Many folks have used manuka honey to soothe sore throats. Perhaps some of us also wonder if manuka honey could be used to repair damaged hair. Daily exposure to sunlight and UV causes hair to dry up, curl, split and result in damaged protein structures. The result is damaged hair. Nobody likes the rough texture of damaged hair.
Manuka, believed to repair damaged hair
Shampoos and conditioners with manuka honey are available to help repair damaged hair. The use of manuka honey for hair repair is not without any scientific merits. Since manuka honey has been found effectively in treating wounds, soothing dry skin and chapped lips, many also believe that manuka honey is able to repair split hair.
Manuka – natural moisturizer for dry hair
How is manuka honey good for hair? Possibly, there are at least two reasons.
Firstly, manuka honey is anti-bacterial, thanks to is naturally-occurring ingredient called methylglyoxal. Every day, our body and hair are exposed to a harsh environment and without daily cleansing, our body and hair could become a home for bacteria growth. Thus, at the very least, there is no harm using shampoos that contain manuka honey.
Secondly, honey is a natural humectant. A humectant is a substance that attracts moisture from the air. For example, aloe vera is a natural humectant used in many skin care products. Likewise, manuka honey is also a natural humectant.
Therefore, hair care products that contain manuka honey could function as a moisturizer, transforming dry, coarse hair into softer and silkier texture by drawing moisture from the atmosphere to the hair strands. Moisturized hair is also less prone to UV damage as compared to dry hair. Thus, manuka honey may help to restore damaged hair, thanks to the simple fact that it is a natural moisturizer.
Honey for silky-smooth hair
Finally, it is worthy to note that people in certain cultures and tribes are still using honey for hair care. We could imagine their men and women applying raw honey directly on their hair, as part of a disciplined routine to keep their hair looking silky smooth. In our modern society, most of us probably would not go through the trouble of doing this.