The pulp of the aloe vera plant (the sap) that contains the juice and gel has been used for medicinal, cosmetic and health purposes throughout time due to the fact that they contain antioxidants, antibiotics and antifungal properties. They also have a vast amount of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, Calcium, folic acid and amino acids to name a few.
Apart from being used for our skin and health it can also be used on our hair. The juice and gel can be used on all hair types and is especially beneficial for dry and damaged hair.
Benefits of Aloe:
• Promote hair growth
• Moisturize the hair due to it being a humectant
• Restore the natural pH balance of the hair and scalp
• Reduce dandruff
• Naturally condition the hair
• Reduce hair shed
• Promote hair shine
• Help heal an irritated, dry, itchy scalp
Ways to Use Aloe Vera:
• In a moisturizing spray bottle with water and an oil of choice or a little leave-in conditioner
• As part of your moisturizing Deep Conditioner
• In your shampoo – just adding a little when you shampoo your hair
• As part of your leave-in conditioner
Where can I get Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ)?
NOTE: While it is a moisturizing ingredient (humectant) you should only use a little AVJ at a time as too much can sometimes make the hair feel dry. Some people might be allergic to fresh AVJ and you should perform a skin test before using it for the first time by putting a tiny amount of juice on the inside of your arm and waiting 24 hours to see if you get an allergic reaction (e.g. red & itchy).
This was article was originally published in December 2014 and has been updated.