What’s the first thing that comes to your mind with the mention of the word ‘aloevera gel’? For me, it reminds of the fleshy succulent aloe vera plant in my native which is used for n number of things right from soothing a burn, to skin care.You have hair loss,dry hair, dandruff? No worries .It can all be treated with aloe vera. Aloe vera for hair??
Do you know aloe vera , the miracle plant is equally beneficial for your hair too? Yes in today’s post let us see how this multipurpose plant can benefit our mane in 25 ways.
Facts about Aloe vera
- Also known as Ghritkumari
Ghritkumai is a sanskrit word ,Ghrita means Ghee and Kumari defines young girls,as aloevera can be effectively used for pimples and menstrual issues which is related to young girls.
The word ‘aloe’ is derived from an arabic word ‘Alloeh’ which defines itself as a substance with shining character and ‘vera’ a latin word which means true.
- Was used by soldiers on their wounds during war
This plant contains various phytochemicals which provides relief for ailments.This plant have the healing ability.
- One of the multipurpose plants on the earth:
Yes it is truly an amazing multi purpose plant which is equally beneficial for skin , hair as well as for health.it have almost 200 active properties which make this a wonderful plant.
- Egyptians considered aloe vera as the ‘plant of immortality’
It is indeed a plant of immorality as it can heal the wounds, can provide better health too.
- Wild species of aloe vera plant survive for 100 years
Aloe vera is that kind of plant which can exist for longer periods compared to other plants.It is one of the oldest recorded medicinal plant in the planet.
- Contains 96% water
The structure of aloe vera itself is designed in such a way that 96% of the plant is water,hence act as excellent toner.It hydrates the scalp well.
- Best anti ageing product
It works well on wrinkles. it generates new cells, and so act as very good anti ageing product.if you notice aloe vera plant you can find ,as the leaves grow older it looks beautiful and healthier. This actually symbolize anti ageing property of this plant.
- Is used for treating the effects of radiation therapy
Skin cells gets totally damaged due to radiations. Aloe vera have the property to rejuvenate tissues faster.
- Known as wand of heaven by Native Americans
Americans are great fans of aloe vera.They use aloe vera for sun protection ,for hair and also for healing purpose.
- Cleopatra was the ardent fan of aloe vera and used for her face and body
Cleopatra was a beauty queen.shes so beautiful that her fame exist until now. It is said that she used aloe vera for hair and skin.
Benefits of aloe vera for hair:
Aloe vera is a plant with lot of essential elements in it .Here is the list of benefits of aloe vera .
- Promotes hair growth
All the vitamins and amino acids, in aloe vera promotes hair growth.It is an excellent coolant too.
- Anti pruritic
It moisturizes the scalp and so relieves scalp itching.forms a protective layer that discourages bacterial growth.
- Anti inflammatory
Aloe vera have essential fatty acids and hormones which helps in inflammation reversal .
- Anti dandruff
Dandruff is a fungal infection as a result causes dry scalp and also hair loss. Aloe vera provides deep nourishment to the scalp,its anti microbial property act against the fungi.
sappons are the soapy substance that form about 3 % of the aloe vera gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.
- Excellent Conditioner
Aloe vera hydrates the hair by locking the moisture in the hair.
- Balances the pH of hair
pH of aloe vera as well as hair ranges from 4.5 to 5.5,hence balances well.
- Contain necessary enzymes ,vitamins and amino acids for hair growth
Aloe vera has vitamin B12 ,Folic acid and choline which helps in the generation of new cells.Anti oxidants are rich in vitamins A,C and E in it helps protect the cells. Amino acids felicitate healthy tissue growth.
- Removes dead skin cells on scalp
The enzymes in aloe vera works to exfoliate dead skin cells.
- Adds strength and luster to hair
All the minerals in aloe vera provides strength to hair and its moisturizing effect gives luster too.
25 ways to use aloe vera for hair:
1. Plain Aloe vera gel
Plain aloe vera gel itself is a very good moisturizer.
