Is your hair health disappointing? Then, it's time for Aloe Vera to do its magic on your hair and scalp. Enriched with everything you need, Aloe Vera is a one-stop solution for all your hair concerns.
As per research, Aloe Vera can help cleanse oily hair, ease an itchy or flaky scalp, protect hair from the sun, strengthen brittle hair and increase hair growth.
The magical potion of the famous Aloe Vera gel is one of the most effective Ayurvedic remedies. It is not just any other new-age discovery but an ingredient passed down for generations - tried, tested, and loved for centuries.
In this article, let us discuss all the benefits of Aloe vera for hair, how to use it, and the best hair products containing Aloe Vera.
Aloe vera has been used for millions of years, since as early as 1750 BC. There are more than 450 species, and they can be grown in hot and dry climates worldwide.
Aloe vera is best known for treating various skin problems like acne, wounds, and burns. It can be typically applied to the skin and also can be consumed as food and in drinks. Aloe vera benefits hepatitis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and more.
But did you know aloe vera is also beneficial for your hair? Rich in 75 nutrients that includes 12 power vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 20 minerals, Aloe Vera is a boon for your hair. Treating your hair with Aloe Vera gel will ensure you healthier and fuller hair in no time.
Scroll down to some of the primary benefits of applying aloe vera to your hair.
About 5 in 10 people suffer from dandruff, and most also experience redness, itchiness, or scaling scalps. While Aloe Vera is not a cure-all, it helps ease these symptoms. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe vera helps soothe symptoms of itchy scalp and dry eczema patches.
While there are loads of products available in the market that claim to cleanse oily and greasy hair, many can dry out and damage your traces. If this is the case with you, Aloe Vera is at your rescue. The abundance of antibacterial properties helps remove oil from the hair without actually attacking the strands.
Products that contain Aloe Vera can be great if your hair builds up a lot of oil.
Along with high amounts of antioxidants, Aloe Vera is also a treasure trove of micronutrients like -
A study conducted in 2019 states that the above substances play a crucial role in cellular turnover and can help minimize hair loss. Aloe vera also makes your hair look thicker, shinier, and stronger.
Did you know the UV rays from the sun can rob your hair of its natural shine while making it more fragile and brittle? Aloe Vera might help protect your hair from these rays, but this has very limited science to back it up.
The good part is that Aloe Vera is risk-free and gentle on your hair. So, even if it can't 10/10 protect your manes from the sun, it is still worth a shot.
Aloe Vera is loaded with proteolytic enzymes and minerals like Zinc and Copper. These minerals help stimulate hair growth. Therefore, you can trust Aloe Vera for healthy and strong hair.
The best and most convenient way to use Aloe Vera for your hair is by buying products containing natural Aloe Vera. But, make sure the products are of high quality and do what they claim. We talk about some of the best Aloe Vera products by Kama Ayurveda later in this article.
The second best way to use Aloe Vera for hair is to make a DIY mask out of it.
While you can buy Aloe vera gel for your hair at a store, it is always fun to make it at home. After all, there is no Indian home that doesn't grow Aloe Vera. If you don't have an aloe vera plant at home, pluck a leaf from the neighborhood and harvest it in a pot. The plant is easy to grow even in small spaces. To extract the gel, follow the below steps.
You can keep the gel for about a week if you store it in an airtight container and refrigerate it.
You can either apply Aloe Vera gel directly to your hair or prepare a mask with other hair-loving ingredients for added benefits. Below are such DIY hair masks that will up your hair game.
Get rid of hair dryness with the Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil hair mask. Being a natural humectant and high in water content, Aloe Vera not only boosts hydration but also locks in moisture to leave your hair feeling soft and luscious.
If you have dry and rough hair, add Aloe Vera to your regular hair oil to make the best-in-class nourishing Aloe infused hair oil.
Who likes pesky flyaways? We definitely don't. This mask is all you need to keep your hair frizz-free and tuck the flyaways. Aloe Vera is a natural hair conditioner. It helps keep the frizz away while turning your static hair into a soft and smooth mane. In addition, its moisturizing properties keep your hair cuticles closed, which works like a charm on your frowzy tresses.
Use this DIY leave-in conditioner after every wash to tame the frizz.
Rich in antifungal, antibacterial, and healing properties, Aloe Vera gel helps relieve fungal infections in the scalp. In addition, it is very effective in fighting against yeast and fungus birthing, which may cause dandruff, infections, and other hair concerns like hair loss.
Conversely, Lemons are natural astringents and have abundant cleaning properties. Therefore, to curb those snowy flakes from dropping on the shoulders, strands on the floor, or just breeding bacteria, this Aloe vera and Lemon hair mask is all you need.
Aloe Vera is power-packed with proteolytic enzymes and minerals like zinc and copper, which help stimulate hair growth.
Aloe Vera is a powerhouse of amino acids that help promote shine and strength in the hair. Aloe Vera, Olive oil, and Egg yolk make a perfect concoction for the shine and smooth mane we all deserve.
The following are the Kama Ayurveda products that contain Aloe Vera as the main ingredient. If you like to include Aloe Vera in your hair care regimen but don't have the time and patience to make a DIY mask, using products containing Aloe Vera is the best thing you can do.
Kama Ayurveda's Himalayan Deodar Hair Cleanser is a scalp-toning and purifying natural hair cleanser that contains aloe vera to create volume and bounce while balancing excess oils. The cleanser also helps promote hair strength, relieve hair loss and reduce breakage while naturally enhancing shine and volume. In addition, it mitigates the drying effects of the sun and environmental damage.
The vegetable-sourced soy protein in the hair cleanser moisturizes, binds, and improves the tensile strength of the follicle and hair shaft. The Hibiscus extract and organic Aloe Vera juice help in creating volume and bounce while removing excess oils from the hair shaft without drying out the hair. Pure essential oils of Himalayan deodar help stimulate the scalp for renewed hair growth. Result - stronger, shinier, and healthier hair.
Kama Ayurveda's Rose And Jasmine Hair Conditioner is a restoring hair conditioner that helps mitigate hair damage caused by coloring, chemical treatments, and heat styling while improving hair strength.
Free of SLES (sulfates), petrochemicals, and parabens, this luxurious hair conditioner gently rebuilds and strengthens over-styles or over-treated hair while improving its manageability. The pure and aromatic essential oils of Rose and jasmine help soothe and repair hair, making it look stronger, softer, and shinier with every wash.
The organic Aloe Vera juice penetrates deep into the hair shaft to deliver essential nutrients. Indian Gooseberry improves and replenishes the tensile strength of hair. The Rose and Jasmine hair conditioner helps improve hair growth, reduce hair breakage, and improve elasticity.
Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.