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How to use FRESH Aloe Vera for Natural Hair

How to use FRESH Aloe Vera for Natural Hair

 

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 prepare the hair replacement;
  • Moisturising and soothing the scalp to prevent dandruff.

 

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To use fresh aloe vera on natural hair you will need the following:

  1. Aloe Vera (2 leaves should do but you can use less depending on the length of your hair)
  2. Blender
  3. Plastic Container
  4. Cloth Strainer
  5. Knife
  6. Spoon

Step 1.

Cut two leaves of fresh aloe vera from your garden or buy from a grocery store.

 Step 2.

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.

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Step 3.

After rinsing the plant with clean water, cut the spiky edges off with a sharp knife.

Step 4.

Cut the top layer of the aloe vera leaf as thinly as possible to avoid cutting the gel within.

Step 5.

Use a spoon to scrape out the gel from the leaf.

Step 6. Blend the gel.

 

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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.

 

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Step 9, Once done, it should look like this.

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Additional Step

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.

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To Detangle/Comb

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.

 

To shampoo

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.

To Condition

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.

Tips*

  • 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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Chinwe Juliet

Hi! My name is Chinwe Juliet and on here I share with all honesty all the information about my natural hair. Natural hair is beautiful so all my tips and tricks will be listed to help you achieve the look you desire. I also hope to inspire everyone of you not only with your natural hair but your inner beauty as well.
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26 Comments

  1. Idy Ekanem

    Lovely tip.
    I have loads of aloe vera plants around me that i can use.
    Please does the specie matter as there are lot of different ones.

    Reply
    • igbocurls

      Thank you. Yes the species does matter. I have researched a bit and it seems that, out of the 240 or so different species of aloe vera, only four have been found to have nutritional value to humans. The top on the list is Aloe barbadensis miller and thats the one I used in this post. Its the most popular aloe specie used in cosmetics and I hope you have it around you.

      Reply
  2. Gugu

    Hi, my neighbourhood we have a stack load of aloe growing like weed! I noticed that after a couple of days the Aloe changes color. Is it still safe to use? I only make a small batch (half a leaf) but i can’t use all of it in that short time span.

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Gugu, I find that wrapping my aloe leaf with cling film before placing it in my fridge helps to retain it for a few days. However, if you have an already blended aloe Vera gel, adding vitamin E before storing it in the fridge will help as well.

      Reply
  3. Divina

    can make another one nd add sheabutter

    Reply
  4. Nikyta

    Hi! should we apply shampoo again after rinsing the aloe vera from the hair?

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      There’s no need to shampoo after the aloe vera because aloe vera already has natural cleansing qualities. In other words, your hair should already be clean after you use the aloe vera.

      Reply
  5. Nnenna

    Thanks for the info.

    Reply
  6. Nnaya

    Ewww, I didn’t know that aloe leaves had a yucky-smelling yellow liquid! Haha. Chinwe, do you prefer using fresh aloe vera gel to the store-bought gel?

    Nnaya
    maneattractionglobal.blogspot.com
    IG: maghairng

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      Yes dear. Store bought Aloe Vera hardly ever works for my hair so fresh Aloe Vera is the way to go for me.

      Reply
  7. hibba

    My baby girl’s hair keeps falling off nd her edges jus wont grow. I hope this helps. Shes only a year and half old

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Hibba!
      If she’s only a year and a half don’t worry. He hair will begin to fill out as she gets older. (When she’s 3years) However, if this does not happen, we would develop a Regimen for her.

      Reply
  8. Pndile

    Hi my hair is comes out from root and is not growing it being a whille now what can i do

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      Do you mean your hair is breaking or shedding a lot? What kind of regimen do you use?

      Reply
  9. katchy

    Thanks chinwe, I tried it today as a conditioner and did a great job on my hair…it felt really soft and there were no tangles at all after loosening my braids.

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      I’m so glad it worked for you! 💝 You’re welcome!

      Reply
  10. Christie

    Hello, I just started using fresh aloe vera. I tried the store bought before but it turned my hair hard. I love the way it felt when I was finished. I blended a small leaf with honey and coconut oil . My hair is dry, thin and breaks. It also comes out from the root with a bulb on the end. How can I use aloe vera as a everyday moisturizer? I am natural and have 4b kinky hair. The breakage and the coming out from the root bothers me, and my edges are thin from processing and weave. Please help.

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hi Christie!

      I’m more concerned about what you mean by your hair coming out from the root. Do you know the difference between shed hair and breakage? Does your hair come out in large clumps? Do you have any medial condition or have you fallen ill recently? I can’t help you much until I have more information.

      Looking forward to your reply.

      Reply
      • Christie

        Hello and thank you for replying. I believe I know the difference with shedding hair. Its not in clumps. When I exam the strand(s), on the end of some of them, there seems to be a bulb or something. I don’t find it on my pillow or anything its when I comb thru it. Instead of breaking off it has a hard bulb on the end, which makes me think it is coming out from the root/ and it hurts. I only have issues with digestion and blood circulation. It seems getting and maintaining moisture is one of my issues. With my hair being thin I try not to use anything heavy. Also I said I have a 4B hair type. Not sure if that is right. I have tightly coiled, dull looking hair. Shrinkage is alot. Stretched (no chemicals just pulling the curl down naturally) my hair comes slightly past my shoulder but it shrinks to just below my nape like 80%.

        Reply
        • Chinwe Juliet

          That bulb you are referring to is called a Single Strand Knot. They occur naturally with our hair type but you can learn how to reduce them here. http://igbocurls.com/prevent-single-strand-knots-natural-hair/

          Shrinkage is also normal but you can stretch your hair by braiding or twisting it. If you want to keep your from looking dull, incorporate hot oil treatments, deep conditioning and hair mists.

          Reply
  11. ozioma

    Hello chinwe,am Ozioma by name.i jst started keeping natural hair for two years now but its seems not growing.what will I do

    Reply
    • Chinwe Juliet

      Hello Ozioma,

      Thank you for your comment. Could you please let me know your regimen?

      Reply
  12. Chinwe Juliet

    It’s the Aloe Barbadensis plant, that’s the type I used in the video.I haven’t tried any other aloe specie so I can’t tell.

    Reply

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