Aloe vera is an ingredient in many pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, including hair care products. However, for those of us who live closer to the equator, coming by some aloe vera may be as easy and inexpensive as a trip to the backyard! Aloe vera is known to work wonders in promoting shine and moisture in hair, and preventing hair loss and dandruff. If you can easily come by some aloe, then find instructions below to treat your hair to a free aloe vera deep condition!
Using a sharp knife, remove the thick green skin from each leaf. This will expose the clear jelly-like interior of the leaf. Be careful to cut as close as possible to the exterior, so as to preserve as much of the jelly as possible. Set the jelly aside in a bowl.
After washing your hair, massage the aloe vera jelly into your hair thoroughly, making sure that the hair is saturated from roots to tips. If you use another deep conditioner or treatment in your hair, you may add this as well.
Apply heat. Place a plastic steam cap over your head and sit under a hair dryer for about five minutes. Alternatively, you can simply let the aloe sit in the hair for about five minutes. If you are using an additional treatment product, follow the directions for that product’s use instead.
Strain the blended jelly into a container. It is important to do this so that the jelly is separated from the white sediments that will otherwise get stuck in your hair.
- Ensure that the jelly has been properly strained before applying to the hair. There are many white sediments that will have gotten blended into tiny pieces, and will get trapped in the hair. The same will happen if the green exterior of the leaf is not completely removed before straining.
- If a prepared treatment is used along with the aloe, the usage instructions must override the instructions given here. If the product is not to be heated, but you would like to use heat along with the aloe treatment, it is best to use them separately.