Are you nervous about excessive hair loss, which sometimes leads to baldness? Do you know that you can try honey to combat this? Using honey to treat hair loss is not unheard of. In fact, it has been a practice that has been around ever since the ancient days, but it never became mainstream nor popular. Unknown to many, honey, when combined with some natural, or sometimes even synthetic, components can work wonders in preventing baldness and fighting excessive hair loss.
Honey possesses strong antioxidant qualities. It also contains fungicidal and germicidal properties, as well as natural wax, which makes it a great substance to use to condition the hair and to halt hair loss. But do you know how this happens?
When you think about using that sticky, sweet, sappy substance into your hair roots and scalp, you might feel queasy and wonder if it will work. But it does, and it will reduce, if not stop your hair loss. By using honey, you can effectively address excessive hair loss. Therefore, this is great news for those who are experiencing heavy hair loss or are beginning to show signs of baldness or alopecia even at a young age.
Cases of alopecia and hair loss do not happen exclusively to the male species, so women should not ignore this. There are cases when women can go bald, and when this happens, it can attract more attention because it is highly uncommon. Therefore, women, listen up! You might experience hair loss too, but you are in luck because it can be easily treated with this sweet, sticky syrup called honey.
What Causes Hair Loss and Alopecia?
There are tons of causes for hair loss and baldness, but the two main culprits are the hair root’s microbial activities and scalp dryness. We are very lucky, though, since honey can be effective in fighting both of these causes. Another factor that can trigger hair loss is acute body weakness, especially in cases of diseases or injury, where the person suffers from prolonged weakness. In this instance, honey can still be helpful, although indirectly. We can look at the different causes of hair loss and baldness, and discuss how honey can act as a remedy in each case.
Cause of Hair Loss: Microbial Activity at the Roots of the Hair
We call it our “crowning glory” since our hair is usually one of our most beautiful assets. However, do you know that this is also one of the dirtiest parts of our body? Unlike most other parts of the body, the hair is usually left exposed and out in the open almost all of the time. Dust particles and microbes get caught in our hair day in and day out. These dust particles become a favorite breeding ground for fungus, dust mites, and other microbes, and their presence can weaken our hair, especially in the roots. As time passes, hair loss can begin. This is where honey’s antifungal and antimicrobial properties help us. By simply massaging the scalp with one of the mixtures described below, you can easily fight off these hair root invaders and prevent hair loss.
These are some things you can use to massage your scalp:
- Pure honey
- 2 tbsp. of honey mixed with 2 tbsp. of curd
- 2 tbsp. of honey mixed into 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. of honey and add 1 to 2 drops of any of the following essential oils: lavender, tea tree, rosemary, jojoba, cypress, cedarwood, orange, lemon, grapefruit, patchouli, or camphor.I would like to note that tea tree, rosemary, and camphor essential oils work best in fighting against hair loss since it can effectively eliminate microbial activity in the scalp, because of its strong antifungal and antimicrobial qualities.
It is important to note that extra care should be taken when using essential oils. Avoid ingesting any essential oil, even in minute amounts. Also, you should check for any allergies and sensitivities towards any oil. It would be best to consult with a certified aromatherapist before using these oils.
Cause of Hair Loss: Dandruff
Different studies have reached different conclusions with regards to the relation of hair loss to either dry or oily dandruff. Some say it can cause hair loss, but others beg to differ. Some studies have reached the conclusion that dandruff can lead to minimal hair loss, but it might be just normal levels of hair loss and not the type that could lead to baldness or alopecia. Some other believe that dandruff per se is not the cause of hair loss, but it just worsens other factors that can cause significant hair loss. Meanwhile, some groups say that dandruff is a major factor contributing to hair loss. They even claim that severe cases of dandruff can lead to baldness. However, let us try to stay away from the debate, and just assume that dandruff might cause hair loss to some degree. Here are our suggestions on how honey can help fight dandruff to help minimize hair loss.
