Spa Day! Make Your Own Aloe Vera Oil for Hair!

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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:

  • dandruff-relief
  • 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


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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!


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    • Danielle Brown says

      Hi, you can always try adding some more aloe gel to get it to the consistency you prefer. Since the aloe gel is where a lot of the hair oil’s hair-care properties come from, more of it would not have any negative consequences (just be sure, in general, to test for aloe allergies first!). But because the aloe hair oil is an oil, the product would have a watery feel to it–not like conditioner or shampoo. Enjoy!

  1. Deborah says

    Why must we wait 2-3 days and why the heating process, Also, yellow parts was mentioned; what is wrong with it? Can you comment on the red gel or liquid that settles out after several hours. I do not want to waste any parts of the leaf properties so once I prepare the leaf I blend with lemon/lime juice or add shea butter with other oils then store in the cold box.

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  3. Abhi says

    I have prepared the oil……..but when I cutoff the leaf frm the plant some yellow colour juice also came….I mixed that gum like yellow juice also along with the aloe gel pieces in the coconut oil… it safe to apply on hair…because I’ve read in your recipe to avoid the yellow part…I’m confused about that….please clear my doubt

    • meghan says

      A Youtube tutorial on aloe that I recently watched stated that the yellow fluid should be drained if you intend to ingest the aloe as it can cause stomach cramping or laxative effects, but if you don’t use it internally, the yellow part will not harm you. I can’t verify if this is true or not, it’s just something that I heard during the tutorial. In my experience, there’s not a whole lot of the yellow substance that comes out when cutting the aloe, so if you get a little in your hair product it is probably fine. I read the statement in the blog above as “Don’t use the yellow part; it isn’t useful,” rather than “Don’t use the yellow part; it will harm you.”

  4. Chuck Marunde says

    I’m trying to make an all organic healthy facial moisturizer for my daughter, and I can’t get the ingredients to mix without separating. I’m using a formula that includes coconut oil (hard paste), aloe vera gel, jojoba, vitamin E, and lavender. I’ve mixed at room temperature. I’ve mixed with the coconut oil just liquified. I’ve mixed with a blender. I’ve mixed with a slow blender, a fast blender, a high speed mixer. I’ve put it in the refrigerator, but when it comes out it separates again. I’ve tried everything everyone has written about how to do this, but why am I not able to get these ingredients to stay together without separating. Maybe it’s the aloe vera that separates, but I don’t know for sure. Does anyone know how to get these ingredients to stay together in a smooth paste?

    • Amy says

      Try putting some corn or potato starch in it to hold together the oils together. Or use beeswax. You need a binder for the oils and water in the aloe.

    • Tracey says

      this is an old post, however, the reason these things will not officially combine is because oil based and water based ingredients will never emulsify (combine) without the proper emulsifiers. also, because there is water based things added, one MUST use a preservative, it doesn’t have to be crazy long word but a broad spectrum paraben free preservative is a must, mold, bacteria grows very quick when these are mixed & they are there WELL before they are actually visible to the naked eye. Please I beg anyone reading this right now, please simply Google “point of interest” it is a very in depth resource for exactly everything DIY hair and skin care.

  5. says

    Do you have any experience trying to make this hair oil using aloe leaf powder instead of the gel? Is it not as good for the hair? Just thinking that it might be a better consistency. . .

  6. sharif khàn says

    I have hair fall so long what product shuld i use for my hair
    Which is the best alovera product for my hair
    If you know plz help to treat my hair
    I think every time about my hair fall problem

    • GUPTA KCB says

      Olive oil is perhaps better instead of coconut oil. Adding Aloevera juice with hair cream is also fine. Hope you know how to make the juice. YouTube can help u.

  7. Shubham says

    Hi…my biggest query is that….can it be applied for the entire day like anyother hair styling gel available in the market….or i have to rinse it off everytime while bathing… reply soon….as i have prepared it….and eager to use it…..

  8. Kevin J. says

    I mixed the aloe vera gel with some coconut oil and left it for 3 days and the mixture turned a dark brown color. Is it ok?

    • Tracey says

      Omg please yall we have to educate eachother about the importance of how fast mold and bacteria that can truly be very harmful will begin to grow when water based and oil based mix. plz plz plz research preservatives. please,


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