DIY ALOE HAIR SPRITZ

Aloe-vera
Aloe vera, one of the most common plant in every household holds many benefits for both hair and skin. I got aloe vera offsets from a friend (A plant offset is a small plant produced naturally and asexually from the mother plant), potted it and allowed to grow. After a few months,
I decided to make my very own "Aloe Hair spritz". Please do a skin patch test just in case you are sensitive to the plant.
Tools /Materials you will need.
  • Aloe vera plant
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Glass bowl
  • Sieve
  • Blender
  • Funnel
Process
  • Cut the quantity of aloe vera plant you will need depending on the size (the species I got is not the very big one so I used about 6).
  • Wash off the debris from the body of the plant being mindful of the spikes (in pidgin English, it is called chukuchuku) on the sides.
  • Use a knife to cut of the spikes on both sides of the plant.
  • Peel of a layer of the skin most especially on the indented side. I used a spoon because it is curved. This helps you not to take the gel along with the skin as you peel.
  • Use same spoon to scoop out the gel into your blender.
  • Once you are done with that, blend the gel till it turns liquidy.
  • Place your sieve in the glass bowl, pour the content of the blender into the sieve to separate chaff from liquid. Agitate the sieve to ensure that all liquid comes out.
  • Pour the Aloe liquid into a spray bottle with the aid of a funnel and Voila! Your hair spritz is ready.
  • You can keep the chaff and use on your face. Nothing is a waste!
  • Store in a refrigerator for up to a week.
Usage - It can be used as a prepoo treatment, leave-in spray and/or mixed with your d.i.y deep conditioning treatment.

Benefits of Aloe vera for hair
According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Aloe vera contains minerals, enzymes, amino acids and a host of other active components. Some of these components have been attributed to it's hair strengthening properties, anti-inflammatory activity (for itchy scalp, seborrheic  dermatitis - dandruff). It helps to restore pH balance in hair as aloe vera has pH level as your hair (source), it has conditioning properties, restores shine to hair and promotes hair growth.
Here is a video on the process.

Hope this was helpful.
Till next time,




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