One of the most famous succulents, decorating many homes across the globe, is the aloe vera plant. In many cultures, it has been extensively used in the treatment of various conditions. Traditional medicine recognizes aloe vera as an amazing source of numerous beneficial substances and the confirmation of this comes in the research that found many minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes within the plant.
Today you can find a wide range of aloe vera based products, for topical use and edibles alike. One of the areas in which the derivative products have been used is hair health and recovery. Many users have advertised benefits for scalp and hair, improving the quality and abundance of the hair as well as helping with issues that manifest on the scalp.
What Makes Aloe Vera a Powerhouse?
Ayurvedic medicine suggests that aloe vera is an excellent anti-inflammatory solution, mostly due to the abundance of substances that help with inflammations and the elimination of harmful microorganisms such as enzymes and fatty acids.
Here are just some of the useful substances found within the plant:
- Vitamins – A (beta-carotene), C and E (antioxidants) as well as vitamin B12
- Minerals – Calcium, chromium, copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, sodium, potassium and zinc
- Numerous enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats and sugars as well as reduction of inflammations
- Sugars – monosaccharides and polysaccharides
- Fatty acids – 4 plant steroids with strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
To sum it up, aloe vera contains not just the nutrients that are beneficial for our health, but also many different anti-inflammatory and anti-septic ingredients. Additionally, there are 7 out of 8 essential amino acids within aloe vera.
Benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair
Aloe vera is widely used as a topical solution for sunburns and other skin issues. The skin of our scalp can suffer from various problems. Irritability, dryness, lesions and other problems are all quite common. While some people experience these issues occasionally, others have chronic conditions that require special treatment, shampoos, and other solutions.
Solutions with aloe vera have been reported to provide a soothing effect on a variety of scalp irritations. Depending on the severity and the type of ailment, some patients found that aloe vera products relief the skin itchiness, affect the withdrawal of redness and heal the scalp.
One of the more common skin diseases found in the scalp is seborrheic dermatitis (SD). The disease causes scales to appear, typically white or yellow in color. The skin around them is also reddish and irritable, accompanied by skin swelling and greasiness. SD commonly manifests on the scalp and face and in certain scenarios, it leads to temporary hair loss.
According to two studies, aloe vera may be used as a solution for the treatment of SD, providing great results to patients.
The first study found that the patients using aloe vera experienced an overall reduction of the affected area along with the withdrawal of scaliness and itchiness.
The other, more recent study was focused on SD that affects the skin of the face. More than half of the patients experienced a significant improvement and withdrawal of symptoms, without negative effects and no cases of symptom exacerbation.
Seborrheic dermatitis is the condition causing dandruff and the positive effect of the plant in the treatment of SD reinforces the idea of using it in the treatment of dandruff. More conclusive studies should confirm the benefits and the final effect, yet plenty of users today have claimed significant improvement and amazing skin recovery.
The ability of aloe vera to soothe, disinfect and heal the inflammations is what helps the skin of the scalp. In those cases where conditions can lead to hair loss, aloe vera indirectly prevents this from happening by healing the skin and feeding the hair with nutrients.
Aloe Vera Solutions for Hair
There are many aloe vera based solutions that can be applied on scalp and hair today. Ayurvedic and other traditional medicine studies typically suggest the use of the gel directly from the plant. More convenient solutions available today are ready for use, often in combination with other ingredients.
Hair nurture preparations such as shampoos and conditioners based solely on aloe vera or other ingredients are available in many stores today. These solutions are ready to use, but typically heavily processed and have many other added chemicals. If you want to avoid this, you should look for a more pure form of aloe vera derivatives.
To get the best out of both worlds in terms of purity and ease of usage, aloe vera powder for hair might be the best solution out there. Powder extracts are of excellent quality and consistency, delivering beneficial effects of the plant by mixing them with water and other ingredients.
For the hair treatment, you could mix the powder in your hair mask, henna, lemon juice, and many other supplements as numerous users and advocates suggest.
All of our products, including aloe vera powder solutions, contain stabilized aloe mucilaginous polysaccharide molecules or AMP. This is the key ingredient of our product range, helping your scalp and hair on the way to the recovery with other active components.
Risks of Using Aloe Vera
We have discussed the potential risks of consuming unprocessed aloe vera and how to properly extract the gel. Mainly, if you intend to consume aloe vera on a daily basis directly from the plant, you should avoid aloin found in the latex. This substance could lead to diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration.
Using aloe vera gel and derivative products in hair treatment is safe and typically without any negative side effects. As with every product, you should be aware if you are sensitive to the plant or any of her components. Possible negative effects are:
- Allergic reactions
- Skin rash development after topical use of aloe vera
- Phototoxicity – skin irritation similar to sunburn
To avoid any risks before applying aloe vera solutions on your scalp, the easiest method to test would be applying aloe vera on the inside of your elbow. If you notice rash, redness or swelling you might be allergic to the plant.
How to Apply Aloe Vera on Your Hair?
Whether you aim at getting rid of dandruff, SD, irritable scalp or if you ever wondered how to use aloe vera for hair growth, here is how you can best apply the solutions to maximize the effect.
Consumers that have access to fresh plants should firstly extract the aloe vera gel properly and apply it directly to the scalp. Rub the solution in with your fingers thoroughly between the hairs so that it gets to every part of your head and hair. After leaving the gel to act for about 45 minutes, rinse your scalp hair thoroughly. The gel can be used on its own or mixed with other ingredients.
Powder solutions are more convenient and can be mixed in with water and other solutions. If you want the aloe vera exclusively, simply add water, stir until evenly mixed and apply it directly in the same manner as described above. This type of extract can be added to already moist solutions such as hair masks easily and then applied on the scalp and hair.
Additionally, there are many commercial hair products with aloe vera out there.
To maximize the effect, you could mix the powder with the following ingredients, as many users do today:
- Natural hair masks
- Jojoba oil
- Lemon juice
- Egg whites
Just let it sit for about 30 to 45 minutes and rinse the scalp and hair thoroughly!
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