Aloe vera comes in many shapes and sizes: from the long-leaved plant itself to the pre-packaged as well as homemade aloe creams, juices and shampoos. Just look at all those textures! So when you are looking for an aloe product that will tap into all the hair repairing goodness aloe vera is known for, where do you begin? Because aloe’s ability to prevent hair loss and promote hair re-growth is attributed to its scalp-soothing properties, it seems like you would go right to the hair products. Bring on the aloe shampoo and conditioner! But is that true? Are they the best choices to bring your hair back?
Spoiler alert: While aloe shampoos and such will help, you also have other, slightly less conventional aloe options for growing back that hair! Did I peek your interest?
Aloe Vera Products for Hair Loss
Let’s take a look at all the expected and unexpected ways that aloe can help with your hair loss situation.
Aloe Gel: If you are looking for a natural remedy for hair loss, this is as natural as it comes: the most unprocessed, pure (and thus medicinal) aloe is aloe that comes straight from the plant. Since aloe gel is found in the center of aloe leaves, all you have to do is extract this gel-like substance and you’re set. Just apply the gel right to your scalp, as there should be no side effects (just be on the lookout for an irritation). From the plant straight to your head–it’s that simple!
Aloe Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil: Aloe shampoos, conditioners and oil are typically known for their ability to smooth, silken, and moisturize the scalp and hair, giving you gorgeous, flowing locks naturally. But aloe’s ability to target the scalp and keep it healthy will not only restore brilliance to your lackluster hair but it can actually help regrow hair that is falling out. You can select a product that is already on store shelves (just make sure the aloe content is high, as you don’t want it to be loaded with artificial chemicals and additives), or make your own. Try adding coconut milk and wheat germ oil to your homemade aloe shampoo to really get your scalp in the hair-growing mood. Aloe conditioners and oil treatments are also easy and fun to make! Saves money too! Aloe conditioners and oil treatments are especially easy and fun to make! Saves money too!
Aloe Lotion: Think aloe lotion is just for moisturizing the skin? Think again! If you are out of aloe products geared toward haircare, you can substitute them with aloe lotion for the same hair-growing results! Who would have guessed? Because lotions are greasier and heavier than aloe shampoos, make sure you rinse well. You don’t want your hair to be a sticky mess for the entire day! An additional suggestion: you can try using aloe lotion in conjunction with pure aloe gel on your hair. Two is better than one!
A Low Fat and Protein Diet: Here’s another interesting combination for you. You can have your pick of aloe hair loss products, but supplement them with a diet low in fat and protein. Research suggests that eating fat and protein-deficient foods can help you keep your hair. High levels may actually promote hair loss by causing some reactions in your body.
With these products, you can say goodbye to covering up bald spots! No more bandana and hat lifestyle! Find them at your local supermarket, health food retailer or make your own. Hair loss problems just got a little more manageable.