How and why use aloe vera for hair?
Aloe vera has been utilised for various purposes throughout centuries and in different cultures. The gel extracted from its leaves is well-known for its antiseptic and soothing properties. Not only is this plant among the most popular ingredients in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It is often grown at home and used in homemade remedies, e.g. for acne treatment or wound disinfection.
Above that, did you know that you can use aloe vera for hair and scalp conditions? Packed with vitamins A, E and C, selenium, collagen and zinc, this miracle plant offers a range of benefits for your hair, which we will discuss in more detail below.
What is aloe vera ?
Aloe vera is a flowering succulent plant that originated in the Arabian peninsula. Its grey-green leaves are thick and fleshy and contain a lot of juice that is used for medical and cosmetic purposes. Sometimes it produces yellow flowers at its top. Even in ancient times, people used aloe vera gel to heal wounds and burns.
It was even used for the mummification of the bodies due to its antifungal properties. Today it is a common ingredient used in body care products and medications.
Different uses of aloe vera for hair
When it comes to hair health, this plant is primarily used to treat seborrheic dermatitis, a disease that entails itchiness, scalp rash and dandruff. The main advantage of aloe vera here is its ability to deep-cleanse the scalp and kill bacteria, which, in its turn, ensures the growth of stronger hair.
Moreover, due to its rich vitamin and antioxidant content, aloe vera nourishes the follicles and creates a protective shield on hair shafts, leaving the hair shiny and safe from the outside exposure. Aloe vera helps to regrow lost hair, in a way that it treats a range of conditions and illnesses that have hair shedding as their symptom.
Another reason why this plant is good for hair loss is the fact that it stimulates blood circulation. If you apply aloe vera mask onto your scalp, the blood flow to your hair follicles will increase, hence more oxygen and nutrients will be transported to your hair. All these benefits together make this succulent a great remedy for those who want to tackle hair loss and improve the quality of their hair.
In all, we recommend using aloe vera for hair to:
Reduce the production of sebum:
- sebum buildup is a common cause of slow hair growth. Sebum is a fatty excretion produced by the sebaceous glands of the head. Its main function is to keep the scalp moisturised. However, excessive sebum hinders hair growth by plugging the capillary pores.
Nourish and soothe the scalp:
- its gel contains a remarkable amount of minerals and vitamins that can improve the overall condition of your hair, as well as relieve scalp inflammation and irritation.
- by maintaining the balance of the hair’s natural oil, aloe vera helps prevent dryness and flaky scalp. Its fungicidal properties can also treat dandruff caused by bacteria.
Add some shine and protect your hair from outer exposure:
- the gel from its leaves is an excellent humectant that will make your hair look glossier.
Can aloe vera make hair thicker ?
A frequent question here is whether applying aloe vera for hair can make it thicker. The answer is, it is not directly used for this purpose, as hair thickness is, by large, genetically preconditioned. Some people simply have fewer or thinner hair follicles.
Nevertheless, aloe vera can activate those follicles that are in a “sleep mode” or those deprived of the nutrients, essential for new hair formation. As a result, your head of hair can become thicker after treating it with the plant’s gel.
Side effects of using aloe vera for hair
That said, its gel can also spur side effects, although very rarely. Adverse reactions, like stomach pain and vomiting, may occur if it is ingested. However, the external use is, by and large, safe. Sometimes, aloe vera can cause skin irritation and rash as an allergic reaction. To make sure the treatment is good for you, apply a few drops of its juice on your skin and wait for a few hours to see if any adverse reaction takes place.
Besides, do not use aloe vera for hair every day (at least not in the very beginning of the treatment, until you get a proper sense of it). 2-3 times a week should be sufficient to tackle hair loss.
How to use aloe vera for hair loss ?
So how exactly do you use aloe vera for hair? There are various methods of doing so, the easiest one is an aloe vera hair mask. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of its gel with a few drops of coconut or almond oil and rub the mask into your scalp. There is no need to make your hair wet before applying the aloe vera mask, but you can cover your hair with a damp towel to add some more moisture to the mask.
Let it sit on your head for at least 1 hour and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo. Do not leave aloe vera juice on your scalp (even if you use it without any oil), as it turns sticky and can get an unpleasant smell after some time.
Conclusion: aloe vera in your hair routine
The gel of this wonderful plant is great for those who suffer from various scalp conditions as well as for those who simply want to improve the general state of their hair and add more gloss and sleek to it.
Using aloe vera for hair is safe and relatively easy. Besides doing a weekly mask, we also recommend adding other cosmetic products containing its gel to your hair routine.
Dr Balwi’s hair care series has aloe vera as its main component along with other plant-derived ingredients, such as green tea, hops and birch leaf extracts. This special formula aims to strengthen and nourish your hair follicles and make your hair look shinier and healthier.
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