Aloe Vera Gel is the new bae!
Last week I drove about 20 mins from my home to an International Food Market (Grand Mart) suggested to me by a friend. She knows I’m a naturalist so she thought I would truly enjoy the experience and boy was she right! I went and lost my natural mind lol. It was right up my alley.
I walked out of there $100+ bucks lighter BUT one item purchased that I was especially intrigued in trying was this aloe vera leaf pictured above. I brought it with the intention of using it to simply “pre-poo” my hair before my weekly wash. Before applying the gel from the leaf my hair was shrunken, matted, tangled and dry because of the previous rainy weekend in VA AND the sweat from my workouts did their own number on my hair. My roots were just plain dirty, nasty and gasping for life.
So Sunday evening I decided to get my mind right for my wash routine (yes my weekly wash is something I have to get my mind right for because it’s a lengthy process lol). Before beginning, I lightly water-spritzed my hair to get it prepared to receive the products I was about to apply. I sliced this aloe leaf open and begin generously applying the gel to my scalp, hair shaft and ends. I made sure to dampen my hair pretty good with the gel.
Now what I was NOT expecting was what came next!
The moment this aloe vera gel touched my hair it instantly brought it back to life. My hair began to untangle, my curls were deeply defined, shiny, silky and moisturized. My scalp felt so refreshed. It threw me completely off. This was my first time applying gel straight from the plant. After looking over the results I didn’t even want to wash my hair anymore because I was clearly looking at the best wash-and-go ever ALREADY!
My next question to myself was “Do You HAVE to wash it out?”
I raised this question to the Info-God of all-knowing (Google) and to my surprise, I set myself and my curls up for a major WIN!!
Here’s what I’ve learned about the benefits of Aloe Vera Gel in Natural Hair:
- Aloe Vera Gel Improves detangling
- The moisture content of aloe vera helps condition your hair, locking in nutrients and hydration.
- Aloe vera gel has both emollient and moisturizing properties, meaning that it smoothes the cuticle surface and also attracts and seals in moisture
- Promotes Scalp healing
- Remediation of dandruff. Its anti-fungal and antiviral properties help cure dandruff and flaking
- Restoration of pH levels
- Decreases frizz
- Enhances cellular regeneration
- Anti-inflammatory action for the scalp and generation of hair growth
- Anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your scalp of irritation and aggravationAloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes which help heal and repair the damaged cells in your scalp. This improves follicle health and indirectly boosts healthy and faster hair growth.
- Not only does the proteolytic enzyme help heal the scalp, but it also helps stimulate dormant hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth.
- It also helps curb hair fall and controls hair shedding, ensuring that your hair remains thick and voluminous.
- Aloe vera’s high content of protein, vitamins, and minerals help it nourish your follicles and hair efficiently.
- It is completely water soluble, so can be used regardless of the preferred cleansing regimen
- Aloe Vera is full of vitamin C. It helps your hair growth and makes your hair long, healthy and shiny
And lastly do you have to wash it out? NOPE!
Are there any risks with using Aloe Vera Gel?
“As aloe vera is natural, it is variable in composition depending on where the plant was grown. It is therefore possible to experience batch to batch variation with commercial products. Fresh aloe vera (i.e squeezed out of a leaf) is not suitable for storing and should be used immediately (BGLH).”
What are your thoughts on Aloe Vera Gel??