Alovera for hair care

Ayurved’s  ‘Maharaja’, Ghrit Kumari or Aloe Vera is nothing less than a Miracle of Nature. Aloe Vera, which is also known as “burn plant,” “lily of the desert,” and “elephant’s gall”, had made known of its varied range of properties from almost 6,000 years ago. It has traditionally been a part of many Ayurvedic preparations, medicines and tonics. It has a large number of antioxidants and antibacterial properties. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, that is known all over the world for it’s unbelievable healing properties.This translucent gel is made up of around 96{23de89c06d92e5f29ea817eabc964c4828010d5afa6837b2369b0f9cccf283fb} water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Another part of the aloe vera plant which is used is the ‘sap’, a yellow-coloured liquid stuck to the skin of the plant from the inside. When dried and purified, the powdered aloe is often used as a laxative. One of the most crucial elements found in aloe vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins.

The green-cactus looking plant that sits out in your garden isn’t just a plant with its roots in folklore, it’s the crux of a million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, aloe vera has seamlessly integrated itself into everything we use. From being an immunity booster to a digestive enhancer aloe vera is now a leading raw material for skin and hair care too.

Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. Aloe vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin; which is the primary protein of hair and consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur; and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage.

This miraculous plant and it’s parts can be used in various forms such as juice, gel and tonics to receive the boost of different nutrients that is packed in the elixir. The following are the ways in which Aloe Vera can be added to your hair care regime to make the best out of this natural wonder.

Each type of hair requires its own kind of care. The characteristics of an individual’s hair, such as its density, texture, diameter, the degree of curl, and porosity will affect how it responds to a treatment or product. However Aloe Vera is such an ingredient that works it’s magic on every type of hair. These hair packs have a common ingredient, aloe vera pulp and can be mixed with other ingredients to suit all your hair care needs. They are mainly beneficial in soothing itchy scalp, preventing hair loss, hydrating the hair strands and providing volume, smoothness and shine to your hair.

1.  Aloe Vera and Youghurt mask

Ingredients:

2 tbsp aloe vera gel

1 tbsp yoghurt

2 tbsp honey

Direction:

Mix all the ingredients together and apply the mask on your hair starting from roots to end. Massage your scalp after the application for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off after 30 minutes. Follow it with a mild shampoo. Your hair will shine with the use of this mask.

2. Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar mask

Ingredients:

1 cup aloe vera gel

2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar 

Direction:

Whisk together both the ingredients and apply it on your scalp. Let it stay on for 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo. Apple cider vinegar leaves a pungent smell, but if this hair mask is used twice a month, it can help you to get rid of dandruff easily.

3. Aloe Vera and Castor Oil

1 cup aloe vera gel

2 tbsp of castor oil

2 tbsp of fenugreek powder

Direction:

Blend all the ingredients together and apply it starting from your roots to the hair ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap and keep the mask in your hair overnight. Wash it off in the morning with shampoo and lukewarm water. This hair mask promotes hair growth.

4. Aloe Vera and Hibiscus Flower Mask

Ingredients:

1 cup aloe vera gel

2 tbsp hibiscus flower paste 

Direction:

Mix both the ingredients together and apply it all over your head, especially on the hair ends. This will make your hair thick, smooth and shiny. It is a great mask if you don’t want to cut your hair but get rid of split ends.

5. Aloe Vera and Egg mask

Ingredients:

1 tbsp of aloe vera gel

1 tbsp of garlic juice

1 egg yolk

Direction:

Mix all the ingredients together and apply it on your scalp. Give steam to your hair by wrapping them up in a warm towel. After 30 minutes, wash your hair with shampoo. This hair mask is rich in protein. It will make your hair amazingly strong. 

6. Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil mask

Ingredients:

1 cup aloe vera gel

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp raw honey

Direction:

Blend all the ingredients together and apply it all over your scalp and hair. Cover it with a warm towel. Wash it off and shampoo your hair. It will help you to get rid of dry and frizzy hair.

7. Aloe Vera and Fenugreek or Methi seed mask

Ingredients:

3 tablspoons aloe Vera gel

1 tablespoon methi

Direction:

Soak the methi overnight. Grind the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Apply this to your scalp well and keep for 45 minutes. Wash it off using a thick toothed comb by repeated brushing. Do not shampoo on the same day as application of the mask, just wash it off with a conditioner. This helps in increasing the volume of hair and helps in hair growth.

8. Aloe Vera and Lemon juice mask

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons fresh aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Direction:

Mix the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Massage this mixture into your scalp for a couple of minutes and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.

Not only applying aloe vera gel, including aloe vera juice in your daily diet can be equally beneficial for your hair too. Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes, which help repair the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe the scalp from irritations, redness, bruises, and scars and repair damaged cells in the scalp. It’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties get absorbed by the hair and protects it from scalp infections.

Aloe vera is a natural ingredient that brings with it a treasure trove of benefits. The best way to enjoy it, without the fear of added chemicals, is to grow it in your own kitchen garden or balcony. It takes very little to look after an aloe vera plant, but the benefits you get in return are many. So go ahead, invent your time and money into a healthier you today!

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