Using Aloe vera for hair growth is an easy and low-cost way to achieve your hair goals. Aloe vera is a plant that grows in the tropical and subtropical parts of the world, and it’s a wonder ingredient in the beauty industry known for giving one glowing skin. However, its benefits don’t just end there. It is amazingly awesome for your hair.
The wait for hair to grow can be a long and frustrating one. I have been there, I am still there, one thing that has helped me greatly is aloe vera.
Indeed, the plant’s uses for hair, are endless. For instance, aloe vera is part of my do it yourself leave-in conditioner, my deep conditioner, and my hair cream. And, oh, I also use it sometimes as a pre-poo treatment.
So, the use of aloe vera for hair growth is a goal. Not to mention, it’s the belle of the ball in the natural hair world.
In this post, you will learn about aloe vera hair benefits and ways to incorporate it into your hair routine.
Benefits of aloe vera for hair according to research
Aloe vera is a powerhouse of active compounds that have loads of benefits for hair, and this has been backed up by research.
• Aloe vera houses amino acids, minerals, lipids, and vitamins, that are needed for the stimulation of hair growth and to keep the hair healthy.
• Aloe vera helps to increase blood circulation to the applied area. And increased blood circulation in the scalp leads to increased hair growth and other hair benefits. As the blood also carries with it nutrients that are beneficial for hair.
• Aloe vera reduces shedding and hair fall.
Since I have been using aloe vera, I have had less hair shedding, that I look at the amount as nothing. This is one of the benefits I love about aloe vera for hair growth, with aloe vera, you get to have longer, fuller hair, with reduced hair shedding. What can be better than that? In the hair world, I mean, there are many amazing things in life. (winks)
• Aloe vera protects the scalp from infections due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
• Aloe vera possesses antifungal properties that help to combat itchy scalp and dandruff.
• The moisturizing properties present in aloe vera helps to nourish your scalp and hair.
Ways to use Aloe vera for hair growth and other hair benefits
DIY deep conditioners with Aloe Vera for hair growth
Castor oil and aloe vera for hair growth
The combo of castor oil and aloe vera helps to stimulate the regrowth of hair in areas that you experience hair loss, and also curb hair fall.
Castor oil is an excellent hair product that helps with hair thickness and boosts hair growth. However, there are different varieties of castor oil in the market; almost everyone uses Jamaican castor oil and swear by it.
But I don’t use that variety; it doesn’t fit into my low-cost hair budget, I use the one that can be gotten in any pharmacy. (Yea, castor oil also has medicinal value)
And, this type also does the job well, not to mention it is cheap.
How to make this combo
♦ Put castor oil and aloe vera in a bowl and mix until you get a consistent and smooth paste.
♦ Apply the paste to your hair, making sure to focus on your roots and tips. (Your roots make up your new growth, and tips are the oldest hair on your head, both need extra care)
♦ After making sure your hair is fully covered with this mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
♦ Then you wash and condition your hair as usual.
Egg and aloe vera for hair growth
Making a hair mask with egg yolk is another way to use aloe vera for hair growth. The egg yolk contains all the fat, thus making it a superb conditioning ingredient.
Add in a bit of olive oil and aloe vera, and you have yourself a super hair food that will take your hair game to another level.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A and E, which aids in strengthening the hair strands and stimulating the hair follicles. Consequently, massaging the scalp with olive oil promotes blood supply to the scalp, thus ensuring healthy hair growth.
My hair is still basking from the hair mayonnaise I made with egg yolk, olive oil, and other extras for it last week. It is super soft right now, will share the recipe and benefits of the hair mayonnaise in a subsequent post.
How to make this combo
♦ Mix aloe vera juice, egg yolk and olive oil properly in a bowl, to make a smooth paste.
♦ Apply the mixture on your hair, coating it properly.
♦ Place a shower cap ( or a polythene bag ) over your head.
