Aloe Vera is a type of succulent which grows wild in different tropical places around the world. We now grow aloe vera for numerous medicinal and decorative purposes and it has showed great success in transitioning to other environments. The earliest references can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where it was known as a plant of immortality. Traditionally, aloe vera has been used to treat a variety of conditions, and is now found in the ingredients of many hair and skin care products.
Ways that aloe vera can help combat hair loss
Moisturizing: Aloe vera has enzymes which promote cell regeneration. When used as a conditioner, it makes hair appear shiny and smooth. This moisturizing effect is also experienced on the skin of the scalp and can help promote a healthy environment for hair follicles. The moisturizing properties of aloe vera help reduce hair breakage and improves the overall appearance and health of hair.
Supports healthy hair growth: The lifecycle of hair occurs in 3 stages; anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is when active growth occurs. During this phase, the cells at the root of the hair are dividing rapidly and hair growth averages about 1 centimeter per month. This length of the phase is genetically determined, but it lasts for between 2-7 years. After this, hair growth stops and then begins to shed due to an internal signal. Aloe vera can help improve the health of the scalp and lengthen the growth phase of hair.
Cleansing: When the pores on the scalp are not cleaned thoroughly, they can become clogged. The dirt and oil that are clogging the pores can increase the chances of the skin of the scalp becoming infected. Aloe vera is an excellent cleansing agent that effectively removes these impurities. This allows the hair to push easily through the scalp, which can improve hair density and minimize the appearance of hair loss.
Using Aloe Vera
Aloe plants are easy to grow. Because of this, many people decide to grow their plants and apply the gel directly to their scalp. Depending on how often one wishes to apply it to their scalp, this can require a significant commitment of time and energy in growing and harvesting the plant.
Due to this, many companies now include aloe gel in their hair care products. Others sell the gel of the plant in an easy to dispense container.
Aloe vera can help support hair growth and minimize hair loss in a number of ways. There are many delivery methods available to help individuals integrate aloe vera into their hair care routine. Choosing the right one for your hair is a matter of personal preference.