As women, we are always looking for the next best thing to make our hair look and feel healthy. This can be as easy as checking out a plant that over 80 % of people have in their homes.
For centuries the Aloe Vera plant has been used as a first aid treatment for burns, scraps, bug bites and more. In the late 1970, people also started consuming it as a health drink.
This versatile plant is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. So why not use it on your scalp? Good news, you can use it on your hair and scalp with excellent results.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is a succulent species of the genus Aloe and is a perennial evergreen. It is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Most households keep it around in the event of a burn on the skin or the dreaded, “first of the year sun burn”.
Most studies agree that the Aloe Vera plant has such effects as soothing, moisturizing and healing when used on the human body, and there are records of its use as far back as the 21st century BC.
There are numerous vitamins, mineral, and amino acids in Aloe Vera that are required for good health and longevity.
Why is Aloe Vera Good for Us?
This plant in its natural form contains over 100 trace nutrients that affect our bodies including the scalp and hair. Many problems with the hair and scalp are caused by excessive dead cells that accumulate on the scalp.
The proteolytic enzymes in Aloe Vera can get rid of the dead cells that clog the hair follicle and in turn, will promote hair growth.
The Aloe Vera also can restore the skin and scalp to the right pH balance because of its alkalizing properties. This will help keep the dead cells from accumulating and causing a dandruff problem.
Benefits of Aloe Vera For Healthy Hair
The more we learn about this plant, the more we learn about the effects on our hair and the growing process. Following is a list of some of the known benefits.
- Adds luster and strength to the hair
- Helps hair retain moisture
- Penetrates deep into the scalp
- Anti-fungal properties will elevate dandruff
- Promotes hair growth
- Corrects the pH Balance of the scalp
- Helps with the controlling of Psoriasis
That is quite an impressive list of effects that the Aloe plant can have on our hair!
Aloe Vera Recipes for Incredible Hair
Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Mask
I cup of Aloe gel
10 drops orange essential oil
liquid from 2 vitamin E oil capsules
1 clean glass jar with lid
Whip the aloe gel until it is smooth and foamy. Add the other two ingredients and whip again. Put in a clean glass jar with lid and refrigerate. Good for 3 weeks. Rub on to hair and massage into scalp. If possible, leave it on all night and shampoo in the morning.
Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Mask
1 Medium sized, aloe leaf, cleaned and washed
¼ cup coconut oil
Small pan and strainer
Cut the aloe leaf into small cubes and place in a pan with the coconut oil. Warm the mixture in a pan of hot water for about 10 minutes. It will come to a boil in the smaller pan and let the oil soak up the aloe nutrients for about 5 minutes. Let set until cool and it is ready to put on your scalp. Leave it on for around and hour and then shampoo.
Honey and Aloe Vera Mask
1 cup of prepared aloe gel
5 tsp honey
Blend ingredients until smooth. Starting at the top of your head, apply the mixture to the entire end of hair and massage into the scalp. Leave on for at least an hour and them shampoo as usual.
Raw Egg and Aloe Vera Conditioner
1 raw egg
1 cup prepared aloe gel
2 tbsp olive oil
Put olive oil and gel in a blender and blend until frothy, mix in egg and beat thoroughly. Use as you would any other type of conditioner.
Coconut Milk and Aloe Vera Hair Mask
10 tsp of coconut milk
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp sesame oil
½ tsp neem oil (optional)
I tsp deep thick conditioner
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Apply to the entire head of hair until it is saturated with the mixture. Spray the head with your favorite rinse spray or just use water. Wrap you head with a plastic shower cap and leave it on for 1-2 hours. Shampoo and dry as usual.
All these recipes work with the same principle, they all cleanse the entire scalp and rid it of dead cells which can clog the hair follicles and cause dandruff and impede hair growth.
The ingredients then super moisturize the hair shaft from root to tip which leaves your hair with a glossy, healthy sheen. The pH on your scalp is also now within healthy perimeters. Good luck and hope you will try all the recipes.
How to Extract the Aloe Vera Gel From a Plant
All recipes will call for fresh aloe gel so if you are planning on using fresh aloe you will need to learn how to extract the gel from the aloe leaf.
Step One- Select a leaf from the outside of the plant and wash it carefully. Cutting it to short from the plant can cause contamination.
Step Two- Trim the big end off and trim the prickly edges off both sides.
Step Three- Convex side up trim the peel off with a veggie peeler or sharp knife.
Step Four- Slide the knife under the gel to remove it, much like you would fillet a fish. You can also use a spoon to scrap it off.
Fresh vs Packaged Aloe Vera Gel
If obtaining a fresh aloe vera plant is not an option for you, there are some good companies that sell Pure Organic Aloe that are worth your time checking into.
I have listed them below for your consideration when shopping for quality products.