I have been natural for 8 years now. During this time I’ve studied many different health and natural hair care techniques. Aside from conducting my own extensive research, I also completed cosmetology training, graduating in May of 2018. Now I pride myself on being a natural hair care specialist and owning a hair care business since January of 2017.
As we know, the beauty industry is forever evolving, this has been proven for centuries. Therefore, I try to stay up to date with all the new industry topics, tips, tricks, techniques and more. Not only is it important for the health of my own hair, but also even more, for my clients. They are my family and portfolio. I owe it to them, to deliver the best hair care, their hair deserves.
With that being said, let’s talk about Aloe Vera gel. Aloe Vera gel is the inside of the Aloe Vera plant, which is a succulent, evergreen perennial from the cactus family. It has been used for agricultural and medicinal uses, found in many shelf and over-the-counter products such as; lotions, medicines, ointments, creams, gels etc…
It’s been a big deal for years and years, but I didn’t know just how big of a deal it was until I recently decided to try it with some of my favorite organic ingredients. Now, I’m questioning myself on “how” and “why”, have I not tried this sooner!
Aloe Vera has become a definite and important factor for my hair care regimen and here’s why…
Nutrient and Vitamin Packed
Aloe Vera is packed with vitamins B-12, A, C and E, which promotes cell growth, resulting in healthier, shinier hair strands. It also contains proteolytic enzymes (also known as protease), that works to break down long chains of protein, into smaller amino acids. In other words; reduces inflammation, scalp irritation, itchiness and repairs dead skin cells.
Reduces hair loss and heat damage.
Aloe Vera is full of folic acid and high levels of collagen. Which, reduces hair loss and heat damage. This is why, many have been known to use Aloe Vera gel for minor burns, heat rashes and sunburn. Using it during the summer months can protect your hair from sun exposure and can also be used as a heat protectant, before and after heat styling/blow drying.
Increased blood circulation.
When used as an oil and massaged into the scalp, Aloe Vera can increase blood circulation of the scalp and maintain the anagen (active growth) phase. This is very important for constant hair growth!
When it comes to oiling the hair and scalp, it’s important not too clog the follicles and pores. Doing so, can actually make it difficult for new hair growth to push through. Yet, not oiling our hair and scalp can result in dry, brittle hair leaving it vulnerable to breakage, thinning and dandruff.
One very special aspect of Aloe Vera, is it’s deep cleansing properties. Used properly, or as a shampoo, it can strip the hair of extra sebum (pore clogging oil), without damaging and drying out the hair strand.
Furthermore, as if the above mentioned benefits were not already, amazingly enough. Aloe Vera can also be used for skin, nails, acne, sensitive skin, inflammation, healing, digestive system, medicines and so much more.
Although Aloe Vera is generally safe to ingest, it is not recommended for baby consumption. If you’re planning to ingest aloe juice, please do your own research before doing so or ask a health consultant. If you have any known allergies or skin conditions, also consult a health professional before use.
If you are not aware of any known allergies it is still, ALWAYS highly recommended to conduct a patch test before use. Do so, by applying a small amount of product on the inside of your wrist and waiting 24 hours to assess, before continuing use.
Did you know…
You can grow Aloe Vera at home; outdoors or as a potted plant. It can also be found at your local grocery store, online or at a whole foods/health store. You can also find recipes online on how to make a variety of different products containing Aloe Vera. I recommend trying an organic, all natural Aloe Vera Hair Oil made by ‘BnB products’ which can be found on the website’s online store.
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