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Aloe Vera Juice For Dry, Rough Hair
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dulcedelecher wrote in no_poo
 I've read through a lot of the threads, and saw many complaints about dry ends that don't look so hot with oil on them. I was suprised that nobody has mentioned aloe vera (juice, not the sticky gel). My ex-roommate swore by the stuff for her dandruff, so I thought I'd give it a try and report the results.

I have dry, thin hair that does not absorb oil, and after a round of drying henna, followed by 40V developing cream to lighten the results of  the henna, my ends were feelin' a bit rough. I had some old aloe juice in the fridge, and put it on my hair for a few minutes. After I rinsed it out, I could barely tell where my virgin roots ended and my dyed length began- soft, moist hair was mine again ! I noticed that it also helped my itching as well, although not permanently (I'm not responsive to salicylic acid, which aloe and aspirin both contain). 

Because the aloe left my hair with that plasticy-stringy feel that I get when my hair is too squeaky clean, I decided a few days later to dilute it by a third with oil and honey, some distilled water so there'd be some moisture to transport into my hair shaft, and a squirt of my Aubrey conditioner. Hurray ! This combo works better than any conditioner I've ever used, doesn't have any cloying fragrance, and I can also use it to shave my legs. My ends feel like virgin hair, and the effect lasts. The only downside is that I can see a hint of my hendigo color in the rinse water, but since it's too dark anyway, I don't mind.

Hope this will be of benefit to someone, and if you've had experience with aloe on your hair I'd love to hear about it !

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haaha how funny, i was just thinking about my dry ends right as i clicked my friends page button. thanks for the info, i'm going to try it

Best of luck- let me know how it works out for you. I found aloe works best when I combine it with other ingredients.

will do, and i'll try mixing it with whatever looks interesting that i can find in my cupboard i guess :)

where can one just buy the straight up juice?

ya think it would work if i used it from the plant itself, directly?
my apartment needs a plant anyway and i like my plants useful.

i've had enormous success with

reasonable price... extremely high standards thus exceptional product

it's not juice,though, it's gel.... i think that if you get a "Juice," there has got to be additives to make it juicy...

i say that because i know for fact that if you split open an aloe leaf straight off the plant, what you've got is a semi-solid goop lining the inside... you can take a pairing knife and scrape it off and pulse it... THEN, what you've got is a gel consistency...

soooo i think gel is better only because its got less additives which aren't there to help your hair in any way but rather to preserve the aloe from spoilage and also to give the substance what ever property the stuff is marketed for - be it oral suppliment/skin care/ whatever...

so that's my story on aloe.....

No, aloe juice does not have additives, at least not at Whole Foods. It's usually the gel that is preserved with potassium sorbate, as it is for cosmetic use. The juice is food-grade and can usually be found where the colon care stuff is.

The gel is too sticky, and will leave your hair a weird texture (not bad, just "plasticized"). The juice is what I used. I don't know how to get the right consistency from the plant itself, and it would take several stems (or whatever you call them, they sure aren't leaves) to get an amount similar to what I used. Let me know how the plant experiment works out.

i am not experimenting with plants. i was just trying to illustrate my point...

So i looked at my gallon jug: it says " Contains: Cold Pressed Aloe Vera 99.7%, Potassiam Sorbate, and Citric Acid as natural preservatives Suitable for Food and Cosmetic Use"

and it's not at all sticky.

and it does not leave my hair "plasticized" just smooth with lush and shiny curls, as i've already said...

so clearly aloe vera labels do not have any sort of standard. because the one time i bought a whole gallon for juice, yeah it was the one marketed as an oral supplement, THAT made my hair sticky and smelled like apply juice.

Sorry about any confusion- I was replying to the comment that referred to using aloe from the plant itself.

