Many of us turn to aloe vera gel to moisturize or treat minor burns, abrasions or cold sores, taking advantage of the plant’s strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Since our hair grows directly out of our skin, it’s not surprising this gel can be just as versatile for treating our locks.
This species, which grows in hot and humid climates and thrives in many households as well, is built from many active ingredients that can effect many positive changes to your hair, though the end result can vary.
It typically leaves few if any side effects. Aloe sensitivity is rare, but it does happen. If you develop a rash or hives after using it you should stop right away.
- Strengthens hair — Aloe vera’s fatty and amino acids and nutrients, including vitamins A, B12, C and E, are natural sources of nourishment for your follicles and can help them churn out thick, moisturized strands less vulnerable to breakage and split ends.
- Cleanses oily hair — The gel is rich with amino acids and antibacterial properties that can strip excess sebum from your hair without damaging it in the process, so it’s an invaluable go-to for those with oily hair.
- Calms an itchy, flaky scalp — Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that leads to red, flaky patches on the scalp or other parts of the body. It’s a common cause of dandruff. Aloe vera has been shown to significantly reduce the flakiness and itchiness.
- Gently cleanses hair — Aloe has antimicrobial properties and in gel form can act as a mild cleanser that won’t leave any damage behind. It’s a common ingredient of shampoos and can be used on its own if you’re trying to cut down on the chemicals you use in your hair.
- May encourage hair growth — Many people have sung the praises of aloe for helping their hair grow out faster. There’s limited scientific evidence to back this up, but some researchers have linked aloenin, the chemical compound the plant draws its name from, to increased hair growth.