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How to use aloe vera for hair?

Looking for a natural way to improve the health of your hair? Aloe vera may be the solution! Easy to grow and maintain, the benefits of the plant for the skin are numerous. Did you know that this versatile plant also has many benefits for the hair? Used alone or inhair care with aloe vera , the plant beautifies your hair every day. In particular, it moisturizes the hair, promotes hair growth and soothes the scalp. Find out how to use aloe vera for hair in this article.

What is aloe vera?

Measuring between 60 cm and 1 m, the aloe vera plant is a perennial shrub of the Aloeaceae family and the Aloe genus. Appreciated for its medicinal virtues, the aloe vera plant is much sought after by followers of natural medicine and has been used in medicine by men for centuries.

Worldwide, there are more than 450 species. An evergreen perennial, it is native to the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses.

Aloe vera to treat many ailments. Aloe vera gel is often used as a natural remedy for skin conditions such as burns, eczema and psoriasis. The plant is also said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition to being used topically, aloe vera gel can also be consumed, which is how it is used as an anti-inflammatory for bowel diseases, for diabetes and liver disease. .

Aloe vera is a natural plant that has many benefits for the hair. It can help soothe the scalp, reduce dandruff, and add shine and softness to hair. Additionally, aloe vera can help stimulate hair growth by stimulating follicles and improving circulation.

  • Aloe vera is a plant with many medicinal and capillary properties. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, aloe purifies and soothes the scalp and moisturizes and promotes hair growth.

Before using aloe vera gel, you must first know how to extract it.

How to extract and store aloe vera gel? 

It is possible to collect the gel directly from the leaves of the aloe vera in order to apply it to your hair. In addition, it is possible to keep the aloe gel for 12 months.

How to extract it?

Aloe vera gel is a clear, jelly-like substance that is extracted from the leaves of the aloe vera plant.

While aloe vera gel is available for sale in many stores, it is also relatively easy to extract at home. The first step is to choose a healthy aloe plant. Choose an aloe plant with thick, green leaves. Once you have chosen a plant, cut off one of the leaves near the base of the plant. Then, using a sharp knife, make a cut lengthwise in the center of the leaf. Once the sheet is open, you should be able to see the clear gel inside. To extract the gel , simply scoop it out with a spoon by scraping the clear, viscous substance inside the leaf.

  • Slit one of the aloe vera leaves lengthwise and scrape out the transparent, viscous substance inside with a spoon. This substance is aloe vera gel.

How to store aloe vera gel?

The gel thus collected can be stored in an airtight container for a maximum of 1 week in the refrigerator. To increase this duration, several effective methods exist:

Storage in the freezer

In order to keep your gel for a long time, the best way is to store it in the freezer. After extracting the gel from the sheet, place it in the different compartments of an ice cube tray. Preferably, choose a silicone tray that allows the gel to be easily detached from the container when you need to use it.

This method allows you to keep your gel for 6 to 12 months and to be able to use only the amount needed for each application. This is the easiest way to keep this gel.

Preservation with vitamin C or E

Vitamins C and E are excellent preservatives that extend the shelf life of your gel. These are vitamins naturally present in aloe vera gel but their concentrations are not sufficient to keep the aloe vera gel for more than a week.

So the method is simple. Just mix a few drops of vitamins C or E with the aloe vera gel extracted beforehand. You can also put the mixture in a blender to obtain a homogeneous liquid.

Thanks to vitamins C and E, you can now store aloe vera gel for 1 month in the refrigerator so that you can use it when you need it. 

Preservation with honey

The conservation of aloe vera gel can also be done thanks to the preservative properties of honey. To do this, simply mix one volume of gel with one volume of honey. Choose quality honey with no added preservatives. Honey allows you to keep this mixture in the refrigerator for 8 months if you take care not to expose it to the sun.

Honey helps maintain good hair hydration and purifies the scalp. Thus, adding it to aloe vera gel can multiply its benefits.

  • Thus, keep the gel in the refrigerator for a week, in the freezer for 6 to 12 months, mixed with vitamins for 1 month or with honey for 8 months.

Aloe vera treatment

Its benefits on the hair?

