Aloe vera is the best known natural remedy for dry and dull hair. It’s healing properties are well known so I am not going to list them here. If you have dandruff, sensitive / sore scalp, then try this homemade moisturizing aloe vera hair oil that will calm your scalp while arresting hair loss.
I come from a family of ladies with extremely thick and long hair. One thing that used to amaze (and irritate :-) ) my room mates in my college hostel was the speed with which my hair grew. Remember those wonderful hostel days when we used to give each other makeovers and cut each others’ hair? Enthusiastic hair cutting sessions were always followed by tearful accusations, regretful resolutions and experiments with new hair styles to conceal the horrible haircut. We have had instances where we had to rush to the nearest beauty parlor covering our head with duppattas. Did we learn our lessons? Nope. Never. Where is the fun in that? ;) Unfortunately for some, it took them longer to grow their hair to original length while some of us were ready for the next adventure early.
I was blessed with long thick hair till I chemically straightened my hair. I lost a lot of hair but most imporantly my hair stopped growing fast. The chemicals did not suit my scalp. If you have sensitive skin, your scalp is most probably sensitive too. Duh! Anita. How could you not know that? :oops:
So I had to go back to my grandma’s best friend – the mighty aloe vera, also called சோற்றுக் கற்றாழை in Tamil.
Aloe Vera helped to heal my scalp. I am more careful about the products I apply on my hair now. It is very easy to make Aloe Vera hair oil at home.
How to make Aloe Vera hair oil
சோற்றுக் கற்றாழை கூந்தல் எண்ணெய் (Kattar vazha Velichenna) வீட்டில் செய்வது எப்படி
Take a fleshy aloe leaf. We have to extract the gel from it. Some peel it to extract the gel. Some mash the entire leaf without peeling. I prefer to peel because this will reduce the pulp in the oil.
The easiest way to remove the thorns on the sides is by using a peeler like shown below.
Peel the slices. It is easier to peel thin slices.
I don’t like to waste aloe gel. So I peel with as little wastage as possible.
The peeled gel pieces can be rubbed gently at the hair roots before washing it off. They can be stored in the freezer.
To make Aloe Vera oil without heat:
Take coconut oil in an opaque cup or dark colored bottle.
Drop the pieces inside and add more oil till the pieces are covered completely.
Cover and store in cool dry place. This has shorter shelf life than the second method shown below. Allow it to soak for 24 hours and then refrigerated and use this within 2 weeks.
Aloe vera oil made with heat
Blend the pieces.
This juice is an excellent moisturizer. This can be refrigerated for a week and applied to skin and hair.
Heat coconut oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add the juice. Oil and aloe vera juice is 1:1 ratio.
The water content has to evaporate. Keep the heat low. It will take some time for the water to evaporate. It took me about an hour and a half.
You can see the oil separating from the gel. At this point, oil will splutter. When the noise stops, it means that the moisture has evaporated completely.
If you notice, the sediment is very less so it is easy to squeeze out all the oil. If we make this with the peel, some oil will be wasted as the pulp with soak some of it. Almost done. The oil will be ready in a few more minutes when the sediment turns darker.
Filter and use it to apply on skin and hair. This oil can be used to heal stretch marks and scars.