I'm glad the gel works well for you. Other people reading the thread will have more info on both juice and gel now. I'm wondering if our different responses to the gel are due to our hair types- mine's baby-fine, straight, and doesn't frizz.

i've been using aloe vera everyday as a leave-in hair conditioner for about one year now because i love it.

i use what the container says "gel" - so it's not juice, nor is it that after-sun care drugstore stuff with like 7 total ingredients listed...

i bought the drinkable juice once -- horrible!!!! it made my hair STICKY and smelled like apple juice - NEVER AGAIN.

i order my beloved aloe vera gel, by the gallon, from a beautiful lil company called: . i store my gallon container in the fridge... it's important to keep your aloe out of sunlight.

i pour about 3 oz in a little finger-pump spray aluminum container which sits in my bathroom. daily, after showers, i spray this all over my hair. when my hair is dry - i have lush, shiny, separated curls. when i (for example) travel and fail to remember my aloe, i suffer from frizz-tastic hair till i get home and use my magical aloe vera again

i've added scents to my aloe spray as i've learned to be creative. i used jasmine exude oil, amber resin crushed into a bit of jojoba, lavender essential oil dropped into my aloe .... very nice for a boost of freshness and prettiness.

Ooh, gonna check out that site now, hope it's not TOO expensive, I'm pretty broke.
So, you don't dilute it at all?
Also, the gallon keeps well in the fridge? Seems like that would last forever! =)

sorry i deleted my other reply because i got a better link

yeah i used to by just like 12 oz at a time but i went through it surprisingly quick... so now i got the gallon with the intention to save $$

yeah i think so long as you keep it in your fridge and thus out from direct sunlight, it should last a year or two (expiration is on the jug and i am not home to verify, sorry!)

i haven't diluted at all with great success.

and then... lately i HAVE diluted, also with great success... but NOT with water, no, no. i am far too complicated to have a simple dilution lol.

i dilute it with this:

mmmmm smells good!

Re: sorry i deleted my other reply because i got a better link

I "dilute" mine (juice) with oil, honey and some water. My ex-roomie has always just added some of the juice to her conditioner, but another person posted here that the gel works better for them.

If you have a health food store nearby, the juice will run you 3 or 4 dollars for a bottle the size of a Coke can. I don't think the gel costs too much more.

Forgot to add in my other reply that I don't leave the juice in. I give it a few minutes, tops, and then rinse it out, just like conditioner. Leaving it in would definately be nasty.

Thanks for sharing your experience with aloe- it's good to have input from a gel user.

That sound wonderful, thank you so much for your info!!!! =)

You're welcome. I'm pleased that this thread has already generated quite a bit of discussion, and that a gel user gave input. The more info, the better informed we'll all be !

Thank you for this post! Now that my hair is completely out of any detox it is turning out to be a lot drier than I ever thought it was and just putting oil in it only gives me the greasies. I will be sure to try this.

In case anyone's interested, aloe gel is available on the vitamin isle of Walgreen's and Rite Aid (at least it is here in CA), and possibly even at Wal-Mart. They definately have adulterated gel in a tube/pump wherever sunblocks are sold, but I can't vouch for how it will look on your hair. Aloe gel just sat sticky on top of my skin when I tried it and never sank in, which is why I switched to the juice.

yeah i wouldn't use the "after sun care" version of aloe vera gel... it probably would leave your hair sticky...

that's why i always inclided the link to, because, as my earlier replies have mentioned, there is 99.7% pure cold pressed aloe vera and then just potassium sorbate and citric acid... so it sounds that my "gel" and your "juice" are almost exactly the same...

its just that mine is clearly labeled "gel" now if i were the judge i'd say the consistency could resemble a gel or a juice. but i think it more closely resembles a gel but that is just my opinion..

point is, there seems to be no standard in labels so i think the best advise for people reading this... don't buy your stuff if it has more than 3 ingredients, roughly, and like 99% of those ingredients should be aloe..

furthermore that advised barely even works BECAUSE i once bought the "lilly of the dessert" brand and there were indeed only 2 ingredients listed. but that shit was nasty!! i mean just gross. sticky, awful smelling, def. not something i would leave in my hair.

sorry i'd like to clarify my last paragraph

what i hoped to express is that:
i bought "JUICE" once, it was a lily of the desert brand name jug that i got from a CVS drugstore. the ingredients listed like 3 things maybe so that i why i bought it, assuming it was mostly aloe with a coupla preservatives in there, but i was wrong -- it was horrible and i returned it immidiately.

so it seems like if you want to use a kind or brand that has not been recommended, do so at your own risk cause as it turns out -- even "gel" and "juice" are not actually very descriptive so for as what you are getting... not even the ingredients, sometimes, will clue you in at how the stuff will do in your hair....

lastly, , type "aloe" into the search bar.. yes i really do swear by this stuff.