Aloe vera contains a large amount of vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids and fatty acids which have beneficial effects on the hair. Applying aloe vera gel to your hair moisturizes the hair and purifies and soothes the scalp. Thus, the hair fiber is strengthened which helps to promote healthy hair growth.

  • Aloe vera has many benefits: hydration of the hair, soothing of scalp irritations, purification of the hair or even promoting healthy hair growth.

Moisturize the hair

On a daily basis, it is important to keep your hair hydrated. Since aloe vera gel is almost 98% water, it is the perfect substance to nourish and condition your hair.

By applying it on your hair, it will help you to avoid hair dryness. If your hair is already dry and brittle, aloe vera gel helps to repair it in depth. In addition, your hair will become supple, shiny and less brittle.

To moisturize your hair, apply aloe vera gel to your hair before shampooing. Leave for a few minutes before rinsing the excess that has not been absorbed by your hair. You can also opt for an aloe vera mask to deeply hydrate the hair fiber.

Purify the hair

Sometimes it happens that the scalp is full of sebum. This natural oil has the role of protecting the scalp. Unfortunately, this sebum can at some point be secreted in abundance and clog the scalp. It gives a greasy look to your hair. Aloe vera gel helps prevent such a thing from happening since it regulates sebum production . To purify your scalp, apply a dab of gel to the roots of your hair before washing. To facilitate the application, you can opt for shampoos with aloe vera. Thus, aloe vera treatments cleanse the scalp and make your hair cleaner and healthier.

Soothe the scalp

You may be suffering from itching, irritation, dandruff or flaking of the scalp, which can be bothersome on a daily basis. Thanks to its rich collagen content and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera can help relieve all of the scalp issues listed above. Applying the gel to the roots soothes your scalp and treats irritation and redness. Likewise, aloe vera hair care such as aloe vera shampoos can soothe your scalp.

Grow hair and prevent hair loss

Aloe vera, applied to the scalp, stimulates blood circulation. In addition, the gel strengthens the hair fiber by providing it with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for their growth. Thus, the hair grows faster and stronger. In addition, it helps prevent hair loss .

Thus, to promote blood circulation, the gel of the plant must be applied directly to the scalp. This can also be done using an aloe vera shampoo. When shampooing, gently massage your scalp with your fingertips to activate circulation without damaging your scalp. In addition, as said above, it will purify your scalp and regulate sebum production.

In order to nourish the hair fiber to strengthen the hair, you must apply aloe vera gel to your lengths. Use a reasonable amount of gel or opt for an aloe vera mask to put on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.

For what types of hair?

Even if aloe vera gel is particularly recommended for dry and damaged hair since it nourishes them and for oily scalps that it purifies, one of the great benefits of aloe vera lies in the fact that can treat any type of hair.

  • Aloe vera has benefits for each type of hair and responds to many hair problems.

dry hair

As we mentioned in a previous paragraph, aloe vera is 98% water. Because of this, it is an excellent product for moisturizing dry and damaged hair. In addition to its water composition, aloe vera is rich in elements such as vitamins and minerals that deeply nourish the hair fiber to repair dry hair. Aloe vera moisturizes your hair and provides the nutrients needed for healthy growth. In addition, the plant makes your hair shiny, supple and soft to the touch to regain beautiful hair.

oily hair

The problem of greasy hair is not a question of hygiene and even less a problem of maintenance. This is simply the case when the scalp is clogged with impurities or an excess amount of sebum produced. Aloe vera contains enzymes that break down grease and rid hair of abundant oil to purify the scalp . This is how the plant regulates the production of sebum.

Curly and frizzy hair

Thanks to its moisturizing properties, aloe vera is suitable for all hair types. Thus, frizzy hair can also benefit from all of its properties.

Curly or frizzy hair is naturally drier than other hair types. Thus, aloe vera, as seen above, can deeply hydrate the hair fiber of your hair.

Often another problem with this type of hair is that the lengths are dry while the roots are oily. Aloe vera can also help you solve this problem by purifying your scalp to regulate sebum production. The plant also works against the dryness of your hair by sealing in moisture .

In addition, if your hair lacks flexibility, aloe vera can correct this problem by bringing flexibility to your hair. This makes it easier to comb and detangle.

