Amazing Beeswax Benefits + 3 Beeswax Hairstyling Products for Natural Hair
By Jacqueline Samaroo
Get all the buzz about beeswax! Nature provides a plethora of healthful ingredients that work wonders for natural hair. One of those ingredients is beeswax which comes courtesy of our busy little friends, the bees, who also give us wonderfully humectant honey – yay bees!
Keep reading to discover some of the beautiful beeswax benefits you get from hairstyling products made with this gift from nature
- What is beeswax?
- Amazing benefits of beeswax for hair growth
- Good-to-know tips for using beeswax for natural hair
- 3 Exciting beeswax hairstyling products
- A shoutout to pollinators!
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What is beeswax?
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by the abdominal glands of worker honey bees. It makes up the structure of honeycombs and is used by the worker bees to build the familiar hexagonal cells of the honeycomb.
Beeswax is made up mostly of fatty acid and fatty alcohol compounds. It is edible – a fact that humans have taken advantage of since prehistoric times. It has also historically been used as a natural lubricant, in candle making, as a waterproofing agent, and as wood and leather polish.
Of course, beeswax also gets added to skincare and hairstyling products, thanks to its many wonderful benefits.
If you are in search of an awesome vegan alternative to beeswax, then you have got to try kokum butter! Find out more about it, here: Is Butter Good for Hair? 3 Healthy Hair Butters for Natural Hair – Cocoa, Ucuuba, and Kokum.
Amazing benefits of beeswax for hair growth
Thanks to its waxy nature and its composition of fatty acids and fatty alcohols, beeswax offers plenty of benefits that natural hair can take advantage of. Furthermore, beeswax also has antibacterial, antioxidant, and non-comedogenic properties so your natural haircare routine gets an extra boost from hairstyling products that include it in their formulas.
Check out these six ways in which using beeswax for natural hair is a major plus!
1. Beeswax smooths hair and helps to prevent frizz.
Beeswax’s texture makes it very good at smoothing your hair as it gets your strands to lay straighter and tames frizz. It is particularly beneficial when applied to the ends of your hair.
2. Beeswax helps with creating dreads and other long-wearing styles.
Dreads, twists, braids, locs, and other long-wearing styles are much easier to create and maintain thanks to the supreme hold you get from beeswax and the moisture it locks into your strands.
3. Beeswax promotes hair growth.
The protective and nourishing properties of beeswax are thought to help promote healthy growth. Added to that, is its ability to help you retain length (see the next two points).
4. Beeswax seals strands and is effective at locking in moisture.
Your hair needs to retain moisture and maintain its ideal protein-moisture balance. This ensures your strands are not weak and brittle but instead are strong, flexible, and resistant to manipulation.
5. Beeswax helps to prevent breakage from split ends.
Beeswax smooths and seals the ends of your hair, keeping split ends from splitting further up the strand. Remember, though, that the only way to truly rid your hair of split ends is by trimming your hair regularly. Read Transitioning Hair: Its Stages and 12 Helpful Natural Hair Journey Tips for more on this.
6. Beeswax treats the symptoms of certain scalp conditions.
Beeswax has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of certain scalp conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff. Be sure to read the upcoming tips for using beeswax first if you are considering using it for this reason.
Good-to-know tips for using beeswax for natural hair
Whether you are new to the world of beeswax hairstyling products or you’ve been using them for some time now, these tips on how to use beeswax will surely come in very handy.
- Start small with the least amount of beeswax you think you’ll need then add more if needed. This is one way to avoid a heavy buildup of beeswax on your strands.
- Avoid using beeswax every day as it really does build up over time. This could leave your hair feeling and looking heavy and limp.
- Protect your hair at night this will help to preserve your style so you won’t feel the need to apply more beeswax in the morning.
- Rub the wax in your hands before applying to warm it up, thin it out, and spread it evenly. That way, you’ll get the best coverage from a small amount of beeswax when applied to your hair.
- Know how to remove it so you can remove it as fully as possible without damaging your strands. The best steps are: apply warm olive oil; work it in and let it soak for a few minutes; wash with dish soap (yes, really, it cuts the grease); then use your regular moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
- Consider using a clarifying shampoo regularly, depending on how often you use beeswax and how much of it you use. Clarifying shampoos are amazing for removing product buildup from your hair and scalp.
- Use with caution if you have fine hair as beeswax will tend to weigh down your strands and make styling your hair difficult.
- Also, use with caution if you have greasy or oily hair as it may make your hair look and feel greasier and oiler than it already is.
- Avoid using beeswax on your scalp because it’s simply not meant to be used there. Although beeswax is said to be non-comedogenic, a buildup of it and other products on your scalp might lead to clogged pores.
- Use as a finishing agent to give your curls and coils definition and shine while calming frizziness.
- Avoid beeswax if you are allergic to other bee products, bee pollen, or bee venom.
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3 Exciting beeswax hairstyling products
A natural beeswax gel to help you create edge designs with precision and hold. Comes with a Camryn’s BFF Gentle Edge Brush – one of the top edge brushes on the market! Check it out, here: Curly Haircare 101: Best Curly Hair Tools (with Product Suggestions!).
A moisturizing hair pomade made with beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Formulated for dry, natural textured hair. Find out more about shea and cocoa hair butters, here: 3 Healthy Hair Butters for Natural Hair – Shea, Mango, and Murumuru.
Beeswax and sandalwood come together in a spray wax to keep your hair moisturized and help hold your style without the stiffness.
A shoutout to pollinators
Bees are among the most important pollinators of food crops on the planet. Without them, many plant species would no longer survive, causing a domino effect in the food chain with very adverse consequences for many animals – including us!
There is plenty we can do to help bees, butterflies, beetles, and other pollinating bugs thrive. Read about it in this National Geographic article: 9 Ways You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators At Home.
Do you use beeswax or hairstyling products that contain it? Tell us about it!
I’ve used Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey for years. It’s like one of my OG Holy Grails. Even when I’m not using it in my own routine, it’s my go-to for my son’s hair to keep it looking healthy and shiny. I use it on my daughter’s moisturized hair to lock in the goodness from her leave-in conditioner, and to set dry twist-outs. I still often use it on the ends of my twists to keep them pliable and smooth, and on my edges to lay them in the most natural looking way possible! It puts me in the mind of an old-school hair grease (like the kind your mom would grease your scalp with), but the nourishing effect lingers and it smells DIVINE! Here’s a quick look at the ingredients—
Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Rosa Damascena Extract, Malva Moschata (Malva) Extract, Urtica Diocia (Nettle), Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fragrance (Parfum), Alkana Tinctoria Root, Annatto Seed.
If you’re looking to dip your toe into the benefits of beeswax, this a great product to try that isn’t heavy and is less likely to build-up. I can use it several times in the interim between wash days without greasiness, heaviness, or a linty attraction. Rosemary and Nettle are ingredients I seek out in my scalp oils and pomades for their growth stimulating effects, so it’s just icing on the cake that these ingredients are in the Hair Honey and pretty high up on the ingredient list! If you try it, let me know in the comments!