ALOE me to introduce you to my VERA favourite hair treatment!

ALOE me to introduce you to my VERA favourite hair treatment!

Aloe Vera

I’m corny I know. I read somewhere that aloe vera was amazing for hair and of course I ran to try it since I had a plant in my yard. Now let me tell you, the heavens opened up that day and angels sang!

My granny, bless her heart, has been trying to get me to take aloe, or sinkle bible as we West Indians call it, internally forever. I don’t know how in the world she gets that horridly bitter, slimy thing down her throat but I’m sure it has something to do with her still kickin’ today! I distinctly remember her attempt as a child to force it down my throat and I ran to the bathroom for cover, grabbing the sugar bowl as I dashed, trying to erase the taste from my throat. YUCK! 

Fast forward only a few years :) and low and behold the miracle plant has become the very vein that runs through my natural hair regimen. If I could figure out how to stabilize and preserve aloe vera I would for sure bottle it and make my millions but alas I can tell you from experience that it was meant to be used as fresh as possible and even with methods found online to preserve it, it must still be kept in the fridge and used within at least two weeks to get any kind of benefit.

But with that said, here in Jamaica aloe vera is quite easy to come by. The plant thrives in our climate and has been at every home I have moved to over the past decade (I’ve moved 3 times) and I even see a plant at my office that I’ve got my eye on! Don’t buy the aloe juice I see popping up in the supermarkets with no English and all Arabic language! Cut a leaf and get to work! Or if you want me to help you out I’m more than willing (it’ll cost ya), just remember to keep it in the fridge and use it in 2 weeks.

Now, how do I use aloe? In my deep conditioner! When I first big chopped, I didn’t think my hair was particularly dry even though fellow recent big chopper NickMack had mentioned it might come. I think I avoided it the day I discovered aloe vera though. I couldn’t believe the immediate difference in my hair. I was hooked! It was so soft and amazing! I cut a whole leaf off my plant, processed it in my food processor and mixed it with honey and some oils. I went under my steam cap and dryer and enjoyed the most amazing hair results of my life. Don’t sleep on this!

I deep condition every Sunday and aloe is the base for my homemade DC each time. I put yoghurt in the mix whenever I feel I need some protein in my treatment, but really it’s just aloe, honey and whatever oils you have on hand. My favourite DC oils are currently olive, coconut and wheat germ. I don’t leave coconut oil in my hair as a sealer any more because it leaves my hair rather crunchy so I use it in my DC or if I feel like pre-pooing.

A lot of times the first reaction to me going natural is “but you can do that, you have pretty hair” so I made sure to test out my aloe theory on one of my very good friend’s hair. She’s going natural too and has very thick 4B maybe even 4C hair. She hates aloe and I had to drop a few drops of sweet orange essential oil to mask the smell for her but even she is hooked. Her hair was so soft and manageable after the treatment and she had a great hair week!

There are a million articles on the web that speak about the miracle plant aloe vera whether drinking it in a smoothie or putting it on your skin and in your hair. I wish I could remember the one I came across that convinced me to try it but the proof is in the pudding! I hope you’ll try it too and do away with chemical deep treatments as mother nature provides us with all we need! (do I sound like a hippie yet?)

If you’re not sure how to process your aloe leaf, this video shows you how. Just run it through a strainer after you’ve blended it or you may end up with tiny white bits in your hair. Her background music is way cool. :D

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22 Comments

  1. I LOVE aloe vera juice!!!! It’s funny because when I was growing up, I was a chronic thumb-sucker (I actually still have the teeth indentations on my left thumb decades later!) and, as you know, a Jamaican remedy to discourage finger-sucking was to coat the finger with aloe.

    We had aloe vera plants in our backyard growing up and it was so easy for my parents to cut off a piece and literally BATHE my thumbs (they did the right one just in case I got any ideas) in the bitter-tasting gel. EW.

