10 Aloe Vera Hair Gel Recipes for Incredible Hair
If you’re trying to make your hair grow, odds are the first thing you did was invest a lot of money on expensive commercial shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks. I know that’s the first thing I tried! The results were nothing but an empty wallet and disappointment. Nothing I tried ever made my hair grow any faster. If anything, the results were usually pretty negative. My hair dried out and got brittle from too much shampooing.
Eventually I figured out that I was going to need to turn to natural remedies to get my hair to grow faster. So I started investigating a ton of different options—coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, olive oil … and aloe vera.
Let me tell you, if you are on the fence about switching to natural products, do it. It is totally worth it. Not only will you finally get the success you’ve been hoping for with your hair, but you will save so much money along the way.
Anyway, aloe vera is touted as one of the best products in the world for your skin, and it’s completely natural! I never actually tried it before, so I was curious about both its skin and hair benefits. Here’s what I found out.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a succulent which can be found throughout the world. The plant grows naturally in North Africa and the Sudan, and has been cultivated in China, Europe, Australia, the United States, Mexico, and South America. Odds are that you’ve stumbled across it before, because it’s popular as an ornamental plant. As a flowering succulent, it is spectacular in bloom. The flowers are quite unique, taking the form of red and yellow stalks.
What Does Science Say About Aloe Vera?
Whenever I’m not sure whether a natural remedy is just a lot of hype or whether it is something that is really going to benefit me, I always do my homework. It saves me money, and it gives me the chance to save time and money for my readers too. Here is what I found out about aloe vera.
Aloe vera contains antioxidants and can fight bacterial infections.
The gel from aloe vera comes from the leaves. Since aloe vera is a succulent, the leaves are thick and contain a great deal of water along with a number of nutrients. These nutrients include powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. Studies have demonstrated that these antioxidants and other compounds contained in the gel from aloe vera have antibacterial properties.
Bacterial infections are sometimes responsible for hair loss. When your hair follicles are infected by Staphylococcus aureus, for example, you can end up with a condition called folliculitis. As with other words that end in the –itis suffix, this is a type of inflammation. In the early stages of folliculitis, you may not notice any hair loss, but as the condition progresses, you will typically experience thinning hair. Sometimes the condition can be severe. When this happens, you can even end up with bald patches.
An antibacterial agent like aloe vera can help to fight bacterial infections which may lead to folliculitis and hair loss. So this is one way in which aloe vera can definitely help you to maintain a full head of hair!
Aloe vera is also great for your skin (in fact, that is its most famous use). Studies have found that aloe vera can reduce redness. Additionally, it is great for boosting collagen production. Collagen is the protein-rich tissue which makes your skin elastic and prevents wrinkles. For that reason, aloe vera is a popular anti-aging supplement. Remember, your scalp is skin too, so this is yet another way in which aloe vera can create a healthier environment which is conducive to hair growth.
*Bonus Fact: Because aloe vera is so good at curbing bacterial growth, it actually can make an effective mouthwash! If you suffer from canker sores, aloe vera can also reduce the size of the ulcers and speed up their healing.
Aloe Vera Is a Great Moisturizer
Just as you have probably seen a lot of anti-aging products which contain aloe vera, chances are good you have also seen or even used an aloe vera moisturizer. Is the science there, or is this just anecdotal? As it turns out, aloe vera’s moisturizing properties haven’t been exaggerated. Research has also demonstrated that aloe vera is great at hydrating skin and locking in moisture.
Dry hair is a major problem for a lot of people. So is a poor balance of sebum production in the scalp. Aloe vera can help to hydrate your skin, hair follicles, and the hair itself. That means that if you use it diligently, it can alleviate dry scalp conditions which cause poor hair production, itchiness, and dandruff. It can also smooth out and strengthen your hair. Dry hair quickly becomes brittle and prone to breakage. Hair that has been moisturized with aloe vera is beautifully conditioned, and will hold up much better without forming split ends.
The more you can keep your hair from splitting at the ends, the faster you will be able to grow it out and add on the inches you are hoping for. This is one thing a lot of people do not realize about hair. Yes, you have a “terminal length,” but it may actually be longer than you think it is. Only when your hair is truly healthy will you find out.
If you condition your hair regularly using aloe vera, you may find you no longer even need a commercial conditioner. This is great, because aloe vera can save you money, and it can also save your hair from nasty chemicals that you shouldn’t be using anyway!
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Does It Work?
