In November last year I did a review on Naptural85′s DIY Hair & Body Oil. In the review I mentioned my Aloe Vera & Water Mix. Recently, I received a question from a reader regarding the Aloe Vera Mix, so I decided to do an in depth post about Aloe Vera and its benefits to our hair, skin and health in general.
Here is the question from Dominique
I was wondering about the aloe vera mixture you mentioned. Why Aloe Vera ? And what ratio do you use when you mix it? I could use some extra, additive free moisture for my hair, badly! A lot of products I have tried that claim to be conditioning just wind up making my hair feel crunchy. So please let me know! Thanks!
I did give Dominique a short answer, but I decided to expand on that answer here as a post so everyone can benefit from her question.
Why Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is known to be packed with vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids beneficial to our overall health. It is known for its healing power and its ability to repair cells.
Our hair, scalp, and its natural oil(sebum) has a PH of between 4.5 and 5.5 which is slightly acidic. This is the body’s way of naturally preventing fungi and bacteria in the hair and scalp. It also helps to keep the our hair cuticle closed and healthy.
Most products we use in our hair have ingredients that may be more alkaline or acidic than our hair and its natural oils (sebum), this disrupts the natural PH of our hair. If a product is too alkaline our cuticle opens and is unable to retain its moisture and if a product is too acidic our cuticles contract and our unable to absorb moisture. Both extremes are bad for our hair. Our hair may seem dry, dull and unmanageable.
It is a good idea that after you use your shampoo or conditioner when moisturizing your hair with water use a product that will neutralize and bring your hair back to its natural PH.
This is where Aloe Vera comes in. Aloe Vera has a PH between 4 and 6 which is the same to that of our hair and skin. Water is known to have a slighlty acidic PH of 7. Therefore after using any products, for instance when shampooing or co-washing or even when moisturizing your hair with water; it is a good idea to follow up with Aloe Vera to neutralize your hair back to its correct PH.
This will help your hair retain its moisture more effectively. It will also help to prevent problems with your scalp and hair such as dryness, itching and dandruff.
Aloe Vera is also known to be a humectant. Humectants help to attract water and retain it. Aloe Vera will help your hair absorb more moisture from the air hence keeping it moisturized. However you should be careful on the conditions of the weather. During the winter and dry season since the atmosphere does not contain moisture or water, Aloe Vera may work against you by drawing out or absorbing the moiture from your hair hence drying it out. During humid and wet season it may pull in too much moisture and cause your hair to frizz up. Therefore it is advisable to regulate the quantities of Aloe Vera you use depending on the needs and condition of your hair and also the seasons.
Some people grow the Aloe Vera plant and extract its juices or gel themselves. You can also purchase Aloe Vera Juice or gel in most health stores or online at Amazon. Be sure to check the label for ingredients and quantities of the AloAloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice* depending on the brand or manufacturers these may vary.
You can use Aloe Vera in various ways. You can either add it to your favorite conditioner, use it as a rinse out after washing or in a spray bottle.
I personally use a mix of water and Aloe Vera juice in a spray bottle. I use it every morning during my styling session. I also spritz my hair with the mixture whenever I feel like my hair is dry and needs some moisturizing. I have also incorporated it into my bedtime routine i.e however I decide to style my hair for bedtime whether I bun my hair or re-twist I will spray my hair and oil it before tying it down for bed.
Initially you can start with half water and half Aloe Vera Juice, but as you determine the needs of your hair you can vary the quantities to meet your personal needs. Spraying your hair with the mixture is not enough, be sure to seal it all in with oil of your choice.
Personally, the more Aloe Vera Juice that I have used in my spray bottle the better results I have experienced with my hair. I have also noticed that after spraying the juice and smoothing my hair, my hair produces some clumps of curls or curl pattern.
Because of its healing and antibacterial properties, Aloe Vera is also known to heal the skin from rashes, cuts, bruises and sunburn.
As with the hair it can help balance the PH of our skin and help it retain moisture and its natural oils, keeping it supple and healthy.
I do spray the mixture on my face sometime when I feel tired, it gives me instant rejuvenation and helps keep me alert. Aloe Vera is known to be used as a skin toner and moisturizer leaving the skin fresh and healthy. Therefore you can use it after washing your face and before conditioning your skin.
Aloe Vera For Health
Some people drink Aloe Vera Juice everyday. Personally I haven’t tried this. I have tasted it, but never went as far as to adding it into my regular diet. But it is something I’m considering and if I do go ahead with this I will report back to let you guys know how it went.
Drinking Aloe Vera everyday is known to having a detox effect on the body. It regulates the digestive system and helps the intestines absorb food and protein more effectively. This helps in regulating the bowel movements hence its great in relieving constipation, heartburn and other digestive problems. It is also known to eliminate unwanted bacteria and yeast in our gut. The detoxification process and cleansing helps to increase energy levels which helps in regulating weight.
It also acts as an antioxidant and antibacteria helping to boost the immune system. These properties are also very beneficial to dental health. It can help with dental plaque, mouth ulcers and to heal gums.
Aloe Vera also contains collagen which means drinking it aids in skin repair, renewal and maintaining elasticity which helps in keeping the skin looking fresh, healthy and young.
Aloe Vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which helps boost the immune system.
Have you used Aloe Vera for your skin, hair or health? Please leave your experiences or questions in the comments below.
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