Aloe gel packs quite a punch. Name a skin condition–sunburns, eczema, insect bites, acne–and its probably on the long list of skin problems that aloe can help heal. Because aloe gel works wonders when it comes to alleviating itchiness, reducing swelling and redness, and promoting new cell growth, aloe gel has become an active ingredient in many medicinal lotions and creams. But let me give you a sneak peak at what else is in store-bought aloe products:
Pores, pores, and more pores! Your skin is covered in them! Wherever there is a hair, there is a pore. That means you could have 5 million pores covering your body! Holy smokes! Pores, small holes in your epidermis (a fancy word for skin) that allow it to breathe, secrete substances like sweat and serve a variety of other functions, do the wonderful job of keeping your skin healthy–if they aren’t clogged, that is. Without them, or if they are clogged and therefore not functioning as they should, you could suffer from a great deal of skin and scalp problems, from dry hands to balding. Lucky for you, you can try aloe for hair loss. Aloe can help bring all the dirt that doesn’t belong on your scalp (which then gets into your pores) to the surface, allowing trapped the hair on the top of your head to grow again! Once aloe releases all the dirt and grime smothering your scalp’s pores, which can keep new hairs from rising to the surface, nothing will be weighing down your hair anymore. Freedom!
When someone mentions pH levels, I think swimming pools, the way you have to test the amount of chemicals in the water to make sure it is suitable for swimming and pool games. When I was a kid, I remember matching up the color stripes at the beginning of every summer to see if the pool pH was finally balanced so I could get my feet wet! Because pH is a term I so quickly associate with chlorinated water, it never crossed my mind to think of other places where maintaining a proper pH level might be important. Who would have thought my hair could have an off pH level? But when it comes to your hair, pH level is as important; it ensures a healthy scalp, prevents infections, promotes hair growth, and does many other nifty things to keep your hair looking full and great. Ready to learn about how aloe– that succulent plant with the gel-like interior? Yup, that’s the one!–can rebalance your hair pH levels? It is time to get your feet wet when it comes to aloe for hair loss!
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?
What is your first step when making any kind of medicinal skin cream, juice, dessert that includes aloe vera gel? A difficult one! Before you can do anything else, you have to extract that slimy, fleshy gel from the inside of the plant’s leaves, which can be complicated, time-consuming, and intimating–especially to aloe newbie’s! But don’t let a little difficulty keep you from benefiting from one of the world’s most medicinal plants! Here’s a cool tip that should help you tackle even the most tricky aloe vera leaf. Be discouraged no more! Go get that aloe vera gel!