When your hair is dry, damaged, brittle, or you’re looking for a way to enhance hair growth, this Aloe Vera Hair Mask is perfect for you! Aloe Vera is well-known to promote healthy and shiny hair!
Loaded with minerals, amino acids, vitamins and phytonutrients (which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits), this hair mask prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, repairs damaged hair, can help you fight dandruff, detangles and generally nourishes your (dry) hair!
Aloe Vera – the benefits for your hair
We all know: Aloe Vera is great for our skin. Particularly, when we got a sunburn, it soothes our skin and nourishes it.
But what about the hair? Aloe vera is packed with
- 12 vitamins
- 20 minerals
- 18 amino acids
- over 200 phytonutrients
- a high water content making it a great conditioner!
Moreover, its pH-level is very similar to our hair’s natural pH level so our scalp won’t need to try to balance it out (like it would with apple cider vinegar).
As a natural cleanser, it gently removes oils and debris on our scalp which can block our pores.
Which hair types benefit from aloe vera?
The aloe vera gel is rich in phytonutrients acting as antioxidants offering anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, and protective benefits for our hair.
Proteolytic enzymes in aloe vera heal and repair damaged hair thus, improve the health of hair follicles and boost hair growth. They also stimulate dormant hair follicles, promoting regrowth.
Generally, it’s great for all hair types however, aloe vera does leave a film on your hair.
Which comes in handy when using it as a styling gel—but if you have fine hair, it might be harder to wash it out. My hair is quite fine and has rather a rough structure. I feel like sometimes it is harder indeed.
How to make an aloe vera hair mask?
Technically, all you need is (preferably fresh) aloe vera gel. You can buy it online but be careful! Most aloe vera gels are loaded with preservatives and other nasties.
You want to make sure to use a pure, 100% natural gel (like this one). They still have some sort of preservative or other ingredients in them, however, they are at least not chemical.
Nevertheless, I find that fresh aloe vera gel derived from the plant’s leaves is your best choice! If you don’t have an aloe vera plant at home (by the way, they are a very easy plant to have at home!), you can also get the leaves online.
If you do choose to use fresh aloe vera gel and don’t know how to prepare the gel, here’s a great guide that tells you how to do this!
Once you’ve derived or bought the gel, you’re ready to go and you can apply it directly on to your scalp and massage it into your (damp) hair.
My favourite way to make this aloe vera hair mask though is by adding more ingredients to it like coconut oil (there are other options too) and essential oils. We’ll discuss these in a bit!
How to use this aloe vera hair mask to promote hair growth & prevent hair loss
Every now and then, I loose a lot of hair due to hormonal imbalances or lack of nutrients. Unfortunately, it's just happened recently again. So, this is how I use this mask to promote the regrowth of my hair and to prevent further hair loss:
- apply mask every time (or every second time) you wash your hair
- leave it in for about 15-30 min
- use this hair mask for a month and see how your hair has changed
- after a month use this mask as needed. I use it only once a month now (and no hair loss so far!!)
I recommend leaving the hair mask in for up to an hour once a week when you have more time on your hands, like on the weekend!You can also leave it in overnight, however, some experts say that this isn’t a good idea.
Yes, you can definitely use aloe vera gel on its own as well! But adding some extras can enhance this aloe vera hair mask. Plus, adding oil for example also stretches it a bit more (especially, if you have to buy your aloe vera gel) and makes it easier to apply.
I only use coconut oil every second or third time when I wash my hair—so, every two weeks or so. Just because I feel like that’s enough for my hair right now and too much coconut oil might not be ideal for some hair (we’ll discuss this later on).
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids also called lauric acid. It is able to penetrate the hair shaft to nourish the hair deeply with vitamins E and K and minerals like iron.
How our hair benefits from coconut oil (lauric acid): it...
- protects the roots of our hair
- reduces protein loss in hair
- helps prevent the hair from breakage
- moisturises your hair
- adds a beautiful and healthy-looking shine
- repairs damaged and broken hair
- promotes hair growth
- protects your hair from heat damage as well as damage caused by sea water and chlorine (in pool water).
