Often called the wonder plant, aloe vera grows in the corner of your garden or even in the kitchen. These days, the commercial extraction of aloe vera gel means you don’t have to grow the plant yourself. The gel is found in the sturdy leaves of the plant, and it has many uses in complementary medicine. It contains a range of nourishing vitamins and moisturising properties. It is effective for treating dry skin conditions, acne or sunburns. Moreover, research suggests that it can promote healthier hair by preventing dandruff.
And there’s more. Did you know that these succulents can make a great hair mask too?
Benefits Of An Aloe Vera Hair Mask
Let us look at how an aloe vera hair mask can help your hair.
- It can help reduce scalp irritation, as its fatty acid content and enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.
- It offers a moisturising effect.
- It strengthens and nourishes hair with its choline, folic acid, vitamins B-12, E and C.
Aloe vera works well on all hair types. Thus, you can enjoy its benefits if your hair is oily, natural, curly, damaged, dry or brittle. Try it and see!
How To Use Aloe Vera As A Leave-in Treatment
An aloe vera hair mask can also work as a leave-in treatment. Since hair masks usually contain conditioning agents and more oils, leaving them in your hair for a longer period promotes more intense healing.
Coconut Oil With Aloe Vera
You can create a simple but effective hair mask by using coconut oil with aloe vera. Coconut oil is good for shine and strength. It also leaves your hair less frizzy and feeling soft.
If you are using the mask to treat dandruff, first apply it to the scalp. Then, use a wide-toothed comb to comb your hair as this will help to spread it through the hair evenly. Lastly, cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Aloe Vera
Apple cider and aloe vera combine well in a hair mask to remove dandruff and soothe an itchy or flaky scalp.
Apply the aloe vera mask to the scalp and let it sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use this mask fortnightly and you’ll notice the difference.
Yoghurt And Aloe Vera
A study in 2017 mentioned that yoghurt has certain probiotics that help in cleaning dandruff. However, don’t just reach for the nearest yoghurt in the fridge! Plain, full-fat, unsweetened Greek yoghurt is the one you need for the best effects.
Apply the mask evenly across the scalp and keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes but no longer. For best results, repeat every seven days.
Fenugreek And Aloe Vera
Fenugreek and aloe vera helps to rebuild hair follicles and promote growth. It’s good for long hair if you add in some castor oil. Apply the mask and keep it on for 30 minutes before washing thoroughly and allowing it to dry.
Banana And Aloe Vera
Banana contains pantothenic acid and magnesium that will leave your locks luminous and robust. Mix crushed banana with aloe vera gel and add a little honey. Apply it to the roots and through the entire length of your hair before washing off. Remember that this mask may be messy to use, but it has terrific hydrating and smoothening effects on your hair that make the mess worth it!
Is Aloe Vera Harmful?
While aloe vera is a safe plant, it’s not unlike onion or garlic so if you’re allergic to those products, you may develop an allergy to aloe vera. Do a patch test on your wrist or inner elbow before applying the hair mask. Allergic skin may swell, feel itchy or red in a few hours. If this doesn’t happen, you’re free to use the aloe vera mask without any second thoughts.
Aloe vera gel can also be used to:
- Detangle hair
- Lock in moisture
- Promote hair growth
- Reduce frizziness
- Smooth natural curls
- Strengthen hair
- Condition hair
It’s worth noting that a few aloe vera gels on the market may include harmful chemicals. Shop wisely and avoid products containing thickening agents or other herbs that might damage your hair. Try to find a gel that can mask your hair as naturally as possible.
Aloe vera is a versatile plant that has a variety of uses on your skin and in your hair. It’s a safe product whether you’re using it for sunburn or dry skin, or to repair, smooth, moisturise and strengthen your hair.
Do you want some expert advice on using any of these hair masks? Contact Vinci Hair Clinic and get the best treatments for your hair now. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Get in touch with us today!