Aloe Vera is a common household medicinal remedy used by both natural healers and health care professionals alike. It is used to treat anything from a simple sunburn, constipation, to weight loss. This is why I keep both Aloe Vera juice and gel (not the crappy stuff they sell at the drug store with additives and God only knows what else) stocked in my fridge for medicinal and cosmetic purposes…however my primary reason for keeping this antiviral and antibacterial plant’s juice/gel in the fridge is for my hair…Yea you read that right my hair.
- Aloe Vera is perfect for relieving an itchy scalp. It is one of many natural ingredients that helps reduce dandruff and repair a damaged scalp
- It is a great hair conditioner. I‘ve found that when I use it my curls are more silky and smooth to touch
- It promotes hair growth.
- Kristi Malik of NDTV quoted Diane Gage author of Aloe Vera: Nature’s Soothing Healer as saying “Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur. Aloe vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage.” in her article 6 Amazing Benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair, Skin and Weight-Loss
- Aloe Vera is a natural Humectant (helps hair retain/preserve moisture) and therefore a great moisturizer
So how do you add it to your routine you’re probably asking yourself…
Here are a few ways I use it:
- Aloe Vera Juice is the main ingredient in my Daily Moisturizing Hair Spritz (subscribe to my blog by filling out the form on the right to receive a free copy of my customized recipe)
- I use the gel in some of my favorite deep conditioning masks
- Depending on your preference for a cream or liquid based leave-in it makes a perfect base for any home made treatment.
As I mentioned before I DO NOT buy my Aloe Vera juice or Gel from drug stores like CVS or Walgreen’s. Personally I only purchase my oils and other wellness products from nutrition stores such as GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. Right now my favorite brand is GNC’s Natural Brand filtered Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Gel or Juice
Do you use Aloe Vera in your hair care routine? Please share by commenting below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As always Peace and Hair Grease y’all
P.S. in case you were curious about the difference’s between Aloe Vera Gel and Juice….there really isn’t one. But here is an article I found to be helpful