We all have subjected our hair to hundreds of chemicals in the form of shampoos, conditioners, and hairsprays. However, over the years, the haircare industry seems to have realized that the best way to take care of our delicate hair is to go the natural way. In fact today, various brands offer natural hair care products and one of the most frequently found ingredients in them is aloe vera!
Aloe vera is a plant that has thick leaves with a gel-like substance inside of them. Not only is it found in most Indian gardens, but it can also be very easily planted at home and is not too high on maintenance. The gel of the plant is cooling and soothing when applied to the skin and the scalp.
Using aloe vera gel for hair can reap you a multitude of benefits
Most of us are aware of the multiple benefits it has for our skin, but did you know that it can actually strengthen your hair and make your scalp healthier? It calms an itchy scalp, deep cleans hair, boosts growth, repairs strands of hair, and even curbs hair fall. The best part is that you can couple it up with things that you can easily find at home and make a DIY conditioner or hair mask in order to reap its great benefits.
The best way to use aloe vera is to extract the gel from the plant and directly apply it on your scalp. You can choose to either scoop the gel out of the leaves if you have a plant at home or you can always find a gel at a pharmacy store. In either case, here are five amazing ways of using aloe vera gel for hair:
1. Aloe vera overnight spray
All you need to do is add 1/2 cup fresh aloe vera gel and 1/4 cup of fresh ginger juice in a blender. Blend the ingredients till they’re well combined. Once that is done, transfer the mix to a spray bottle. Spray on your entire scalp and massage for about 20 minutes. You can keep it overnight and wash your hair the next morning.
2. Aloe vera oil
Blend a cup of aloe vera gel to ensure that there are no lumps. Add coconut oil and the aloe gel to a saucepan. Heat the mixture till it stops bubbling and the residue turns dark. Let the oil cool down. Strain the oil and store it in an easy-to-use bottle. You can use it 3 to 4 hours before shampooing your hair. For even better results, leave it on overnight.
3. Aloe vinegar mask
Mix 1/2 a cup of fresh aloe gel and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Blend until well combined. Transfer it to a spray bottle. Apply it to your scalp as well as the length of your hair. Give your scalp a gentle massage. You can leave it on for 3 to 4 hours before washing.
4. Aloe leave-in conditioner
Mix 1/2 a cup of aloe vera gel and 15 drops lavender essential oil in a bowl. Transfer to an easy-to-use pump bottle. Apply it on the entire length of your hair and on your scalp after a hair wash.
5. Mix it up with castor oil
Castor oil helps reduce hair damage, split ends, hair loss, and dandruff. It also naturally conditions the hair and enhances its luster. Combine this with the goodness of aloe vera and you’ll have the perfect mix!
So, take a bowl and mix 1 cup fresh aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons castor oil, and 2 tablespoons fenugreek powder until they become consistent and smooth. Apply it on your scalp, on the roots as well as the tips of your hair, and leave it on overnight. Don’t forget to put on a shower cap while sleeping! The next day, you can wash your hair with cool water and shampoo.
No matter which of these methods you use, make sure you do it at least twice a week and keep at it. After all, patience is the mother of all virtues. Aloe vera won’t disappoint you and give your hair the nutrients it deserves.