Aloe vera is a succulent plant with thick green leaves that store the gel which is the product we use on natural hair.
I have previously written on the benefits of the gel for hair care, some of the properties of aloe vera that make it so great include;
- Anti-bacterial properties – Aloe vera contains acids that kill bacteria and microbes, this helps in fighting infections.
- Anti-inflammatory properties – Aloe vera contains enzymes that specialize in breaking down sugars and fats that can cause inflammation, this makes it great for soothing and preventing skin and scalp issues like swelling, irritation and eczema.
- Cell regenerating properties – Aloe vera boosts collagen production which helps in faster healing of burns and wounds.
- Cleansing properties – It contains acids such as Cinnamic acid, folic and salicylic acids which cleanse the skin because they are able to penetrate the various skin layers and eliminate bacteria and any fat deposits that might block sweating through the pores.
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Aloe Vera juice is a nice derivative from Aloe Vera and it is edible too. It has a runny, almost watery consistency and can be used in various ways for natural hair.
How to make Aloe Vera juice
- Aloe vera leaf
- Cut off an Aloe Vera leaf (best to cut the ones closest to the bottom)
- Wash the leaf to remove dirt.
- Cut of the spiky sides then slice it through the middle.
- With a spoon scoop out the gel into a blender.
- Add little water to the gel and blend till smooth consistency is achieved.
- Sieve out any bits and transfer to container.
- Store in fridge and use within 2 weeks.
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How to use Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera juice as a pre-poo
Aloe vera juice mixed with some oils like coconut or sunflower oil can be applied to the hair preceeding a shampoo wash. It should be left in for minimum of 15 minutes and depending on hair porosity, heat may be added.
Aloe vera juice as a deep conditioner
An Aloe Vera juice deep conditioner is a great moisturizing mask. Mix it with oils and honey for extra hydration and cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes to an hour.
Aloe Vera juice as a detangler
Aloe Vera juice has enough slip to function as a detangler. All you have to do is spray it into your hair and let it stay for a 2-3 minutes before embarking on the detangling process with a wide tooth comb or your fingers.
Aloe Vera juice in LOC
The L in LOC stands for liquid or leave-in conditioner and this role can be played perfectly by Aloe Vera juice.
It can be used alone or mixed in a 50-50 ratio with water. Spray it to your hair then seal in with oil and cream. This can be done between wash days as your regular moisturizing routine.
Aloe Vera juice for the scalp
Spray the juice to the scalp and massage for a few minutes.
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I hope you have learnt something from this post? What other ways have you used Aloe Vera juice?
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