1. Massage your scalp before shampoo with aloe vera gel
Use aloe vera gel as a pre-shampoo treatment to reduce buildup dandruff. Aloe vera’s natural enzymes destroy the excessive dead skin cells and fungus that leads to dandruff (malassezia) while also leaving the scalp’s pH level balanced and hair moisturized. Apply to your scalp as a treatment before your wash and give yourself a fresh start!Massage the gel into your scalp and leave it for ten minutes, then rinse before shampooing or co-washing as usual.
You can also use aloe vera juice to the same end. For a lighter pre-shampoo treatment, mix aloe vera juice, coconut milk and wheat germ oil.
2. Aloe vera gel as Shampoo
Aloe vera gel can make a great moisturizing shampoo. Some shampoos (even sulfate-free shampoos) can leave your hair dry and stiff. Check those ingredients and try a shampoo containing aloe vera, or add some aloe vera gel to your current favorite! Its naturally moisturizing properties will leave your hair strong and moisturized.
3. Aloe vera gel as Conditioner
For women with tightly coiled strands, natural oils are trapped at the root. Products with amino acids promote moisture and condition our hair. Aloe vera has 20 amino acids!
You can use a ready-made aloe vera conditioner or you can mix aloe vera gel with the conditioner that you already use. If you’d rather go all natural, here’s a very simple conditioning recipe:
4. Aloe vera gel as Conditioner
CUT the aloe vera leaf from the stem upward
USE a spoon to remove all the gel
APPLY it to damp hair, starting at the scalp and working your way down to the ends
WRAP your hair in a warm, damp towel and let the treatment sink in for at least 15 minutes
WASH your hair as usual after the treatment
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Looking for curl definition? Many use aloe vera gel to define and moisturize their curls simultaneously. Defined curls always look the best when they are conditioned well. For Type 4 Coilies, this may not work so test on a small section of hair first to see if you like it.
5. For Detangling
If you are looking for natural detangling products that are gentle on your child’s or your own curls, you can skip the store aisle and make your own. Simply combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
8 oz distilled water
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1-2 drops glycerin
1-2 drops essential oil (e.g., lavender, jojoba)
10-15 drops grapefruit seed extract
Then section the hair and apply the mixture to each section as you detangle.
6. For Hair Growth
YES! We all love to see our hair gain some length. Use aloe vera on your “special” areas that need a little extra help, or even bald spots. The enzymes in aloe vera will attack skin cells clogging your hair follicles leaving two gifts (moisture and shine). While helping to unclog your follicles the nutrients that promote hair growth can do their thing.
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