Treating yourself to a spa day at home? Be sure to add aloe vera oil for hair to your regiment! Even if you are not setting aside a day to pamper yourself, your hair deserves the royal treatment every once in a while–especially if you subject it to high heat from that daily blow-drying and hair straightening or curling! Massaging your scalp with aloe vera oil can do just that! By using aloe vera oil for your hair every other day, you can reap this plant’s hair advantages:
- moisturizing (conditions that dry hair and scalp!)
- stimulates hair growth
- improved texture, length, and strength
Do not, however, expect immediate results. You will have to wait three–even five–months to notice any changes in your hair. Want even better news? You can make this hair-beautifying stuff right at home! With a few simple ingredients, you can cook up your own cheaper, longer-lasting batch of aloe vera hair oil. Commercial-ready hair here we come!
How to Make Aloe Vera Oil for Hair
Before going into this recipe, there is something you should know in advance! No procrastinating on this one. It takes some preparation time!
What You Need:
- 1 aloe vera leaf (anywhere from 2 to 4 inches will do just fine)
- 50 milliliters of coconut oil
- a bowl
1. Filet that aloe vera leaf like you would a fish! You want to get to the center of your aloe vera leaf.
2. Remove the slimy, clear gel-like substance (called aloe gel, if you want to get technical). Avoid accidentally picking up any yellow part, which is usually found just below the skin of the leaf. You don’t want that: you want what is in the middle!
The easy way out: if you want to skip these first two steps, you can always purchase aloe vera gel in your local health food store!
3. Add aloe gel to a bowl with some coconut oil, and mix until the gel is completely covered in oil. If needed, add more coconut oil!
4. Let the mixture stand for 2 or 3 days.
5. Turn up the heat! After you let your aloe gel/coconut oil mixture rest for 2-3 days, heat it on the stove top for anywhere between 10-15 minutes. Keep the flame low, and stir frequently to ensure your gel does not burn (you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste!). Another way to determine how long to let your mixture sit on the flame is to listen to the sound it makes. When the popping sound of the heating oil stops, shut that heat off!
6. Hands off! Let your mixture cool down!
7. When room temperature, strain the oil to get any aloe vera gel pieces out. Pour the liquid into a bottle. It is ready for use!
When you use your aloe vera oil for hair, be sure to (1) massage it into your scalp, and (2) rub it in from roots to tips. You can use it after your normal shampooing routine and then rinse it off or you can leave it on overnight, rinsing it out in the morning, for deeper penetration. Entirely up to you!