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Does Aloe Vera Work For Hair Growth?

Updated on July 12, 2019
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Hi, I'm Sam, I enjoy writing about nutrition and health-related topics, especially alternative and plant-based remedies.


Hair loss is a problem faced by men and women all over the world. There is a vast amount of hair loss products and remedies on the market, from natural treatments to chemical treatments. However, many of these treatments are often expensive or ineffective.

Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, affecting 50 million of the male population in America, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Male pattern baldness is considered permanent therefore clinical treatments may be appropriate. For other forms of hair loss, a natural herbal remedy like Aloe Vera may be better suited.


Aloe Vera for Hair Loss. Scientifically Proven?

Some claim Aloe Vera has been a blessing in their fight against hair loss. Unlike chemical treatments, Aloe Vera for hair loss turned out to be the most effective choice for many sufferers.
One research study, conducted by Jason and Jeffrey Law from, where test subjects were required to apply Aloe Vera to their scalp over a period of 18 months to stop hair loss, shows quite promising results.

There is, however, a lot of misinformation on the internet. If you are thinking of throwing out all your current hair products and replacing them with Aloe Vera products, make sure you do your own research and don’t accept just any praise about Aloe Vera at face value. What works for others might not work for you.

According to a study published by The British Journal for General Practice, Aloe Vera has shown promising results but its clinical effectiveness of oral or topical Aloe Vera is not sufficiently defined at present . Although there might not be enough scientific evidence, there is no doubt Aloe Vera has a positive effect on hair and barely has any side effects, if any.

Aloe Vera as treatment for your hair has many benefits. From cleaning the pores, relieving itchy and oily scalp to heal damage to the scalp. In the next few paragraphs, we will go through some of the Aloe Vera products currently on the market that are supposed to prevent further hair loss, dandruff and dryness.


Aloe Vera for Hair Growth: Products Against Hair Loss

There is a diverse range of Aloe Vera products available: Shampoos, gels and homemade Aloe juices just to name a few. To get your head around the different products and how effective they might be in the fight against hair loss, we listed the most common ones here.

Aloe Vera Gel

The clear gel that comes straight from the plant, is usually widely used for the treatment of minor burns for which it proved to be very effective , but the Aloe Vera Gel for hair is also used as a natural treatment for hair loss. You can take the gel straight from the plant and apply directly onto the scalp. Aloe Vera stimulates hair follicles, nourishes the scalp, and promotes hair growth.

Aloe Vera Shampoo

Shampoos, as well as conditioners and oils are said to moisturize and smooth the scalp and hair, but is also supposed to help the battle against hair loss. You can either buy an Aloe Vera shampoo or make your own Aloe Vera juice.

Aloe Vera Lotion

Aloe lotions are thicker and greasier than shampoos and are mainly used to moisturize skin. Nevertheless, they’re great to use as a shampoo or as an add-on to your shampoo, giving your hair the moisture it needs.

A Low Fat and Protein Diet

No matter what product you use on your hair, your diet has a great influence on the health of your hair. While a high fat diet can have nasty consequences for your hair, combining an Aloe Vera treatment with a healthy diet will have an amazing effect on your hair.

Benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair

Moisturizes Hair

You may experience hair fall and dryness without the proper hair treatment. Aloe Vera is known to give your hair the moisture it deserves while restoring its condition.

Reduces Dandruff

Dandruff appears hand in hand with hair loss. If you don’t take care of the dandruff, it can influence the hair loss. To get rid of dandruff, apply Aloe Vera juice to the scalp and leave it for 30 minutes before washing it.

Prevents Oily Hair

Aloe Vera acts as an astringent that will remove excess of oil when mixed with the proper substance, such as lemon juice. Apply the mixture directly to the hair, and then leave it for some minutes. You can also add this to your shampoo.

Maintains the pH Level of the Hair

The natural pH level of your hair is between 4-4.5. You need to keep it between these levels, otherwise it will have a negative effect on your hair’s health. Conditions such as dandruff, itching and dry scalp and hair loss, can all be signs of your pH levels being off.

Most hair products, such as shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays, contain chemical additives which can alter your pH levels in a negative way and damage your hair. Aloe Vera has approximately the same pH levels as your hair, making it the perfect ingredient for your hair products.

There is no doubt Aloe Vera has beneficial properties to prevent hair loss. However, to get the best results, combining products containing Aloe Vera with a healthy diet and keeping your hair at the right pH levels, is the best route to a full head of thick and luscioushair.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Sam Shepards


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