Shiny and Healthy Natural Hair Using Aloe Vera
Aug. 26, 2020
Aloe vera is a fleshy plant that has been used for centuries to treat burns, soothe dry skin and it’s a main ingredient in many beauty and skincare products. But what if we told you this mighty succulent could possibly be the cure for limp, dry, and distressed hair? Today our experts are diving into the world of aloe vera and sharing what’s fact and what’s fiction!
What Is Aloe Vera?
More than just a cute plant that sits on your windowsill, aloe vera has been used throughout history to treat a myriad of concerns inside and outside of the body. According to our experts, the fleshy leaves contain a gel that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids great for relieving sunburned skin, burns, and other surface wounds. When taken as a supplement, aloe can help with many digestion disorders like constipation, gas, and reducing reflux symptoms. But what makes aloe vera such a great ingredient for your hair?
Benefits of Aloe for Hair
Not only amazing for your body and skin, aloe is a great natural treatment for your hair. A quick Google search produces over 95,500,000 results, promising such things as extreme hair growth to a hydrating treatment used to thicken and strengthen strands. Unfortunately, not enough research has been done on these claims, but recent studies have shown that it can help dry hair and provide some relief to dandruff sufferers because of its:
- Anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce irritation.
- Antioxidant properties that inhibit growth of certain bacteria.
- Enzyme and fatty acid content that can help reduce inflammation.
- Vitamins and minerals that can moisturize, nourish, and strengthen hair strands.
Aloe vera is also a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture from the air. This is especially promising for the dry haired guys and gals out there looking for natural hydration for their tresses because aloe can hold and retain that moisture in your hair strands. As for the extreme hair growth, aloe doesn’t actually help hair grow but it can be helpful to those who experience hair loss due to an iron deficiency. Because it’s packed with vitamin E, aloe vera can also protect against free-radical damage, further safeguarding the integrity of your hair. And for anyone suffering from an itchy scalp or flaky dandruff, we see aloe vera as a star ingredient in many hair care products aimed at calming the itch and ditching the flakes.
How to Use Aloe Vera on Your Hair
If you’re looking for a natural itchy scalp treatment, apply an organic aloe vera gel directly to your scalp and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and repeat twice a week for best results. When used in its raw form, aloe acts as a cleansing agent so it’s best to rinse off any and all residue to prevent a sticky feeling residue on your hair. You can also look to incorporate a conditioner that contains aloe vera to further help your skin and get the smoothing benefits for your hair.
If you’re in need of a hair care treatment to help with the dryness, we have a couple to share! Because aloe is water-attracting, it’s best to combine it with other water-based ingredients, like glycerin and water. Avoid mixing your aloe with any type of oil. For a daily hair moisturizer, try combining 1 cup of water and ½ cup inner filet aloe vera juice in a spray bottle. Apply sparingly, as too much moisture can cause hygral fatigue, better known as breakage. For an easy treatment that will leave your hair shiny and strong, mix three teaspoons of fresh aloe vera gel with two teaspoons of Greek yogurt and one teaspoon of honey. Massage into your hair and scalp and let the treatment sit for about 30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water According to a recent study, the probiotics in the yogurt are said to help with dandruff.
Does Using Aloe Vera on Your Hair Have Any Side Effects?
As with any new product you try on your hair or skin, it’s best to apply a patch test to check for sensitivities, inflammation, allergic reactions, or redness. Applying aloe to your head is generally safe, as it’s completely natural and come from a plant. In a few mild cases, individuals have had skin reactions like redness, itchiness and scaliness after using aloe. If you don’t notice any of these symptoms within a few hours of using, aloe vera is safe to use on your hair and scalp. If you have any concerns, consult with your doctor before trying aloe vera on your scalp. All in all, if you’re not sensitive or allergic to the plant, our experts recommend giving aloe a try! If you’re looking to naturally hydrate your hair and scalp, aloe vera just might be your answer. Have you ever tried aloe vera on your hair or scalp before?
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At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
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