When the skin on a person’s scalp becomes dry, it dies and becomes flakes. This is what we call dandruff. Sometimes, dandruff takes some hair with it, and it sometimes includes the hair roots too. This skin death and drying out can have a variety of causes. One of the causes is fungi, such as Pityrosporum Ovale (Malazzesia Furfur) or Malazzesia Globosa. Aside from fungi, conditions such as the low amount to complete absence of moisture, malnutrition, lack of nutrients in the skin, stress and anxiety, seborrheic dermatitis, insufficient rest, excessive exercise, hormonal imbalance, prolonged exposure to poor weather conditions, and dust exposure are the other possible known causes of dandruff. To date, the exact cause of dandruff remains unknown. However, on all the contributing factors mentioned above, honey can be helpful in the treatment of hair loss.
The antifungal qualities of honey can help treat dandruff caused by fungal infection. Also, its moisturizing properties and natural wax can fight dandruff caused by exposure to harsh weather and dryness. Even if the case of dandruff is caused by the lack of nutrients to the skin, honey can help since it can nourish the body both internally and externally.
Continue to read on below to learn about some practical applications and uses of honey to boost the health and lifespan of your hair.
Honey + Jojoba Carrier Oil + Essential Oil Dandruff Treatment
This great combination contains conditioner to soften the hair and dandruff treatment to nourish the scalp. To make it, follow the instructions below:
- Honey and Jojoba oil in equal amounts, about two to three tbsp. (the amount of these two ingredients will depend on the length and thickness of your hair)
- 2 to 3 drops of any one of these essential oils: lavender, geranium, or sandalwood
Directions: Mix ingredients thoroughly until mixture has a consistent texture and appearanceTo Apply: Massage the roots of the hair and the scalp with the mixture using the fingertips only. Do not rub or scratch the scalpHoney + Onion Juice
This mixture is a very popular and effective treatment for dandruff and the resulting hair loss:
- 1 tbsp. honey (quantity will depend on the length and thickness of the hair)
- 1 tbsp. onion juice (quantity will depend on the length and thickness of the hair)Directions: Mix the two ingredients completelyTo Apply: Massage the mixture into the roots and scalp of the hair. This will yield noticeably great results
Honey + Lemon Juice
The recipe is same as Honey + Onion Juice. Simply Replace Onion Juice with Lemon Juice
Honey + Hibiscus Leaf Paste
Hibiscus Leaf Paste has been popularly used to fight flakes for thousands of years. It has been used in India and its neighboring countries. When the leaf paste is combined with honey, it can effectively fight hair loss caused by dandruff.
- Hibiscus Leave (China Rose) paste. Prepare enough paste to cover the entire scalp
- 1 tbsp. of honeyDirections: Mix the two ingredients completely
To Apply: Apply mixture all over the scalp. Leave it in for more or less 15 minutes. Wash hair thoroughly afterwards. You will be amazed by the results.
Honey + Fenugreek Seed Paste
This paste is used in several parts of the world to fight dandruff and hair loss.
- 2 tbsp. fenugreek seeds
- 1 tbsp. honeyDirections:
- Soak the seeds overnight, or for at least half 12 hours
- Afterwards, grind the seed to form a paste
- Add honey to the pasta and mix thoroughlyTo Apply: Apply the paste to the scalp, massaging it to the hair roots. Leave on for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Wash of thoroughly.
Cause of Hair Loss: Malnutrition
Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency is a common cause of baldness and excessive hair loss. Even if it does not provide a solution to all hair loss problems caused by nutrient deficiencies or malnutrition, the use of honey remains helpful to some degree. Honey contains trace amounts of some minerals such as iron, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese, as well as vitamins B2 or riboflavin and vitamin B6 or pyridoxine. In this case, the nutritional content of honey plays little importance. The real benefit of honey is in the fact that it is easily absorbed by the body, so it serves to carry these important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, however, small the amount. Honey plays an important role in fighting poor nutrition when its nutrients are absorbed by the body quickly and effectively.
