Wednesday, February 24

Healthy Skin Benefits of Honey

Honey acts a natural moisturizer and helps your skin maintain its softness, suppleness and elasticity. Honey is also a humectant that attracts and retains water thus naturally moisturizing your skin and lending it a natural glow. This is what makes honey a popular ingredient for hair, body and face products. Honey has been known to help rid the skin of blemishes and aid in flushing out toxins. It's also an effective treatment for minor abrasions, burns and is an anti-irritant so it's beneficial for people with sensitive skin.

Honey Facial Exfoliant

1 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp Sugar (for a gentler exfoliant use ground cinnamon)
1-2 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp of coconut oil

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Dampen face with a warm wash cloth and apply mixture to face.  Work the mixture in circular motions. Rinse face off with warm water. Don't forget to tone and moisturize afterward.

Black Hair History

Here's an excellent video on the History of Black Hair done by the lovely YouTuber Chisellecouture

Also be sure to check out these books on the history of black hair. They make for an informative and interesting read.

Tuesday, February 23

Healthy Hair Benefits of Honey


Not only is honey rich in vitamins and minerals it's also an excellent humectant (attracts and holds on to water molecules) and emollient. Therefore it serves as a wonderful, all natural moisturizer and conditioner making it a great treatment for dry and/or damaged hair.  Honey lends the hair extra softness and sheen just by applying it to damp hair and letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.  After shampooing or co-washing your hair should feel softer and more manageable.

Honey Deep Conditioner
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Olive Oil, Sweet Almond (or the oil of your choice)
1-1 1/2 cup Conditioner (depends on the length and volume of your hair)

Mix together and apply to hair from root to end. Put on plastic cap/bag and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly with warm water.  You can adjust the amount of the ingredients depending on the length and volume of your hair. Remember to use equal parts honey and oil.

NOTE: Over time honey can lighten the hair.  If you're looking to darken your hair then use molasses in place of honey.
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