Happy New year!!! May your 2021 be better than your 2020. Wishing you happiness, good health, inner peace, and of course good hair & skin. Let’s kick off the new year with HEALTHY hair habits, meaning being more mindful about what we put on (and in) our bodies.
As you know plants are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general including good hair. Here we’ll dig into the notorious aloe vera plant.
Aloe vera is a highly appreciated plant for its healing, moisturising, and softening capabilities. It contains substances such as glucomannan, polysaccharides, and lipids. Polysaccharides are long chains of glucose that the body can easily break down for energy. Glucomannan is a type of polysaccharide which is considered a dietary fiber. It helps with:
- Body function
- Removing free radicals
- Building muscles
- Healing wounds
Also known as “lily of the desert”, Aloe vera is native to Africa and Arabia where it has been utilised for centuries. Aloe was depicted on Sumerian clay tablets, showing that Sumerians knew about the benefits of the plant. They used it as a laxative but others also used it for its non-medicinal abilities.
From a beauty perspective, in ancient Egypt, aloe helped to reduce hair loss, remove dead cells from the scalp, help open clogged pores & balance the pH of the scalp. This is due to the saponin content which acts as a natural cleanser. It is said that Queen Nefertiti & Cleopatra VII incorporated aloe vera in their beauty regimen and medicines.
If you are/were a YouTube addict, looking at vloggers showing their hair care regimen, you may have come across it. You can use the gel from the leaves on its own, creating concoctions or using ready-to-use gels available in the market.
When using the leaves, just make sure to remove the yellow part (called latex). This part can cause skin sensitivity/allergy for some.
Do you use aloe vera? If yes, how?
Photo Source: Daria Shevtsova