    Little did I know that years later, as an adult, I would re-discover aloe and the myriad of benefits it would have for my hair, skin and body! I don’t have aloe vera plants at my home now (boo) so I had to go to the health food store and purchase the juice (WHY is it so expensive in Jamaica?!) which I use in my hair spritz, conditioners (leave-in) and drink daily!

    Great post, Monique! This took me back a couple of years :)

    • i know right!!! the price is ridiculous but then it is imported, it seems no Jamaican company has yet invested in the benefits of aloe?!?!?! how crazy is that LOL i would if I knew where to start!

      and i’ll soon have to start rubbing it on munchkin’s thumbs too!

  2. As I read this, I immediately remembered my parents using this stuff on my fingers to discourage thumb-sucking! LAWKS!

    It’s fabulous for my hair and skin now though :P

  3. omg, what is ugly hair and how can this concept be erased from the minds of the people?!

    • i have a couple posts lined up with pictures of different hair types looking SO fly! I’m on a mission to try and convince people that all hair is “good hair!!!”

  4. Totally agree, Aloe is a great product to use on the hair. I recently tried it and I am absolutely in love with the the immediate results I had. I am going to add it in my hair regime.

  5. Oh my goodness this sounds amazing I have to try this on my daughters! Laughing at Nick Mack and the aloe as thumb-sucking deterent. We have been trying it on my son for months now and he grumbles, he cusses but he still sucks that darn finger.
    yup trying this on my daughter for sure!

    • Yay Gayle! I hope it works as well for you as it does us :)

  6. I love aloe too! I use the juice in my hair spritz and just yesterday I made a shea aloe mix to use as my styler. I was very lucky to find a plant at the plant nursery over here!

    Way back when my parents also used the aloe remedy on my sister’s thumbs. Didn’t work though lol

    • yaaaaay for finding the aloe plant! score!! i keep replanting and watching mine as im so scared i’ll use it all up! lol

  7. hey, does anyone know if aloe vera is a good (holding) gel for hair? I’m in the process of locking my hair but the fuzz is what gets to me (after a week, my neat hair is fuzzy). I would appreciate any recommendations from anyone. I’ve tried 2 locking gels, honey and flaxseed gel – not all together of course and none of them have achieved what I’ve wanted. (the flaxseed gel works for a couple hours – if so long). Help please.

    • Hi Jodi, I have read fine-haired naturals say that they have successfully used aloe to seal moisture into their hair and control fizz…who knows if it will work for your locks but it definitely won’t hurt to give it a try! let us know

      • thanks. will try. Now, it get my hands on it. I can’t believe the plant that we have here died :(

  8. Great post! Just wondering if you know of anywhere in JA that sells/ships the whole Aloe Vera plant to North America (Canada)? Thanks in advance!

    • no clue but a few flower shops are close to my home so i’ll ask for you :)

      • Thanks for that! I’ll be patiently awaiting your reply.

        Happy New Year!

    • you know, i called so many places and it seems it grows so wildly here that it’s overlooked? lol no one had but this one place said they didnt have any in stock which sounds promising. as for shipping? they had no clue. bummer… here’s the link for that place if you wanted to contact them directly http://s2.jamaicayp.com/Jamaica-Kingston/Jones-Stephen-Landscaping-Garden-Cen/profile

      • Hey Irie Diva!

        I thanks so much for getting back to me. I’ll be sure to contact them within the week.

        Thanks again!

        Alex

  9. I received some Jamaican tuna while visiting Jamaica this year. Do you know what its good for? Do I use it the same way as aloe vera?

    • Hey Karen, yes the tuna is the same thing and can be used in this format. It also has great health properties and I’m trying to work it into my diet, but it’s rather bitter X_X

  10. UH! I have finally found it! An awesome Jamaican blog that talks about hair, that is both practical and interesting. Too happy lol :D.

    Anyways, I have yet to try out aloe vera on my hair even though I have a plant and I use it too… but you have convinced me to try it on my next wash day

    • Hey Steph! Welcome, welcome, cock up yuh foot pon di ‘assack and enjoy! :)

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