Do you see a lot of products with the benefits of Aloe Vera? Aloe Vera has antibacterial and antiviral properties and the ability to treat a lot of skin and hair problems. Overtime, Aloe vera has seamlessly entered into everything we use. From shampoos to beauty creams, from juices to treating diabetes, aloe vera has gained a versatile status. We at Elephantrunk tried to put together some of the miracles that this versatile succulent can do to your hair.
The humble Aloe vera plant is about one or one and a half feet tall with prickly leaves, which act as a defence to keep animals and insects from feeding on the plant. The leaves hold a light transparent gel that tastes extremely bitter, and famous for its incredible healing properties. Aloe vera is made up of 96% water, contains 18-20 amino acids, Vitamin A, B, C and E.
The main ingredient in Aloe vera is a complex carbohydrate known as Acemannan. It strengthens and supports the immune system. It supports nutrients to reach the cells and nourish them. Ayurveda,Chinese medicine, British medicine have all acknowledged the healing properties of aloe vera and used for health, beauty and in first-aid.
Here are some benefits of aloe vera for hair
1. Deeply cleanses and get rid of oily scalp.
Aloe vera cleanses the hair follicles/roots gently without stripping off the moisture from the strands. Other chemicals clean the scalp but strip the actual moisture from the hair. Using Aloe vera gel is an awesome way to keep your scalp oil-free, your hair strands moisturized, healthy and soft.
2. Repairs damaged hair
Aloe vera contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. All of these vitamins are known to promote the renewal of dull and damaged hair strands. Vitamin B12 is a prominent content in Aloe vera is known to prevent hair breakage and thus promoting healthy hair.
3. Promotes new hair growth
Aloe vera can increase blood circulation and promote new hair growth. This property makes Aloe vera unique. When you use Aloe vera on your hair and scalp, blood flow to your scalp increases. When your scalp has been cleansed, and your hair has been conditioned with aloe vera, you might see that hair breakage and loss slows down.
4. Reduces itchiness due to dandruff
The fatty acids present in Aloe vera can reduce dandruff, flaking skin and itchiness. A 1998 study found that aloe vera helped resolve the scalp inflammation that dandruff causes.
Can we apply Aloe vera directly on hair?
Mix equal quantities of aloe vera juice and extra virgin coconut oil. Apply it directly on your hair and leave it in for as long as possible for healthy, smooth and bouncy hair. Wash it off with a mild Aloe vera based 100% natural shampoo.
Aloe vera is a nature's gift that brings with it benefits for your skin, hair and body. The best way to enjoy it is without chemicals. Aloe vera is an easy to look after plant and the benefits you get are plenty. So go ahead and invest in a healthier you!