Aloe Vera Hair Mask for Thick, Dense Hair Growth
What is easier, climbing Mount Everest or growing thicker hair?
It depends on who you ask…
I wouldn’t want to endure the cold icy winds and the intense acclimatization, whereas growing hair at the comfort and safety of home appears more doable.
But how to do it??
I was at my hairdresser’s place. And there comes a woman with really thick, dense, beautiful hair. Hair that you don’t see very often. And I was wowed!
I couldn’t resist, so I asked her the questions. What do you do for your hair? What’s the secret or is it genetics. You lucky gal with locks to die for and malfunction at my end. How come?
To my relief, her thick hair is not just the work of good genes. It’s also hard work of two amazing and powerful herbs: aloe vera and black seeds.
We have seen how to make black seed oil and black seed mask, and I have also talked about aloe vera for hair growth. But this time I will share with you how the lady with big, beautiful hair uses aloe vera for hair growth.
Before we see how to use aloe vera, let’s dig deeper on aloe’s hair benefits.
What does Aloe Vera Have for Hair?
Aloe vera has the support of ancient texts of Ayurveda and De Materia Medica that recommend it for hair loss and baldness. Besides, women and men from the tropics have been using aloe for thousands of years to enhance and boost hair growth.
But how does aloe grow hair?
Aloe contains over 75 active constituents, including antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, micronutrients. All these work – as a team – to nourish hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth.
Aloe also makes each strand thicker and shiner. The amino acids in aloe penetrate inside the hair and pump up the hair to make them thicker and fuller looking.
What about shine? That’s the job of enzymes in the aloe which help clear out the dead skin cells and build up from the hair, so your hair bounces and shines happily.
Aloe vera is also remarkably healing. Studies show that aloe is very potent to treat scalp conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dandruff (1, 2). All thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects.
Aloe does another favour on the scalp by clearing all impurities and helping strengthen and regenerate the scalp tissue. So the hair has a strong foundation to grow and thrive well.
You see, aloe puts in a lot of hard work to beautify and stimulate hair growth. Now let’s see the using of aloe.
How to Use Aloe Vera for Thick Hair Growth
You will need:
- 1 Aloe vera leaf or (2 tablespoons aloe vera juice)
That’s it, no more ingredients.
Take about 3 inches piece of aloe vera leaf. Scoop the transparent gel out, and this gel is what we are going to use.
If you don’t have a fresh leaf, you can use store-bought aloe vera juice.
How to use
Rub the aloe vera gel/juice on your scalp and hair. Massage with your fingers so that the gel penetrates deeper into the scalp. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes and wash out with water. Or if your hair was greasy before applying then use a natural shampoo to wash hair.
I recently tried this, and the results are fantastic. My hair definitely looked thicker, shinier and healthier. Whoever said natural hair care is complicated must try aloe vera and also read hair buddha 🙂
Aloe is a miracle tonic. But my love for this desert herb is not new. I use to use it quite regularly once upon a time until other herbs caught my fancy. But now I am not going to overlook aloe vera for at least a few months. For sure, I am impressed again!
How often to use: you can apply aloe vera before every wash, so if you wash hair twice a week then twice a week it is.
- You need only 2-4 inches of aloe leaf depending on your hair length. Aloe leaf stores easily in the fridge or even outside, so keep it for next use.
- You can blend the fresh aloe gel to form a smooth liquidy paste. I prefer to apply this way, less messy I would say.
- For an extra boost, add a teaspoon of coconut or castor oil or jojoba oil to aloe vera and mix well before applying.
- Or you can also blend in herb powders of lavender, neem, tulsi, chamomile or brahmi. Create your own aloe vera hair mask!
- If you don’t know how to extract aloe gel from the leaf, here’s how you do it: cut one outer leaf from the aloe plant. Let the leaf rest for a few minutes – this will drain out the yellow resin. Wash well. Next, you slice off the prickly sides with a knife. Then peel the skin from the flat side of the leaf and scoop the gel out using a spoon.
What to do if You don’t have Aloe Vera Plant?
Even if you have an aloe vera plant, first make sure that it is the right aloe vera. There are hundreds of aloe vera species and the right one for good health and hair is Aloe barbadensis miller.
Aloe barbadensis miller does not have white spot on the leaves. Of course when it’s small it has the white spots but as it grows they fade away. See the picture, it might help to know if yours is the right kind or not.
You can get aloe leaf from the market. It’s a huge leaf, at least the ones they sell near my house is pretty big to last a month. You can also buy aloe vera plant from amazon.
But if you don’t want to get aloe plant or the leaf, the easiest option is to get aloe vera juice bottle from the market. I would suggest you buy the aloe vera juice and not the gel as gel has more additives. Aloe vera juice is much purer so better for hair growth.
That’s it on aloe vera gals and boys. Hope aloe vera helps you grow hair of your dreams.
How do you use aloe vera for hair? Please share in the comment box below!
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