Dandruff and Aloe Vera

Dandruff and Aloe Vera

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Every man is familiar with the sinking feeling that comes with having white flakes in their hair. Not to mention the itchiness of the scalp that comes with it.

Dandruff is a nuisance to both health and confidence – it’s no joke. We hear you, and we have your back. It can in fact be easily treated – let us explain how through this article. Aloe vera is one effective home remedy to treat dandruff. In case, you’re interested in more, here is a list of all home remedies that can treat dandruff.

Does Aloe Vera help for dandruff?

Aloe vera, in a gel, ointment or even in its raw form is a great natural remedy to treat burns and wounds. But what most people don’t know is that it is also efficient in treating dandruff.

Numerous studies show that aloe vera can be used to treat seborrheic dermatitis, the skin condition that causes dandruff.

Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is often used to treat burns, wounds and skin irritation.

Aloe vera’s  anti-itching properties can relieve scalp irritation, and its antifungal properties can reduce dandruff.  It also contains enzymes that help reduce inflammation caused by the irritation and itching that dandruff brings along with it.

How to use Aloe Vera as a natural treatment for dandruff?

So, how exactly can we use aloe vera to treat dandruff?

How to choose: Aloe vera, shampoo or juice

Aloe Vera comes in different forms, and many of these are appropriate ways to help with dandruff. The most common form it comes in is as an aloe vera gel, in its natural form. 

The natural gel is often packaged and sold. Aloe vera can be treated by using aloe vera  juice or even an aloe vera  shampoo. 

Applying aloe vera gel to the scalp whether in its raw form or a store bought gel is usually easier and hassle free .

Alternatively, Aloe vera shampoos can be used as well. Aloe vera shampoos are shampoos that have aloe extracts in them in order to save time.

 Depending on what amount of aloe vera is used and how frequently aloe vera is used, both forms of aloe vera are  useful for dandruff and hair fall. 

Apply the Aloe Vera gel underneath your hair, on your scalp 

  • You can find aloe vera leaves sold in grocery stores, or you can extract gel from leaves if you have an aloe vera plant.
  • For the best results, let the aloe vera gel sit on your scalp for around 30 minutes before using a mild shampoo to rinse it off. 
  • Do this at least twice or thrice every week to get the best results 
  • Although aloe vera is safe, it is important to note that some people face allergic reactions to it. For first time users, it is recommended to apply some of the gel to the elbow or wrist to test out its effects.

Look out for a negative reaction such as redness, itchiness or burning within a few hours to know if you are allergic. Allergies to onion or garlic makes it likelier that you are allergic to aloe vera.

Using Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil.

 This mix both will nourish your hair and remove symptoms of flakes and itch from the hair.

To make this solution, our recommended steps are:

  • Combine 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel with 1 cup of coconut oil.
  • Massage into scalp
  • Wait for a few hours before wash
  • Wash in lukewarm water
  • Repeat this twice a week for best results

Coconut oil mixed with aloe vera is a great natural home remedy for dandruff as this mix contains antimicrobial properties. This  will fight the growth of yeast cells on the scalp. Aloe vera is also a mild cleansing agent, meaning it coats your hair strands with a protective layer.

Things to keep in mind while applying Aloe Vera for dandruff

Although many treatments have been said to work, considering the treatment’s safety, side effects and health implications on you is imperative. What works wonders for everyone may not necessarily have the same impact on your scalp. 

Is the aloe vera helping reduce YOUR hair fall and dandruff

 Aloe vera gel is generally considered safe when appropriately applied to the skin. Testing aloe vera gel for your dandruff before trying out other natural or chemical treatments would be a safe and effective way to get rid of dandruff.

Wash your hair after putting applying Aloe vera

Once applied to the itchy flaky scalp needs to be washed after 1–2 hour then wash hair. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes which help heal and repair the damaged cells in the scalp.It also helps curb hair fall and controls hair shedding, ensuring that your hair remains thick and voluminous and shining.

Assess your hair fall

Has it reduced? The best way  to assess whether the aloe vera gel or the aloe vera shampoo that you are using is an effective natural remedy for your scalp is to check whether the flakes and itchiness has reduced. 

Dandruff is linked with hair fall. Increased dandruff leads to more itchiness in the scalp. while itching the scalp, the hair follicles are weakened.

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