If this is a question you ask yourself every time you go shopping to find ingredients for your next DIY leave-in moisturizer, conditioning treatment, or hair mask. Let me just say, “look no further because the answer is right in front of you, and just so you know it’s definitely “YES. It can be used as a Substitute for RAW Honey”!
I don’t just mean yes in the general sense, I also mean “YASSSSSSSSS”, because your solution to figuring out new ingredients TO “HYDRATE, RETAIN MOISTURE AND SHOW OFF YOUR CURL PATTERN” is right here in front of you.
So What does RAW Honey do for the Hair?
Honey has healing properties that allow it to increase cell rejuvenation and hair growth. Not only does it smell good and make your tea have some oomph but it also moisturizes the hair shaft. In addition to having antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Some examples of properties/ vitamins that can be found within Honey are:
- Ascorbic acid
Flavonoids are very beneficial to the hair because it stimulates hair growth and prevents hair thinning. Ascorbic acid is also known as Vitamin C which allows for the formation of a protein known as collagen to form within the body. Collagen does the following for our hair:
- It thickens the hair
- Elongates the hair strand
- Reduces the formation of grays by supporting & strengthening your hair follicles
Furthermore ascorbic acid helps your body to produce iron, which allows for the absorption of necessary minerals needed to enhance hair growth and fight against balding. Phytochemicals not only strengthen and protects the hair shaft but also induces hair rejuvenation, reduces hair thinning, and prevents baldness. Last but not least, Calcium, Niacin, Magnesium, and Potassium does all of the following:
- Helps to add shine and luster to the hair
- Reduces hair thinning
- Increases hair growth, improves hair texture and hair strength
- Prevents breakage and improves the hair’s health
- Increases blood circulation to the scalp.
For example when my hair is dry and resembling stingy wheat grains or sounding like sandpaper. I’m sure some of you can relate to this. You know like when you scratch your head and hear that crunch, we both know it’s either one or two things. It’s time to either grease your scalp or definitely time for a leave-in treatment or conditioning treatment. You can basically figure this out by looking at how long it’s been since you washed your hair. I can definitely say from experience that honey is multifaceted. Meaning, it can be used within your DIY grease, as a base in your DIY leave-in or DIY conditioning treatment, and also be added to your DIY twisting gel.
Now Lets Talk about the Benefits of Agave
Agave Nectar is not only great for making tequila but it’s also great for hydrating, conditioning, and treating dry scalp. In addition to that, it allows for the retention of water within the hair, improves hair manageability, reduces frizz, and brings life back into the hair. It contains properties such as Vitamin C and minerals similar to that in honey such as potassium, calcium, and lastly selenium. Furthermore, it contains Vitamins such as B2 (Riboflavin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folate), and vitamin K.
You may be asking what does all these properties do for the hair. So lets get down to it:
- it improves and maintains the hair’s health
- provides the hair with melanin to improve hair restoration and its natural pigment color
- reduces hair loss and prevents breakage
Personally, I like using Agave in my hair mask or conditioning treatments. I feel like it hydrates my curls really well to the point where I don’t need a twisting gel to get it curly. When I’m able to do a hair mask, conditioning treatment, and wash my hair, I’m then able to go out without styling it because it ends up being so moisturized, curly and fluffy as a result of the Agave.
However, what I can say from experience about both products are that they are better used on wet hair. If you would prefer to do a leave-in moisturizer or apply either product to dry hair, I would recommend rising your hair out especially if your hair is like mine [4b] because both products are very sticky. If you don’t want to wash your hair out then I would recommend using a higher amount of hair butter in ratio to honey or Agave and adding water to your product to reduce its stickiness.
To conclude, even though the majority of people would say that honey is the better product. I do think that it depends on your hair type and preference. Also, stay tuned for recipes incorporating Honey and Agave coming soon!!!