Aloe vera gel in its raw form does improve the quality of hair, but there no studies that we know of to suggest that it stimulates or promotes hair growth. It is believed to help indirectly though, as aloe may work to reduce hair fall by strengthening hair strands and providing relief from a variety of scalp and hair conditions that cause hair fall.
“Research shows that aloe can treat inflammatory scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis & dandruff, reducing hair loss”
Aloe vera gel can provide significant relive from a variety of inflammatory scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, which cause intense itching and flaking of skin that increases hair loss. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment found that aloe can help reduce inflammatory response and dandruff, most likely because of its high fatty acid and antioxidant content.
“Saponins in aloe can help cleanse the hair, without causing any damage”
Aloe vera gel may be a great skin moisturizer, but it also works fantastically to cleanse hair follicles, getting rid of extra sebum, which would otherwise cause residue buildup. What’s great about aloe is that unlike other products it does not cause hair damage while cleansing. In fact, your hair will appear shinier and softer after using aloe gel. This benefit is attributed to the presence of saponins that have cleansing and antiseptic properties.
“Aloe contains nutrients like vitamins A, C, & E, all of which are essential for cell growth”
Aloe vera gel is most widely used for skin care because of its collagen and antioxidant content, which helps treat minor rashes and sunburn. These properties also make it effective at nourishing your scalp, as aloe contains nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, all of which are essential for cell growth. In addition, folic acid and vitamin B 12 in aloe also help strengthen hair, lowering the risk of hair fall.
Whether aloe vera itself or the action of massaging aloe gel into the scalp improves blood circulation, the practice will yield this benefit, helping strengthen and possibly promote hair growth. Of course, this benefit can also be enjoyed with any scalp massage, using natural oils
How to Use Aloe Vera for Hair Loss?
1. Aloe Vera and Honey Hair Mask
The strong antioxidant, germicidal and fungicidal properties of honey helps to cure microbial activity at the hair roots which is one of the main causes of hair loss.
- Take 2 tablespoons each of pure aloe vera gel and raw honey in a bowl.
- Mix the ingredients using a spoon and apply this hair pack evenly to the scalp.
- Put on a shower cap and wait for an hour.
- Wash off with a mild shampoo.
- Reapply this remedy 2 to 3 times a week for best results.
2. Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil Scalp Massage
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and it possesses powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that fights fungal infection, improves scalp health and supports hair growth.
- Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel to it.
- Mix it using a spoon and use this mixture to massage your scalp for 10 minutes.
- Wrap your hair using a towel and wait for 1 hour.
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
- Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week.
3. Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil Conditioner
Jojoba oil is very much similar to human skin oil which helps to balance sebum production in the scalp while the important vitamins and minerals present in the oil promotes hair growth. Jojoba oil helps to moisturize the hair follicles and make the hair strands stronger and healthier.
- Mix 2 tablespoons each of jojoba oil and aloe vera gel in a bowl.
- Apply it evenly all over the scalp and hair.
- Dip a towel in warm water, wring out the excess and wrap it around your hair.
- Wait for 30 to 45 minutes and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
- Follow this process 1 to 2 times in a week.
4. Aloe Vera and Onion Mix
The high concentration of sulfur in onions promotes collagen production and helps to control hair fall. It also promotes hair growth by clearing out the clogged hair follicles.
- Grate a medium sized onion and squeeze out its juice.
- Add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel to the onion juice and mix it thoroughly.
- Apply this mixture on your scalp and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash your scalp with a mild shampoo.
- Use this remedy twice a week.
5. Aloe Vera and Alma Pack
Amla or Indian Gooseberry is packed with vitamin C, tannins and antioxidants that improves hair texture and prevents hair loss. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties of amla help to maintain overall scalp health.
- Take 1 tablespoon each of crushed amla pulp and aloe vera gel in a bowl.
- Mix it using a spoon and apply this paste to your scalp and cover with a shower cap.
- Wait for 30 to 40 minutes and then rinse your scalp with water.
- Follow this remedy 3 to 4 times every week.
6. Aloe Vera and Egg Hair Mask
Eggs are a rich source of sulphur, phosphorus, selenium, iodine, zinc and protein – all of these nutrients promote healthy hair growth and prevents hair loss.
- Separate egg white from 2 eggs and add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel to it.
- Beat the egg whites till it develops a thick consistency.
- Apply this mask to the entire scalp and hair.
- Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo.
- Repeat this remedy 2 to 3 times every week
Tips and Precautions:
- Topical application of aloe vera gel is considered safe but in rare cases it can cause skin irritation.
- If you are using pure aloe vera gel for hair fall then strain the gel before applying it to your scalp to get rid of all the white sediments.
- Try to use fresh aloe vera gel each time.
- Massage your scalp with coconut or olive oil 2 to 3 times a week.
- Stress is one of the major causes of hair loss. Try to reduce stress by practicing meditation and yoga.
- Limit the use of hair driers, straightners, etc.
- Have a healthy and balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, proteins and healthy fats.
- Include vitamin C, iron and biotin-rich foods in your diet.