Read all about using fresh aloe vera and coconut oil for hair – and how it might be able to help to set the stage for healthy hair growth.
Aloe Vera Gel And Coconut Oil To Support Healthy Hair Growth
You may have already experienced the goodness of aloe vera gel or coconut oil on dry or damaged skin. And, your hair’s no different. Both of these plant oils are deeply nourishing, natural moisturizers.
But they also have a few other special properties that make them so fantastic for supporting your hairs natural growth cycle. Let’s take a closer look.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel has been used for centuries, for both therapeutic and beauty purposes. You can even drink aloe vera juice. Aloe is thought to help support healthy hair growth because of its soothing, moisturizing effects on the scalp and hair. A happy, healthy scalp is an optimal environment for good hair growth.
Aloe Vera gel contains salicylic acid and it’s rich in phenolic compounds. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that naturally exfoliates dead skin cells, while phenols are a fantastic source of antioxidants.1
Modern science has become fascinated by phenols. Researchers have studied their effects quite intently.
Coconut oil contains three key fatty acids, each with its own unique benefits.
Lauric Acid may help reduce protein loss in hair (which can cause hair loss) because of its ability to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft. It may also help prevent an itchy scalp4
Caprylic Acid is a medium-chain triglyceride. Research suggests it’s especially effective against yeast infections which can cause dandruff. Dandruff can cause scalp irritation that affects the hair follicles, which may lead to hair loss.5,6
Capric Acid is also shown to support a healthy scalp and to support the hair’s natural growth cycle.7
Fresh Aloe Vera Gel And Virgin Coconut Oil Hair Mask: Ingredients And Steps For Use
This DIY leave-in conditioner will leave your hair feeling soft and nourished. It’s also effective if you need to detangle hair.
Ideally, you’ll want to use raw, virgin coconut oil and fresh gel from an aloe vera plant in your hair mask. Raw, virgin coconut oil has not been overly processed, while pure aloe vera gel is at its most potent.
Virgin Coconut Oil And Fresh Aloe Vera Gel Hair Mask
Try to use this mask twice a week.
- 5 tablespoons fresh aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons raw virgin coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Optional: A few drops of your favorite essential oil (choose a calming oil, like lavender, or tea tree oil)
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Shampoo hair as usual with a mild shampoo.
- Begin by massaging the mixture into your scalp, gradually working it down through the hair to the ends. The ends are often the most damaged part of your hair, so give these some extra attention.
- Pop on a shower cap (or use some plastic wrap) to cover the hair, and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
- Apply your favorite nourishing conditioner as usual.
Other Hair Mask Ingredients For Dry Hair Or Dry Scalp
There are so many other wonderful ingredients you can also add to your aloe gel and coconut homemade hair masks. Some you may like to consider are:
Coconut Milk – Get all the benefits of coconut oil with the bonus of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron.9
Lemon Juice – Citric acid is said to help support pH balance on the scalp. This helps protect the hair follicles and hair shaft.10
Argan Oil – Argan oil can help hydrate a dry, itchy scalp to set the stage for healthier hair growth.11
Vitamin E Oil – Vitamin E may help to fight off oxidative stress on the scalp, which can lead to hair loss.12
Soft And Silky Hair And Scalp – Healthy Hair Growth
Now that you know the benefits of aloe vera and coconut oil for supporting hair growth, you can embrace them confidently.
Finally, if you’re suffering from severe scalp itchiness, you should always talk to your dermatologist.
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