Beeswax has long been used as a natural hair tamer. Its waxy composition makes it an ideal styling tool for textured or sculpted looks. However, when used in excess, the result can be a stubborn buildup in the hair. This buildup can be difficult, if not downright impossible, to remove. However, there are a few tricks that can help to remove this waxy product from the hair.
Beeswax, especially in generous amounts, can make the hair impervious to water, thus rendering normal washing attempts futile. A liberal application of olive oil can do wonders in this situation. Working olive oil through the affected hair breaks down the waxy buildup. Similar in composition to olive oil, sweet almond oil can also be used to break down beeswax in the hair. Follow the oil treatment with a thorough rinsing with warm water.
Natural oils go a long way in getting stubborn beeswax out of the hair. It is, however, only a single step in the process. Stopping at step one would leave a person with a head full of greasy, oily hair, which is not a far step from waxy, waterproof hair. To combat the excess oil in the hair, a good washing with a grease-cutting dish detergent is recommended. This should be repeated until the hair feels squeaky clean to the touch and free of greasiness.
As dish detergents are not designed for hair care, it can leave the hair overly dry. Once the beeswax and oil have been completely removed, some people like to finalize the ritual with a moisturizing shampoo wash. This can be followed with a regular or deep conditioning treatment.
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