Are you looking for the benefits of Aloe Vera oil? In this blog, we will explore some of the aloe vera oil benefits for hair, possible side effects and much more. Read on!
Did you know the word ‘Aloe Vera’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘Alloeh,’ which means a shining bitter substance, while ‘Vera’ in Latin means true? Almost 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists considered Aloe Vera as the universal elixir, while the Egyptians called Aloe Vera ‘the plant of immortality.’ Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s begin, shall we?
Your grandmother or mother must have at least once in your lifetime told you to apply aloe vera gel if you scraped your knee or had a bad case of pop-ed pimples. From doctors to beauty enthusiasts everyone raves about the magical benefits of Aloe Vera gel.
Whether you apply it in its natural gel form, use it as a cream or even drink its juice, aloe vera is one wonder plant with health benefits so myriad that hardly any part of the human body remains uninfluenced by its healing touch. Some of you even used aloe vera hair packs. But, have you ever thought of using Aloe Vera Oil for Hair?
Let’s find out what makes aloe vera so great for hair and some of the great benefits.
Chemical Components Of Wonder Plant Aloe Vera
Did you know that the raw gel from the aloe vera leaf contains 98% of water? It has almost 200 active ingredients like vitamins, minerals, enzymes, lignin, sugar, saponins, salicylic acid, and amino acid. Aloe Vera contains vitamins like Vitamins A, C, and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains Vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline.
Minerals like calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc are found in this magical plant as well. That’s not all, recently, alprogen, a glycoprotein with anti-allergic properties, and C-glucosyl chromone, a novel anti-inflammatory compound have been found in aloe vera. Making it great for dandruff-prone hairs.
We won’t bore you with more chemical components. Let’s move on to the good part, shall we?
Benefits Of Aloe Vera Oil For Smooth, Shiny, & Silky Hair
Benefits of Aloe Vera Oil For Itchy Scalp
If you are one of those people who has dandruff-prone hair all around the year or you might be having dandruff or itchy scalp seasonally, Aloe Vera Oil for Hair will work wonders for you. As we mentioned above the anti-inflammatory compound and fatty acid resolve the scalp inflammation that is caused by dandruff.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera Oil As An Elixir For Oily Hair Types
Although used in oil form, aloe vera cleanses the residue left from other hair products from the scalp effectively and reduces the excess production of sebum. Thereby, it deep cleanses your hair while preserving its natural goodness.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Oil For Strengthening And Repairing Damaged Hair
Antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, and E) found in aloe vera promote the growth of healthy cells on your head, resulting in shinier hair. On the other hand, vitamin B12 and folic acid prevent hair loss. Similar to skin, these properties boost collagen and protect your mane from sun damage as well.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Oil For Promoting Hair Growth
When you have a healthier scalp, your hair naturally grows fast. But mixing aloe vera with carrier oils like almond oil, sesame seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, or castor oil and then applying it, pumps up the hair growth. By the way, that’s how you can DIY your own Aloe Vera Oil for Hair Growth!
Read Our Article on Benefits Of Camellia Seed Oil For Hair here.
How To Make Aloe Vera Hair Oil?
Making aloe vera oil at home is easy and cost-effective too. Here’s how you can do it.
Step 1: Get one or two nice plumpy aloe vera leaves. Carefully scrape the sharp thorns from both sides and cut open the lead from the top.
Step 2: Scoop out clear gooey goodness with a spoon and stir it with a fork until it not lumpy anymore
Step 3: Now take the equal amount of carrier oils of your choosing and heat both the oil and the extra aloe vera gel until it turns light brown. Let it cool down naturally.
Step 4: Naturally, aloe vera oil does not last more than 7-10 days, but you can increase its shelf life by adding 2-3 drops of peppermint oil as a preservative.
Optional: You can also add 1-2 drops of any essential oil of your choice for fragrance.
How To Apply Aloe Vera Oil for Hair?
We suggest you apply your aloe vera oil 4-5 hours before shampooing. This way your scalp would have ample amount of time to soak up the goodness of the oil. Preferably, you can shampoo and condition your hair with any light and low-chemical hair products to retain the benefits of the Aloe Vera oil in Hair.
Let’s Not Forget The Side-Effects
Although it is highly unlikely for people to develop any kind of allergies from aloe vera oil. However, we suggest you perform a patch test before applying properly. But, if you experience burning, itching, and rarely developed dermatitis, it may be due to anthraquinones such as aloin and barbaloin present in aloe vera. In such a scenario, consult a dermatologist immediately.
Are you willing to include aloe vera oil in your regular hair routine? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.