Aloe Vera for a Healthy Scalp

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Is there a natural substance that can relieve most scalp problems without the use of harsh chemicals? The answer is YES!

With its antimicrobial and nourishing properties, Aloe Vera can help heal a variety of skin conditions. Aloe Vera is a versatile plant with many impressive health and cosmetic benefits. This miracle herb contains a range of nourishing phytochemicals and ingredients such as minerals, vitamins, polypeptides, enzymes, proteins, fatty acids and antiseptic agents that have beneficial effects for your skin and hair. By adding Aloe Vera to your hair care regimen, you can eliminate most stubborn scalp issues and keep your hair healthy, moisturized and silky.

 

What Can Aloe Vera Do for Your Scalp?

pH Balancer

Commercial shampoos and other chemical-filled hair care products can affect the natural pH balance of the 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. A healthy scalp pH level helps reduce or eliminate scalp problems and ensures an optimal environment for hair growth.

To restore and retain a proper pH balance for your scalp, use an Aloe Vera shampoo and choose 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.

Sebum Balancer

Fresh sebum protects the scalp and keeps it hydrated. However, sebum accumulation on the scalp gives your hair a greasy look and leads to clogged pores, discouraging new hair growth. Extracts of Aloe Vera act as a natural astringent that helps prevent over-accumulation of sebum on the scalp. If you suffer from oily scalp and wish to regulate sebum production, 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.

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. Since Aloe Vera has natural antifungal properties, it helps get rid of fungal infections of your scalp.

The enzymatic properties of Aloe Vera destroy dead skin cells, which is important in treating dandruff.

Regular application of Aloe juice/gel to the scalp helps reduce, or even eliminate, dandruff. If you cannot take fresh juice right from the plant, use a store-bought, organic, certified Aloe gel which can provide you with the same benefits. Massage the gel onto the scalp with your fingers and let it remain for 30 minutes or more before taking a shower. If desired, you can leave the gel on overnight and wash your hair with a mild shampoo the next morning. The gel should be applied 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.

Treatment for Itchy Scalp

The antiseptic and analgesic properties of Aloe help soothe an irritated scalp and provide relief from itching and inflammation. When applied to the scalp, Aloe Vera juice penetrates the skin quickly to expel the bacteria and provide 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 head, 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 with no added 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. Anti-inflammatory compounds in the gel help soothe inflammation and keeps the scalp feeling moist and refreshed.

Dry Scalp Moisturizer

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. Aloe topical products can be used to prevent a dry, flaky scalp in harsh weather.

Aloe Vera shampoo helps maintain an optimal moisture level of the scalp and leaves your scalp feeling clean and nourished.

Eczema and Psoriasis Relief

Applying organic 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 of scalp psoriasis.

This natural remedy provides relief to individuals with eczema. To soothe scalp eczema, wash your hair with organic, fragrance-free Aloe Vera shampoo. After rinsing your hair with lukewarm water, apply Aloe Vera gel over the affected area of your scalp.

Aloe Vera for Hair Grow

Aloe prevents an over-accumulation of sebum and helps unclog pores that are filled with sebum and dead skin cells. It promotes blood flow to the scalp and enhances blood supply to the hair follicles. Clean pores and increased blood flow boost oxygen exchange among cells, speeding up cellular regeneration in hair follicles and stimulating new hair growth.

 

Medical disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.

 

 

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