Aloe vera gel, a naturally clear jelly-like substance is gotten from or extracted from within the leaves of the Aloe vera plant. This plant has been known for many years for its ability to heal the body both internally and externally, it’s wonderful effects on maintaining and keeping the skin soft and protecting the skin against skin diseases.
The aloe vera leaves from which the Aloe vera gel is extracted have a very short growing length of about 60 centimeters to about a hundred centimeters. The leaves have a serrated margin which is a bit spiky with a green coloration. This succulent plant is grown worldwide in countries found in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands. It is also most especially seen in the tropics where the climate is most suitable for meeting up with the requirements necessary for their growth.
Aloe vera plant is best used in its natural form which is the gel directly extracted from the plant. But today, there are many commercial beauty products that include Aloe vera as a major ingredient in the production of creams, soaps, cosmetics, shampoo, ointments, sunburn creams, and so on. It has also been added as ingredients for medical uses such as drugs, supplements, juices, and so on.
While a majority of individuals have attested to the fact that Aloe vera is very effective for use on the skin, and internal use, it is important to still exercise care when dealing with Aloe vera. This is because forms of aloe vera are safer to take than others, and since there are no foods that contain aloe vera, so it must be taken in supplement or gel form. But what is warned against and discouraged is the chronic use or abuse of aloe vera.
Using Aloe Vera For Hair Loss
All the proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nourishing factors contained in aloe Vera reach the hair follicles and prevent the follicles from being weak thereby controlling the rate at which hair falls on-off and stimulating the production of new hair.
There are many ways people use aloe vera to prevent hair loss and boost hair growth and also increase the volume of the hair or how full their hair becomes.
For some individuals, they prefer to just apply aloe vera directly to their hair without adding any other natural oils to it. For instance, when they get a fresh aloe Vera plant and cut just a leaf from the stem, they cut the leaf open and use a spoon to scoop out the gel found inside it and then they apply it like that on the hair, massaging it properly to get to every corner of the hair and scalp and leave it to work for about an hour after which they use any shampoo of their choice to wash it off. They redo this every 3 to 4 days and they get amazing results.
Other individuals, on the other hand, prefer to add some oils like coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil to the aloe vera gel to use as hair loss prevention. To do this, they follow the same process above, just that aloe vera is added to 2 tablespoons of the preferred oil and mixed properly in a clean container and massaged into the scalp and hair and left it there for 1 to 2 hours after which it is washed off.
Hair masks have now become a very common way of people making use of aloe vera for hair care. To produce homemade masks with coconut oil, some natural products that can be added include:
- jojoba oil
- egg whites
The mixture is massaged into the scalp and hair, a shower cap is worn, and the mixture is left on for 15 minutes to 1 hour, after which it is rinsed off with a mild shampoo. If aloe vera cannot be found naturally, it is very possible to get aloe vera in some commercial products.
Since some people are sensitive to aloe vera, it is best to check if the skin is compatible with this gel by carrying out a patch test which involves, placing q little amount of aloe vera on the skin on the back of the palm and waiting for a while to confirm if any reaction will occur. If after a while like an hour or 2, nothing happens, then the skin is quite compatible with the aloe Vera gel.
Benefits of Using Aleo vera on Hair
As mentioned earlier, aloe vera is very effective in making better different issues concerning the body from skin to internal body functioning to the hair. This plant contains over 75 nutrients, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins, all of which make the use of aloe vera a very potent choice for hair growth which provides so many benefits to the hair when applied directly to the hair.
More so, it has been realized that the gel found within the leaves of this wonder plant contains so many antioxidants that offer anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturizing and protective benefits for skin as well as for hair. Ingesting aloe vera gel in moderation also offers a host of health benefits owing to its nutritional content.
Among the numerous benefits of the use and application of aloe vera to the hair, a few of those are:
1. The pH of aloe vera is very close to similar to those of a human scalp or hair, therefore making use of aloe Vera as a hair treatment will make the hair adapt very easily to the level of acidity or alkalinity and function better, unlike the commercial chemical containing products which have high ranging pHs.
2. Aloe Vera gel contains so many essential elements and nutrients which are very important to healthy and strong hair growth some of which are amino acids, copper, and zinc.
3. Another important benefit is that thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties aloe vera gel contain, this plant can soothe the scalp and prevent irritation and aggravation of skin conditions.
4. Aloe vera is a very efficient and effective hair moisturizer and conditioner which makes it possible for it to hydrate hair while at the same time treating hair conditions like dandruff and flaking which can also be caused by fungi which aloe vera takes care of with its antimicrobial prowess.
5. Aloe vera gel is rich in proteolytic enzymes that heal and repair damaged cells in the scalp. In this turn, improves the health of hair follicles and boosts hair growth. Proteolytic enzymes also stimulate the dormant hair follicles, promoting regrowth of hair.
6. Aloe vera also boosts the production of surplus hair on the scalp by cleansing the scalp of excess oil due to the over secretion of sebum or oil by the sebaceous glands which might block the hair pores or follicles and prevent new hair from developing.