Aloe vera is nature’s own way of telling us, “when in doubt, turn to me”. With so many medicinal and health properties trapped in its succulent leaves, this plant that grows in abundance with little maintenance simply cannot be replaced in natural therapy.
Aloe vera’s significance in treatment was recognized as far back as in 1750 BCE in Mesopotamia which is clearly recorded in the clay tablets discovered later. Its use in treating skin diseases is recorded in the Egyptian books written in 550 BCE. In 74 CE, Greek physician Discordes wrote a book titled De Materia Medica in which he says aloe vera could treat wounds, heal infections of the skin, cure chapping, decrease hair loss and eliminate hemorrhoids. Also used as an insect repellant and a laxative, aloe vera is truly a wonder plant.1
So, Is aloe vera good for hair? Yes, it is. And here’s why.
Why We Say Aloe Vera Is Good For Hair
1. Promotes Hair Growth
Vitamins and minerals play important roles in hair growth. For the hair to grow long and strong, a good mixture of both needs to reach the roots. Aloe vera contains many vitamins including vitamin C which is known to promote hair growth.2 It is also rich in minerals like zinc, iron, calcium, etc all of which help the hair grow faster and stronger.3
2. Helps Produce Keratin
An essential protein in the hair that is responsible for its health and growth is keratin.4 Aloe vera has 20 out of 22 essential amino acids in it5 which include methionine and lysine6 which are very effective in keratin production.
3. Healthy Scalp And No Dandruff
Aloe vera has traditionally been used in treating seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff because of its effectiveness against dry skin.7 This is essentially due to the moisturizing properties of aloe vera gel.8
4. Effective Cleanser
The moisturizing and cleansing properties of aloe vera have earned it a near-permanent place in most shampoos and conditioners. Some studies have suggested that aloe vera leaves are 99.5 percent water 9 which explains the intense moisturizing effect of the gel. It also cools and cleanses the scalp and conditions hair.10
With research showing the external application of aloe vera on the hair and its roots can promote hair growth, cleanse the scalp, moisturize and condition hair strands, you don’t need more reasons to conclude aloe vera is, in fact, excellent for hair. Now how do you use it?
You can juice the gel and apply it directly on the hair roots, strands, and tips. But there are interesting concoctions with other natural ingredients that have been found to show excellent results. Here are some you can try at home.
4 Natural Aloe Vera Treatments Against Hair Loss
Aloe Vera And Onion Juice
Onion juice has been used for centuries in certain cultures for hair growth. Research has proven its effectiveness in treating alopecia areata, a patchy, non-scarring hair loss condition.11 Together aloe vera and onion juice make a potent mixture to treat hair loss. Take equal measure of aloe vera juice and onion juice and apply the mixture on the scalp and hair. Leave it for about an hour before washing it away.
Aloe Vera And Honey Hair Mask
Suffering from hair loss from dandruff or any skin infection? Nothing cures it better than crude honey.12 Honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities that are excellent against seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Along with aloe vera which fights dandruff effectively, this hair mask, left on the scalp and hair for an hour before washing it, works against hair loss from dandruff.
Aloe Vera And Jojoba Oil
Another effective treatment against alopecia areata or patchy hair loss as well as hair loss from dandruff is jojoba oil.13 An even mixture of aloe vera juice and jojoba oil can be applied to the scalp and hair. Dip a towel in warm water, remove excess water from the towel and wrap it around the hair. Leave it for about 45 minutes before washing the hair.
Aloe Vera And Fenugreek Seeds
A traditional natural remedy against hair loss is fenugreek seeds which have been found to be effective in moderate hair loss.14 Take a cup of fenugreek seeds and soak it overnight. Grind it the next day with some aloe vera gel and apply it on the scalp and hair. Leave it on the hair for an hour before washing.
Try these methods for fast, healthy hair growth.
|↑1, ↑9||Shelton, Ronald M. “Aloe vera.” International journal of dermatology 30, no. 10 (1991): 679-683.|
|↑2||Sung, Young Kwan, Sun Young Hwang, So Young Cha, Soon Re Kim, Sang Yoon Park, Moon Kyu Kim, and Jung Chul Kim. “The hair growth promoting effect of ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a long-acting Vitamin C derivative.” Journal of dermatological science 41, no. 2 (2006): 150-152.|
|↑3, ↑5||Joseph, Baby, and S. Justin Raj. “Pharmacognostic and phytochemical properties of Aloe vera linn an overview.” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research 4, no. 2 (2010): 106-110.|
|↑4||Bragulla, Hermann H., and Dominique G. Homberger. “Structure and functions of keratin proteins in simple, stratified, keratinized and cornified epithelia.” Journal of anatomy 214, no. 4 (2009): 516-559.|
|↑6||Sugiastuti, Setyorini, Yunahara Farida, and Ulreka Elysabeth Manalu. “Determination of The Essential Amino Acid from Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe vera L.) by High Performance Liquid Chromatography.”|
|↑7||Qadir, M. Imran. “Medicinal and cosmetological importance of Aloe vera.” Int J Nat Ther 2 (2009): 21-26.|
|↑8||West, Dennis P., and Ya Fen Zhu. “Evaluation of aloe vera gel gloves in the treatment of dry skin associated with occupational exposure.” American Journal of Infection Control 31, no. 1 (2003): 40-42.|
|↑10||Deane, Jeffrey Alan. “Hair cleansing conditioner.” U.S. Patent 6,723,309, issued April 20, 2004.|
|↑11||Sharquie, Khalifa E., and Hala K. Al‐Obaidi. “Onion juice (Allium cepa L.), a new topical treatment for alopecia areata.” The Journal of dermatology 29, no. 6 (2002): 343-346.|
|↑12||Al-Waili, N. S. “Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude honey on chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.” European journal of medical research 6, no. 7 (2001): 306-308.|
|↑13||El Mogy, Nabil Sadek. “Medical effect of jojoba oil.” U.S. Patent 6,846,499, issued January 25, 2005.|
|↑14||SCHULZ, Christiane, Stephan BIELFELDT, and Jürgen REIMANN. “Fenugreek+ micronutrients: Efficacy of a food supplement against hair loss.” Kosmetische Medizin 27, no. 4 (2006): 176-179.|