Aloe Vera for Natural Hair Care - Uses & Benefits
Quick Facts About Aloe Vera:Aloe vera is a spiky plant native to southern and eastern Africa and is part of the lily family. It has yellow flowers and pulpy leaves with jagged edges. The clear gel found within the leaves is used topically to treat burns and other ailments. There are approximately 300 known species of the plant, although aloe vera (or "true aloe") is the species renowned for its moisturizing properties. Cleopatra is rumored to have used it to keep her skin smooth and supple. It is believed that the combination of enzymes, amino and fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and other substances are what give aloe vera its healing properties.
Aloe vera gel is commonly used as a moisturizer for skin because it can help trap and lock-in moisture. Aloe vera gel can be purchased from many stores, especially health food outlets, and can be used on its own or mixed with other products for hair application. These products will also help keep your hair moisturized, which will help prevent damage and will keep your hair from drying out.
Aloe Vera Gel Benefits for Hair
Nourishes and moisturizes: moisturizes and protects both the hair and scalp leaving it soft and shiny
Promotes hair growth: stimulates growth of new and existing hair
Prevents hair loss: slows and in some cases prevents hair loss
Ways to use Aloe Vera for Hair Care
Step 1 - Overnight Treatment
For superb hydration, leave aloe vera juice in your hair overnight. You can mix it with cold-pressed oils such as olive or avocado for extra conditioning. Wet your hair with the mixture, put your hair in a shower cap, and drift off to sleep. In the morning, rinse well (if you used pure juice) or shampoo and condition (if you added oils).