Reminder: It is important to note that honey is only able to fight energy malnutrition because it is a great source of energy that is readily absorbed by the body. But it should never be used to treat other major symptoms of malnutrition. Also, always keep in mind that honey does not contain sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals for a person to rely on it as a sole source of these nutrients. It is only helpful to the extent that the small amounts of nutrients it contains is easily absorbed by and is immediately available to the body. Therefore, it may only assist, but not resolve hair loss caused by malnutrition.
Cause of Hair Loss: Body Weakness
Weakness or an acute deficiency of energy, may in some instances cause hair loss but is not usually permanent in this case. The use of honey can effectively help prevent or reduce excessive hair fall caused by body weakness. Hair loss due to body weakness is common among people who are experiencing prolonged illness or health conditions, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and those who are undergoing chemotherapy to treat their cancer. Even if honey is not able to completely prevent and reduce hair loss due to chemotherapy, it remains effective in helping patients recover from body weakness caused by other conditions. Since honey is a superb source of energy that is readily absorbed and used by the body, it can help weak patients recover faster, which in turn can reduce hair loss.
Cause of Hair Loss: Free Radicals and the Aging Process
Hair loss is a common consequence of aging. It is also usually caused by the high amounts of oxidants or free radicals in a person’s body. High amounts of free radicals and the resulting oxidative stress are very often the culprit for premature aging. It also aggravates signs of aging, which include wrinkles, poor vision or total loss of vision, macular degeneration, and hair loss. Honey, being a rich source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, can effectively remove free radicals in the body. Because of this, signs and symptoms of aging, including hair loss and alopecia, can be slowed down completely, or the very least, effectively reduced.
Cause of Hair Loss: Imbalance of Hormones
Sad to say, if hormonal imbalance is the cause of hair loss and baldness, there is nothing much honey can do about it. It is better to use common medications or natural remedies to address the hormonal balance first, as that is the only way to resolve hair loss.
Guidelines in Using Honey as Remedy for Hair Loss
The following are important points to remember when you decide to use honey to combat hair loss:
Regarding potency and effectivity, the best variety to use is manuka honey. Try to search for this variety as much as possible, since it is more effective compared to other types of honey.
Some people have allergies or sensitivities to honey. Before applying on the scalp, do a patch test first to check for any allergic reaction.
As much as possible, use filtered honey. Raw, unfiltered honey may include pollen grains, remains of dead bees, or dust particles, which could irritate the person’s scalp or hair roots.
Disclaimer: Please note that honey should not be used as an alternative to the conventional remedies or therapies of the medical or health conditions stated above. Its use should be considered more of a supplement to the usual treatment. Honey is not intended for therapeutic or medicinal use. In the case of hair loss and baldness, it should not be the only remedy to be considered, but instead, it should be used to supplement, boost, or augment other treatments.
There are many possible causes for hair loss, and honey might not be effective in fighting against all of these causes. Honey also should not be the sole remedy used to treat malnutrition or nutritional deficiencies. It is a great source of readily available energy, but it is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals since only trace amounts of these nutrients are found in honey. Therefore, it should not be used to treat any vitamin or mineral deficiency. It is only helpful when used in conjunction with other foods that are proper sources of nutrition since it can help deliver these nutrients to the body quickly. Honey can add to the benefits of other supplements the person is already consuming. Honey does not treat or cure hair loss, but it can help reduce it.
Where is it Available?
Most of the natural ingredients discussed in this article are readily available anywhere in the world, except for places with extremely low temperature or in very cold regions, since some ingredients are difficult to cultivate in cold weather. On top of that, the mentioned ingredients are relatively cheap as well. Some may be readily available in your kitchen or your small garden, while the rest you can easily find in stores.
As for the cost, most ingredients mentioned are relatively cheap, except for honey and jojoba oil, which can be a little expensive compared to the others.
It would not hurt to try it since you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Honey has a lot of benefits, and it would not harm you, except if you are allergic to it. We wish you well in your health journey!