by Jasmine Hawken  in Hair

This plant with its thick gel-like substance inside its leaves has a cooling and soothing feel and effect when applied to the skin. The gel is most commonly used to relieve sunburns and in supporting a healthy gut lining and digestion.

A lesser-known application, yet one that has been used for centuries, has been for strengthening the follicle and soothing the scalp from irritation, dandruff, and inflammation.

Aloe now days is readily available and used in its whole plant form. You can purchase the leaves and scoop out the gel from within (the gel is clear in color and slightly watery), or you can also find it freshly prepackaged and bottled at your local health food store.

The ingredient with all around goodness for the hair:

• If you find your hair is getting weaker or starting to fall out, this is an ingredient you will want to keep handy in your fridge because Aloe contains proteolytic enzymes which naturally stimulate hair growth.

Apply the hair growth recipe below twice a week for best results.

• Folic acid and B-12 vitamin in Aloe vera gel helps with preventing hair fall-out.

• The fatty acids in the gel are thought to create a protective layer, which can act as a shield from environmental elements.

• Due to it’s high fatty acid and collagen content the use of Aloe will also help keep your hair consistently hydrated.

• Calms an itchy scalp: Aloe is beneficial to relieve scalp itchiness and irritation due to its potent anti-pruritic properties. Seborrheic dermatitis is the clinical term for this condition. The fatty acids found in the aloe plant have been clinically studied and found to have anti-inflammatory properties and successful in treating flaking itchy scalp dermatitis (dandruff). These potent anti-inflammatory benefits can help reduce redness on the scalp. This would be an ideal ingredient for men who sport a shaved head and need to soothe and protect the scalp on an ongoing basis.

• Supports healthy hair growth: Like rosemary, Aloe vera has strong anti-fungal properties and can also supports hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp when applied topically.

• Deeply cleansing for oily hair: For oily hair Aloe vera is fantastic because of its capacity to cleanse the follicle removing extra sebum without stripping the hair. It is one of the gentlest uses of this ingredient, allowing a deep cleanse without hurting or drying-up the strands.

• The vitamins A, C, and E also prominent in the gel help promote healthy cell growth and shiny hair. Some think that Aloe’s rich vitamin and collagen content may also help heal sun damage to your hair as well.

• All in all applying Aloe on a regular basis will help keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and feeling soft.

basic use of aloe vera

Rub the gel into your scalp massaging it in in circular motions. Apply to the rest of your hair and let it penetrate by letting it sit for an hour allowing it to thoroughly condition any damaged, dry ends. Rinse off the gel and wash with a Hairprint shampoo and conditioner of choice.

hair growth stimulator using aloe vera

4 Tbls - Aloe Vera Gel
1 tsp – coconut oil
6 drops – rosemary essential oil

• Mix all ingredients together
• Apply to the scalp and massage into each section for 10 minutes or more
• Let sit for 20 minutes
• Rinse out and wash with a hairprint shampoo and conditioner of choice

hair mask using aloe vera

2 eggs yolks
4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons shea oil or coconut oil

• Mix all ingredients to make a smooth consistency without lumps
• Apply the aloe vera egg mask on your hair and scalp.
• Ensure that your roots are covered in this mask
• Wash your hair with cold water and a hairprint shampoo and conditioner of choice

Warnings for Aloe vera: There is usually little cause for concern when using Aloe, but some people are allergic to it. Before using Aloe vera topically, do a patch test. Rub a small amount on the inside of your wrist and wait up to two hours to see if your skin reacts poorly. This will let you know if you have an Aloe sensitivity.





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