Revive Lackluster Locks with this Household Plant
Aloe Vera works better than conditioner!
Here's how to use it...
After discovering a DIY hair mask video by beauty icon @Madinashrienzada on Facebook the other night, I realized that I had been seriously neglecting my locks. I mean, I don't know about all of you, but conditioner just doesn't do it anymore.
I know that I normally write about skincare, but, hey, your hair frames your face, so technically it's just as important. Plus, who wants dry-looking, lack-luster hair? Not me.
In the video, Madina shows a TON of DIY masks. The thing is, I've done egg-wash, olive oil and avocado masks on my hair before. They have all worked, but each had a con. Egg wash smells like uncooked eggs (and it's fairly messy). Olive oil masks can create more trouble than ease, and you have to make sure that you double-wash your hair with shampoo to prevent greasy roots and ends. And avocado masks? They work really well, but it makes me sad to use an entire avocado on my hair when I could be eating it—or using it as a face mask.
Which left me to the other ingredient that she tries: Aloe. Madina uses (what I'm assuming) is fresh aloe. The leaves are HUGE. After slicing them in half, she rubs the clear, sticky substance from the root to the end of her hair. After leaving it to work it's magic for around what I'm assuming is 20 minutes (she doesn't specify), Madina's hair comes out looking glossy, healthy and just awesome.
Obviously after seeing this, I had to try it out for myself.
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera?
Aloe has a lot of benefits from helping to heal burns to alleviating nausea. But, what a lot of people don't know is that it also helps to promote hair growth! Awesome, right? I actually didn't know this until I did some research, so new fact for me as well.
Because of the other benefits of the plant, my boyfriend and I actually keep one in the kitchen (it's my go-to for cuts and burns). And the best part is that it's so easy to grow! And you can trust me, because despite my effort towards being a great plant mom, I always manage to kill them somehow (last week I left basil babies in the window too long and they dried up like prunes. UPDATE: Still sitting there. Still not revived).
According to Organic Facts, aloe vera is HUGE in naturopathy. It has a variety of compounds that are beneficial for human health such as lectins and polysaccharides. There are also 18 amino acids that our bodies need.
But when it comes to your hair? Well, this green plant has your back.
According to Health Line, aloe vera can actually help your head in a variety of ways. Fatty acids in the plant have anti-inflammatories, making it perfect for relieving itchy scalps. If you have extra oily hair, it's also great as a shampoo—but unlike the ones you buy in the store, it helps to protect your hair rather than destroy it with chemicals. And then last, but not least, due to having high levels of vitamins A, C and E, using it can help to promote hair growth. It's seriously like a miracle plant.
I tried it...
and people can't stop complimenting my hair!
After watching Madina's video, I decided to try this out for myself. I just plucked off two sections from my house plant. BUT—if you don't have one, it's super easy to find. I'd recommend getting the actual aloe leaf, and not any gel or product that claims that it comes from the plant. I mean, sometimes it's the truth, but you could also drive to your local Whole Foods and buy a leaf from there and know for sure. Fair warning: They are huge!
Unlike other masks, this one hardly takes any preparation, which is great!
Solely cut the leaf as if you are filleting a fish. Cut into two large square (depending on how large the leaf is), rub together to release the aloe vera gel, and you're good to go!
Next task: prep your hair. I put coconut oil in my hair every morning, so I actually skipped that step from the video. But to get ultimate access to all of your strands (especially if you have long hair), opt for putting it up in pigtails.
Now, almost like how you would use a straightener, sandwich your hair between the two pieces of aloe leaf. Once you're finished your pigtails, do the same for your roots. Once done, put pigtails into buns, and let dry for 20 minutes. I actually left mine in for 40, so it really does just depend on how long you have.
Yes. It's that easy.
Please note that the aloe won't dry like a mud mask would.
Once the time passes, wash it out in the shower. I'd do two rinses of shampoo—not one!
The result? Gleaming, soft and shiny hair that looks like you've stepped out of the salon. No, seriously. This is no gimmick. And it lasts! People have literally been complimenting me on my glossy, healthy hair all week, and it's awesome.
So, now that you know how to have a clear face and A-plus locks, you can conquer anything, right?