Did you guess what it was?
I read somewhere that aloe vera was amazing for hair and so 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! Aloe vera is amazing for natural hair and I’m going to show you how to use it in this post.
That Bitter Taste of Aloe Vera
My granny, bless her soul, has been trying to get me to take aloe vera or sinkle bible (and even tuna plant) as we Jamaicans call it, internally forever. I don’t know how in the world she gets that horridly bitter, slimy thing down but I’m sure it has something to do with her still kickin’ til she kicked! 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 mouth. YUCK!
Fast forward to now and low and behold the miracle aloe vera 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. 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 a couple days 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 5 times.) I even see a plant at my office that I’ve got my eye on! If you want the softest, shiniest hair known to your fingers, cut a leaf and get to work!
How to Use My Aloe Vera Deep Conditioner Recipe
Now, how do I use aloe vera? In my deep conditioner! When I first big chopped, I didn’t think my hair was particularly dry even though a fellow recent big chopper friend had mentioned it might come. I think I avoided it the day I discovered aloe vera though. The results were immediate 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!
Steps to Using Aloe Vera in Your Hair
- Cut open the Aloe Vera leaf.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the meat from the fattest part of the leaf.
- Blend the aloe vera meat to make a gel
- Use this gel directly in your hair or mix with your favourite oils such as Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil.
- Wrap your hair that has been saturated with the Aloe Vera gel in a plastic steam cap.
- Wrap a warm towel over this for 15 minutes or leave in your hair without the towel for up to 1 hour.
- Rinse and cowash your hair. Style as usual.
I deep condition every Sunday and aloe is the base for my homemade deep conditioner each time. You can click here to get that full recipe. 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 extra virgin olive oil, argan oil and Jamaican black castor oil that’s very good for hair growth. This blend of Olive, Lavender, Almond and Grapeseed Oils is also SO GOOD for hair (and as a moisturiser at night for my face!) so I use it in my mix sometimes.
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 vera 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 the smell of aloe vera so I had to put a few drops of sweet orange essential oil in the mix 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 relying solely on 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, don’t you think? 😀
After you’ve done with your treatment, you can use my DIY shea butter mix in your hair to seal in all that moisture for soft hair all week!
Let me know if you try using aloe vera in your hair.