The benefits of Aloe Vera are endless, especially when it used in your 4c hair regimen. Keep reading and I’ll show you a little history of Aloe Vera, but most importantly how you can use Aloe Vera to make your 4c hair everything you want it to be.
What is Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera Plant is a succulent plant. A succulent is a plant in which the leaves are thickened, fleshy, and engorged. These characteristics are necessary to protect the plant from dry, arid climates and soil conditions.
The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, which means juice or sap. The Aloe Vera plant contains a gel like substance that can be used in several different ways. The most common way being a treatment for sunburn.
Aloe Vera Gel
However in recent years many have found the plant to be useful in natural hair. Aloe Vera gel contains a combination of 20 minerals which include: Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Selenium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc just to name a few.
It also contains nourishing vitamins like Vitamin E and C. After conducting my own research and trying different things, I have found Aloe Vera gel to be useful in four different ways.
The Aloe Vera 4c Hair Routine
I am an advocate for the pre-poo. It’s a necessary step in your wash day routine and makes a huge difference in the manageability of 4C hair.
Usually, I use olive or coconut oil to pre poo my hair, but the aloe vera gel has become a game changer. It contains enzymes which attack fungus and dead skin cells. These cells contribute to the production of dandruff.
The gel focuses on the scalp and prepares it for shampooing. If you’ve never used Aloe Vera before there is no need to be apprehensive or cautious about using it.
The benefits of using this plant is astounding. The gel can be applied directly to the scalp and hair during the pre-poo process. Be sure to also saturate your hair with water before applying the gel for extra slip.
My Personal Process
Aloe Vera gel is a natural moisturizing agent. You can add aloe vera gel or juice to your favorite shampoo to create a moisturizing shampoo that will leave your hair feeling strong and moisturized.
A process I have come to not like so much is detangling. It is part of my wash day routine, but lately I have been neglectful of my own hair which causes detangling to be a nightmare.
Aloe Vera gel is a great de-tangler. The gel provides an extra slip that is necessary for separating strands without snagging or pulling.
The benefits of aloe vera are plenty, and the final benefit to me is the most obvious. It is natural. The natural hair community has grown tremendously in the past few years.
More and more women are choosing to wear their hair natural , so many companies are looking to make money from marketing “natural hair products to us. Some of these companies don’t always do their research when adding ingredients to their products.
Some ingredients could be very harmful on your hair. Aloe Vera comes straight from the plant and is easily explained. In the past three months I have purchased two aloe vera house plants.
They are so beneficial I didn’t want to always have to go to the store every time I wanted access to its many benefits. The leaves of the plant grow back so I can continue to harvest the gel for my hair needs.