You’ve likely heard many of your favorite natural hair “gurus” talk about using aloe vera (juice or gel) somewhere in their hair regimen. But do you know why there’s so much fuss over it? Let’s discuss some of the main benefits of using aloe vera for natural hair.
Keeps Scalp Healthy
Aloe vera contains enzymes that have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which help prevent dandruff. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the scalp, preventing dryness and itchiness.
Healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp!
Promotes Hair Growth
The active proteolytic enzymes in aloe vera make it a sort of exfoliant, getting rid of dead skin cells that may clog your follicles, preventing new hair from growing. Once your follicles are unclogged, all of the vitamins and minerals contained in aloe vera that help boost growth can get to work! The alkaline nature of aloe also helps to balance the pH levels in the air and on the scalp.
For you high porosity gals, try an aloe vera juice rinse to help close and seal your hair cuticle to help you retain moisture.
Moisture Retention = Length Retention
Aloe is also known to act as a natural conditioner and helps hair retain moisture. Why does this help?
If hair lacks moisture or if its moisture escapes too quickly and often, the dryness can lead to split ends and eventually, breakage. By smoothing down the hair cuticle and keeping the moisture within the hair shaft, the hair maintains its elasticity, your hair is less likely to break and you’ll keep the hair you grow!
These are just three of aloe vera’s many benefits. You can use either aloe vera juice or gel alone or mix them with your products to give them some oomph!
Use this as an effective moisturizer when wearing protective styles like crochet braids or extensions or even to just re-moisturize and refresh your loose styles (twist-outs, braid-outs) every few days.
What You’ll Need:
- 8 oz spray bottle
- 1 oz Aloe Vera Juice
- 2 oz Leave-In Conditioner
- 2-3 Carrier Oils of choice (jojoba, coconut, castor, etc. — appropriate to your hair’s needs/texture)
- 2-3 hair-healthy Essential Oils
For essential oils, I like: peppermint– great scent, scalp refresher, antiseptic; tea tree – anti-fungal, treats scalp issues; rosemary – improves circulation to the scalp to encourage growth.
Starting with the Aloe Vera Juice in your spray bottle, add 4-5 drops of each essential oil, an ounce or two of each carrier oil (depending on how thick you want it) and your leave-in. Fill the rest with water and shake to mix. That’s it! Having this in a spray bottle makes it so easy to apply to your hair and scalp when wearing extensions and keep your hair moisturized and healthy!
Now, your turn!