How to Use Aloe Vera Oil for Dry, Thirsty Hair
Dry hair can be frustrating, even when there are so many different products to combat it on the market. Despite all the remedies we see in stores, dryness, damage, and excessive shedding can still be caused by poor nutrition and pollution! Luckily, thanks to Aloe Vera oil, moisturizing and soothing thirsty hair roots is easier than you think.
Aloe Vera is a great natural alternative for several hair products. It’s a miracle plant that contains nutrients vital for silky, soothing and natural hair. If you’re looking to beat the dry hair blues, read on to learn four ways you can use Aloe Vera for dry and thirsty hair.
What is Aloe?
Aloe comes directly from the Aloe Vera plant, a succulent originally from the Arabian Peninsula, that can grow in the wild in tropical environments all over the world.
While Aloe vera is typically known for it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to soothe burns, it is also full of nutrients that are ideal for growing healthy and moisturized hair. Aloe vera can be purchased in many forms, but you can also grow the plant and extract the aloe yourself!
To obtain Aloe from an Aloe vera plant:
- Cut off the leaves and separate them long sections, taking off the serrated and non-serrated edges.
- Carefully slide a knife along the top of the leaf, peeling it away. Inside is a gel-like substance known as a mucilage. This gel is sterilized and filtered, then becomes what we recognize as Aloe.
- With the dull butter knife, gently scrape out the mucilage into a blender, avoiding the yellow colored pulp inside.
- Blend the gel until it reaches your desired consistency and move to a storable container.
The mucilage found in Aloe vera is approximately 99.5% water. However, the remaining 0.5% contains choline, choline salicylate, and mucopolysaccharides. This chemical makeup is important, as they consist of pectins, celluloses, amino acids, and lipids. These create soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect when trying to treat dryness on your scalp and in your hair.
One of the key ingredients in Aloe is acemennan, a complex carbohydrate that allows for the nourishing properties of aloe vera to successfully reach the cells in our bodies and rid them of toxins. This property is crucial when using aloe vera for haircare as it takes impurities out of your hair and scalp, promoting healthy and strong hair growth.
How To Eliminate Dandruff
Aloe Vera aids in reducing dandruff by moisturizing and soothing the scalp. Specifically, Aloe eliminates scaly dryness–a major cause of dandruff. The mucopolysaccharides within Aloe Vera form a protective film when dried. This film shields nerve endings from damage and reduces inflammation that results in dandruff. This is done through the use of glycoproteins that soothe the scalp of the itching sensations experienced with dandruff. Furthermore, Aloe Vera also contains pectin, a gelatinous polysaccharide that is known for holding properties together. When used on hair, the pectin in aloe vera acts as a cement, keeping the cells on your head healthy and growing, resulting in a fresh scalp free of flaky dead cells.
Besides this, Aloe also helps promote blood circulation that works to stimulate the moisturizing oil production on your head. Thus, your dry scalp is reduced even further!
Did you know Aloe is just as good for your insides as your outsides? Check out this skin detoxing healthy smoothie recipe with Aloe Vera.
Create a Moisturizing Shampoo
Vitamins and minerals are essential for the restoration of strength to your hair. Aloe Vera is a great source of obtaining these nutrients naturally! For those looking to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss:
Mix Aloe Vera with oils and coconut milk for producing a nourishing shampoo.
The two most common oils that can be used with Aloe Vera oil are Wheat Germ and Jojoba.
Wheat germ oil contains a wide variety of vitamins, including Vitamins E and B, best known for promoting cell growth and circulation within the scalp. Wheat germ oil also contains squalene, a polyunsaturated fat very close in structure to the oils our bodies naturally produce. Because of this, squalene is easily absorbed into the scalp.
Jojoba oil is extremely similar to sebum, the oil naturally produced by our scalps. This allows it to be easily accepted by the scalp when applied topically. Jojoba oil is also known for its ability to prevent hygral fatigue, in which hair absorbs too much water and loses its natural strength and moisturizing properties. Jojoba oil combats this by hydrating the hair from within the hair shaft when applied, and acting as an emollient by filling in breaks and cracks on the surface of hair cuticles.
Additionally, the nutritive advantages of Aloe Vera oil is multiplied exponentially when combined with plant extracts, essential oils and herbs.
Aloe Vera doesn’t just moisturize your scalp, it can also soothe your skin! Try Kimberly’s D-I-Y Cooling Aloe Vera Gel.
Create a Moisturizing Conditioner
If your scalp is too dry or too oily, then Aloe Vera will help restore the proper balance. Natural sheen and shine is restored through Aloe Vera’s natural conditioning capabilities. Aloe vera lies higher on the pH scale, adding some acidity to our hairs natural pH that lies between a 4 and 5.5 and can be damaged with alkaline shampoos. This allows Aloe vera to act an an excellent conditioning property, as it adds moisture without changing the balance of hair’s natural structure.
Using Aloe Vera Oil, natural hair will become stronger, softer, and more supple. Try adding Aloe Vera oil or gel directly to your conditioner to enjoy its benefits.
To make your own Aloe Vera Leave-in Conditioner:
- Combine water with 2 tbsp. of aloe vera gel in a small bowl and mix.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle
- Shake the bottle and spray
You can use this leave-in conditioner for up to 3 days a week for smoother and softer hair!
For a deep conditioner, combine 1 tbsp. of aloe ver gel with 1 tbsp. of warmed coconut oil and mix thoroughly. Apply this mixture to your hair and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse. The soothing properties of Aloe vera will nourish your scalp and prevent breakage while the coconut oil works to keep it soft and conditioned. Plus, this conditioner can be stored in an airtight container and kept of rip to 10 days!
Accelerate Hair Growth
With its inherent anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera has also been said to accelerate hair growth. Essentially, it contains substances known as proteolytic enzymes, that repair dead skin cells on the scalp, promoting healthy regeneration of skin cells. In doing so, hair follicles are no longer clogged with dead skin cells. Reducing inflammation on the scalp allows hair follicles to breathe. This creates more room for stronger, healthier hair growth. Similarly, Aloe Vera’s anti-microbial properties prevent build up of substances on the scalp that may inhibit the growth of new hair.
The restorative properties of Aloe vera also enable your hair pH to natural balance out, promoting hair growth as a result.
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How to Find the Right Products
Although Aloe Vera contains a multitude of benefits, they may only be obtained under specific conditions. The World Health Organization stated that Aloe Vera is most effective with concentrations of 10-70%.
Many products on the market are listed as using Aloe Powder. However, this reconstituted powder doesn’t contain the 0.5% of nutrients found in the natural mucilage.
The next time you’re shopping for new products, be on the lookout for these points on ingredient lists:
- Juice (“aloe barbadensis leaf juice” or “aloe vera juice.”)
- High Concentrations (10-70%)
Incorporating Aloe into your hair care routine is a simple and effective way to add moisture back to your hair. With so many different ways you can use it, your hair is sure to be softer than it ever was before.
How will you use Aloe Vera on your hair? Share with us in the comments!