So many reasons why I love using Aloe vera gel as a natural hair product. When I use a new product that works for me and it feels like the clouds have opened up and the light has shined down on me from the heavens. This is how I felt when I started using Aloe vera gel on my hair for conditioning and setting.
Getting right to it, using Aloe vera gel on my hair has made it super soft, shiny, and gave me nice curl definition. I knew winter was approaching to pay a nice long visit, and what came to my mind was how I was going to protect my hair from the NYC winter and keep it moisturized.
I recently chopped off a few inches for a fresh restart to healthier hair growth, especially with my colored hair. The plan is to take better care of it to prevent split ends and breakage.
I wear my hair naturally curly and typically after I co-wash, I immediately toss in coconut oil, leave-in conditioner, dab in a little bit of conditioner or curl cream, make a handful of chunky twist and air dry. Very recently, I’ve decided to take the time and section my damp hair off into smaller twist and saturate it with oil (coconut or almond oil), pure Aloe vera gel, and a dab of curl cream. The Aloe vera gel wasn’t planned at all–I had it in my refrigerator (the food grade kind) and thought it might be good to add. And man, I’m glad I did.
The smaller twist was for the intentions of leaving it as a protective style and showing my hair some love. But after I took down my twist I was pleasantly surprised how soft and shiny my hair was. The definition was amazing as well. Besides using it as a setting gel, there are many reasons to use and love Aloe vera gel for your hair.
If you’re not going to use the gel directly from an Aloe leaf, you can buy food-grade Aloe vera gel from health food stores, vitamin shops, Amazon, etc. The brand I use is Lily of The Dessert, which is whole leaf and filtered. Don’t be fooled by some store aloe vera gels. Be aware that most over-the-counter Aloe vera gels claim to be 100% Aloe gel but the additives take over. If the label doesn’t give directions for ingesting it, then that’s not the gel you will get the best results from. The kind you buy should be water-based and not super thick like your normal gel styler. Since extracting a good amount of gel from a plant can be time consuming, I chose the bottled version.
All preservatives aren’t bad and are necessary to extend the shelf life of a water-based products so it doesn’t go rancid. Fresh Aloe vera extracted from the leaf has as a short shelf life once opened and exposed to oxygen. Stored in the refrigerator it can last about 1 week. This is why it’s necessary for the store bought Aloe vera to include a preservative, so don’t try to find one without it. The kind I buy uses 1% potassium sorbate, which is safe, and once opened and refrigerated the shelf life can last 5-6 months. Unopened, it will last for 2 years.
Try using Aloe vera directly on your scalp the night before washing and on your natural tresses as a styling product for a healthy scalp and smooth shiny locs.
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