Finally, if your curly hair lacks luster and shine, an aloe vera treatment can help improve the visual appearance of your hair by bringing light and shine to your hair.

colored hair

Colored hair is often dry and damaged due to light bleaching and coloring and the chemicals it may contain. Aloe vera gel therefore deeply moisturizes your colored hair and repairs damaged hair fiber. This allows you to get soft, shiny hair and revive the color.

Aloe vera treatment

How to use it on your hair?

To allow your hair to benefit from all the benefits of aloe vera, there are several routines that you can incorporate into your daily habits.

In daily care to hydrate

If you are looking for a solution that will help you moisturize your hair, aloe vera is indicated for that. Indeed, it allows to seal the hydration.

Its moisturizing and nourishing properties will allow you to nourish the ends and lengths of your hair.

In addition to this, the water contained in aloe vera helps regenerate, strengthen, soften and make hair easy to braid.

In shampoo

Some shampoos used for hair are extremely high in chemicals. These are usually the cause of scalp irritation or allergic reactions. This is the reason why natural products for hair treatment are often requested and preferred.

Thanks to its cleansing and purifying properties , aloe vera is one of the best alternatives to shampoo. For this, you can apply the gel to the entire length of your hair and to your scalp. After 3 or 4 hours of application, the gel will dry and you just have to brush your hair to remove the residue. Your hair should be clean.

But this exposure time is very long and maybe you don't have a few hours in front of you each time you want to have your hair clean. Opt for a natural shampoo enriched with aloe vera. This hair care with aloe vera allows you to benefit from the cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing properties of the plant when washing your hair. This is the most practical use of aloe vera gel to have beautiful, strong and hydrated hair. This shampoo with aloe vera also allows you to purify your scalp and calm irritations.

In hair mask

You can make your aloe vera hair mask using the single gel or by combining aloe vera with another ingredient such as honey or a vegetable oil such as coconut oil, olive oil and Argan Oil.

To apply this mask, simply mix the gel with honey or the chosen vegetable oil and let it sit for 10 minutes on your damp hair. After the exposure time, rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water and wash your hair as you usually do.

The aloe vera hair mask has several benefits for the hair:

  • On the scalp, it purifies and limits the overproduction of sebum
  • On the lengths, it hydrates and nourishes the hair fiber
  • On split ends, it repairs the hair fiber
  • Throughout the hair, it strengthens the hair and promotes its healthy growth.

In styling gel

Do you know ? Aloe vera gel can also help with your hair .

Indeed, aloe vera gel is well suited for styling curly hair. To use it, wet your curly hair and rub it with the gel. The aloe vera gel energizes the waves while providing them with the hydration necessary for this naturally dry hair. This will give you beautiful soft curls.

For some curly hair, this is enough to add style and shine. For others, you will have to add other styling products.

This gel can also help style your unruly locks for all hair types. It also brings softness, shine and structure to your hairstyle without making it greasy or weighing it down. To apply, distribute a small amount of gel between your hands and apply gently to your dry hair.

In gel to repair its ends

The ends are more likely to break, split, and damage than the rest of your hair. They are therefore often forked and dry. Therefore, they require special attention. In order to repair your split ends , use the gel of the plant as a mask on your ends. To prevent the next split ends, apply aloe vera also on your lengths.

On damp or dry hair, leave the mask on for ten minutes before your shampoo. By applying it to the ends of your hair, you allow them to hydrate and absorb the nutrients it contains.

  • Many hair treatments enriched with aloe vera exist in order to facilitate its use and benefit from all of its properties in the most optimal way.

Contraindications to its capillary use?

Although the use of aloe vera for hair care does not present any danger, a few cases of allergic reactions have been observed in people who are often allergic to plants of the Liliaceae family such as garlic, tulip or the onions.

Thus, as with all products, a risk of allergy or irritation is always possible. It is therefore advisable to do a skin test by applying a dose of gel in the bend of the elbow 24 hours before using it as an aloe vera treatment on a larger surface. If redness, irritation or itching appear, stop using aloe vera gel without medical advice. For the most fragile people or those suffering from chronic illnesses, it is advisable to seek advice from a health professional before prolonged daily use.

For internal or medicinal use, be sure to find out beforehand about the various side effects and contraindications that may be associated with it and to consult a health professional.

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