Peel off the skin of aloe vera stem to get a gel, blend it in a mixer and apply directly to the hair. After 15 to 20 minutes rinse it off.
2. Aloe vera gel with Vitamin E capsule
This mix gives best results for dry hair. Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants which help in repair and building of tissues which makes hair follicles healthy. Aloe vera gel is an excellent toner, hence goes well with Vitamin E and so promotes hair growth.
Add few drops of Vitamin E oil into a bowl ,add 3 table spoon of alovera gel. Blend it and apply it on scalp, leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse off with any mild shampoo.
3.Aloe vera gel, avocado and vitamin E capsule
Avocado is a rich source of Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folate, VitaminC and so when combined with aloe vera and Vitamin E gives the best result for hair growth.
On to a bowl mix flesh of ripe avocado, 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and few drops of Vitamin E oil. Use this mixture as hair mask, apply it from scalp to tip and after 20 minutes rinse off using any mild shampoo.
4. Aloe vera gel, Honey and Milk
Honey can strengthen the hair follicles and enhances hair growth. Milk provides protein to hair. When mixed with aloe vera gel it gives your hair volume and shine.
Mix 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with 2 tbsp of milk and 1 tbsp honey. Apply it on scalp, It can be used as mask. After 20 minutes rinse off using any mild shampoo.
5. Aloe vera gel, coconut milk, honey and coconut oil
Coconut milk and coconut oil are very good moisturizer along with aloe vera gel works best on dry and dull hair.
Mix 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel with 2 tbsp coconut milk,2 tbsp coconut oil(virgin coconut oil is preferred).Apply it from root to tip and after 20 minutes rinse it off with any mild shampoo.
6. Aloe vera gel,water and essential oil
This is an excellent leave on conditioner .It reduces frizz giving more shine to hair.
Blend aloe vera gel and water in a small bowl with a spoon. Pour this in a spray bottle and shake it gently, add essential oil and shake it again .You can spray it on your hair when ever you find it unmanageable.
7. Aloe vera, coconut milk and wheat germ oil
Wheat germ oil is rich in anti oxidants and helps in the formation of new tissues. Along with aloe vera gel and coconut milk forms an excellent hair nourisher.
To 2 tbsp aloe vera gel add 1 tbsp wheat germ oil and 2 tbsp of coconut milk. Blend it and use before shampooing.
8. Aloe vera As shampoo
Blend aloe vera gel nicely, add it to your shampoo and use it.
9. Aloe vera as Instant styling gel
You can also apply aloe vera gel like any other hair gel as it promotes hair growth.
10. Aloe vera gel with Castor oil, fenugreek powder and Basil leaves
Overnight hair treatment is beneficial as a result of deep penetration into the roots.
To Half a cup of aloe vera gel, add 2 tsp castor oil, 2 tsp fenugreek powder and 1 tsp basil powder. Blend well and apply overnight.
Aloe vera gel as well as castor oil are excellent coolants.so if you are applying this overnight there are chances of catching cold.It is best to apply this mix in summer .
11. Aloe vera and hibiscus flowers and leaves
Hibiscus flower and leaves are excellent remedy for hair fall and premature greying. When mixed with aloe vera gel , it can be used as conditioner too.
Blend 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with a hand full of hibiscus leaves and few hibiscus flowers. Apply it all over the hair. After shampooing keep it for about 5 minutes and rinse off in cold water.
12. Aloe vera gel with Tea tree oil and Rose water
Tea tree oil is very effective against dandruff when mixed with aloe vera and rose water gives the best results.
To a bowl add 2 tbsp aloe vera gel 1 tbsp rose water and few drops of tea tree oil .Apply it all over the scalp and leave it for about 20 minutes and rinse it off with any mild shampoo.
13. Aloe vera gel with lemon juice and essential oil
Essential oil is very effective for hair growth mixing it with lemon and aloe vera is good for split ends and for dry hair.
As essential oils are concentrated plant oils only few drops of it is required for making this mix. Along with that add few drops of lime and 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and apply it on scalp and hair. Keep it for about 15 minutes and rinse it off.
