The Aloe Vera plant has been a hit in the natural hair community. The juice and the gel. From DIY deep conditioners and prepoos to moisturizers and hair growth concoctions aloe has been added as an ingredient. It’s a good natural humectant that helps your hair retain moisture and it has many other benefits that I will list below:
•heals and repairs damaged cells in your scalp
•contains proteolytic enzymes that promote hair growth
•it has anti-pruritic properties that relieve itchiness and scalp irritation
•it’s a natural humectant
•helps restore the PH balance of your hair
Aloe as a pre-poo
You can use it as a pre-poo by applying the gel to your hair and scalp before your wash. Cover your head with a plastic cap and leave it in for an hour. Rinse it out then go on to shampoo or cowash as usual.
Aloe as a conditioner
You can also use it as a deep conditioner. Mix the gel with your favourite conditioner. Apply it to your hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave it in for an hour and rinse it out. You can also just use the plain aloe gel without mixing it with your conditioner.
Aloe as a leave-in conditioner
For a leave-in conditioner mix aloe gel, water and a few drops of an essential oil.
Aloe hair growth serum
Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe gel with 3 tablespoons castor oil and 3 tablespoons vitamin E oil. Apply it to your damp hair and scalp and rinse out after 20minutes. You can switch it up to your desired proportions and also depending on the volume of your hair.
How to extract the Aloe Vera gel
•Cut the leaf into sections about 4cm long. This makes it a little more manageable.
•Cut off the serrated edge. Try to get just the edge because it is difficult to get the gel out of those pieces.
•Turn your blade to its side and slide it in just under the skin on the end of one of the strips.
•Carefully slide the knife along the bottom edge of the skin down the whole length of the leaf. Try to stay close to the skin so you get as much gel as you can.
•Scoop out as much gel as you can and put it in a container.
•Blend until smooth. It will almost immediately froth when you start your blender. This is normal.
The froth will eventually go down. You can wait or you can just go ahead and strain the gel into a clean storage container to remove any bits from the skin
•if you’re not using it immediately then refrigerate it. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
Happy hair growing!