As coconut oil inhabits antibacterial and antifungal properties it also helps fighting dandruff and may even get rid off lice and other bugs on the scalp.
Coconut oil is quite a controversial topic and people seem to be fighting about whether it is healthy for our hair or not… So, you might want to do your own research what you think is true or false!
I believe it’s very beneficial for my hair and skin, but I also know and understand that it’s not the case for everyBody. Which simply leaves you to try it out and see how you go!
Which hair types benefit from coconut oil
Coconut oil may benefit all hair types, particularly, dry, damaged, or colour-treated hair. However, there are some concerns that it may not be ideal for those with coarse hair—especially when used repeatedly. It apparently dries out coarse hair. For those with fine hair, it might be a bit too heavy.
Alternatives for coconut oil
If coconut oil is not your thin, or if you have any concerns you can absolutely use different oils instead! These ones are also great for our hair (just research them before using, if they are beneficial for your hair type!):
- argan oil
- sweet almond oil
- jojoba oil
- grapeseed oil
- olive oil
I just love using essential oils! They simply add so much more value to our homemade products!
As essential oils are highly concentrated they might irritate your skin. To prevent this from happening, make sure you dilute them with a carrier oil first—particularly, if you’re only using an aloe vera hair mask (without oil).
I usually add a teaspoon carrier oil to the mask. Some oils like lavender and tea tree can be used without a carrier oil (just test it on a small part of your skin first though to see if that’s also true for you).
Another thing to consider is that essential oils are oils (duh! ;)). A 1-2 drops are enough! If you use too much, they might leave your hair greasy!
What essential oils are great for our hair?
Help with dandruff and dry, itchy scalp: lemongrass, clary sage, rosemary, tea tree, roman chamomile (might lighten hair as well).
Hair growth and hair loss: lavender, lemongrass, clary sage, rosemary, peppermint, ylang-ylang, tea tree, thyme, sandalwood.
Concerns to consider before using this aloe vera coconut hair mask!
Some expert are stating that when your hair cries out for moisture, you should give it moisture, not oil. According to them, oils prevent water from getting into our hair which means our hair might look healthy and shiny on the outside (due to the oils), but on the inside it’s still lacking moisture.
In one article, they say that our hair actually needs amino acids when it’s dry or damaged.
Amino acids (which are in aloe vera and apparently also in coconut oil) are referred to the building blocks of protein and therefore promote hair growth and repair damaged hair.
In my opinion, a good and balanced use of a pure aloe vera hair mask and this recipe with coconut oil (or any other oil) is probably the go. I think coconut oil is great for my hair and I feel like it sometimes simply needs that extra nourishment that only the oil can provide.
But, as always of course, I leave it to you what to decide and what you think will work best on your hair.
Aloe Vera Hair Mask Recipe
- might need a blender (for fresh aloe vera gel only)
- 1-3 tbsp aloe vera gel fresh or pure, organic
- 1-2 tbsp oil optional, see notes
- 1-2 drops essential oils optional, see notes
- Mix aloe vera gel with melted coconut oil and essential oils, if using.
- Apply to your hair, starting at the roots and massaging it down all the way to the tips. The mask seperates easily as you might see on the picture. Just stir it again before applying it.
- Cover your hair in a damp (old) towel or shower cap and leave in for 15min, up to an hour. You can leave it for several hours, if you wish. I left mine in over night and had no problems with it. However, some people say the aloe vera gel becomes rancid quickly.
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and style as usual.
- This mask may be applied every time before you wash your hair or 1-2 times per week.
- It's best to use fresh aloe vera gel extracted from its leaves. You can buy the leaves in some whole food and organic shops or online.
Store-bought gels (in bottles) often contain harmful chemicals and additives (preservatives). Just read through the ingredients list before buying! Your best choice are organic brands which use very little additives (like this one).
- I prefer coconut oil, but sweet almond, jojoba, argan, grapeseed or olive oil will work as well (as mentioned in this post).
- I love using lavender and rosemary essential oils. But there are many more you can use (as mentioned in this post).