Aloe vera has been used for a long time for its healing properties, which actually work wonders for your hair, too. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Some claim aloe vera has another use besides its skin benefits: It can actually strengthen your hair and make your scalp healthier.
What are the benefits?
Calms an itchy scalp
Seborrheic dermatitis is the clinical term for dandruff. Aloe vera can be of help for an itchy scalp and flaking skin under your hair. A 1998 study found that aloe vera helped resolve the scalp inflammation that dandruff causes as the fatty acids found in the aloe plant have anti-inflammatory properties.
Deep cleans oily hair
Very efficient for cleaning the hair shaft stripping off extra sebum (oil) and residue from other hair products. Unlike other chemicals in hair products, aloe vera doesn’t damage your hair while it cleans your scalp and preserves the integrity of the hair. Using aloe vera is a great way to get hair that looks healthier, shinier, and softer.
Strengthens and repairs hair strands
Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, and E which contribute to cell turnover, promoting healthy cell growth and shiny hair. It’s also said that it prevents hair loss. However, there are no studies that confirm conclusively that aloe vera has any benefit in preventing hair loss.
May promote hair growth
As your hair looks and is healthier after using aloe vera for some time, the hair breakage and loss slow down. There are plenty of people who claim that aloe vera actually causes hair to grow much faster. However, there’s little clinical evidence to prove or disprove those claims.
Are there any risks?
Usually, there’s no problem with aloe vera, but for some people, it can cause an allergic reaction.
Before using aloe vera topically, do a patch test. Rub a small bit of aloe vera on the inside of your wrist and wait up to 2 hours to see if your skin reacts poorly. This will let you know if you have an aloe sensitivity.