Beeswax, to some, is a new ingredient to many products. You have it in lip-balms and in candles and a list of other everyday items. The history of the use of beeswax is fairly lengthy. We as humans have used it since ancient times. It still doesn’t mean that it doesn’t wax (no pun intended) and wane in how popular it is. It will most likely always be of some use in the future just as it has always been since man started using it.
Brief History of Beeswax and Other Bee Products
Researchgat.net has a great book on beeswax and beeswax products. It has a book by Stefan Bogdanov entitled, Online Beeswax Book. In chapter two he talks about the history, use, and trade of beeswax. He mentions the many uses throughout different civilizations of the world that beeswax is used. From Egyptians using it for their curls, to the Chinese beauty regiments using it as anti-aging ingredient. Today it is used in Creams, lotions, lipstick, mascara, eye shadows, deodorants, hair creams, depilatories, hair conditioners according to Bogdanov’s book, last accessed February 29, 2020. But that isn’t the earliest known thoughts that was have on beeswax being used by man. Valencia Spain has cave paintings dating back 8000 years that show people collecting and sharing beeswax.
You may be wondering what kind of beeswax is used in cosmetic products. Well, Wikipedia mentions that, “Purified and bleached beeswax is used in the production of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. The three main types of beeswax products are yellow, white, and beeswax absolute. Yellow beeswax is the crude product obtained from the honeycomb, white beeswax is bleached or filtered yellow beeswax, and beeswax absolute is yellow beeswax treated with alcohol.” and that furthermore, “Beeswax is also an important ingredient in moustache wax and hair pomades, which make hair look sleek and shiny.”
Benefits of Beeswax in Hair Products
There are a few reasons why this ingredient is in hair products. It isn’t just to make everything look smooth and shiny. It also lock in moisture and has vitamin A. In addition to making the hair smooth, it makes it straight. It seals the ends of hair to and prevents strands from further damage from split ends. It promotes hair growth. Some of us can’t grow hair like we used to. I know mine has slowed down. I used to be able to grow enough out each year to donate some to cancer patients. But at some point my hair stopped growing that fast. It can sooth scalp conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff.
Avon’s Propoli Thera Products Featuring Beeswax and Honey
Avon’s products do all of the above as a benefits to their products and they have a decently sized line of Propoli Thera. Geared mostly to those in need of repair, people with dry and brittle hair can also benefit from the products they have to offer. It is also free of sulfates and parabens. It is not vegan though as vegans do not use honey or anything having to do with bees. That’s including beeswax. It can be used daily, not that you need to wash your hair daily unless there is a reason. Otherwise it isn’t good for your hair. It is safe for color treated and permed/chemically treated hair.
It’s Key Ingredients:
• Propolis (tree sap plus beeswax) – Contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to help restore weak and brittle hair.
• Honey (made by bees from the nectar of flowers) – Helps restore moisture.
• Royal jelly (the food of bees) – Helps lock in shine and restore hair’s natural luster.
How to Use Them
- Shampoos: Apply to wet hair, massage from roots to ends, and rinse thoroughly.
- Conditioners: Apply to freshly washed hair, focusing on the ends, leave on as long as desired, wait 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Hair Serum: Apply 1-2 pumps evenly on damp or dry hair, do not rinse, and style as usual.
- Hair Mask: Apply a quarter-sized amount from roots to ends, paying attention to damaged ends, leave on for several minutes, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual. Can be used 1-5X a week. For extensively damaged hair, use daily and be used as a pre-wash.
The first time I used the product, I think I may have used a tad too much and didn’t rinse my hair out as well as I should have. So, it did leave my hair feeling extremely thick and it weighed down my hair. I had to re-wash my hair the next day and make sure to rinse it out. My hair felt less thick (that is what the voluminous set does after all) but did look fuller. I feel that to get the full affect of this product it would be best to use every other day. That way the hair isn’t getting over washed. I did love how the shampoo and conditioner worked in my fine hair. Given that I don’t wash my hair THAT often I think I will use it for special occasions and stick with my Chi Shampoo and Conditioner set. See the post I wrote on those here.
Tips For Extra Volume
- Sleep with hair in a bun.
- Blow Dry Hair Upside Down
- Use Hot Rollers for Added Bounce