Hair has been called the “crowning glory”. There are many problems that can plague hair especially for those with naturally curly hair. Some of these problems include dryness, oily hair, dandruff, scaly scalp and hair loss. Aloe vera is well-known for use on burns; less well-known are its uses as a hair care product. There are aloe vera shampoos and conditioners that you can purchase, but it is also very easy to make your own aloe vera gel for hair at a fraction of the cost.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel for Hair
There are many benefits of aloe vera gel for hair. As a natural anti-inflammatory, aloe vera gel can reduce dandruff, relieve dermatitis and itchy scalp, and aid in the healing of scratches and burns on the scalp. The gel can also help to balance the pH of hair and rejuvenate cells which may help in preventing hair loss and promoting new hair growth. Aloe vera gel also moisturize dry hair or help with excessively oily hair. These benefits can be realized by choosing the correct aloe vera gel “recipe” for your particular hair problem.
How to Use Aloe Vera Gel for Hair
For Starters, Get the Aloe Vera Gel: The first step in creating any of these recipes is to blend your own homemade aloe vera gel. Purchase one or more aloe vera plants from which you can harvest the gel from the leaves. With just a few readily available ingredients, you can be on your way to creating the base for the rest of the recipes. Note: you can also buy aloe vera gel already prepared.
1. Aloe Vera and Avocado Hair Conditioner
An aloe vera conditioner can restore your hair’s beauty and strength by nourishing the hair. When the ingredients in this recipe are used on your hair, the natural benefits of aloe vera are increased due to the vitamins and minerals packed in the other ingredients.
- 1/4 cup of your homemade aloe gel
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 large ripe avocado
- Blend all of the ingredients into a large bowel being sure to remove any “strings” from the avocado.
- Apply evenly over the hair and massage gently to cover all of the hair.
- Cover your head with a plastic shower cap and warm towel to allow the hair to absorb the nutrients.
- Leave the mixture in place for about 15-30 minutes.
- Experiment with this time to achieve the conditioning you need.
- Rinse out the mixture with cool water to avoid stripping the hair of the nutrients you have just added with the conditioner.
2. Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar Dandruff Reducer
The superoxide dismutase in aloe vera serves to moisturize, increase blood to the scalp and soothe the skin which may help to eliminate dandruff. By keeping the natural hair oil in balance, an aloe and honey shampoo can be a refreshing shampoo for reducing dandruff.
- 1/4 cup of your homemade aloe gel
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons apple cidervinegar
- Blend all of the ingredients together in a bowl or blender until it is frothy.
- Shampoo your hair with the mixture being sure to massage it into the scalp and covering all of your hair. Rinse out the mixture.
If you want more recipes of using aloe vera gel for hair, the following video shows how to make your own leave-in deep conditioner with aloe vera, glycerin coconut oil and flaxseed oil:
3. Aloe Vera and Coconut Milk Shampoo
This homemade and all natural aloe based shampoo is PH balanced, moisturizing and it promotes healthy hair growth while rich in vitamins and minerals. This all-food-based-ingredients shampoo gets the moisture level to a new high. Watch the following video for more details: