Hairfall can be an agonizing and frustrating experience. You just never know how long it’s going to take to grow back or if you’ll ever get that length or thickness you’ve always dreamed of. Well, not if you know the good old tried and tested tricks handed down from generation to generation. When it comes to hair growth, there is no ingredient more beneficial and effective than aloe vera.
Aloe vera is extensively used in beauty products. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and the ability to help treat everything from sunburn to diabetes. The green-cactus looking plant that sits out in your garden isn’t just a plant but million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. There are some incredible benefits of aloe vera.
Aloe vera repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. Aloe vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage. Here are some hair masks coupling aloe vera and other hair strengtheners.
- Aloe vera and castor oil
Castor oil is an excellent treatment that helps boost hair growth and volume. Adding aloe helps stimulate hair regrowth and also reduces hair fall.
In a bowl, mix both ingredients until you get a smooth and consistent paste. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. Make sure you focus most on roots and tips. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap or a light weight towel and sleep. In the morning, wash the mixture off with a mild shampoo.
- Aloe vera and egg
We know that the yolk of an egg contains all the fat, which makes it a super conditioning ingredient. Add in some olive oil and aloe vera, and it’s not only superfood for your hair but will boost your hair growth to another level!
In a bowl, mix aloe, olive oil and yolk into a smooth and consistent paste. Cover your scalp with the mixture. Leave it on for 20-25 minutes and wash off under cool water.
- Aloe vera and onion
Talking about aloe vera for hair, when this ingredient is mixed with onion juice the benefits are endless. Onion juice stimulates your scalp and drives hair regrowth.
Take about 3-4 large onions, blend them to a puree in a blender and extract the juice. To this, add the aloe vera gel and mix well. Massage the mixture into your scalp and work it through your hair until your hair absorbs the liquid. Leave it on for about an hour and then rinse your hair with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
- Aloe vera and coconut milk
Coconut milk has wonderful conditioning properties that helps nourish the scalp and hair. In a bowl, combine 4 tbsp aloe vera gel, 4 tbsp coconut milk and 1 tbsp coconut oil until you get a smooth mixture. Massage this mixture into your scalp and leave it on for about an hour and then wash off.
- Aloe vera and green tea
This combination improves your hair texture while minimizing the damage. Green tea is one of richest sources of antioxidants, which helps neutralize scalp damage. Throw half a cup freshly brewed green tea with half a cup fresh aloe vera gel into a blender and blend well. Ensure that there are no lumps as these can stick to your hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp so that your roots are completely covered in it. Leave on for about 30 minutes and then rinse off with cool water.
- Aloe vera and fenugreek
Fenugreek seeds can do magic to your hair. They promote hair growth and help to rebuild hair follicles that stop hair loss.
Soak a cup of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind to a paste and add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel to it. Mix thoroughly and apply this paste to your hair and scalp and leave it on for an hour. Rinse your hair with water followed by a mild shampoo.
- Aloe vera and amla
Amla or Indian gooseberry is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that improve hair texture and prevent hair loss. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties of amla help to maintain overall scalp health.
Take 1 tablespoon each of crushed amla pulp and aloe vera gel in a bowl. Mix using a spoon and apply paste to your scalp. Wait for 30 to 40 minutes and then rinse your scalp with water. Follow this remedy every other week.
- Aloe vera and olive oil
Olive oil is a rich source of vitamins A and E which helps to strengthen the hair strands and stimulates the hair follicles. Massaging the scalp with olive oil also promotes blood supply to the scalp and ensures healthy hair growth.
Take 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl and mix well. Use this mixture to massage your scalp for 10 minutes. Leave it on for an hour and then wash your scalp with a mild shampoo.
- Aloe vera and coconut oil
Coconut oil and aloe make an excellent conditioning recipe that helps seal moisture into the scalp. In a bowl, combine 5 tbsp aloe vera gel, 3 tbsp coconut oil. Start by massaging this mixture into your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair, as these tend to be the most damaged parts of your hair. leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing off.
Aloe vera is a natural ingredient that brings with it a treasure trove of benefits. The best way to enjoy it, without the fear of added chemicals, is to grow it in your own kitchen garden or balcony. It takes very little to look after an aloe vera plant, but the benefits you get in return are many. So go ahead, invent your time and money into a healthier you today!
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