Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and other micronutrients which are beneficial to the hair and scalp.
Your hair and scalp have a pH of between 4.5 and 5.5 which is slightly acidic but most products we use in our hair have ingredients that are more alkaline or acidic than our hair. This disrupts the natural pH of our hair. When a product is too alkaline your hair cuticles open and are unable to retain moisture, and when a product is too acidic your cuticles contract and are unable to absorb moisture. Both extremes are bad for hair.
Aloe vera has a pH between 4 and 6 which is the same to that of our hair and skin. Therefore after using any products when shampooing, co-washing or when moisturizing your hair with water (water is known to have a slightly acidic pH of 7), it’s a good idea to follow up with aloe vera to neutralize your hair back to its correct pH.
Other benefits of Aloe Vera
1. Promotes hair growth
Aloe vera is rich in proteolitic enzymes which help to remove the dead skin which clogs the pores of the scalp and hinders the growth of the new hair follicles. Accumulation of excessive sebum on the scalp can lead to hair problems like partial baldness. Aloe vera removes the sebum making the scalp squeaky clean and promotes hair growth.
Humectants help to attract water and retain it. Aloe vera will help your hair absorb more moisture from the air hence keeping it moisturized.
3. Reduces dandruff and itchy scalp
The natural enzymes found in aloe vera can soothe and moisturize the scalp, helping to eliminate the scaly dryness that causes dandruff. It also reduces the itchy feeling that accompanies dryness.
4. Natural conditioner
Aloe vera acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair’s sheen, lustre, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but strengthens it as well.
Aloe vera cleans excess oil residue from hair.
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