· To thoroughly clean your hair and scalp. In fact, this recipe has been used successfully for decades as Rastafarians' all-natural method of shampooing their interwoven hairstyle popularly called 'dreadlocks'. However, it is safe for any hair type.
· To relieve seborrhoea (which is the itchy, incrusted accumulation on the scalp when excessive secretions of natural scalp sebum oil mixes with dirt)
· To condition your hair. This recipe can moisturize and revitalize the hair and scalp, which in turn promotes hair growth and prevents excessive hair loss). Note that excessive hair loss caused by genetic conditions may not be preventable by this shampoo.
· To replace chemicals shampoos with an all-natural shampoo
· To avoid high cost of specialized hair loss treatments.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE ALOE VERA SHAMPOO (Buy Ingredients for aloe vera shampoo from Amazon):
1. The gel of half or a whole leaf of Aloe Vera (depending on the length of your hair)
- is non-toxic
- is antibacterial
- helps to reduce the excess sebum that our scalp secretes. This in turn allows the scalp to breathe and the follicles to renew themselves
- brings the pH of the scalp into balance
- It contains numerous minerals and vitamins from which your hair and body will be nourished
- does not usually cause allergic reactions. I am one of the very rare cases that experience stinging if contact is prolonged. Although not advisable, I do continue to use it without this problem by rinsing it out thoroughly and promptly.
- is antibacterial and antifungal.
2. Drops of Jojoba Oil (optional. Useful for very dry hair only)
- is so structurally similar to sebum, the natural oil that our scalp secretes, that its presence could trick the skin into thinking that enough is already present. In turn, the skin produces less sebum. The wonderful part is that, unlike sebum, this oil does NOT clog the pores of our scalp.
- is stable which means that it is resistant to high temperatures (the limits of which your hair treatments should fall very well within)
3. One quarter to half cup of water
4. A blender
5. A container
1. Remove the gel from the aloe leaf. Discard the skin.
2. Blend the ingredients until they are uniform
3. Pour your new shampoo mixture into the container (to be carried to where you will wash your hair).
4. Apply and massage the shampoo to your wet hair and scalp.
5. If necessary, repeat the previous step as many times as you wish until you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your hair.
6. You may leave the shampoo for a few minutes to allow the gel to further condition your hair.
7. Rinse thoroughly.
8. To maximize the effects of this shampoo, you may continue to use it as frequently as you need to shampoo and over extended periods
OBSERVATIONS & RESULTS:
· This shampoo felt very slippery between my fingers. This was great because it was easy to lather. However, the lather is slippery and a bit unlike the soapy lather that you might be accustomed to with commercial shampoos.
· After using this recipe, my hair feels very clean. There is no lingering smell of the aloe vera after washing.
· Build up and itching problems that I had had before using this recipe stopped.
· Over time, my hair grew faster stronger and thicker.
See how to care for the aloe vera plant (indoor and outdoor).
Additional natural ingredient shampoo / conditioner recipes:Other uses for aloe vera gel: