If you are looking for a healing plant that can relieve scalp problems without the use of harsh chemicals, the answer is Aloe Vera!
Known for its antimicrobial and nourishing properties, Aloe Vera is used for treating a variety of skin conditions. This miracle herb is rich in active phytochemicals and nourishing ingredients such as minerals, vitamins, polypeptides, enzymes, proteins, and fatty acids.
The high content of antiseptic agents makes it beneficial to your scalp health. By adding Aloe Vera to your hair care regimen, you can eliminate some of the most stubborn scalp issues, while keeping your hair healthy, moisturized, and silky.
How Does Aloe Vera Protect Your Scalp?
1. pH Balancer
Commercial shampoos and other chemical-filled hair care products can upset the natural pH balance of your scalp. Aloe Vera has a natural pH level between 4.5 and 5.5 which is in the same range as the pH level of your hair. The normal pH level of the scalp helps eliminate scalp issues and ensures an optimal environment for hair growth.
To restore and retain the normal pH balance of your scalp, use Aloe Vera shampoo and choose other hair care products that are designed to match the natural pH of your scalp and hair. The acceptable pH level for hair care products ranges between 4 and 7.
You can find the pH of your products on the label or you can determine it by using pH test strips (video).
2. Sebum Balancer
Normal oily secretion protects the scalp and keeps it hydrated. However, sebum accumulation on the scalp can give your hair a greasy look and leads to clogged pores. Extracts of Aloe Vera act as a natural astringent that helps prevent over-accumulation of sebum on the scalp. If you suffer from an oily scalp and want to regulate sebum production, you may want to regularly apply Aloe Vera juice to your scalp and hair. You can also use Aloe Vera shampoo or add a few drops of Aloe juice to your regular shampoo.
3. Aloe Vera for Dandruff
Dandruff is often caused by the fungus Malassezia that lives on the scalp causing inflammation, deadening of skin cells, and flaking. Aloe Vera has natural antifungal properties that help to get rid of fungal infections.
The enzymatic properties of Aloe Vera destroy dead skin cells, which is also important in treating dandruff.
Regular application of Aloe juice/gel to the scalp helps reduce the severity of dandruff. If you cannot take fresh juice right from the plant, use a store-bought, organic certified Aloe gel that can provide the same benefits. Use your fingers to massage the gel into the scalp and let it stay on for 30 minutes before taking a shower. You can also leave the gel overnight and wash your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning. Repeat this treatment at least two times a week for a few months to prevent dandruff from coming back.
Washing your hair with an organic Aloe shampoo can also help.
4. Relief for Itchy Scalp
The antiseptic properties of Aloe can soothe an irritated scalp and provide relief from itching and inflammation. When applied to the scalp, Aloe Vera juice penetrates the skin quickly to get rid of bacteria, providing immediate relief. Aloe juice has a cooling/soothing effect on your scalp and helps get rid of scratches and infections.
For people who shave their heads, Aloe gel helps calm razor burn and protects the skin from inflammation.
To soothe an itchy scalp, it is important to choose organic and hypoallergenic products without fragrance or synthetic preservatives. Use Aloe gel two or three times a week to condition your scalp after shampooing. Gently massage the gel into the affected area after each shower and leave it in. The gel helps soothe inflammation and keeps your scalp feeling moist and refreshed.
5. Aloe Vera for Dry Scalp
The Aloe reacts with the fatty deposits in your scalp, making them water-soluble and easy to remove from pores. The skin absorbs Aloe Vera juice up to four times faster than water. Aloe gel keeps the skin moist and helps hydrate a dry and thirsty scalp. Topical Aloe products can be used to prevent a dry, flaky scalp during the winter months.
Aloe Vera shampoo and conditioner help maintain an optimal moisture level of the skin, leaving your scalp feeling clean and nourished.
6. Home Remedy for Eczema and Psoriasis
Aloe Vera gel can temporarily relieve symptoms of psoriasis. Aloe’s enzymatic properties help destroy dead skin cells that cause itching. Aloe’s anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic properties help reduce redness, scaling, itching, and inflammation on the scalp.
This natural remedy provides relief to individuals with eczema. To soothe scalp eczema, wash your hair with organic, fragrance-free Aloe Vera shampoo. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and then apply Aloe Vera gel to the problematic area.
7. Aloe Vera for Hair Growth
Aloe prevents an over-accumulation of sebum and helps unclog pores filled with sebum and dead skin cells. It promotes blood flow to the scalp and enhances blood supply to the hair follicles. Increased blood flow boosts oxygen exchange in the cells, speeding up cellular regeneration in hair follicles, and stimulating hair growth.
You can incorporate fresh aloe vera juice into your DIY hair masks. However, the simplest way to use aloe vera for faster hair growth is to use shampoo and conditioner that contain aloe vera. You will also enjoy other benefits that this miracle plant can provide to your scalp and hair.
Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. You shouldn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Last Updated on April 20, 2022 by Gaga
Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing. Her pets are her coworkers, and she replaced the town crowd with a quiet neighborhood outside the city.