♦ After 30 minutes to an hour, you can wash and condition your hair.
Fenugreek and aloe vera for hair growth
Making use of fenugreek seeds and aloe vera for hair growth is a potent combo that works wonders.
Fenugreek seeds have amazing properties, possessing hormone antecedents that enhance hair growth and help in strengthening and rebuilding hair follicles. (The seed also has medicinal properties).
How to prepare
♦ Pour hot water over a cup of fenugreek seeds and let it soak overnight.
♦ Sieve the seed out and grind to paste with your aloe vera (Please don’t throw away the water, it is an excellent leave-in conditioner)
♦ Apply this paste to your hair
♦ Place a plastic cap over your hair, and let it sit for an hour.
♦ Rinse your hair with water
♦ Shampoo and condition as normal.
Note: The downside to this DIY deep conditioner is you have to rinse your hair thoroughly to get all the particles out of your hair.
Coconut oil, coconut milk, and aloe vera hair mask
Coconut oil, aloe vera, and coconut milk make an excellent combination that helps to seal moisture into the scalp. However, mixing aloe vera with either coconut oil or the milk still offers great benefits, if you don’t have all three ingredients.
This hair mask offers a lot; the aloe vera makes your hair soft and silky. Also, the coconut milk possesses conditioning properties that help to maintain your hair health, and nourish your hair and scalp. Additionally, coconut oil is known to help your hair grow thicker, longer, and faster.
One wonderful thing about this mask is that it allows for deep penetration into your scalp, nourishing it from within.
This helps to maintain your hair, so you don’t have to get your hair trimmed so often. Awesome right? Yea!!
How to make this aloe vera mask
For those that like to measure, I got the following specifications for you from the net. Although when making my DIY’s, I usually eyeball my measurements.
5 tbsp aloe vera gel
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey (optional if you feel your hair needs a little extra something, and you have it at home)
♦ Put the measured ingredients into a bowl and mix it properly.
♦ Then work it into your scalp and hair, making sure to massage your scalp also
♦ Place more attention to the tips of your hair, as these are the oldest and most damaged
♦ After covering your hair with this mixture, place a shower cap over your head for 30 minutes to an hour.
♦ Then you wash and condition as normal.
DIY leave-in conditioner using Aloe Vera for hair growth and other hair benefits
Aloe vera juice and fenugreek water
After soaking your fenugreek seeds and sieving it off to make a deep conditioner, the leftover water, when mixed with aloe vera juice, makes a wonderful leave-in conditioner.
It is what I use currently, and it is super moisturizing, along with strengthening the hair and promoting hair regrowth.
Aloe vera juice and water
Mixing equal parts water and aloe vera juice makes another excellent leave-in conditioner. Leaving your hair soft and silky.
Aloe vera gel
Using just the gel on your hair helps to define your coils, and leaves your hair super soft, I tried this, and it felt like I was carrying cotton candy on my head for a week!
DIY hair cream
If you make your hair cream, another way to use aloe vera for hair growth is to add aloe vera to the mixture. I mix my shea butter with aloe vera juice and hair oils. You could play around with the formula adding other beneficial hair ingredients to make a super moisturizing hair cream.
Note: For most of the remedies, you need to use fresh aloe vera gel.
How do I get aloe vera Juice or gel?
Yes, this is the big question that you might be asking if you haven’t extracted the gel before. Don’t worry; I got you. The video below will explain everything.
Also, one interesting thing I found during my research is that there is a point you blend your aloe vera to, you get the gel, and when you blend past that point, you get the juice. Do enjoy the video.
You can see that there are a lot of things you can do for your hair health, without breaking the bank. And aloe vera is one multi-purpose ingredient to have in your arsenal for this. It caters to most of your hair needs. And the benefits it gives to hair is backed up by research.
Have you used aloe vera for your hair before? Please share your experience with it in the comment section.
Till next time,
Stay be’you’tiful, stay blessed.