That's good advice- I hate reading through what seems like 70,000 ingredients on a product bottle, then wondering which one I had an allergic reaction to.

Hmm, liking this idea. I think I'm going to get some Aloe, my hair has been crazy frizzy lately!

Another frizz-head posted on this thread that the gel works better for her than the juice. I rinsed out the juice, but I think she left in the gel for frizz-control.

and the best "gel" i've found (even though i dont think there is an actual difference in "gel" versus "juice" as it reflects the actual product)

i order mine from here with spectacular success because drugstore kinds usually have additives that make your hair sticky and distgusting:

That's the brand I use, too. I've used both the gel and the juice, and the main difference is that the juice has some pulp but still sinks into my skin, and the gel doesn't seem have pulp but seems more gluey to me. I'm betting that the juice is cut with a little water to make it go down easier.

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Aloe Vera von FLP ist natuerlich stabilisiert und sehr hochwertig. Alle Aloe Pflegeprodukte haben aktuelle DERMA Gütesiegel und koennen direkt ueber die WebSite bestellt werden. Forever Living Sammelbesteller erhalten 30& Rabatt.

As for AloeVera Gel. I rarely use that. but I was getting acid face peels done at the derm and aloe was good for after that. I think it helps damaged skin, like sun burn, dryness, etc. I dont really use it tho, just rarely, so I dont really know for certain. Benefits: AloeVera Gel is nature's miraculous gift for complete everyday skincare (as well as for hair) and can be used by both men and women of all ages. Below are the most important benefits. * Moisturizes, cleans, smoothens, and softens the skin. * Prevents wrinkles and keeps the skin fresh, young and gives it a healthy glow. * Protects from the after effects of sunrays, dust, smoke, exhaust fumes etc. * Provides relief from burns and skin inflammation. * Reduces swelling, pain and treats bruises * Stimulates dermal cells and rejuvenates skin

Aloe vera is a good way to treat hair loss

Many people use various products that contain aloe vera for maintaining thick and healthy hair.

One can apply aloe vera gel on the whole scalp and hair so as to treat hair loss.

Actually, aloe vera includes the enzyme which is beneficial in stimulating the new hair production.

It has properties of anti-inflammatory which are helpful in fighting against Androgenetic Alopecia.

Aloe vera protects the hair and scalp from any type of hair problems. A number of people consider that there is no such type of item that can be very useful to prevent hair.

People pay a large amount of money on many hair items and all the items offer no amazing results and have some side effects. Therefore, aloe vera is used like the magic material for the production of hairs.

This herb is contained in many hair products such as conditions, hair shampoos and hair oils. An individual can use hair conditioner and shampoo on the whole scalp and then massage it gently and leave it for a few minutes. At last, wash off carefully the hair.

Regularly use of aloe vera hair conditioner and shampoo prevents the hair loss. Massaging aloe vera shampoos on the complete scalp will improve the blood circulation and prevents excess stress and mental labor. Caribbean’s, Aloe Vera Indians and Native Americans have been using this herb from the ages for the endorsement of strong hair.

Aloe vera gel that contains coconut milk with a little quantity of wheat germ oil and then it is utilized like a shampoo and gives amazing results.

Aloe vera conditioners and shampoos include the best mixture of herbal extracts, natural oils, vitamins and shea butter. These aloe vera items are perfect for all different forms of hair such as oily, dry, thin and normal.

Every conditioner and shampoo is pH balanced and is prepared without alcohol or petroleum based ingredients. Aloe vera jojoba shampoo nourishes and cleans the hair and offers healthy and soft shiny hairs.

One can use these items daily. Hair conditioner must be used on the scalp and hair to make hair healthy and soft and prevents hair loss.

Therefore, aloe vera is beneficial for the production of hairs and provides softness and shine to the hair and prevents hair loss and other hair related conditions.

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