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Aloe Vera for Hair

Updated on April 15, 2013

Aloe vera is the most popular plant used in hair products. It has dominated the hair industry for many ages. This is no coincidence. It is found to be a natural hair rejuvenator. Aloe vera for hair treatment is added to numerous products in order to soothe the scalp and leave the hair with a lustrous shine.

The aloe vera gel also has the ability to strengthen hair follicles that have been previously damaged by hair products or lack of care. It contains all the necessary nutrients that are needed to replenish strands of hair. Aloe vera is used for numerous hair treatments, some of which we will examine below.


Aloe Vera Plant for Hair Growth

It is no secret that most hair products that promote fast hair growth uses the aloe vera gel as its active ingredient. It is known as an organic natural treatment for stunted hair growth. The aloe vera gel for hair contains several minerals and vitamins that are necessary to promote accelerated hair growth. Check out this article (nutritional benefits of aloe vera) for the complete list of nutrients.

One of the reasons that hair growth is retarded is due to the production of too much sebum at the root of the hair. The sebum then mixes with dirt and blocks up the root of the hair impeding the growth process. Aloe vera helps to remove the excess sebum and prevents the sebaceous gland from producing too much sebum.

Sometimes there is a non-threatening bacterial or fungal infection that affects the scalp. This can be the main reason why so much sebum is produced. The aloe vera gel from the plant possesses very strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties which neutralizes the affected area. Hence, leading to accelerated hair growth. Aloe vera plant for hair growth is the best option compared to other hair growth options.

Aloe and Hair Loss

Aloe and hair loss prevention is a very well debated topic. There are even claims of aloe leading to hair rejuvenation. If the hair loss is caused by bacterial and fungal infections, it is a very good idea to treat your hair with 100% organic aloe vera gel. They are many people who can testify that the aloe vera plant did help them to realize hair regrowth in areas that they were previously bald.

If the hair loss is due to genetic disposition, then it is very unlikely that the use of aloe vera can result in regrowth of hair. However, it is a known fact that the aloe vera gel will help to slow the progression of hair loss. This is because the gel from the aloe plant will provide the nutrients that are needed to support the structural integrity of the hair follicle as long as possible.

Aloe Vera and Dandruff

Dandruff is caused by a mild fungal infection that causes the excessive build up and flaking of dead skin cells. Therefore, most medical treatments for dandruff will contain aloe vera because of its ant-fungal properties. The aloe plant is often used with Eucalyptus and tea tree oil as a natural remedy for dandruff.

How to Apply Aloe Vera on Hair

In order to obtain the medicinal benefits of aloe vera, it is best to massage the gel unto the scalp for several minutes. This should be done after washing your hair with a mild aloe vera shampoo.

I personally use the plant directly. To use the plant directly, remove the thick skin and jagged edges then blend the pulp into a slimy gel. If there is no access to the plant, then it is okay to use 100% organic aloe vera gel.

After applying the aloe gel to your hair let it stay in for several more minutes. You can then rinse with luke warm water for another couple of minutes. Do not use any other hair products after this application. Apply the gel three times a week for a month until progress is evident. (If not, consult dermatologist)

Some dermatologists recommend using aloe vera oil instead of the gel to better treat dandruff.


You may have noticed that all of the ailments that can occur with your hair and scalp are all inter-related. Stunted hair growth, hair loss, patchiness, dandruff, fungal infections, hair breakage, hair thinning, etc all may be caused by a primary skin dysfunction. Aloe vera by reputation has always resolved the root cause of all these scalp and hair dysfunctions. Aloe vera for hair is the best homeopathic solution.

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    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Daisy. You should give it a try in your hair. You may like the effects.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Art (rasta1),

      Thank you, my friend, for publishing this very informative article. I have skin care products at home which contain aloe vera, but I have not used any hair care products which contain it.

      My mother used to keep an aloe vera plant in her kitchen. I needed to use the gel from the plant more than once for first aid for cuts and burns.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Aloe Vera application on the skin has a good reputation. I love the fact that it makes you look younger.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Aloe Vera for hair sounds a great idea is a useful for many ailments thanks for this helpful information

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Rajan. I know aloe is one of your favorite herbal plants. I am happy to share this information with you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks rasta for this. Aloe can be used internally as well as externally.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Deborah. By common consensus, it is the best plant based treatment for hair. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting. I knew aloe vera is a common ingredient in hair products but never knew exactly what its benefits were.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Alecia. There are many products that integrate aloe vera as their main ingredient. You should give it a try. It has actually helped my hair to grow faster.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Tammy. Cleopatra may have been the first popular person to use it for their hair. Ever since, it has always been used to strengthen hair and give it a shine. Nice to see you.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It makes sense that aloe vera would help your hair, it is a healing agent that people use for burns and cuts. But I guess I just didn't associate it with rejuvenating hair and preventing dandruff. I may have to look into trying this now. Thanks for the tips!

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      5 years ago from North Carolina

      I had no idea that aloe is good for hair. Great hub and great information! Sharing!

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Au Fait for reading and giving a positive feedback.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      An interesting and useful article.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Girishpuri. Thanks for testifying to the healing capabilities of aloe vera. It is an important plant in my preventative medicine effort.

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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I have 4 Aloe flower pots in my garden and i regularly use Aloe vera in my hairs, face and i eat the gel empty stomach, i acknowledge your hub, the claims you made are 100% right.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect BeingWell. Cleopatra used aloe Vera on her hair, nail and skin. It's better than any shampoo.

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      5 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi rasta!! We used to grow aloe vera in our garden. I liked playing with them because their slimy. (You know how kids are! haha!) Anyway, the elders tell us that their very good for the hair. So I'd put them after shampooing, as if conditioners. Heehee... good stuff!!

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Midget38. thank you very much for stopping by. Aloe is popular amongst women as a hair product.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Very useful information especially for women who suffer from hair loss...for women, the crowning glory can be so important. Thanks for sharing, rasta.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Cyndi10. You should definitely try it. The improvements are obvious.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Very informative article. I never considered the benefits of aloe vera for the hair. I will consider using it on my hair since I do have a plant. Well done.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Imogen French. Thank you very much for the patronage. I really appreciate it.

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      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      I am enjoying your series on Aloe Vera. I keep one on my kitchen windowsill for burns, but it has so many more uses that I think I should grow a few more - heading over to read your "Methods of growing Aloe Vera" hub now. Thanks for the info.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Thelma Alberts. People who have aloe vera within their gardens are already enlightened.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Mhatter99. Aloe is a very important balancing herb within our lives.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect peachpurple. Cleopatra used aloe vera on her hair and body, and also consumed it. Doing this will make you look a few years younger.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Very informative hub. I have 4 or more aloe vera plants in my garden. I´ll try this plant for my hair. Thanks for sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. We are v]believers in its healing power.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I have 5 flower pots of aloe vera at home. I just cook them with soup. Didn't know aloe has so many benefits for the hair too. Gonna, scrap some flesh and splatter them on my hair! Voted useful

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Billybuc. I am pretty sure you have some aloe growing near by.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information my friend. I'll have to start using this. I have always known of its benefits but I keep forgetting to use it. Thank you!


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