In my house, you are almost always guaranteed to find a jar of Murray’s Beeswax in the bathroom. A hair simplicist, Murray’s just so happens to be one of the few products that my mother actually swears by. She transitioned to natural hair more than ten years ago and has not looked back since. It is almost like I went on her transition with her (not really, but I was indeed the resident hair stylist of my house). Needless to say, Murray’s and I have had some very fond memories.
When my mother realized I liked to do hair, she would have me do two strand twists every week using a little bit of beeswax for hold. When I was learning how to cornrow I thought that the beeswax would help with the fuzzy, scraggly braids I walked through the halls of my middle school proudly donning because I did them myself. In case you were wondering…it didn’t.
Then again, a lot of hair things didn’t really work out for me back then. Now that my natural days are over, I have less of a need for it unless I am protective styling. Beeswax* can definitely be a worthwhile product for your regimen if used correctly and as with most things, knowing how you should use it will make it ten times easier to apply it to your regimen should you have the need.
Some basic uses for beeswax
Hold for twists and braids – Generally speaking, beeswax is the product you would reach for if you’re looking to add some sort of hold to your hair. It’s not called wax for nothing! When using it think of the phrase “less is more”.
When it comes to ladies who do a lot of protective styling beeswax* is something worth trying. Just remember, a little really does go a long way and for my mom, less than a pinch did the trick of keeping the ends of her twists from unraveling.
We would part her wet hair, rub a little bit between our fingers, apply and go and she got great results using this method. In the case of beeswax its biggest con is also the most beneficial thing about it–its thickness. This means it is a good product for holding hairstyles like twists (a la Mama Nelson) and braids as well as sealing in moisture, especially on your ends.
Originally posted 2014-06-12 15:00:17.