So being that I have natural hair, but lazy with it. I am now trying to use more natural products in it, to improve hair health and growth. I have been hearing so much good things about Aloe Vera for a very long time. But I am embarrassed to say it only recently I have used it in my hair.
I ventured out to the unknown to find it, laugh out loud only playing. I went to Brixton Market to get it, I would say the leaf is very long, my arm length. And only cost £3 but at some other stalls it was £3.50 and they were the same size.
Another reason why I took the plunge and brought the Aloe vera leaf is from this fabulous Facebook group called AFRO HAIR GROWTH CHALLENGE which helps you to grow your natural hair and they do regular Live videos sharing knowledge and tutorials on ways to get healthy hair growth. Plus I am experiencing a little bit of balding near my edges on one side, because of heat damage, which I will speak about in a future post. And like I said Aloe vera helps with hair growth.
What is Aloe vera?
Aloe vera is a succulent leaf plant, very juicy. Known for it’s medicinal properties, that has been used to treat various health conditions and ailments for thousands of years. Aloe vera plant grows better in warm climate. Aloe vera is often referred to as a WONDER PLANT.
The benefits of using Aloe vera
There are so many benefits to using Aloe vera, here are just a few
- Heals burns, and can be used if you experience Sunburn
- Helps to clear acne on the face
- Improves digestive system health, and is a natural laxative if you require a regular bowel movement
- Aloe vera can be used on sensitive skin
- Aloe vera can be used to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation
- Aloe vera repairs damaged cells, aiding in cell regeneration for skin and hair
What is in Aloe vera which makes it so good?
All these lovely vitamins, minerals and more
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty acids, and more……………..
How do I make Aloe vera gel?
Well first I purchase the Aloe vera leaf, give it a little rinse under water. Then I cut up the Aloe vera leaf into smaller pieces. Cut the green skins off, be careful of it’s prickly sides. At this point you should have slimy gel pieces. Continue doing this till you have got all the gel from the leaf pieces. Then you put all the gel pieces into a blender. Blend until you see the consistency is to of a liquid and runny. Then you get a leg of a stocking, yes I have said this right, this acts like a sieve. Cover the top of the container with the socking leg, and pour all the gel into this. By doing this it helps the gel to be smoother. If you have made a large quantity of gel you can store some in the freezer. Because Aloe vera does not have a long shelf life.
I would say it is a process making Aloe vera gel as a beginner, but it really benefits your hair.
How do I use Aloe vera?
I have used Aloe vera in 2 ways so far.
So after I have made the Aloe vera gel. For this you need a good amount of the gel. You apply it to your hair and leave it on for under an hour, You will find that your hair feels soft and is easy to detangle because of the gel which is good. I had a slight issue washing it out, maybe because how I made it even though I sieved the gel. But when washing my hair out, I noticed little bits in my hair from the gel. So I had to make my hair air dry and just shake out the little bits from my hair, as the was sticking to my hair when wet and just came out more easy when my hair was dry. So it might be awhile before I pre poo with Aloe vera again. I have seen other techniques, so maybe I might try those out. Overall it was good for my hair, apart from the drama washing it out.
LEAVE-IN SPRAY WITH ALOE VERA GEL
I made the leave in spray with the Aloe vera gel and rose water and Vitamin E oil, but I have also used Olive oil. I was not too good with measurements, but think of it as 3 part solution. One part rose water, one part aloe vera gel, one part oil. Because fresh Aloe vera does not have a long shelf life, I could only use it for around 5 days, and kept it in the fridge to keep cool. I would use it after my wash day routine during the styling time and refresh my hair with it every other day.
Have you made Aloe vera gel before?
Have you used Aloe vera gel in your natural hair before?
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