Trying to grow long healthy hair after it’s been badly damaged can be a hassle. For quite some time now, my hair has been shedding and breaking and I’ve tried every product under the sun to bring it back to life. If you’re anything like me, you’re tired of wasting money on hair products that not only break the bank but don’t work for your hair. So I decided to do things different this time around and go back to my roots by turning to natural remedies to get my hair to bounce back, more specifically aloe vera.
I’ve been using aloe vera since I was a kid. My mom used to blend it up for me to drink as a cleanse, put it on my burns whenever I hurt myself and apply it on my face and hair as a mask for a mommy and me spa day. Since I’ve started my transitioning to natural journey, my hair has been extremely dry and brittle. So for the past year I’ve decided to incorporate this beautiful gem into my wash day routine as a pre-poo treatment.
Let me tell you, if you’re on the fence about trying it, do it because it’s seriously worth every penny. Not only will you finally get the results you’ve been hoping for with your hair, but you will save tons of money along the way.
Benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair
Aloe Vera is a healing medicinal plant that is known to have many moisturizing properties, but did you know it is also great for hair growth and a healthy scalp? It contains proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells and prevents itching on the scalp. It also promotes hair growth and reduces dandruff. In addition to that, it makes a great conditioner and leaves your hair smooth and shiny. My hair loves this stuff and literally drinks it up every time I use it. Here are some more benefits that aloe vera has for your hair, just in case you’re still debating.
Promotes Healthy Hair Growth (by removing dead skin cells on your scalp that can clog your pores)
Prevents itching on the scalp
Balances the PH of your hair and scalp
Helps hair retain more water and moisture
It also penetrates into your hair and scalp to help condition and rebuild from the inside out.
This aloe vera treatment isn’t complete without the nutrients of organic oils. Even though aloe vera is so beneficial on its own, adding oil to this treatment only increases its potency.
All the oils I’ve chosen have amazing benefits for your hair and contain vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that helps repair damaged hair follicles and scalp tissue.
Here are my oils of choice and their benefits.
BENEFITS OF GRAPESEED OIL ON YOUR HAIR
Reduces Hair Loss
Reduces Dandruff and Dermatitis
Promotes Hair Growth & Length Retention
Restores Strength and Shine
Prevents Frizz & Brittle Hair
Moisturizes & Conditions Dry Hair
Lineolic Acid (a fatty acid which promotes hair growth)
BENEFITS OF AVOCADO OIL ON YOUR HAIR
Promotes Hair Growth
Moisturizes Scalp & Hair
Prevents Hair Loss & Dandruff
Highest protein from all fruits
Vitamin A, B1, B2, D & E
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Packed with antioxidants
BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL ON YOUR HAIR
Heals Dry Scalp & Dry Hair Solidifies in Cold Temperature
Promotes Elasticity Softens in room temperatures
Repairs Damage Liquifies in Warm temperature
Excellent Frizz Tamer Great moisturizer
Great moisturizer Prevents Breakage
Organic & Unrefined
BENEFITS OF SWEET ALMOND OIL ON YOUR HAIR
Moisturizes all hair types
Strengthens and Repairs Split Ends
Prevent Hair Loss and Stimulate Hair Growth
Vitamin E Protein Zinc
Omega 3 Calcium
Fatty Acids Magnesium
Best When: 100% Pure Cold Pressed
Why this treatment makes a great pre-poo?
My hair used to be extremely dry and shed a lot after shampooing it, due to the harsh surfactants used in shampoos to dissolve oil in your hair. By adding aloe vera gel to your hair beforehand, it can help reduce the pH of the shampoo while the oils in this treatment work to reduce the shampoo’s ability to remove or strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils, therefore making the shampoo gentler on the hair. Since aloe vera gel has a high water content, it will penetrate the hair shaft and seal in moisture, regardless of product build-up. This treatment is a pre-poo, and not a deep conditioner because it’s purpose is not to mend cracks and flaws from damaged hair, but to prevent moisture from escaping while adding extra moisture to your hair, during your wash day routine.
Does it work?
Since I started pre-pooing, I noticed results immediately. Over the course of a year, I have experienced less breakage and shedding, plus my hair is easier to detangle, which makes washing and conditioning my hair so much easier. Applying it to your hair is also very pleasant and actually kind of fun, and I’ve always felt that way even as a kid. It is very pleasant and soothing on your scalp and since using it the texture of my hair has been much smoother and shinier.
So if you want know how to do this aloe vera oil treatment that’s packed with endless nutrients and antioxidants that is so beneficial for your hair, check out my video down below. It shows step by step how to prepare the aloe leaf and oils and how to apply it to your hair. Here is my personal Aloe Vera Oil Treatment for Natural & Transitioning Hair.
Have you ever tried aloe vera gel on your hair? If so, how did it react in your hair? What other natural remedies have you tried on your hair that actually worked?
Post your experiences in the field below and share your knowledge!