Aloe vera is an evergreen perennial plant of the genus Aloe. This species is commonly used for various consumer products including beverages, skin lotions, gels, cosmetics, ointments etc. Aloe vera has thick and fleshy leaves with serrated margins having white teeth/spike like structures around the sides.
Benefits of using aloe vera for the hair and scalp:
Can calm and ease itchiness on the scalp, especially for people with dandruff. It can reduce the itchiness and flaking of the skin under your hair. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can also reduce scalp inflammation caused by dandruff. It will help reduce hair breakage and stimulate the hair follicles to promote hair growth. Can promote the hair shine and give your hair a natural glow.
Helps to control greasy hair, as aloe vera has enzymes and properties that can break down fats and strip away the extra oil (sebum) from the hair. It can also protect the hair from ultra-violet (UV) damage and retain the natural hair colour.
Aloe Vera Hair Growth Oil:
There are two ways you can make aloe vera hair oil –
- 15 – 16 aloe vera slices
(Approximately one inch slices each)
- 1 cup coconut oil
Method 1: Into a heating pan, add in the coconut oil and the fresh aloe vera gel slices extracted from the plant ( do not use commercial aloe vera gel ) and let it come to a boil, then reduce the flame and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the color of the oil has slightly changed. Turn off the flame and let it cool down. Pour it into a container for storage purposes.
How to use: Partition your hair and apply this oil (you can also warm up this oil before applying it) on your hair and scalp evenly. Then gently massage it in, using circular motions and let it sit for half an hour to forty minutes before washing off with a mild shampoo and conditioner. READ MORE – ALOE COFFEE OVERNIGHT FACE MASK to brighten skin
Aloe vera Hair Fall Shampoo:
- ½ cup fresh aloe vera gel
(You can cut open the leaf and remove the gel using a spoon)
- 1 tbsp of hair oil or honey
- 1 cup pure liquid castile soap
Method: Into a bowl add in the aloe vera gel (grind it in the mixer, until it is a complete liquid), almond oil or honey and castile soap and mix well until fully combined. Then pour this into a bottle and you can use this like how you would use a regular shampoo and rinse off using a mild conditioner.
Aloe vera Hair Growth Spray:
- ¼ cup aloe vera juice
- 1 tbsp of argan oil or any other hair oil
- ½ cup water
- Few drops of rosemary or peppermint essential oil.
Method: To make the aloe vera juice, you will need to remove the aloe vera gel from the aloe vera leaves and grind it using a mixer grinder.
To make the hair spray, mix the hair oil ( I used black castor oil ) with essential oil and add to a spray bottle. then add the aloe vera juice and water well and pour the contents into a spray bottle.
How to use: Partition your hair and spray this aloe vera hair spray on your hair and scalp evenly. Then gently massage it in, using circular motions and leave it on overnight or use it as a leave in conditioner.
Aloe vera hair growth Mask
- 2 tbsp onion paste
- 2 tbsp fresh aloe vera gel
Method: To make the onion paste, you can chop up one medium sized onion into four cubes and grind it using a mixer grinder, until it becomes a fine paste. Please see that it becomes like a paste and not a complete liquid.
To make the hair mask, in a small mixing bowl, add in 2 tbsp of the freshly ground onion paste and 2 tbsp of fresh aloe vera gel (cut a fresh leaf in half and remove the gel using a spoon). Mix this well, so that all the fresh aloe vera gel is completely broken down and there are no lumps or pieces left.
Then, partition your hair to make the application process easier and apply this mixture evenly onto your scalp and hair (with your finger or using a brush) and gently massage in circular motions for five to ten minutes and then let it sit for half an hour before you can wash off with a mild shampoo and conditioner. READ MORE – Herbal hair wash Powder to stop hair fall