How To use Fresh Aloe Vera for Natural Hair
Aloe Vera has various benefits for hair, health and skin. It is a widely popular plant that has been used for centuries for healing internally and topically. Some of the benefits of Aloe Vera for hair include;
- Restoring pH balance of the scalp,
- Cleansing hair by removing dead skin cells with its proteolytic enzymes,
- Promoting hair growth,
- Treating Hair Loss and;
- Moisturising and soothing the scalp to prevent dandruff.
To use fresh aloe vera on natural hair you will need the following:
- Aloe Vera (2 leaves should do but you can use less depending on the length of your hair)
- Plastic Container
- Cloth Strainer
Cut two leaves of fresh aloe vera from your garden or buy from a grocery store.
You can either allow the yellow bitter smelling liquid to seep out for 10-15mins or you can quickly cut that part off and rinse your aloe vera under clean water.
After rinsing the plant with clean water, cut the spiky edges off with a sharp knife.
Cut the top layer of the aloe vera leaf as thinly as possible to avoid cutting the gel within.
Use a spoon to scrape out the gel from the leaf.
Step 6. Blend the gel.
Step 7. Place a cloth strainer over your container and gently pour your gel into it.
Step 8. Hold the edges of the strainer and apply pressure to squeeze the gel out without bits.
Step 9, Once done, it should look like this.
You can put the leftover aloe vera bits inside a spray bottle and fill it with water to use as a daily spritz. Preserve by placing in the fridge.
Apply the aloe gel directly from scalp to ends making sure your strands are well coated. Follow with fingers, comb or use a denman brush and your shed hair will simply glide out.
Massage the aloe vera gel into your scalp to lift away any dead skin cells and rinse thoroughly. You’ll be left with a clean scalp.
Leave in the aloe vera for 15-30mins under a shower cap like any other regular conditioner and your results will be soft, supple hair.
- You can use stockings or a pantyhose as a substitute for the cloth strainer. The aim is to use a strainer with the smallest of holes to prevent the bits that can get stuck in your hair from passing into the gel.
- Use a blender not a food processor. If you make the mistake of using a food processor like I did, some of the gel may end up leaking through the gap in the middle of the processor.
- Filtering the gel from the bits is the most important step. If not done properly, you may end up with aloe vera bits on your hair. Trust me, I know what that looks like.
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