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8 Amazing Homemade Aloe Vera Recipes for Natural Hair

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4. ALOE DEEP CONDITIONER (PROTEIN)

About the Recipe

This recipe is specifically for people who need more protein in their hair. Be sure to read through our post on protein, as many children process protein just fine and don’t need a protein treatment. Some people might also have protein sensitivities. In addition, doing a protein DC on top of a protein-based co-wash can cause issues, so just be certain that a protein DC is really what is needed before trying it out.

Ingredients

1/4 cup aloe gel

2 T coconut oil, melted

1 T honey

1 large avocado, ripe

Method

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you are using an avocado that is stringy, try to remove the strings before blending. Apply to hair according to our instructions for deep conditioning.

Our Notes

I’ve never used this mix on Boo’s hair because she absolutely does not need it. I have, however, used it on my own hair because if anyone does need it, it’s me. I love it. And it’s cheap, much more cost-effective than the keratin treatments found at most stores. I highly recommend removing the strings out of the avocado before blending because once I get them in my hair they are very difficult for me to get out. And if you’re applying to curly hair, you can believe that it would be that much harder. Some people have added a raw egg to the recipe for even more protein. If you choose to do so, be sure to make sure that the coconut oil is just melted (not hot) and to rinse with cool water so you don’t actually cook the egg while it’s in the hair.

5. ALOE SHEA MOISTURIZER

About the Recipe

I’ve only made this once and we loved it. The reason I haven’t made it more is because I only bought a wee bit of shea butter (to work on this recipe) and haven’t bought anymore since. I really need to get on it, but I haven’t found the time to work mixing products into our regular routine. As luck would have it, we’re pretty stocked up with moisturizing products, so it will be a while before those run out. But when they do, no doubt I’ll be coming back to this. It’s a very inexpensive way to keep hair moisturized without having to spend an arm and a leg on name-brand products. Again, proportions will likely need to be altered to suit your child’s hair needs.

Ingredients

1/2 cup shea butter (yellow or white; I used yellow)

1/4 cup aloe gel

1 T coconut oil, melted

Method

This method requires a bit more finess, especially if you’ve never worked with shea butter before. You need to soften the shea butter before, without melting it. Roughly 15–30 seconds in the microwave should be fine. It’s perfectly okay to melt the coconut oil all the way. If you accidentally melt the shea butter all the way, too, it will still work it just needs more time to set. Once the shea butter and coconut oil are workable, mix all ingredients together in a bowl, either by hand, or with a hand mixer on low. I like to use a recycled hair product container to store the finished product, so once everything is mixed, add it to your container and then store in a cool, dry place until the mixture has completely settled. Then use as a leave-in moisturizer after detangling and before styling.

Our Notes

I’m a huge fan of shea butter and coconut oil used together. This is another one of those recipes where you can swap out the coconut oil for your personal favourite (olive oil or glycerin would work equally as well). The aloe adds a humectant component to the mix, as well as all of the regular healing properties of being antibacterial and antifungal. The mixture is not intended to be rinsed out, so apply sparingly at first until you figure out how much your child needs.

6. ALOE HAIR SPRITZ

About the Recipe

This is actually one of my favourite go-to mixes for maintaining afros and using to keep braids/twists moisturized when the weather is dry (either winter months or Santa Anas). It also works great as a leave-in detangler for my own hair (although not enough slip for Boo’s hair).

Ingredients

1/2 cup aloe gel

1/2 cup distilled water

2 squirts of your favourite leave-in conditioner (we use Kinky-Curly Knot Today, but use whatever you have that you like)

Method

I add all ingredients to my spray bottle and just shake to mix. It takes a bit for the aloe and conditioner to mix completely, but they should both eventually blend. You want the mixture completely blended so that it will spray easily.

Our Notes

We will cut the aloe gel down to 1/4 cup during the summer months (or when it’s humid) because the 1/2 cup makes Boo’s hair swell too much. You will likely have to experiment with proportions and make adjust according to both your child’s hair and the weather where you live.

7. ALOE GEL FOR EDGE CONTROL

About the Recipe

We use this recipe for Boo’s edges, but it can also be used for achieving “slick” looks, like for buns for ballet or other times when a less fuzzy look is needed. We live with fuzzies as part of life, but if the edges are drying out we’ve found this mixture to be a great way of holding in moisture will protecting them from breakage. Can also be used for twists and braids. The point of this mixture is to make the originally harvested aloe gel thicker, more like store-bought aloe gel. It also has added oil to help counter the astringent properties of the aloe vera.

