For centuries, aloe vera has been used for its medicinal properties. The plant’s leaves can be used to make aloe vera gel and juice and they are included in a variety of natural remedies. Aloe vera can also be utilized to get a strong, healthy hair, but also to prevent hair loss. The plant contains minerals, vitamins (A, C, E, and B12), amino acids and enzymes which can make your hair look great and keep your scalp healthy.
You can use aloe vera as a hair mask, or you can add it to your shampoo or conditioner. You will have a shiny and smooth hair while your scalp will be free from dandruff, seborrhea, and psoriasis.
How to use aloe vera to have a healthy hair
You can use aloe vera juice or gel on their own or combine them with other natural ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil or honey. Some people prefer to buy aloe vera gel from the market because it is easier than trying to extract the gel from the leaves. If you plan to buy it too, you should carefully read the label and buy the one with the fewest additives possible.
- Hair conditioning mask
You can make a natural hair conditioning mask by massaging aloe vera gel into your hair after washing it. Cover all your hair with the gel and put a steam cap over your head. Use a hair dryer to apply heat for five minutes, then rinse with water. You can also leave the gel in your hair overnight and rinse off in the morning.
Another way to make a natural mask is by mixing equal parts of aloe vera gel and olive oil. Apply onto your hair by massaging and using a comb to evenly distribute the paste. Leave for half an hour, then wash your hair as usual.
- Pre-wash for hair
Mix equal parts of coconut milk, aloe vera juice and wheat germ oil (or olive, avocado, almond oil). Massage the resulting liquid into your scalp and cover all the hair strands. Leave for 10-15 minutes, then wash your hair as normal. This pre-wash removes dead skin cells from the scalp and helps you get rid of dandruff.
- Hair conditioner
Mix 1/2 a cup of lemon juice with 1/4 a cup of aloe vera gel and add 3-5 drops of essential oil (tea tree, rosemary or peppermint). Shampoo your hair as usual, then apply this mixture and leave it for 3-5 minutes. Rinse and then style your hair.
Mix 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, 1/4 of Castile soap, 1/4 cup of distilled water, 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil and one of glycerine, and several drops of your preferred essential oil. Keep the mixture in a bottle and use it as your natural homemade shampoo. Because Castile soap is alkaline, you should add an acidic conditioning rinse.
You can make an apple cider vinegar hair rinse by mixing 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water. Apply to your hair and gently massage. Leave it for several minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Use aloe vera gel or juice and you will have a shiny and healthy hair without spending a fortune on expensive products.