Aloe Vera and Natural Hair

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An aloe vera branch from my local farmers market

Aloe Vera and Natural Hair go hand-in-hand. I paid a visit to the Dekalb Farmers Market the other night and saw these HUGE aloe vera branches. I've read and heard about the benefits of aloe vera and natural hair but have not experienced it for myself. 

What better time to try something new with the cold, dry winter months ahead. Aloe vera has long since been considered essential to hair care in general. It is great for moisturizing hair, taingy oily hair, preventing excessive hair loss and soothing he scalp. I'm sure we can all attest to the benefits aloe vera also has when it comes to healing cuts and scars. 

Naturals (new and experience) can benefit from  pure aloe vera in various ways. Here's how:

Extraction
Using sharp knife, cut the branch open and scrap the gel/juice out. You can store it on a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks to preserve. 

Moisturizer
Mix it with a little bit of your favorite oil and apply directly to your hair. You can also use it as a hair refresher by mixing it with a some water and your favorite oils. Spray onto your hair as a quick pick-me-up.

Conditioner
Instead of your regular conditioner, try mixing 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel with your favorite oils. Apply to hair after shampooing or while cowashing. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes and rinse. 

Overnight Treatment
Deep conditioning is extremely important during the winter when the air tends to be drier. For maximum hydration, apply aloe vera gel to her hair overnight as a deep treatment. It can be mixed with your favorite butters, creams and oils and applied to your hair. Rinse it and style as usual the next dry.

Dandruff
If you are a dandruff sufferer like me, aloe vera gel is great natural astringent that can combat this. Apply the gel directly to your scalp and massage in. Leave it in for no longer than 20 minutes and rinse out. Repeat this treatment as often as you need to until the dandruff is gone. 

As I mentioned before, aloe vera is a natural astringent so be sure you do not leave it in too long as it can be drying to your hair and scalp. If mixed with oil, it will balance the dryness. 

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July 10, 2012 7:27 PM delete

Thanks for the post. Aloe vera is also used as a safe and natural treatment to prevent hair loss.

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