products including gels, pomades and braiding wax.  So, what can a little beeswax do for your latest “do”?

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Benefits of Beeswax for Hair

Beeswax is a natural wax that is made by honey bees. Worker bees make wax and use it to build honeycomb.

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Thankfully, they can make more wax than they need. For beekeepers, this is a valuable product that is worth more per ounce than honey.

For the health of hair on your head and face, beeswax brings some great properties to the table. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties and it is noncomedogenic – it doesn’t clog pores. Yet it acts as a sealant.

It 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 Calendula Salve recipes.

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Key Ways Beeswax Helps with Hairstyles

  • locks in moisture
  • protects hair from harsh chemicals
  • smooths flyaways
  • 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 stands from harsh acids.

Hair pomades are waxy hair styling products that are still used by many. Beeswax is a common ingredient in these products. The amount of hold obtained can be changed by increasing or decreasing the wax ingredients.

One of the biggest benefits of beeswax for hair care is the ability to smooth flyaways.  Beeswax is a natural humectant and helps lock in moisture.

Hair Types that Work Best With Beeswax

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 hair types.  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 for Hair Care

For basic application of beeswax to your hair, remember – a little goes a long way. In addition to creating your own hair care products with wax, you can use apply a little wax with your hands.

You can make your own beeswax solution by mixing it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.  Others simply warm a small bar of wax and rub it on damp hair strands. This should not be done every day.

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Commercial styling blends are available to purchase. These may say beeswax on the label but they have other ingredients mixed in to make application easier.

Depending on the type of hair you have, beeswax can be an excellent partner for hair twisting and braiding.  This natural wax is gentle and not damaging to hair even if it is a bit damaged.  

Dreadlocks : Braiding and Twisting Hair with Wax

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 the hair.

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.

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 provide 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.

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How to Remove Beeswax from Hair

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

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

As an alternative, a bit of warm olive oil can be massaged into the hair.  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 hair styling. Some people believe that beeswax can encourage hair growth. It definitely reduces the appearance of split ends and makes wavy hair easier to style.

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

If you are someone with a hair texture that doesn’t seem to want to behave. A little beeswax may be just the answer.

Go slow and only add a small amount in the beginning. Whether you make your own of buy a commercial product, this might be one way that bees can help tame your unruly hair.

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