Home-Made Aloe Review

A lot has been said about the benefits of aloe on skin and hair, including moisturizing, dandruff reduction and improving hair growth. I found a helpful summary here, so when I went to my folks place last weekend I was really excited to try out a bunch of home made aloe recipes.
I found the aloe plant in the corner of the garden, next to a wild berry plant that had me nostalgic for my childhood. Glee! Such good times!

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We washed the leaves and peeled them off,  taking care not to cut off too much gel of with the peel.

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We blended the gel with a few rosemary leaves for the fragrance and added some avocado in because who doesn’t love avocado? It’s a great moisturizer and leaves your hair looking healthy and shiny.

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This was the end product.

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I decided to formulate my own shampoo using the mixture. I mixed a quarter cup with 3tbsp honey and 2 tbsp of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) which I use as a clarifier (cleanses and removes accumulated product from hair), washed my hair with it and rinsed it out.
ACV tends to leave my hair brittle but honey is a natural humectant (substance that absorbs and/or retains water) so that plus the avocado countered that dryness.
I then made a deep conditioner using quarter a cup of the aloe-avocado mixture, quarter a cup of coconut oil (one of my favourite hair AND cooking ingredients) and quarter cup Tresamme Flawless Curls conditioner, slathered it on my hair (it looked so yummy)

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and slept in it under a shower cap for that intense conditioning.
I washed the conditioner off in the morning and my hair felt luxuriously soft and had a glorious shine. It however left these gel sediments in my hair 😦 I have since learnt that one needs to strain the aloe gel to avoid  this) and a lot of rosemary twigs.

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I used a t-shirt to remove most of the debris but I still had some left in there. I ended up having to use my fingers to remove the remnant (such a biblical term, lol) leaving me with a lot of frizz :-/ A bit of a disappointment.
Overall, I liked the effect of the aloe on my hair. I just have to do some straining next time so as not to repeat this mishap. And the rosemary twigs, well I’m not sure what to do about those. I am taking suggestions, so feel free to comment.
Has any of you tried home made aloe on their hair? We would love to hear from you.
I’m going to be doing a henna review next and I’m pretty excited about that so don’t touch that dial 😀

x
Marion.

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