Ingredients

1/2 cup aloe gel

3 T jojoba oil

3 T glycerin

1/4 t xanthum gum

Method

I mix this with my hand mixer on low. The xanthum gum is what will add thickness to the recipe, so adjust how much you use to get the consistency you want.

Our Notes

The original homemade aloe gel will work just as well as this recipe. However, we’ve added more oil and some glycerin to the mix as well as the xanthum gum, which gives the aloe more of a gel consistency. Thickening the consistency of the gel makes it easier to control the application and get the aloe exactly to the areas to which we need it. The added glycerin also helps seal in the other elements.

8. ALOE HAIR SERUM FOR BLOWOUTS

About the Recipe

I’ve only ever used this particular recipe on my own hair, for no other reason than the fact that Boo has never had her hair blown out before. I’ve also used it before flat-ironing my hair. Don’t tell Boo. She hasn’t seen me do either of those two things. Ever.

Ingredients

1/2 cup distilled water

1/2 cup aloe gel

2 teaspoons grapeseed oil

4 drops of your favourite essential oil, for smell

Method

Mix ingredients together. Blending will ensure good combining, but is not necessary. I use my 1‑cup chopper for it and it blends all the ingredients just fine for me. I apply it to damp hair, mostly on the ends, before blow-drying. I do not apply near the roots, as it will make my hair greasy.

Our Notes

Grapeseed oil has a very high smoking point (420º F), so it makes it a good protectant agains the heat of blow-drying. Because this is actually going to stay on my hair after blow-drying, I prefer that it smell good, hence I add a few drops of essential oil. You can adjust that to preference (or leave it out).

All of these recipes are very basic. I like to try things out for the first time without too many bells and whistles so that I know that the base mixture, at its core, works. Once you find your base levels that work for your little one, adding essential oils and other items to get the recipe just right should prove to be quite easy. Hopefully these recipes give you a good base from which to begin your own homemade hair product journey using aloe vera.

Do you have an amazing aloe hair recipe that you love? Share it with our community by leaving your favourite in the comments below!

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DreamGirl
DreamGirl
8 years ago

I want to incorporate aloe vera juice into my regime this year,I’ve seen many good reviews and will start with the spritz recipe. Thank you for this article

Netta
8 years ago

Little disappointed with this article. Thought there would at least be a few recipes that include just aloe vera juice, not aloe vera gel. I like both of them, but it would’ve been nice to have a little variety. Maybe rename the article so no one else gets the ideas I did.….

Ev`Yan
8 years ago
Reply to  Netta

I could be wrong, but I thought aloe vera gel & aloe vera juice were the same thing, thus interchangeable.

Netta
8 years ago
Reply to  Ev`Yan

True enough, but I’ve learned in the past that the measurements are different. The title just makes it seem like one or two would use either form.
I think part of it, is that I just bought a gallon of aloe vera juice that I have yet to use and I got all excited to see this article so I would finally have a reason to open it and stop using just my aloe vera gel.

Ms. Gee
Ms. Gee
8 years ago
Reply to  Netta

I find that people do use the terms juice and gel interchangeably but they really are different in terms of thickness. When blended, you get more of a juice consistency but if used in the pulp form as extracted, you get more of a gel consistency. However, in order for it to be used as a spritz and in the other various recipes and not leave residual pulps in the hair, it needs to blended to a juice consistency. Hope this helps.

Netta
8 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Gee

I do understand what you’re saying, but I shouldn’t have to put my aloe vera gel in a blender to use it as the juice when I have a gallon of whole leaf juice just waiting to be used. It just would’ve been nice to have the option of one or 2 juice recipes without needing to turn my juice into a gel for these to work.

Tel8
8 years ago

Fantastic! Thank you so much!

KoilyQueen
KoilyQueen
8 years ago

I started using Aloe Vera Juice last year on my 4a/4b hair. It made my hair so soft. Its seem to grow faster too. Definitely apart of my daily regimen.

NaturalV
7 years ago
Reply to  KoilyQueen

I just got my aloe vera juice and i have been using it on my scalp for the past two weeks, i have my hair in kinky twist and so far am loving the result. I plan to also use AVJ as a moisturizing spritz when i take down the twists,pls can you give me some pointers on how to do this.

