The aloe vera plant is rich in water, so it helps to hydrate the hair and scalp and lock in moisture.
Aloe vera is also antibacterial and a natural antiseptic. That means it helps to prevent infection, speed up healing from chemical burns on the scalp, and control bacteria build-up that causes excessive dry scalp and dandruff.
But wait, there's more…aloe vera also helps to reduce inflammation. So the next time those hair extensions are too tight, try putting a little aloe vera on the inflamed area of the scalp.
Why is aloe vera good for the hair and scalp?
The scalp is just an extension of our skin covered in hair, so it reaps the same rewards from aloe as the rest of our body. Aloe vera can calm a scalp irritated by dandruff by helping to eliminate dead skin cells and stop uncontrollable itching.
But what can aloe vera do to the hair? I'm so glad you asked because aloe is no slacker when it comes to hair either. Aloe vera contributes to cell turnover, which repairs and strengthens hair strands. This is what helps to keep hair shiny and smooth.
All aloe vera products are not the same
If you want to reap the benefits of aloe vera, 100% pure is the way to go. In fact, if aloe is one of the ingredients in a product, there's a good chance it's not in there for the advantages, but to help make other ingredients less irritating.
You are more likely to get the benefits from using pure aloe vera gel than from a formulated product. Most hair care products that are formulated with aloe usually only contains a small amount.
One of my favorite brand of pure aloe to use is Green Leaf Natural aloe vera gel. It's 100% organically hand picked and harvested in Texas with no thickeners or chemicals added.
How to use aloe as a hair and scalp treatment at home
Aloe vera is a gentle plant and the majority of people have no adverse effects from it. That being said, it's very easy to create a hair and scalp treatment at home that gives fantastic results.
Just mix one part aloe vera gel and one part carrier oil in a tint bottle. (Carrier oils are oils that also come from plants and have a neutral smell such as olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and almond oil).
I like to use a tint bottle because of the marked measurements on the bottle which makes it easy for mixing. (2oz of gel and 2oz of oil). The two ingredients will eventually separate, so mix them well just before using them.
If you have a dry, flaky scalp, you can give a little punch to the treatment by adding 15 to 20 drops of peppermint or tea tree oil.
On unwashed dry hair, apply the mixture to the scalp first using the applicator of the tint bottle and apply the remainder to the hair. Massage the scalp for about two minutes and comb the mixture through the hair thoroughly.
Apply cotton coil around the hair line, place on a plastic processing cap, and sit under a medium to hot dryer or heating cap for about 20 minutes. If you don't have a hair dryer or heating cap, no worries, you can just sleep in the treatment overnight.
Side note…if you decide to sleep in the treatment, be sure to cover your pillow with a towel or cover the processing cap with a cotton bandana, otherwise, you may awake to an oily mess on your pillowcase.
Next, you'll want to shampoo, condition, and style your hair as usual…that's it!
This treatment is all-natural and will do wonders for your hair and scalp. If your scalp is dry, tight, and itchy, you will experience some relief. If your hair is natural, you will find it to be more manageable. If you wear a relaxer, it will be less dry, and both types of hair will be shinier.
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