This homemade aloe vera shampoo cleans and conditions the hair, giving them a shiny and reflective appearance.
Made of natural ingredients this aloe vera shampoo DIY penetrates into the scalp and hair shaft and promotes hair growth.
Who doesn’t want healthy, shiny, and beautiful hair? Despite many kinds of commercially sold shampoos for oily hair, for dandruff, for thicker or colored hair, there seem to be other factors that matter. Like the ingredients in the shampoo, which is difficult to control unless you want to make your shampoo.
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aloe vera shampoo ingredients
The good news is that you only need a few ingredients to make homemade aloe vera shampoo.
Moreover, it will cost you a fraction of the price and not contain any harmful chemicals.
I love to use herbs in every natural skincare I make.
Aloe vera shampoo homemade
Aloe vera is widely used in the cosmetics industry. After all, the gel of this beneficial plant hydrates the skin, slows down the formation of wrinkles, helps with acne, and eliminates pigment spots.
Aloe vera also treats fungal infections, improves the appearance of scars, and thickens eyelashes. However, It doesn't stop there because aloe is also very beneficial for hair and scalp.
Aloe vera for dandruff
According to numerous scientific studies, the nutritional profile of aloe vera is unique. In addition to a wide range of vitamins and minerals, it contains enzymes, amino acids, sterols, polysaccharides, and antioxidants.
Combining these nutrients can solve various problems, including dandruff, irritated scalp, lack of volume, lack of shine, and dryness that leads to brittle and split ends.
Aloe vera for hair growth
Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, and E that heal and repair damaged cells in the scalp, thus improving hair follicles' health and boosting hair growth. Vitamin B12 also stimulates the dormant hair follicles, promoting the regrowth of hair.
When cleansing your hair and scalp with aloe vera, you might notice that hair breakage and loss slows down, and your hair grows faster; however, more studies are needed to prove it scientifically.
This hair growth oil recipe with calendula helps many people to strengthen and nourish their hair as well as scalp and consequently restart hair growth.
Castile soap benefits hair
The base of homemade shampoo, however, should be something that washes them.
I used liquid Castile soap, which is oil-based and non-toxic that is extremely good for sensitive scalp.
While commercially sold shampoos are chemical-based with a lower pH, castile soap has high pH with no added chemicals. It is therefore very suitable for sensitive skin, low tolerance to chemicals or allergies, or for scalp issues such as dandruff or dermatitis.
Since castile soap is oil-based it hydrates the scalp that contributes to healthy hair.
castile soap vs regular soap
Castile soap is made of vegetable oils, traditionally olive oil and is therefore considered a vegan soap. Unlike regular soap that is made of lard, tallow, or other animal fats.
How to make aloe vera shampoo
First step - start with aloe vera
If you grow the aloe vera plant at home, you can get the gel from the plant directly. Cut one of its leaves. Rinse the aloe vera leaf thoroughly, cut the spiky edges on the sides and let the yellow latex drop off.
Scrape the gel using a knife or spoon.
The gel inside should be white or clear in color, free of any yellow latex.
Use a blender to make the gel smooth and homogenous mixture free of any pieces. You will need approximately 1 minute to achieve it.
Alternatively use a ready-made aloe vera gel that you can purchase in most grocery stores. However, I prefer to buy it in a health or natural medicine shop where they sell pure and organic quality.
Add Castille soap and vitamin E to the mixture and mix it well.
Add essential oils such as lavender for oily hair or rosemary which works great for dry hair.
To make effective antidandruff shampoo combine rosemary and thyme essential oil
How to use DIY aloe vera shampoo
The best way to elevate its effect, pour a bit of this homemade aloe vera shampoo in your hands and work from roots to tips thoroughly, covering each section of your hair.
Rub the mixture into your hair and massage it deeply into your hair follicles.
Depending on the length of your hair you might want to do it in small batches to make sure that every inch of hair as well as scalp was not left out.
Rinse it afterward with rosemary hair rinse that improves the regrowth naturally leaving your hair soft and shiny.
Another great way to take care of your hair naturally is to make this diy shampoo bar that is easy to carry with you and leaves your hair soft, healthy, and moisturized.
benefits of homemade aloe vera shampoo aka silicone-free shampoo
If you are new to natural skincare you might feel that your hair acts strangely. Most commercially sold products contain silicone that makes your hair look shiny and smooth because it creates a seal within the hair follicle to keep it hydrated.
At the same time, however, it prevents other nutrients from penetrating the hair follicle. As a result, silicone provides a temporary appearance of healthy hair, but in reality, it slowly deteriorates your hair, making them dull and greasy.
When you switch to a natural shampoo, you need to strip your hair from polymers first to coat it and nourish it with natural oils.
If you are using the right shampoo, it won’t make them heavy and greasy it will provide them with enough oil to make them soft and flexible. If you feel your hair acts a little bit strange, it can happen as the silicon begins to peel off.
While Silicone in shampoo can cause your hair to feel dry and dull, Silicone-free hair shampoo moisturizes your hair naturally and rejuvenates the hair with its nutrients.
You can replace castile soap with Glycerine which helps to carry the aloe vera gel deeper into your hair, and it is also an excellent moisturizer. Just simply mix one part of aloe vera gel, one part of glycerine, and two parts of water that you can enhance with dried herbs such as rosemary or lavender.