Aloe Vera is a natural plant which is currently being researched for its possible medicinal properties. The plant has a natural gel which can be obtained by squeezing from the leaf. Commercially this gel can be added to crushed leaf to give aloe vera juice extract. Aloe vera is very complex in composition but is mainly composed of a large number of sugars.
The pulp of the aloe vera plant that contains the juice & gel has been used for medicinal, cosmetic & health purposes due to the fact that they contain antioxidants, antibiotics & antifungal properties.
They also have a vast amount of vitamins & minerals such as Vits A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, Calcium, folic acid & amino acids to name a few.
The juice & gel can be used on all hair types & is especially beneficial for dry & damaged hair.
Benefits of Aloe:
- Adds strength and luster to hair.
- Promotes hair growth
- Moisturize the hair due to it being a humectant
- Maintains the hair hydrated by locking moisture in hair. It works as barricade
- Restore the natural pH balance of the hair & scalp
- Reduce dandruff
- Naturally condition the hair
- Reduce hair shed
- Promote hair shine
- Help heal an irritated, dry, itchy scalp
- Lessens scalp redness and inflammation
Ways to Use Aloe Vera:
• In a moisturizing spray bottle with water & an oil of choice or a little leave-in conditioner (daily moisturizer)
• As part of your moisturizing Deep Conditioner (Add to DC)
• In your shampoo – just adding a little when you shampoo your hair
• As part of your leave-in conditioner (Add to Leave-in)
WHERE CAN I FIND ALOE VERA JUICE (AVJ)
You can sometimes find it in your local supermarket, health food store or pharmacy.
To make your own:
Break off the outer leaf of the plant then slowly slice down the middle of the leaf. Using a spoon you can scrape out the sap & mix it with a little water. Put the mixture in a blender & blend.
Store it in the fridge in an airtight container for no more than 4-5 days.
NOTE: While it is a moisturizing ingredient (humectant) you should only use a little AVJ at a time as too much can sometimes make the hair feel dry.
Some people might be allergic to fresh AVJ & you should perform a skin test before using it for the first time by putting a tiny amount of juice on the inside of your arm & waiting 24 hours to see if you get an allergic reaction (e.g. red & itchy)
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Ladies, do you use aloe vera on a regular basis? How does your hair feel afterwards?