Posted on May 23, 2009 by Samara

Beeswax…A Black Hair No No!

beeswax-00I was outraged today after doing some more research on ingredients used in black hair care products when I found that this ingredient, beeswax also known as paraffin is a common ingredient in black hair products. Why does the hair care industry insist on making sure black women don’t have hair on their heads?!

Answer this question for me if you would:

Would you put melted candle wax in your hair?

Heck no, would be your answer right? Wax wouldn’t absorb into the hair, neither will it moisturize the hair or be beneficial in anyway. Instead it would do nothing but cause buildup, breakage and seal the hair preventing any absorption of moisture. Beeswax is just as bad as using products with mineral oil and/or petroleum.

Ladies please stir clear of any product containing this ingredient. If you are a natural sister there are other alternatives to holding your twists and locks. Beeswax will be harmful in the long run if you decide to use it. If you are currently using this product or products containing this ingredient, stop now and find a good clarifying shampoo to try to remove the beeswax from your hair which is also going to be struggle. This stuff is very difficult to remove from the hair when it’s applied. It’s almost like glue!

Beeswax A.K.A Paraffin is bad and it’s an absolute no no for black hair! Do not use products containing this ingredient.

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  1. This is the reason why I don’t use “black” hair products, I always wondered why when I try to use them my hair makes a turn for the worst. But when I use the products aimed at “the others” then my hair flourishes in with health and shine.

    So now I know what paraffin is, good article.

    Comment by Tati — September 27, 2009 @ 4:07 am

  2. Yes, the so-called products “geared” for black hair that are widely available are never good for our hair. If you want to use black hair products that are actually black owned, my suggestion is to try looking online. Karen’s Body Beautiful, Kinky-Curly, and are actually good black owned hair companies that are actually owned by black women.

    Comment by Samara — October 14, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

  3. What are your thoughts on Afroveda products?

    Comment by FeliciaCooper — January 24, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  4. I am not shore where you did your research but beeswax and paraffin whilst similar in empirical formula are definitely distinctly different
    Paraffin wax (C25H52) beeswax is C15H31COOC30H61

    whilst I can see your point as to the possible detrimental effects on hair I believe you need to check your facts before claiming that they are the same thing

    Comment by concerned — July 18, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  5. Yup, paraffin and beeswax are definitely not the same thing. Beeswax is a natural product made by bees while paraffin is, if I’m not mistaken, a petroleum product.

    I don’t know what benefits beeswax would have in a hair care product (though I know it was traditionally used in pomades), but I’ve made salves and used hand lotions that had it in them and there were no adverse effects to my skin.

    Beeswax smells really nice, whereas paraffin doesn’t really have a smell. I think paraffin would be harder to get out of the hair than beeswax.

    Comment by Igor — August 27, 2010 @ 2:01 am

  6. @concerned
    I still don’t see why you would want to put wax in your hair.

    Comment by Bizzy B — August 31, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

  7. Beeswax and parafin wax ARE NOT the same thing. Someone asked if you would use wax in your hair? Well, if you use jojoba oil in your hair, you are in fact, using a wax. Same thing with lanolin. People need to research things before jumping to conclusions.

    Comment by Elaine — November 11, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  8. What about beeswax milk. It is an ingredient in the curls curly q milkshake

    Comment by Kelsey C Jimerson — November 15, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  9. I actually researched this ingredient and did not find any info on it. I do not believe it is the same thing as beeswax though because I have not experienced any buildup from using this product

    Comment by Samara — November 23, 2010 @ 2:52 am

  10. There is nothing wrong with using beeswax on natural hair. There is a problem if you’re trying to use this as the sole product that you use on your hair, but as a styler, I prefer it to gel. It’s most important to remember that you have to first moisturize your hair with either water or a water based moisturizer of your choice (nothing that contains petroleum oil) or both. Then it’s important to seal in that moisture with an oil. I prefer argan oil because it also penetrates the stands of your hair and smells amazing, but you can use coconut oil, jojoba, extra virgin oil olive, etc. Then and only then can you add beeswax. For certain styles like two strand twists, beewax will help to give added hold, it will make your twist outs have more definition for longer, and the beeswax also acts as a sealer for the moisture you just put on your head. Black women, please educate yourselves on your hair. There is too much information out there for you STILL not to know at this point.

    Comment by Candice Adams Roma — September 2, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

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