Lynn
Lynn
8 years ago

So is gel better then the juice? OR do I need to find a way to make mu bottle juice to gel? Sorry Im new the natural life, 🙂

Caprice Davis
Caprice Davis
8 years ago

I am so so happy because as a new natural (big chopped Nov. 16th 2012) I recently started using aloe Vera juice in my spritz bottle w/ water, a tablespoon in my moisturizer (Neutrogena Triple Moisture- love, love, love this!) and I use coconut oil as my sealant. I am truly grateful to God because early in my journey I struggled with dry, porous hair, that always felt hard. However, after changing my regimen my hair is so soft, my 4A curls are well defined and my hair no longer looks dry. I recently reordered the aloe Vera juice and… Read more »

Keikimummy
Keikimummy
7 years ago

Wow! Thanks so much for these recipes. I really appreciate how women who spend the time (and money) to experiment on their own are so willing to share what they’ve learned for free.

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tiffany
tiffany
7 years ago

BGLH you say “aloe vera gel” but you have on the “aloe vera juice” bottle. does it make a difference which one you use. I have been using the juice as a detangler for one and a half month and I like the results.( I also added olive oil and lavender essential oil to this mixture)

jwest
jwest
7 years ago

Thankyou fo rthis information. I’m a natural hair beginner and I been so overwhelmed and excited about all the natural hair recipes, products, and styles out there. So far I’ve just tried mixing the aloe vera gel to my conditioner and added castor oil and its really made a difference in the texture of my hair… like instantly. I use it as a leave in. thank you by the way does anyone have any hair regiment tips for fine hair

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NELUFAR YASMIN
NELUFAR YASMIN
7 years ago

i like it

malu
malu
7 years ago

Am malu frm chennai..fo last 2year’s m loosing plenty of hair..loosing handful of hair everyday…my Hb is 9.0%…wt medicine shud i take???

Marissa
7 years ago

Thank you for the tips. Great article with great detail.

Teresita Jaycox
Teresita Jaycox
7 years ago

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species that probably native plant originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.

Rhosel
Rhosel
7 years ago

I mix aloe vera with castor and olive oil into my regular hair conditioner••••after rinsing,my hair becomes softer and with my regular castor oil treatment my hair adds up to 1inch a month

biancarichards
biancarichards
7 years ago

I just tried the honey aloe shampoo, and i’m really happy it nourrishes the hair and doesn’t make it dry like when i was using the Lush Curly paste shampoo (it’s a good idea but the dried coconut kept making knots in my hair). The aloe detangler is also now my favorite, it’s much more easier to detangle with it, then a little bit of Kinky Curly knot today and some Camille rose naturals aloe whipped butter gel is perfection for my transitioned hair (3C — 4A) Thanks for sharing your marvellous recipes ! i also tried cucumber and lemon shampoo, it works… Read more »

manjula
manjula
7 years ago
Reply to  biancarichards

I like this article as it contains many tips with different blends. i have tried aloe gel with milk and coconut juice, it really made my dull and dry looking hair into soft to touch and silky with good shine at the very first time. so using it regularly, i.e.weekly once may work great for dull lifeless looking hair.

Saroeun
Saroeun
7 years ago

Ingredients

1 cup distilled water

2 T aloe gel (what does it mean, 2 T here?)

4 drops glycerin

J.
J.
7 years ago
Reply to  Saroeun

Uppercase “T” means Tablespoon
Lowercase “t” means teaspoon

onome avae
onome avae
7 years ago

Hi BGLH,this is my first time on your website! Amazing things i have learnt about my hair!Thanks for the knowledge!
Now to my question! can i use something other than Avocados?

onome avae
onome avae
7 years ago

Hi BGLH,do i have to use ACV?

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Niecka
Niecka
7 years ago

I use my mixer to soften my shea butter so none of the nutrients are lost. Thanks for the info I will definitely try these recipes.

Nay
Nay
7 years ago

the picture is aloe juice but the recipes say aloe gel. Which is to be used for the hair?

Kitcat
Kitcat
6 years ago
Reply to  Nay

Well, it says aloe vera gel in the ingredient list so…

shehla
shehla
7 years ago

Hell .i have normal skin in rainy and summer season but in winter its got too much dry does i use aloe product on my hair and skin and how i use please suggest me

stephers
stephers
7 years ago

Can you use all of these or would it be too much aloe at that point?

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Mel Stevens
Mel Stevens
6 years ago

I highly recommend th epro naturals argan oil hair treatment, it’s the best ever!

Shameeka
Shameeka
6 years ago

Can you use and leave just the aloe on your hair please explain pros and cons also I have very corse hair that sucks up oil and my hair then feels dry and brittle what can I do to keep it moistured. I have very little perm in it now because I had a short style before I decided to go natural because I lost hair around my edges in my pregnancy with my now 11mo. Daughter

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Nombuso
Nombuso
3 years ago

Can you add aloe vera juice to your apple cider vinegar hair rinse?

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