Aloe Vera is common in arid climatic regions in North Africa and has a wide range of medicinal uses one of which is to treat sunburn. It contains phytochemicals and is very rich in vitamins which are beneficial for hair, health and skin. The following minerals and vitamins are found readily in the plant – Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, and E2. Very little research has been done to prove the potency of Aloe Vera on hair growth; however, many companies still assert it’s effectiveness and even incorporate Aloe Vera into their products. Aloe Vera contains numerous enzymes that appear to stimulate new hair growth. These enzymes help in regulating the PH levels in the scalp and aids hair in retaining water3. Many shampoo products make use of Aloe Vera which is applied when you condition and wash your hair. Aloe vera gels and creams are also fast becoming popular. Simply massage the gel into your scalp before bed and shampoo out in the morning. Or if you don’t like the idea of sleeping with the Aloe Vera in your hair, apply the gel for at least an hour then rinse out. Like with most hair products, the gel can be used with a combination of other products. You can mix your shampoo with the gel and then shampoo and condition as normal. Aloe vera may also be incorporated into oils and coconut milk that you intend to massage into your scalp.
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