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Is Aloe Vera Good For Hair?
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Aloe Vera is in everything these days, but it isn’t new. It has literally been around for centuries, and even Queen Cleopatra used it. This plant is great for your health, skin, and hair - and is loaded with good properties for many common issues, like bee stings and inflammations. It has lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, 12, and more! Not sold yet? Then let me tell you: Aloe is a natural and powerful ally for your beauty routine too. It is brilliant to use as a relieving after-sun or a nutritious hair mask - in case you're feeling creative with your DIY skills - and it's good for both your natural hair and your hair extensions. Thinking of going green? Try growing Aloe Vera in the comfort of your own home.
Which Aloe Vera Plant Is Good For Hair?
Aloe Vera plants are fairly easy to look after: they make a beautiful addition to your home environment and are great house plants in general. They don’t need much water to stay happy - just make sure they get their fair share of sunlight, and they will thank you by purifying the air you breathe when chilling in your living room.
Is Aloe Vera good for hair? Well, yes, we established that - but if you looked up the plant on Google you will also know that there are many different types of Aloe in the world: the most versatile is Barbadaensis-miller. If you want the most bang for your buck, make sure you ask for this species in particular.
How To Use Aloe Vera For Hair DIY Masks
There are three major ways you can implement Aloe Vera in your beauty routines: drinking it, applying it directly on your hair or skin, and last but not least, incorporating it in your DIY hair masks.
Aloe Vera hair masks are a real treat for your locks, which can easily undergo a spa treatment with a few simple, cheap recipes you can recreate in your kitchen. Chances are you already have half of the ingredients (if not all of them) in your pantry and fridge!
Did you know that Aloe Vera in hair is great as a natural scalp treatment too? If applied thoroughly on your roots and skin (not only on lengths and ends) this miraculous gem of mother Nature herself is a great help against greasy scalp, Seborrheic dermatitis, and itchy scalp. If you're experiencing itchy scalp after wearing hair extensions, you may also be interested in reading our guide on itchy scalp - where we explain what it is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it.
Going on a holiday? Make sure to store some Aloe Vera gel and bring it with you. Fresh Aloe Vera gel doesn’t last very long, but you can store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week! A recent study found that fresh Aloe Vera as hair treatment offers protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation that comes from the sun. UV exposure can cause your hair to lose its natural shine and can ruin or strip away pigmentation on your locks. Last but not least, frequent and extended exposure to sun damage and salty water can ultimately lead to breakage.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Hair Routines
You can directly apply the raw Aloe Vera gel to your hair and scalp, as it is after freshly scooping it out of the leaf. Gently work it in with your fingertips into your scalp, on your hair lengths, and ends. To help seal in the moisture, apply a few drops of castor oil and delicately massage in. Leave the Aloe Vera in for it to work its magic, then rinse it off with lukewarm water and your regular shampoo and conditioner.
You can also use Aloe Vera as a carrying ingredient for many different DIY recipes for your hair masks. If you'd like to know more about hair masks to create at home to save on your hair beauty routine without missing out on shine and impeccable health for your tresses, read this blog and find out which hair masks and ingredients are best for your hair type and scalp conditions.
Is Aloe Vera Good For All Hair Types?
Although Aloe Vera is not considered a damaging agent, that doesn't mean it's perfectly suitable for everyone and anyone. Before trying any DIY recipe, first of all, your should always make sure that you don't have any allergies that could be dangerous for your health and safety and cause any collateral effects such as skin rashes or worse. Once established that is safe for you to use Aloe Vera on hair and scalp, feel free to go by trial and error in terms of quantity or combinations with your other (safe to use) DIY ingredients.
Generally speaking, the rule is that Aloe Vera is mostly indicated for natural hair, and works wonders on curly hair. Both brittle, damaged tresses and oily scalps can benefit from an Aloe Vera hair treatment.
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