Aloe Vera for the hair: 4 benefits and how to use it?

We all are well-aware of the dominance of aloe vera in world of beauty. The cooling and soothing effects that aloe vera has when applied to the skin is one of the many reasons why it is a part of skincare routines. It is great for treating sun burns and also fights the signs of ageing.

Other than being amazing for the skin, aloe vera has a number of benefits for hair. Its been use for a very long because of its healing properties. Although there’s not much clinical evidence to back it, aloe vera is proven to contain a blend of different vitamins which can be beneficial for hair.

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Some of the benefits of aloe vera for the hair have been listed below:

1- It calms itchy scalp

One of the biggest benefits of aloe vera for the hair is that it can calm an itchy scalp. It has fatty acids in it which have anti-inflammatory properties.

2- Repairs hair strands

Aloe vera has folic acid and vitamin B12 which prevent hair fall. Other than this, it also has a number of vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E. These vitamins make the hair healthy and shiny, repairing damaged hair. Moreover, aloe vera has proteolytic enzymes which help repair the dead skin cells of the scalp.

3- Stimulates hair growth

Aloe vera conditions the hair. A vast majority claims that it also stimulates hair growth however, clinical evidence to prove or reject is little.

4- Controls excess oil in the hair

One prominent benefit of alove vera for the hair is that it can deep cleanse the oily hair. It strips off the extra sebum from the hair but since it is mild, it does not damage the hair strands. It preserves the important oils that the scalp naturally secretes to protect the hair.

How to use aloe vera on the hair?

Using aloe vera gel on the hair might be a little different than using it on the skin. A commonly asked question is whether it can be applied directly on the hair or not.

A number of researches have proved that applying aloe vera directly on the hair does NOT cause any kind of damage. You can cut a leaf from the aloe vera plant and scoop the gel out to apply on your hair. There are also recommendations that you leave the leaf in water for some time before taking the gel out, to clean it. You can let it sit in your hair for an hour and then rinse it off using a shampoo followed by a conditioner.

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