This is of course the big question. Okay, you’ve seen the science now … but what kind of results can you really expect from aloe vera?
I gave it a try to find out how it would work for myself. I actually noticed results right away after the first application, and they got even better after a week. A few months of using this stuff and you will see and feel a real difference. Putting this stuff on is very pleasant—it is cool and soothing. Using it, my hair has been much smoother and shinier, and I’ve also noticed a significant increase in volume, which I did not really expect.
Having looked up reviews from other users online, I’ve seen a lot of people saying great things about aloe vera. Some people say they notice a difference immediately, while others say they had to use it for a week or two to start getting great results. If you keep using it for an extended time period, you will get the full benefit.
Aloe vera for hair will work best if you also maintain other good hair habits while you are using it. I recommend that you get rid of your commercial shampoos and stop using products that dry out your hair. You will probably discover if you do that you can get away with even fewer aloe vera treatments. I also suggest that you try taking a multivitamin for your hair while you are at it. This will nourish your hair follicles and make your hair even silkier and more luxurious.
How to Use Aloe Vera for Hair Growth
If you want to use aloe vera in your hair, there are a ton of different recipes you can make for conditioning. You can purchase the gel itself in a bottle (there are a number of brands that sell 100% pure aloe vera). If you actually have aloe vera plants in your home or yard, you can also extract the gel from the plants yourself.
Extracting Aloe Vera Gel from Leaves
If you want to get aloe vera gel directly from plant leaves, you can do so in a few quick and easy steps:
- Cut several thick leaves from the plant.
- Get a knife and peel away the skin of the leaf. Since the skin is thick, you cannot easily do this with just your fingers.
- Inside you will see the gel. Scoop it out and put it in a bowl.
- Use a blender to puree the gel.
- Strain the resulting blended gel. There is sediment inside that you will want to get rid of. Otherwise you will be stuck trying to wash it out of your hair.
Buying aloe vera gel from the store saves you from this extra work, and also is your best option if you don’t have large aloe vera plants handy.
Aloe Vera Hair Gel Recipes
1. 100% Pure Aloe Vera – The easiest way to use aloe vera is just to rub it into your hair directly! If you are using it in the shower and plan to rinse it out, there is no need to dilute it with water. You can just work it directly into your damp hair. Start at your scalp and then work your way down to the ends. To get the full hydrating effect, wear a cap or towel over your head for 15 minutes. Then rinse it out.
2. Simple Leave-In Recipe – If you have ever used a leave-in conditioner, you know how awesome it can be! There is nothing that will make your hair feel silkier. Just as with your commercial conditioner, you can leave in aloe vera if you make a spray-on recipe.
For this recipe, you will need to mix water and aloe vera gel in a 1:1 mixture. This solution will be diluted enough to use with a spray bottle. Before you use it, always shake it up so that the mixture is even and the gel doesn’t settle. If you want to enhance it with additional benefits and a lovely scent, you can add a few drops of essential oil. This leave-in mixture will help to hydrate your hair and make it more manageable. Many people who use aloe vera as a leave-in conditioner say it feels a lot more “lightweight” than some of the heavier leave-in commercial conditioners they have tried in the past.
3. Aloe Vera Olive Oil Conditioner – You do not have to stick with water; you can also try diluting your aloe vera with olive oil, which is another very popular all-natural hair care treatment. As with the water-based recipe above, you can mix this in equal parts. You will want to wash this one off as it is too oily to leave in. Leave it in your hair for anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour, and wash it out with shampoo when you are done. You should achieve a great effect!
4. Aloe Vera Egg Conditioner – Eggs are popular for hair masks, and they also work great with aloe vera for deep conditioning. Mix up an egg with aloe vera gel, enough to get full coverage of your hair. Leave it in for around 15 minutes, then shampoo it out. You’ll get an incredible effect with just aloe vera or the egg alone, but it’s when you combine the two that the magic really happens!
5. Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice – Lemon juice can be very nutritious for your hair, and it can also lighten it. Of course, if you don’t want to go lighter, you should avoid this recipe. But if you are trying to lighten your hair, you can easily bring it up one or two shades by using lemon juice on a regular basis.
You can make a conditioner for your hair out of aloe vera and lemon juice which is great for moisturizing and lightening your hair! Get ¼ cup of aloe vera gel and mix it with the juice from half a lemon. If you want, you can add a few drops of essential oil as well. Mix all the ingredients together (if you have longer hair, just make more). Shampoo your hair first. Then, without rinsing, work the aloe vera and lemon juice into your hair. Wait for a few minutes in the shower and let it soak in and do its work. Then you can wash it out.
