Damaged hair is one of the biggest problem that one faces these days. With our hairs going through so much of styling maintaining their health becomes almost impossible. There are so many advertisements showing products that help you get rid of this damage in one wash, three washes or at the max ten washes. But, do you really believe in these marketing gimmicks. Sure, I do use store bought products just for the ease of usimng them, but there are certain natural products that are just as easy to use. Aloe Vera is the one of the easiest, cheapest, and best conditioner for your hair. If you can find a fresh stem of aloe plant works better than the store bought juice or gel, however, if you cannot find fresh stems you should still proceed with using the store bought product. The miracle plant is known for it’s hair growth promoting properties along with anti-inflamatory, anti-fungal properties. The gel also works well in reducing dandruff from your scalp. So, let’s find out the ways in which you can actually use aloe vera for healthier damage free hair.
1. Aloe Vera as a Leave-In Conditioner:
Aloe vera is super moisturizing and has the ability to control frizzy hair. It does that by closing the hair cuticle at a pH value of 4.5. To make your very won aloe vera leave-in conditioner just add equal amounts of aloe vera gel and distilled water in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice, rosemary oil works well for hair. Now, use this spray after you have washed and conditioned your hair and do not rinse the same. The leave-in condityioner works well on all hair types, just people with oily scalp and hair should not use too much or apply it near your scalp. The leave-in condistioner will also work in accentuating your beautiful curls.
2. Aloe Vera Gel as a Shampoo:
This super amazing aloe vera gel has the capability of cleaning your scalp and hair. So, it can be used directly on the scalp and hair as a shampoo. However, if you do not get the feel of super-clean hair by doing that, add some aloe vera gel to your regular shampoo and increase it’s moisturizing properties. This way your regular shampoo won’t dry out your hair as much as it would on it’s own. So, keep a bottle of aloe vera gel next to your shampoo bottle and take equal amounts of both the products in your palms and shampoo as you usually do.
3. Aloe Vera Gel as a Deep Conditioner:
Alternatively, another good way of using aloe vera gel in your hair care regimen is to use it as a deep conditioner. For this, apply some aloe vera gel to your damp hair evenly, follow it by wrapping your hair in hot towel for 15-20 minutes. Then simply rinse out this aloe vera from your hair using warm water and follow with cold water.
4. Aloe Vera Gel Hair Masks:
You can make various hair packs to suit your hair’s need using aloe vera gel. I will list a few for you. Ideally you should keep these msks on your hair for 30 minutes but you can keep them on for longer as well. Wash your hair using a mild shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
a. To cure dandruff make a hair mask using aloe vera gel, neem oil or the paste of neem leaves and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mask on your hair including the scalp and wash off after 30 minutes.
b. To promote hair growth you can make a hair mask using aloe vera gel along with paste of fenugreek seeds, curry leaves or hibiscus. Alternatively you can add fenugreek powder, curry leaves powder or hibiscus powder as well. Apply this paste all over your hair including your scalp and wash off after 30 minutes.
c. To reduce damage take some alove vera gel, add two spoonfulls of castor oil, two spoonfulls of fenugreek powder and some basil powder. Mix all the ingredients well. Apply all over the scalp as well as the hair and wash off after 30 minutes.
Things to remember:
a. If you are using home-made aloe vera gel strain the gel well so it is easy to wash.
b. If you are using store-bought aloe vera gel, check the ingredient list and opt the most natural product available in the market.