Aloe Vera gel for hair has become the most popular natural hair mask which is now a day frequently used in the field of cosmetology. If you ask me why I would love to say that it perfectly suits my hair. My hair is naturally straight and I always wanted my hair to be curled but those curling iron and hairspray made my hair dull, rough and frizzy. Then, one of my friends suggested me to apply aloe vera gel and I was never knowing that it would provide such an excellent result to my hairs. Now, I love to apply aloe vera gel mixed with other ingredients like castor oil, coconut oil, mustard oil (great oil for dandruff and hair growth), essential oils etc which give me extra benefits in one application and deep condition my hair. Doing experiment with aloe vera gel always gives the best result because the main ingredient is aloe and I think you should also give a chance to aloe vera gel for hair to get the proper food for your hairs.
After all, as Christopher Columbus is quoted as writing that, “Four vegetables are indispensable in the well-being of man: Wheat, the grape, the olive, and aloe. The first nourishes him, the second raises his spirit, the third brings him harmony, and the fourth cures him.” This advice cannot be ignored as the fourth item on this list his hallmarked as a healing plant across many cultures and through many timelines.(Source)
As I already told you in the previous post that I was suffering from dandruff and I made my own hair oil mixed with essential oils. Thanks to this essential oils which helped me to get rid of dandruff and related hair fall(See my post on 11 effective natural remedies for hair loss). So, let’s see how aloe vera gel is good for our hair.
Benefits of aloe vera gel for hair
Aloe Vera contains 75 potentially active constituents like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, salicylic acids, amino acids etc. It is considered not only great for hairs, it also does wonders for health and skin(Do check my post on aloe vera face mask for bright and glowing skin). There are many research findings of the nutrients found in aloe vera which proves that why aloe vera is a boon for our hair. Some of the benefits are:
1) Powerful Antioxidants
Antioxidants may improve hair growth by helping maintain the collagen or the hair follicles’ connective tissue. It protects the cells in the blood vessels of the scalp to create healthy hair growth and stops hair fall. It also protects hairs from sun damage. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, which are antioxidants. (Source)
Researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, wrote about a study in the journal Molecules. The scientists focused on the extract’s possible antioxidants and antimycoplasmic activities. Mycoplasma is a type of bacteria that lack a cell wall, they are unaffected by many common antibiotics. Antimycoplasmic substances destroy these bacteria. They reported that Aloe Vera flower leaf extracts had antioxidant properties. The leaf skin extract also exhibited antimycoplasmic properties. (Source)
In an article published in pythotherapy research, the Scientists at Kyung Hee University Global Campus, South Korea, explained that aloe vera may potentially protect the skin from UV-induced photodamage of the skin. (Source)
2) Contains necessary Vitamins for hair
- Vitamin E is one of the most overlooked vitamins, it’s an antioxidant found in aloe vera that repairs and builds tissue, which is essential for healthy hair growth. Read my post on aloe vera and carrot spray for hair growth.
- Vitamin A present in aloe vera helps to produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off. In addition, Vitamin A fights free radicals that weigh your hair down.
- Vitamin C helps fight the bacteria on the scalp. It wards off dandruff and helps to get rid of the follicles’ debris and encourages the growth of new hair. It is also an essential nutrient for damaged hair and thus, treats and prevents a variety of hair disorders which can damage the hair follicles and affect the normal growth of hair. Alkaline phosphatase etc which helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically.
- Vitamin B12 in aloe vera is important for a healthy scalp. Because of this, it can help to boost hair regrowth.
3) Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing Properties
- It possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and kills the bacteria causing unhealthy scalp and hair loss.
A study done in 1935 and 1996 reported that aloe vera extract helped to reduce inflammation related to skin disease. It also provides rapid relief from the itching and burning associated with severe radiation dermatitis, scalp acne, and skin regeneration. (Source)
Aloe Vera has detoxifying powers because of the sheer number of amino acids it contains. Therefore, it is one of the nature’s most effective cleansers. And also because of its soothing, cooling, and moistening properties, Aloe Vera provides anti-inflammatory properties, too. Due to its antibacterial property, antioxidants and vitamins, it also reduces other skin and hair conditions like scalp psoriasis, acne and dermatitis. (source)
So, what are the 3 DIY hair mask of aloe vera gel for hair growth and damage repair?
1) Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil, and Honey Hair Mask
Take aloe vera gel as per your hair length and density and 2-3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil. Now, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with aloe and coconut oil. Mix well and make a semi-liquid paste and apply to your cleansed scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap so that this hair mask doesn’t ruin your t-shirt and rinse it off with a mild shampoo after 40-45 minutes. Repeat this for at least once in a week. This is my favourite hair mask to deep condition my hair and I repeat it twice a week.
Aloe Vera gel mixed with coconut oil and honey is the perfect combination to give the essential nutrients to your hair and scalp. Coconut oil has the moisturizing and antiseptic properties which make hairs soft and kill the bacteria causing hair loss. Honey works as a natural conditioner and gives moisture from the atmosphere to your hair. These all ingredients help your hairs to repair damages made by styling product also deep condition your hair.
2) Aloe Vera Gel, Yogurt, and Castor Oil Hair Mask
Take aloe vera gel as per your hair length and density in a bowl and 2-3 tablespoons of castor oil. Now, mix 4-5 tablespoons of yogurt with aloe and castor oil. Mix well and make a semi-liquid paste and apply to your cleansed scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and rinse it off with a mild shampoo after 40-45 minutes. Repeat this for at least once in a week.
Due to the presence of vitamin B5 and D, yogurt helps nourish the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Aloe vera and yogurt help repair dry, rough and damaged hair. This hair mask will leave your hair conditioned and makes it more manageable. The ricinoleic acid of castor oil accelerates blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth. It works on nourishing the scalp and strengthening the roots and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties making castor oil for hair your secret weapon to treat your damaged hair.
3) Aloe Vera Gel, Papaya Pulp, and Olive Oil Hair Mask
Put aloe vera gel as per your hair length and density in a bowl and 3-5 tablespoons of fresh papaya pulp. Now, mix 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil with aloe and papaya pulp. Mix well and make a semi-liquid paste and apply to your cleansed scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and rinse it off with a mild shampoo after 40-45 minutes. Repeat this for at least once in a week.
Papaya has folic acid that helps improves circulation to the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Due to high in Vitamins, papaya, and aloe vera help to produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off. In addition, Vitamin A fights free radicals that weigh your hair down. Olive oil will deep sink into hair follicles and provides the strength to the roots of hairs. All these ingredients mixed properly and applied properly will make your hair soft, shiny and manageable.
According to “Aloe Vera: Nature’s Soothing Healer” by Diane Gage, aloe vera gel is a powerful hair conditioner that nourishes hair strands from root to tip. At the scalp level, aloe vera is used in combination with other botanical ingredients open the pores, which helps exfoliate follicles and condition hair right at the root. Coats and Ahola attribute this ability to lignin, a botanical chemical compound that helps give aloe vera leaves their firm texture. “The gel also has a similar chemical composition to keratin, the primary protein in hair cells, which allows it to more easily penetrate hair along the entire length of the shaft, according to Gage”. Once the gel has penetrated the hair shaft and follicle, its combination of essential amino acids gives it strength and luster. (Source)
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