I went back to experimenting with wash-n-go’s and I tried it with pure 100% organic aloe vera gel. I used the Lily of the Desert brand from Whole Foods (~ $10 for 32 oz.) which is actually a dietary supplement and made for ingestion.
Let me start of by sharing a few of benefits of aloe vera for hair:
- Is a humectant so helps moisturize hair
- Aides with hair growth and prevents hair loss
- Balances pH (acidic) of hair and scalp
- In an anti-inflammatory so it can help with dandruff, itchy scalp and Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Detangles, reduces frizz and strengthens hair
- Gel can be used as a styler and creates curl definition
Here’s a few ways you can use Aloe vera
- AV juice can be mixed with water in a spray bottle as a refresher (LOVE doing this, I put a little essential oil in this mix as well)
- Mixed with coconut milk and wheat germ oil as a shampoo
- If applied directly to scalp regularly, can aide with hair loss and alopecia
- Mixed with oils like EVOO or Jojoba as a conditioner or pre-shampoo treatment
Now, I love products with aloe vera in them, I always get good results so it made sense for me to try the actual product in its pure form. I heard about people using it as a styling gel so I picked up some gel (not juice) and gave it a try…
Here’s what it looked like when I first applied on wet hair:
Here is what it looked like completely dry at the end of the day:
People, don’t be deceived! lol The pics make It look like it a great wash-n-go but let me tell you how dry and flaky my hair was! I don’t know what the heck I did wrong! OMG I was so upset. This had to have been an “operator error” because I know aloe is wonderful for hair and gives great results any other time. I did get great curl definition and it was easy to apply (I thought the liquidy consistency would be a mess but it wasn’t) but my hair was just dull and a bit crunchy when it dried. It was no where near shiny or soft….
…being the resilient person that I am, this will not be the end of an aloe vera gel wash-n-go for me!!! lol I am determined to get this right dangit… perhaps I was too heavy handed with the application? or maybe I need to apply a sealant immediately after applying it? I used it by itself which clearly was not enough. I know the properties of aloe make it an astringent so perhaps that had to do with the dryness. I need to go back in to the lab on this one…
Despite the issues, I was able to make this WNG stretch for a few days, on day two, I refreshed it by allowing the steam and droplets from taking a shower, to “re-activate” the gel and fluffed it a little with some oil and a little Shea Moisture Coconut Smoothie. This is what I got on day 2:
*sigh* I just can’t seem to get WNG’s down :o( . There are some naturals who swear by them and can rock them every day but my hair is so thick and super coily that it takes forever to dry. AND to actually get some volume, I have to constantly fluff my hair throughout the day to avoid looking like I have a jheri curl lol. Also, to avoid frizziness and get curl definition, I almost always have to use something that has the hold of a gel but it usually leads to crunchiness and dryness. I will say that Kinky Curly Curling Custard has probably given me the best WNG results so far. I dunno, I think I need to experiment with more products for WNG’s (suggestions please!).
When I try it again, I’ll be sure to post the results. If all else fails with Aloe Vera gel, I’ll just try it the other suggested ways for hair and ingest it for the internal health benefits it has…. #shrugs
—- Help :o(