Hydrate your hair with an Aloe Vera Pre-Poo
If you have breakage, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of it occurs on wash day. Shampoos were made to cut excess sebum and dirt. It’s a good thing, but the lack of natural oils means your hair can easily become dry and tangled.
If you’ve waited too long between wash days and haven’t done your mid-week refreshing, your hair may be dry and break too easily. You can still do a moisturization session before you get in the shower!
Applying a pre-poo right before you shampoo is a good way to counteract the breakage that can occur on wash day. Pre-pooing isn’t necessary with co-washing, but it can really help to retain length on natural hair while shampooing.
This pre-poo recipe contains coconut milk, which also hydrates dry hair and adds enough protein to combat breakage during shampooing. Coconut milk’s molecules are small enough to fit through the cuticle and penetrate the hair shaft, so it will help feed your hair nutrition before using cleansers.
Coconut milk does go rancid quickly, so this isn’t the kind of recipe that you can store and keep on hand. Instead, open a can of coconut milk and freeze the rest in small portions to use later.
Try this pre-poo to hydrate your strands before you step into the shower on wash day:
Moisturizing Aloe Vera Pre-Poo
- 2 tbs Aloe Vera gel
- 2 tbs coconut milk (full fat)
- 2 tbs favorite conditioner
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Apply onto your strands.
- Leave on your hair for 10-20 minutes.
- Rinse and follow with shampoo.
Aloe Vera Hair Growth and Scalp Treatment
Is your scalp itchy? Aloe vera is amazing for hydrating and healing skin—and that includes the scalp. Aloe vera is a succulent plant that retains water within its leaves. It hydrates like water does, and then it has healing components that can help to restore a healthy scalp too.
Aloe can heal old scars from relaxer burns, reduce dryness, and fix overproduction of sebum. It has a pH balance of 4.5-5.5, so it can help with your scalp’s immunity to predators like fungus.
This scalp treatment recipe below also contains witch hazel, a natural antiseptic that can cleanse the scalp and unclog hair follicles and prevent shedding. Witch hazel can be drying to natural hair, so you should only use this spray on your scalp and not your strands.
The recipe also contains peppermint and rosemary essential oils, two ingredients that have been scientifically proven to stimulate the follicles and speed hair growth.
Use this recipe whenever you experience itching, or to help grow hair. The spray does not need refrigeration if you use distilled aloe vera juice.
Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment
- ½ cup distilled aloe vera juice
- ¼ cup witch hazel
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle.
- Shake the bottle vigorously.
- Spray on your scalp and massage into the follicles.
Thanks for tuning in to this extra-special Aloe Vera Series! Do you use aloe vera on your natural hair?