A short while ago I wrote about How To Make Homemade Aloe Vera Juice For Natural Hair. My recipe shows you how to extract the gel and then how to dilute it to make the juice version.
A few people asked how you can use the aloe vera gel or the juice on hair. Here are 5 ways that you can use aloe vera juice or gel. (If you want to know the benefits of aloe vera juice click the link to the blog at the bottom of this blog):
Before you shampoo your hair apply aloe vera to your hair and scalp. This will help to condition and moisturize the hair as well as soothe an itchy scalp.
You can enhance the pre-poo formulation with essential oils. Let the pre-poo blend sit for 5-10 minutes before you rinse it out.
Add aloe vera juice to a store-bought shampoo to get it's moisturizing benefits or use it instead of water when you make a DIY shampoo recipe. This is especially useful if the shampoos that you can find in your local area dry your hair out.
Only add the aloe vera to the portion of shampoo you are about to use. Adding any extras to a whole hair product bottle can destabilize the lot!
You can use this to dilute a very thick conditioner instead of water. In so doing you will get the conditioning benefits of aloe vera juice too.
4. Scalp soother
If you have an itchy scalp or if your scalp is inflammed or sore for some reason apply aloe vera to the affected area and you should see a difference. Obviously if it is a serious issue you need to see a doctor.
5. Daily spritz base
Instead of spritzing with water use aloe vera.
Note that if you decided to use aloe vera juice with oils they won't blend but in the new year I will teach you how you can emulsify the two so that they do blend.
If you are wondering what the benefits of aloe vera are, then you will like:
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5/3/2014 05:10:40 pm
I AM A SINGLE MOM IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH NATURAL HAIR AND NOW HAVE A TODDLER WITH ETHNIC HAIR AND THERE ARE NO PRODUCTS FOR NATURAL HAIR IN SA. I REALLY DONT HAVE THE TIME TO RESEARCH YOUR SITE THAT HAS OODLES OF INFO....THE KIND OF INFO IVE BEEN LONGING FOR BECAUSE I WANT TO DO THE BEST FOR MY OWN HAIR AND MY DAUGHTERS. BUT WHAT I WISH I COULD GET VERY SIMPLY FROM YOUR SITE IS SPECIFIC INFO ON WHAT MY HAIR REGIMEN SHOULD BE (THE BASICS) DAILY. STEP ONE STEP TWO ETC. IF I NEED A SPRITZ, HOW SHOULD I MIX IT? QUANTITIES ETC....DO I DIRECTLY APPLY AN OIL LIKE COCONUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SPRITZ AND THEN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW WITH A SEALANT LIKE SHEA BUTTER OR IS THERE MEANT TO BE A WAITING PERIOD OF A FEW HOURS? THAT ISNT CLEAR TO ME. IN SA I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND SHEA BUTTER EXCEPT IN JOHANNESBURG WITH A COMPANY THAT SAYS ITS BEEN CHEMICALLY TREATED TO EXTRACT THE SMELL AND COLOUR......IS THAT STILL GOING TO BE GOOD ENOUGH?
30/5/2015 08:54:10 pm
Hello. So Im not a pro at this but i do live in Zimbabwe and get where you are coming from
13/6/2015 01:04:49 am
Shame Gailene,you sound overwhelmed.Did you ever get assisted?I live in SA and there are many options for us naturals.Dischem,Clicks etc. ORS has amazing products that are great for our hair.
16/3/2014 04:55:43 am
It is very nice to u that u give free book .Thank u
16/6/2014 12:01:03 am
I find it hard to believe there are no products for natural hair, since my research for such products came back with tons of such. Not having the time is one thing but truly there are a lot if you can take the time to research
24/7/2014 10:19:24 pm
I'm also surprised that the whole country can not have products. I'm in South Africa myself, shea butter is not the only product for natural hair. I agree with you Akosua, Gailene need to do a research, be it on the internet or just word of mouth. Being a single mom doesn't have to make one careless and lazy. Some products may not work but it is a re-learning process, so it's worth trying anything.
8/8/2014 11:23:59 pm
I think its wrong for you guys to judge someone when they are reaching out and asking for help. I live in the U.S that has tons of natural products and info but still struggling with the right remedy for my hair. I've checked youtube and bought so many products but everyone does something different. I agree with gailene, I'm a new mom and just frustrated with all the info and wish someone could just spell it out for me of how much to use how much time in between and so forth. At this point I might go back to using chemicals.
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