Aloe Vera usually doesn’t have any side effects and is safe to apply even on children. However, if you experience any rash or itching, contact a dermatologist. If you are generally allergic to garlic, onions, or tulips, do a patch test first.
We all hear the hype surrounding Aloe and it how great it is for your hair but what's the bottom line? Does it add moisture? Is it safe to use consistently? Is it for everyone?
Let's dig in and get to the bottom of its benefits and usage.
How Aloe Vera Can Help Your Hair
The Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years, since as early as 1750 BC. There are more than 450 species of Aloe Vera. It’s a succulent plant that grows in hot and dry climates around the world.
Here are some of the benefits of Aloe Vera for hair:
Strengthens hair. Aloe Vera has many active ingredients and minerals that can help strengthen your hair. It has fatty acids and amino acids and is rich in vitamins A, B12, C, and E. These play a part in healthy hair follicles.
Controls greasy hair. Aloe Vera has enzymes that break down fats and so strips your hair of any extra oil (sebum).
Helps an itchy scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition that affects your scalp. It causes dandruff, red skin, and scaly patches. Researchers have found that Aloe Vera can significantly decrease the scaliness and itchiness.
Protection from UV damage. A study found that fresh Aloe Vera juice offers protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation that comes from the sun. UV exposure can cause your hair to lose its shine and color, and make it rough and less elastic, leading to breakage. The amount of protection from UV light depends on the type of hair.
Hair growth. Some people say Aloe Vera helps with hair growth, but there’s no scientific proof. However, researchers believe that aloenin, a chemical compound in the plant, is a primary factor in promoting hair growth, as found in people with a hair-loss condition called alopecia. It has been used to improve hair health and lessen breakage, which contributes to hair growth.
IS IT SAFE FOR REGULAR USAGE?
Aloe Vera is a natural ingredient that gets absorbed into your scalp very quickly without leaving your hair feeling and looking greasy or oil. You can apply aloe-based products directly on your hair and let it absorb for 10-15 minutes before washing it out and it is safe to use multiple times a week. So it is recommended that you add it to your weekly haircare regimen no matter what hair type you have.
DOES ALOE HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?