Question about aloe?

bookgrdngirlbookgrdngirl Posts: 403Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I want to start incorporating Aloe Vera into my routine because my hair and scalp are so dry. The brand that I'm planning on buying is called, "Lily of The Desert: Aloe Vera Gel."

The only thing is that it says that it needs to be refrigerated. Does that mean I would have to store the aloe bottle and the spray bottle with aloe and water stored in the fridge? Or do I not need to do that because I'm not ingesting it? I'm new to incorpatating natural products in my regimen, so I really appericiate any help. :angel9:
Corkicelli multi-patterned 3B with 3A & 3C sections. High density, low porosity, norm-high elasticity & coarse. 3yrs without straightening. CG since 6/25/15. Methylisothiazolinone allergy. Protein sensitive. Cruelty free. :albino: BLOG :flower:
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  • KC: KT, CC, CC
  • CR: CM, GR, AWB, Balm
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  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I would maybe mix up a small bottle of aloe and water and see how it goes. If it smells "off" after a while, you'll know that you'll need to store it in the fridge. I would definitely keep the gel itself in the fridge, though, and just mix up spray as necessary.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • bookgrdngirlbookgrdngirl Posts: 403Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Therese1 wrote: »
    I would maybe mix up a small bottle of aloe and water and see how it goes. If it smells "off" after a while, you'll know that you'll need to store it in the fridge. I would definitely keep the gel itself in the fridge, though, and just mix up spray as necessary.

    Thanks so much, Therese! I may end up buying a different aloe instead that doesn't need refrigeration just to be safe. If I end up buying the 32oz bottle, I'll definitely keep the bottle refrigerated. I'll do some more research then decide! :)
    Corkicelli multi-patterned 3B with 3A & 3C sections. High density, low porosity, norm-high elasticity & coarse. 3yrs without straightening. CG since 6/25/15. Methylisothiazolinone allergy. Protein sensitive. Cruelty free. :albino: BLOG :flower:
    • Giovanni: Avocado and Olive Oil (RO), Tea Tree Sham & Con (CW/RO)
    • KC: KT, CC, CC
    • CR: CM, GR, AWB, Balm
    • CJ: DF, CIAB, SL, CR
    • CURLS: Souffle
    • AV Juice
    • EVOO
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    The thing I like about Lily of the Desert is that it contains very few preservatives. The aloe that doesn't have to be refrigerated often has quite a bit of other stuff in it, and I have no idea what it would do to hair. I used to rinse my hair with an aloe-water mixture after shampooing, and I just got in the habit of mixing up what I needed right before showering, so I never had to worry about the aloe going bad.

    By the way, aloe is quite acidic, so you will want to be sure that you dilute it 1:1 with water so that the pH isn't too acidic for your hair. I think I read this on the Hair Science-y Blog.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • Curlista93Curlista93 Posts: 411Registered Users Curl Novice
    I've always kept both the aloe & the aloe mixture in the fridge.
    Kinky Curly, 4a, Fine Texture 
    Last Relaxer: 2/11/2012
    Latest BC: 11/24/2018


  • Karina1987Karina1987 Posts: 28Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    As for me I prefer using the natural aloe vera. I often use it for my skin as Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.Aloe moisturizes my skin well without giving it a greasy feel. As far as I know it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion. For women who use mineral-based make-up, aloe vera acts as a moisturizer. It also prevents skin drying.
    I have been storing it in the refrigerator, the natural plant's leaves I mean.
    Would you like to know how to care about your skin with natural products? Read about skin care philosophy here https://ambrossimo.com/skin_care-for_beautiful_skin/
  • merlenmerlen Posts: 3Registered Users
    I mix the aloe with coconut oil and apply over the hair. It works well.
  • StraightPassingStraightPassing Posts: 86Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I was going to ask about that. I got an aloe plant recently and decided I wanted to finally make use of the gel. I was planning on doing a DIY deep conditioner with aloe gel, coconut oil, honey and some of the Garnier ultimate blends cocoa butter conditioner I have, all mixed together. Is the oil and honey enough to keep the aloe well preserved and as my hair is low porosity would that possibly all together be too moisturising? Should I heat it first so everything mixes and warm the bottle in warm water before use? :)
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I would just mix up enough of the concoction for one use, so you won't have to worry about whether the aloe will be preserved by the other ingredients.

    The only way to know whether the mixture will be too moisturizing is to try it. So much of hair care is experimentation.

    If you heat it first, that should cause it to penetrate better, so you could definitely give that a try. I myself am lazy with heating up stuff, but I should try it sometime and see how it compares to my usual DTs. Maybe try this mixture once without heating it up and then next time try it with heating it up so that you can see the difference.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • StraightPassingStraightPassing Posts: 86Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    edited March 2018
    Ok great. Thanks. :)
  • StraightPassingStraightPassing Posts: 86Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks! :)
  • CurledvinesCurledvines Posts: 60Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Refrigeration is your friend, seriously. And the moment you add water even more so.
    2C/3A long hair with some 3C thrown in
    High Porosity, dense, coarse hair
    I make my own protein masks
  • RedTigerRedTiger Posts: 7Registered Users Curl Novice
    I was going to ask about that. I got an aloe plant recently and decided I wanted to finally make use of the gel. I was planning on doing a DIY deep conditioner with aloe gel, coconut oil, honey and some of the Garnier ultimate blends cocoa butter conditioner I have, all mixed together. Is the oil and honey enough to keep the aloe well preserved and as my hair is low porosity would that possibly all together be too moisturising? Should I heat it first so everything mixes and warm the bottle in warm water before use? :)
    Hi! Just wondering if you've tried this recipe out yet? I also have an aloe plant and I'm looking into different ways I could use the fresh gel for my hair. Just wondering if this worked for you or not?
    CG method, 3b, low porosity
    co-wash: VO5 or Suave coconut conditioner
    conditioner: Jessicurl too shea extra moisturizing conditioner
    styler: Aloe Vera gel or SheaMoisture coconut & hibiscus curl smoothie
    weekly cleanser: currently experimenting with some DIY recipes 
    weekly deep conditioner: Jessicurl deep conditioning treatment
    "protein treatment" (about once a month): SheaMoisture manuka honey & mafura oil intensive hydration masque



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