The Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

Are you gelling? Lately I’ve been reading about how great aloe vera gel is for natural hair, with the power of doing everything from replenishing moisture to encouraging growth. It also balances the porosity of your hair, can help with detangling, and soothes dry scalps.

Aloe vera gel isn’t just for soothing skin after a day at the beach.

At about $6 for 12 ounces, you can’t go wrong. I use Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel and as a hair product it is definitely a wonder. As the heat increased, my natural hair became unruly and often looked dry. The aloe vera gel cleared that problem right up. Here are my top three uses for aloe vera gel.

Curl Refresher

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that on my hair aloe vera gel acts as a curl refresher. Applied to dry and limp curls,  it moisturizes and gives them new definition. It also seems to protect against the heat and humidity. Adding a layer over my regular styling product kept my hair frizz-free. I’ve had some ask if it should be put in a water bottle and mixed with water for refreshing. That is not what I do. I simply use it without mixing it with water. It is not heavy or greasy, so there is really no need to water it down.

Detangler

This is one slick product, which makes it excellent for detangling. Just section hair off and apply the aloe vera gel section by section. Detangle section by section and voila! you’re done detangling in no time. If you have not yet tried using this for detangling, give it a try. I know you will love it.

Scalp Refresher

The consensus among a lot of African-American women now is that there is no need to “grease” the scalp as our grandmothers and mothers did. I beg to differ, and could do a separate post on just that topic, but instead of grease try aloe vera gel. It is lighter and so lets your roots breathe. Go all out and massage it on into your scalp. It will feel good and get rid of any irritation you have caused from braids, twists, or just every-day styling.

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