Aloe vera is currently one of my favourite hair care products. I just love the fact that I don’t need to wash it out of my hair and that it has so many benefits for natural hair asides sleeking it down.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant with thick green leaves that store the gel which is the product we use on natural hair. It has been used for thousands of years by humans because of its plethora of medicinal purposes. It is great for hair, skin, and even dental care!
Some properties that make it so great include;
1. Anti-bacterial properties – It contains acids that kill bacteria and microbes, this helps in fighting infections.
2. Anti-inflammatory properties – Enzymes that specialize in breaking down sugars and fats that can cause inflammation are found in the plant. This makes it great for soothing and preventing skin and scalp issues like swelling, irritation, and eczema.
3. Cell regenerating properties – It boosts collagen production which helps in faster healing of burns and wounds.
4. Cleansing properties – It contains acids such as Cinnamic acid, folic and salicylic acids that 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.
Today I’ll be telling you different ways to use Aloe-vera on your hair for growth and health. Some of them are;
Aloe Vera as a gel
By itself, aloe vera is a gel. It is a lightweight gel that I would recommend for every natural. It may not last long periods like the thicker synthetic gels in the market but it is something you can use for a quick-fix hairstyle.
The gel also gives good results with braid outs and twist outs. I periodically use it to achieve sleek styles and to define my hair, it doesn’t have as much hold as flaxseed gel but it’s pretty good. My favorite thing about it is that it leaves no residue or flakes and soothes my scalp while at it.
For hair conditioning
Aloe Vera is a great hair conditioner, it is loaded with amino acids and promotes hair moisture. You can use it as a pre-poo conditioner, Deep conditioner, or leave-in conditioner. Aloe Vera juice is also used to condition the hair, learn more about it in this post.
Aloe Vera for the scalp
You can use Aloe Vera is for scalp health. It alleviates itching and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It balances the scalp pH giving the hair a proper environment to grow. Enzymes that destroy dead skin cells and fungus that may lead to dandruff are also found in this plant.
Whenever my scalp feels tender or itchy for any reason, I cut a leaf from my plant and massage the gel into my scalp and it soothes instantly. This stops me from unnecessarily scratching my head which may cause sores.
Have you used Aloe Vera on your hair before? How did that work out for you?
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