14. Aloe vera and olive oil
This is a deep conditioner which makes your hair soft and shine.
Mix equal amount of aloe vera gel with olive oil apply it from scalp to tip,use a comb so that it is distributed uniformly. Keep it for about 20 minutes rinse it off using any mild shampoo.
15. Aloe vera gel and egg
This is a protein treatment for hair which enhances hair growth.
To 2 tbsp aloe vera gel mix one egg white apply all over hair and after 15 minutes rinse it off with any mild shampoo.
16. Aloe vera and coconut oil
Coconut oil is very good moisturizer and it also promotes hair growth mixed with aloe vera gel gives a very good result.It can be used as hair mask.
1.To a pan add 5 table spoon of coconut oil.Make it boil .Add 3 tbsp aloe vera gel to it. Stirr it continuously till the aloe vera gel becomes golden colour and get separated from oil. Strain it after cooling .You can fill this oil in a bottle and can use it for months.
2.Mix 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with 1 tbsp coconut oil and apply it on your scalp. After 15 minutes rinse off using mild shampoo.
17. Aloe vera, yogurt and honey mask
Yogurt works effectively against dandruff and also makes your hair soft. When mixed with aloe vera gel and honey forms a very good hair mask.
Mix 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with 2 tbsp yogurt with 1 tbsp honey. Apply it over scalp and all over hair and leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
18. Aloe vera and apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent conditioner, along with aloe vera gel adds shine to your hair.
Mix 1 cup aloe vera , 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp honey. after shampooing apply this on scalp for about 15 minutes and then rinse off
19. Aloe vera and castor oil overnight hair mask
Castor oil promotes hair growth and along with aloe vera gel forms an excellent hair mask.
Mix 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with few drops of castor oil. Apply it on scalp as well as on hair. Keep it overnight and rinse of using some mild shampoo in the morning.
20. Aloe vera and curry leaves mask
Curry leaves stimulates hair growth. It also prevents premature greying.
Blend nicely 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with hand full of curry leaves. Apply it all over hair and scalp .After 20 minutes rinse it off. Try not to use shampoo after that.
21. Aloe vera gel, coffee powder and honey
Caffeine in coffee powder gives some surprising results on hair growth. It stimulates hair roots by improving structure and growth. Caffeine can thus restore hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Mix 1 tbsp honey with 2 tbsp coffee powder and 2 tbsp aloe vera gel. Apply it all over hair and after 20 minutes rinse it off.
22. Aloe vera and coconut milk conditioner
Aloe vera and coconut milk forms an excellent conditioner.
Mix 2 tbsp aloe vera gel with 2 tbsp coconut milk .Apply it all over hair and after 20 minutes rinse it off.
23. Aloe vera and amla juice
Amla juice is very effective for premature greying , it works well on itchy scalp. With aloe vera gel it deeply nourishes the hair from within.
Mix equal amount of aloe vera gel along with amla juice and apply it all over scalp and hair after 20 minutes rinse it off.
24. Aloe vera and Onion juice
Onion juice promotes hair growth along with aloe vera gel works well to get rid of scalp infections.
Mix equal amount of onion juice with aloe vera gel , apply it over the scalp and after 20 minutes rinse it off with a shampoo to get rid of onion smell.
25. Aloe vera gel and Triphala
Thriphala is an ayurvedic herb which has vitamin c along with anti oxidants, hence it is good for hair growth and prevents hair fall. It also got anti fungal property. When combined with aloe vera gel gives amazing results. Triphala powder is available in all ayurvedic shops.
To two cups of water add 1 tbsp of triphala powder, boil it and make it half after cooling add 2 tbsp aloe vera gel to it and blend it. Apply the pack on the scalp and leave it for an hour.
Wash off with any mild shampoo.
- Aloe vera is an excellent coolant,there are chances of catching cold.
- For people with sensitive skin can cause mild irritation.so have a test before using it for first time.
Aloe vera is a magical plant which should be included in our hair care regime.
According to me every house should have at least one aloe vera plant. It can bring wonderful change to your life.
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