Aloe Vera For Hair: Benefits, How To Use It, And Expert Tips
There are all sorts of natural ways to keep your locks luscious, healthy, strong, and looking their best. If you’ve never tried aloe vera for hair care, it just might be your new favorite!
In this article, we’ll share some of the benefits that aloe vera provides as well as how to to put it to use in your hair care or styling routine. But first, let’s take a look at the plant itself so you can understand why it works wonders on your hair.
What Is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is well-loved among those with lobster-red skin after a little too much time in the sun. You may be familiar with this plant specifically for its ability to soothe and calm sunburned skin.
But just what is aloe vera and what nutrients are hiding in that cool gel?
The aloe vera plant is a succulent. It’s been around for quite some time and has been used throughout centuries not only for health and medicinal purposes but also for skin care and beauty.
Aloe vera contains antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, and E. Plus, it contains vitamin B12, folic acid, choline, amino acids, and several enzymes, one of which helps to reduce topical inflammation.
Speaking of the anti-inflammatory nature of aloe vera, it also has fatty acids and salicylic acid, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
The gel of the aloe vera plant is loaded with everything that we listed above, but it’s also unique in that it is made up of around 99% water.
Just reading all of that, there’s no doubt that aloe vera offers good things for your hair and skin. But let’s take a closer look at the way aloe vera can benefit your hair.
Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera For Hair
Aloe vera is straight-up moisturizing (no surprise there) and can infuse much-needed hydration into your hair.
But don’t forget about the skin hiding underneath your head of hair! Aloe vera is also great for hydrating a dry scalp.
As we talked about earlier, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a natural solution to calm itchy and flaking scalps.
Full Of Vitamins And Minerals
Some of the vitamins and minerals in aloe vera provide anti-inflammatory benefits, which we just mentioned. But the nutrients in this plant are multi-taskers.
These vitamins and minerals can strengthen your hair, and the antioxidants in aloe vera fight free radical damage, leaving you with overall healthier hair.
Aloe vera is also a great ingredient for hair care simply because it’s natural.
Aloe vera gel straight from the plant provides hydration, vitamins, and minerals with absolutely no unwanted and potentially damaging chemical ingredients.
If you opt for a product that contains aloe vera, simply look for natural ingredients and avoid questionable ones such as parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.
With those benefits in mind, let’s get straight to how to use aloe vera for hair.
How To Use Aloe Vera For Hair
If your skin isn’t sensitive to this wonderful plant, full steam ahead when it comes to using aloe vera for your hair!
From hair masks to shampoo and conditioner, there’s something that will fit seamlessly into your hair care routine.
Make An Aloe Vera Hair Mask
To take advantage of all the benefits that aloe vera offers, look for a hair mask that lists it as an ingredient. Or create your own hair mask at home!
With the world at your fingertips via the internet, you can find all sorts of recipes for aloe vera hair masks that are also made with easy-to-find ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, honey, and yogurt.
Use Aloe As A Styling Gel
Did you know that aloe vera gel can double as a hair gel? That’s right! Use an aloe vera gel, like Babo Botanicals After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel, to scrunch your hair just like you would with any run-of-the-mill gel.
This rich, hydrating, and hypoallergenic gel smells fresh and leaves no tacky residue. And it’s made not only with organic aloe vera leaves but also other botanicals including green tea, witch hazel, arnica, and eucalyptus oil.
Shampoo With Aloe Vera
Here at Babo Botanicals, we’re such fans of aloe vera that we’ve used it in more than one of our shampoos. From everyday shampoo to baby shampoo and even lice repel shampoo, we’ve got you covered…covered in aloe, that is!
Swim & Sport Citrus Mint Shampoo & Wash
Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Citrus Mint Shampoo & Wash is a must-have for anyone planning on having fun in the sun this summer!
This chemical-free, purifying shampoo and body wash replenishes, hydrates, and purifies the hair, scalp, and skin after the pool, beach, or outdoor activities.
With natural ingredients like aloe vera, passion fruit seed oil, green tea, and Babo Botanicals’ Organic Nutri-Soothe Complex, this hypoallergenic shampoo is sure to please.
This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and free of common allergens such as gluten, dairy, soy, and peanuts, as well as questionable ingredients like SLS, sulfates, parabens, silicone, and dyes.
Simply apply it to your wet hair and scalp (avoiding the eye area) and then rinse.
Lice Repel Shampoo
If no one in your family has ever dealt with lice, you may never have given lice shampoo a second thought. But lice do not discriminate, and these undesirable creatures can strike anywhere and any time.
Babo Botanicals Lice Repel Shampoo to the rescue! In addition to aloe vera, this shampoo is specially formulated with repellent oils of rosemary, tea tree, and mint to help prevent head lice during a lice outbreak.
But the good news about this natural shampoo is that the gentle botanical blend smells great, is non-irritating for daily use, and purifies, smoothes, and softens both your hair and scalp.
And our lice repel shampoo doesn’t just keep the bad guys away. It also infuses nutrients into your hair with our exclusive Nutri-Soothe Complex rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
During a lice outbreak at school or camp, shampoo daily. Lather your (or your kids’) hair and let the shampoo sit for at least three to five minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly.
Shampoo For Little Ones
The adults in the family aren’t the only ones who can benefit from aloe vera for hair. There is also gentle baby shampoo that contains this moisturizing plant ingredient.
Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Shampoo & Wash is an extra-gentle, plant-based shampoo that is soothing, nourishing, and safe for your baby’s kissable skin. In fact, it’s rated as a number one in safety by the EWG.
Made with oatmilk, this shampoo is perfect for comforting dry, sensitive, irritated, or eczema-prone skin. Calendula oil also helps to soothe dry scalps or cradle cap.
For extra relief when your little one is congested, turn to Babo Botanicals 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash. In addition to aloe vera, this shampoo is made with eucalyptus essential oil, which is known to help aid sleep and relieve coughs, congestion, and colds.
Another one of our favorite shampoos for the little ones is Babo Botanicals EWG Verified Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash. Made with the soft, soothing scent of French lavender to relax, soothe, and facilitate more restful sleep, this shampoo is perfect for your baby’s bedtime routine!
And with aloe vera and meadowsweet oil, this plant-based formula gently cleanses and moisturizes your little one’s hair, scalp, and skin.
Condition Your Hair With Aloe Vera
Last but not least, let aloe vera do its moisturizing thing by using it in a conditioner.
Both Babo Botanicals Smoothing Detangling Conditioner and Swim & Sport Citrus Mint Conditioner are crafted with aloe vera along with other hair-healthy ingredients including evening primrose oil, coconut oil, and provitamin B5.
There’s no special trick to using either of these conditioners. As always, apply to damp hair, let it soak for a minute or two, and then gently rinse it out.
That said, if you’re wondering if you’ve been applying conditioner correctly all this time (and exactly why you should use it), read our article here!
Hair Care The Natural Way
Aloe vera is a power plant that is not just for sunburnt skin — it’s also a great idea to use aloe vera for hair care and styling. As a natural, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and nutritious ingredient, aloe vera can really up your hair game!
Take advantage of all it has to offer by making an aloe vera hair mask, using it as a styling gel, or simply working it into your shower routine with shampoo and conditioner, like our Swim & Sport Citrus Mint Shampoo & Wash and Swim & Sport Citrus Mint Conditioner.
Your hair and scalp will thank you!