I was told about the wonders of Aloe vera juice aaaaaages ago but never jumped on it I suppose because I was too busy trying everything else. But I have finally gotten around to it, I was forced to by my hair. I did not like how it had began to feel and through various blogs and YouTube videos that I had seen I had been assured that if you wanted your hair to be smooth and soft, aloe juice was the way to go.
Some benefits of Aloe juice (via Fine Hair Sister) include:
- It’s a natural conditioner so it makes your hair super soft
- It’s great for fighting frizz and smoothing your hair cuticles
- Prevents hair loss
- Stimulates hair growth
- Can control/eliminate dandruff
Popular natural hair video blogger Kimmaytube used it to make her infamous PH neutralizing leave in conditioner with it. Her leave in recipe received tons and tons of positive reviews, so I thought why not? And I gave it a try. The basic recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of aloe juice, 2 teaspoons of two essential oils and 2 tablespoons of a cheap leave in conditioner (or a silicone free conditioner which is safe to leave on hair without rinsing out). In her particular leave in she uses jojoba oil and castor oil. I used what I already had which was coconut oil and some orange oil JO’M spray. You can use olive oil as well and I found another blogger who just used coconut milk instead of a second oil.
I mixed it according to the required quantities and applied it to my hair before sealing with a shea butter mix I made with pure coconut oil and my JO’M olive oil dreadlock spray.
I do my washing, detangling, moisturizing and sealing at night so after applying the stuff, I did some medium sized twists and threw a scarf on to let it dry overnight. In the morning I was pleasantly surprised. My hair was ridiculously soft and felt awesome when I felt the strands between my fingers. The slightly crunchy feeling I get after washing is finally gone!!!! *Throws glitter in the air* Nothing worse than a crunchy hard afro. Organic Aloe juice (i.e. has no preservatives) does go bad if you do not refrigerate it after opening. However, if I try make the leave in with cold Aloe juice, my coconut oil will harden so I have to get it to room temp first before mixing.
Using the leave in once a week is not enough though, applying a little through your hair every 2-3 days is better. Alternatively you can just apply the aloe juice on its own. I also mix my aloe juice with conditioner especially when I’m out of my Tresemme Naturals conditioner and using other brands. You can also make a spray with the aloe juice: mix with water and a little bit of any essential oil of your choice and put it in a spray bottle. African Hair Blog also wrote a post on Aloevera juice and shares a pre-poo recipe that uses Aloe juice.
Buh-lieeeeeve me when I say, Aloe juice is the bomb dot com! Lol! Kimmaytube should have patented that recipe when she had the chance! 🙂 Whether you perm your mane or keep it kinky, Aloe juice is the truth, go get you some!!
P.S. Here in Gaborone I found it at a Links, a local pharmacy by Main mall. It’ll only set you back by 20bucks for a small bottle and 40bucks for a big one. You should be able to find it in certain pharmacies, organic stores or health stores.