The Aloe Vera plant has been a natural remedy for the skin, mind, and body for years. It can be used for practically anything beauty-related and is great for curly, natural hair too.
By: Leah Thomas
The internal properties of aloe vera are what makes it so great for curly hair. It is hydrophilic, which means it will attract moisture from the environment when applied to hair. Other products are hydrophobic and repel water from the environment, which are great for doing the opposite and keeping your hair straight.
The best thing about aloe vera is its accessibility. You can grow your own aloe plant and keep it for up to 12 years.
Throughout my childhood, my grandmother would snap off a piece of her aloe plant to treat bug bites. I’ve carried this tradition on by growing my own and using it daily for my hair.
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How to Use Aloe Vera Properly
Aloe vera is a key ingredient in Alchemy 27, the Kimberly Elise nourishing natural hair elixir. It is one of Kimberly’s handpicked ingredients to help fight breakage and encourage nourishment.
I use my Alchemy 27 in my natural hair night routine. After applying around 5-7 drops around my head, I flip my hair upside down to allow it to run down to the roots. Then I wrap my hair in a satin bonnet to help the moisture set in.
This method is called “Inversion Therapy” and can promote hair growth.
You can learn more about Alchemy 27 and its beneficial vegan ingredients here
Because Aloe vera is an emollient, it has moisturizing properties if used correctly. You should assess your hair’s porosity and test the right amount of aloe for you. Too much could leave your hair dry, while the right amount could keep moisture packed in all day.
For many, aloe vera is best as a natural hair conditioner when used alongside other products. It should be applied before other styling products to provide an extra layer of protection.
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