You may recall me mentioning in a previous post that when I used Aloe Vera Juice in my hair, it left my hair crispy and dry. So it was with much trepidation that I tried the gel in my hair. I used it neat on one strand, waited for it to dry and lo and behold the strand wasn’t rendered straw like……hmmm…. could it be that I may be able to use aloe after all and benefit from all that goodness that most naturalista’s spew about??
Next test….I decided to whip it into my shea butter mix, shealoe style and would you adam and eve it, soft moisturised curls?? Normally when I use flax gel, my hair is a little bit hard but when I used the shealoe mix, soft soft soft!!
Now I’m on a roll so I decide to make a Hair Jelly with Aloe Vera Gel as the base, Panthenol, Protein yada yada yada……..Lovely results as you can see above!!
So now I’m in the Aloe Vera brigade, I can write about the benefits of Aloe. So what are they?
Firstly, Aloe contains over 20 minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, has antibacterial properties that can combat and eliminates the problem of excess sebum. This helps in keeping the scalp healthy so that hair follicles can grow naturally;
Aloe vera helps maintain the moisture in your hair, leaving it less brittle and, according to Northwestern Health Sciences University, it is a growth stimulant for hair and is a natural treatment for dandruff;
Psoriasis, a common skin disease caused by the rapid buildup of skin cells that form itchy, dry, red patches, can appear on your scalp and can be successfully treated with aloe vera gels. According to the Mayo Clinic, aloe can reduce the redness, scaling, itching and inflammation of scalp psoriasis and provide a benefit to your hair as well. In a study reported in Archives of Dermatology, more than 80 percent of the psoriasis patients treated with aloe vera showed improvement, compared to just 6 percent of those who did not receive aloe vera;
It also balances the pH level of hair, and apparently drinking it can help with weight loss and removes poisons in the body.
There’s much more to this wonder plant so if you want to read more, have a look at the related article below.
Does anyone else use Aloe? and how?
- Aloe vera juice for the hair (africanhairblog.com)