BENEFITS TO HAIR
• Improved detangling
• Scalp healing
• Dandruff reduction
• Restoration of pH levels
• Decreased frizz
• Anti-inflammation on the scalp
• Hair growth stimulation
As with most hair products, aloe vera gel or juice work differently in different people’s hair. There have been some testimonies of aloe vera being drying to the hair and that it contains protein which makes low porosity hair especially, stiff and dry.
It can be a humectant in certain climates for specific hair types and be a detriment to others (I have found that in Zimbabwe, humectants are better to use when it is more humid, for example when it’s about to rain or has just rained. Our climate can be quite dry and this might cause the humectant to do the opposite of moisturising the hair).
Natural hair uses of Aloe Vera
To speed up hair growth and reduce thinning
Massage aloe vera into the scalp to restore the scalp pH balance and this helps regrow hair.
Used as a conditioner
Aloe vera also helps retain moisture in the hair, which is very important since hair needs water.
1/4 aloe vera
1/4 cup coconut or extra virgin olive oil
Apply to the hair, and cover with a plastic cap for about 30 minutes. Then rinse out.
You can also add a ripe avocado and a Tbsp of honey, to make it a protein conditioner.
Used as a moisturiser
Can be used as a spritz for hair in a protective style or free.
1/2 cup water
1/2 aloe vera
I really like this spritz, it’s simple and very moisturising for my hair.
As a natural shampoo
1/4 cup aloe vera
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
I use apple cider vinegar about once every two months, it really clarifies my scalp well. The honey and aloe vera make the mix less drying, although the shampoo doesn’t smell great. The smell dissipates when the hair dries though.
As a detangler
1 cup water
2 Tbsp aloe vera
5 drops of glycerin
Glycerin is what makes this detangler have slip, so play around with it to get the right consistency. I don’t think I will use this detangler much though, since I prefer to try detangle with just oil.