Another benefit of adding the lemon juice is that it can help prevent your hair from getting greasy. If you have oily hair, you know what it a challenge it is to maintain moisture without overdoing it. The aloe vera and lemon juice recipe is very balanced and is great whether you have a dry or oily scalp.
6. Aloe Vera Shampoo – Another great idea which is super easy is to simply enhance your favorite shampoo with aloe vera gel! It is usually recommended that you add about one tablespoon per eight ounces of shampoo, but you can tweak that amount up or down as you need to. You don’t need to do anything special to use it, just shampoo your hair, scrub, and rinse as you usually would.
What is great about this recipe is how easy it is. You only need to prepare it once, and after that it is all ready to use! This is one of the most low-maintenance options for putting aloe vera in your hair on a regular basis.
7. Aloe Vera as a Pre-Shampoo Treatment – You can also try using aloe vera before you shampoo specifically as a pre-shampoo treatment. Aloe vera is great for getting rid of dandruff and will hydrate your hair before you put the shampoo in. Many commercial shampoos dehydrate hair, so hydrating it in advance can help to offset this. It can also prevent future dandruff, since your hair won’t dry out as much.
If you decide to use aloe vera this way, you need to rub it into your scalp and then leave it in for at least ten minutes. You can then shampoo and rinse as usual.
This is a good stop-gap measure if you need to use a commercial shampoo, but I suggest switching over to something natural which doesn’t have this dehydrating effect to begin with. Your hair will be twice as beautiful if you pair up aloe vera with a healthier shampoo.
8. Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is another wonderful ingredient for hair. You’ll find it included in many shampoos as a result. It is antiviral and antibacterial, and can help kill scalp infections, reducing dandruff and itching. Like aloe vera, it is also an excellent moisturizer.
You can use tea tree oil and aloe vera together to get an even more powerful effect. Just add a few drops of the oil to the gel and rub it into your hair. If you are trying hard to get rid of an infection or if you just need a heavy dose of moisture, this works very well if you leave it in your hair for a while. Consider wrapping up your hair and waiting a good hour while the mixture soaks in. Do this once or twice a week as a regular treatment, and your infection may clear up. In the meantime, you will enjoy a lot less dandruff and itching.
9. Aloe Vera Styling Gel – This application is mixed. I have read a number of websites which say, “You can replace your styling gel with aloe vera!” This is partially true, but not everything you are probably hoping it will be. Aloe vera gel will never hold your hair the way other styling gel will, so you can’t use it to shape a hairstyle.
What it does do however is lock in moisture and add a lovely shine. If you want to use it for this, make sure you rub in only a very small quantity. A tiny bit of this stuff is all you need; it will go a long way.
10. Aloe Vera Overnight Treatment – If your hair is incredibly dry and damaged, and you are looking for a deep, intensive conditioning treatment that is going to make a huge difference, you can apply aloe vera overnight instead for just a few minutes or an hour at a time.
For this recipe, mix half a cup of aloe vera gel with two teaspoons of castor oil. Add in a teaspoon of basil powder and two teaspoons of fenugreek powder. Mix all of these ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Once you have done that, you will have a thick gel which you can work into your hair starting at the roots. Work carefully to get the gel all through your hair down to the ends of the strands.
Once you are sure you have achieved full coverage, put on a shower cap. Wear it overnight; while you are sleeping, the mixture will penetrate deep into the hair shafts and will nourish and hydrate your scalp. In the morning, you can shampoo and rinse it out.
When your hair dries again, you will be amazed at how much better it looks and feels. You should have significantly less dandruff, and if you’ve been dealing with an itchy scalp, you should feel some relief. Best of all, your hair should be silkier than it has been in ages. If you keep it up and you do this maybe once or twice a month, you should be on the road to much healthier tresses.
In Conclusion … Aloe Vera is Awesome!
Aloe vera is so versatile. It has so many applications; whether you suffer from a dry or oily scalp, dandruff, itching, a fungal infection, or just dry, damaged hair, aloe vera can put an end to your woes. Add it to your shampoo and use it a couple of times a week, or make one of these conditioning treatments and just use it a couple of times a month. Whatever you decide to try, I recommend experimenting with different recipes. Eventually you will figure out what works best for your hair. Have fun, and enjoy the hydrating results!