More people are seeking natural methods to make their hair softer and less unruly, without using humanmade or petroleum-derived chemicals that can impact the earth. There may be many options for choosing natural products, but if your hair is thick, wavy, and unruly, natural beeswax may be the best way to tame it.
Beeswax is sourced from specific types of honey bees that use it in the building of their hives.
The wax made by the bees is commonly used by the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Beeswax is so versatile it possesses many natural properties that also make it perfect for use on the hair. Since it’s edible, it has low toxicity and has been approved for food use in most countries. You can be assured that it’s a safe ingredient to use on your hair.
Why is Beeswax Good for Your Hair?
Beeswax contains esters, fatty acids, and long-chain alcohols that are beneficial for personal beauty care. It technically qualifies as an organic ingredient, and vegetarian-friendly, which is essential for some people. It also contains vitamin A, which has long been used for healthcare and beauty care products.
Beeswax can aid in softening your hair and providing some natural curative properties.
When the beeswax is applied to your hair, it can provide moisturizing and softening properties. People from certain cultures may have thick, wavy black hair that is difficult to manage. Using beeswax can be one aspect of the hair straightening process.
Beeswax can also benefit the scalp, as that’s the root of all hair-related diseases. Beeswax can also be used as a styling aid, to help make braids, or hold the hair back, without flyway strands coming out during the day.
The wax can provide longterm moisturizing properties, and help to keep moisture in the skin.
Beeswax is also antiallergenic, so most people can safely use it on scalp and hair. It won’t irritate the scalp like many of those on-shelf brands of hair conditioners that contain artificial scents, dyes, and silicones that can cause allergic skin reactions or sneeze.
Beeswax is also anti-germicidal, so it can help heal minor cuts, abrasions or scrapes of the skin, including on the scalp. It can help to prevent the growth of bacteria or fungi and speed up healing. It can also provide a barrier of protection from environmental pollution.
Beeswax may work better than using hair gels, mousses, or hairspray. It can help you with the styling of your hair.
What is the Best Beeswax Method of Application to Your Hair?
Beeswax is sold in stores and shops in flat containers with screw cap lids. It may have other ingredients. Search for the ones that contain only natural ingredients, such as vegetable oil. The beeswax may be made into lotions or salves.
The main thing to remember before applying beeswax to your hair is to use it sparingly. Use little at first, as it’s easier to use more than take it away. You don’t want your hair to look greasy or weighed down.
Wash and dry your hair as usual in the morning. Then use the beeswax for your styling purposes.
To begin, apply some of your beeswax salve or lotion to your hands. Use it as a lotion and rub it in. Then apply it to your hair.
Keep on adding more until you get the effect you want. You want enough to keep those flyaway strands in place.
How Can Beeswax Be Removed from Your Hair?
If you’re using minute amounts of beeswax for a hairstyling aid, a simple shampoo and conditioner should be enough to remove it. You can then apply more the next day.
You should be aware that beeswax can also build up over time on your hair. Don’t keep on applying it day after day without washing your hair.
If you have used beeswax on micro braids or dreads, then decided you want to undo them, you’ll need a much lengthier process. The wax can leave a buildup over time.
The best advice for cleaning or removal of anything is “like removes like.” You can use warmed olive oil to help loosen and remove the top layer of wax from your micro braids or dreads.
Wet the sections of your hair that have beeswax in them with warm water. Then pour olive oil liberally on. You may wish to place a towel on your floor or do this in the shower. Let the olive oil soak through for several minutes.
Grab a towel and try to soak up the excess olive oil.
The next step involves washes your hair, as the olive oil is going to make it greasy. Dish soap is the best way to cut the grease. Choose one that has no scent or dyes in it, and is environmentally safe. Dish soap is safe to use on your hair, as it’s safe for your hands and skin when you use it to wash your dishes. But it can be drying, so don’t use it too often.
Use the dish soap to lather up your hair, then rinse it out. If you need to do a second shampoo, use regular shampoo next, then your conditioner.
If you have braids or dreads that you are trying to unravel, this is the best time to use your comb to separate them.
By now, you should be able to dry and style your hair.
You don’t want to repeat this process often. If you found you overdid it on the beeswax application, use less next time.
You can also use baking soda and water or apple cider vinegar rinse to get some of that excess oiliness out.
Are There Any Precautions When Using Beeswax on Hair?
Beeswax is a natural product. It should be safe for most people to use on their hair and scalp, but it’s best to be aware that there will always be that one person who reacts.
- Discontinue use if you get a rash or a burning or itching sensation.
- Often the worst thing to happen is that you apply too much and then have difficulties in removing the beeswax from your hair.
- Only apply a small amount to the palms of your hands first before applying to your hair.
- Beeswax can be a bit greasy, so be careful with touching certain types of fabrics or surfaces after application. The wax can leave behind a noticeable residue on certain kinds of surfaces. It may be frustrating trying to get it out of silk or lighter-colored fabrics.
- Use your beeswax for the purpose intended. If it’s hair salve, don’t use it to make food. Don’t use beeswax candles on your hair.
- Read the container or jar ingredients carefully before purchasing, as they can contain ingredients you may not wish to use on your body. There may also be concerns that during manufacturing, mineral oil, or vegetable oil was added, which can decrease the effectiveness of using the beeswax.