Growing up in Trinidad, my mom always had a big aloe plant growing in the garden. When I became a teenager and had issues with acne, she would use the pith of the aloe leaves and rub it on my face to help to heal the eruptions. It’s something many island people grow up with, the knowledge that aloe vera is a wonder plant that can be used in so many ways.In the islands, we use a plant called “rachette” (NOT to be confused with the modern slang word “ratchet”) – this plant is related to the prickly pear cactus. Rastas use it to wash and thicken their locs in Trinidad. I didn’t really know about aloe for hair until I went natural. And then I fell in love. Let me tell you why aloe rocks, and is everything for natural hair!
A Soothing Anti-Inflammatory
Aloe is a soothing anti-inflammatory – if you have scalp issues, pure aloe vera can help to heal them. The same way aloe helps with a sunburn, by adding soothing moisture and taking away the sting, it can do so for your scalp.
Use As a Pre-Shampoo
The enzymes in aloe are great for balancing PH and for stripping away dead cells – think of your skin when it’s peeling after a sunburn. Aloe helps to soothe that dry, dead skin away. Many naturals swear aloe is great for a pre-shampoo to remove dandruff and dry scalp flakes.
If your current shampoo isn’t cutting it, you can add some pure aloe vera juice to it to increase the moisturizing factor.
It's Great For Styling Hair
I get such great curl definition – without the hard crunchiness – whenever I use a product based with aloe gel! My hair loves it.
Afrobella was the natural hair blogger at AOL’s Black Voices and a writer for Vogue Italia’s Vogue Black website. She has also presented keynotes at several major media expos and seminars.