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Aloe Vera???

Does anyone use aloe vera gel/juice on their hair? If so, do you buy the actual plant or get it pre-bottled from the store? Also, what kind of regimen do you use to apply it, etc.?

Thanks!
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  • generositytgenerosityt Posts: 245Registered Users
    My hair loves this stuff. I buy it pre-bottled. I use it sometimes mixed with other things (oil, avocado, etc) for DT. I use it instead of gel for not so humid days, it gives a nice definition but not a strong hold. But the way I use it the most is in my homemade lotion, which I use after every co-wash (every other day). I mix it with coconut oil, v glycerin, honey, and a very tiny bit of olive oil (someone posted the exact amounts for this combination a while ago). My hair has been acting much much better since I started using aloe vera (and the homemade lotion) regularly.
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    Co-Wash: VO5, Tresemme naturals, Fructis naturals
    Cond: Nature's Gate conditioners
    Stylers: Lotions made at home with coconut oil, honey, AVG, vegetable glycerin, OO, and EO.
    Gel: LA Looks sports gel for high humidity days.


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  • MissConstruedMissConstrued Posts: 323Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice. I will give some of those ingredients a try. I might even get bold and try to make a "lotion", my mixes generally come out beyond scary but it's worth a try!!!
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  • taltaltaltal Posts: 614Registered Users
    My hair loves this stuff. I buy it pre-bottled. I use it sometimes mixed with other things (oil, avocado, etc) for DT. I use it instead of gel for not so humid days, it gives a nice definition but not a strong hold. But the way I use it the most is in my homemade lotion, which I use after every co-wash (every other day). I mix it with coconut oil, v glycerin, honey, and a very tiny bit of olive oil (someone posted the exact amounts for this combination a while ago). My hair has been acting much much better since I started using aloe vera (and the homemade lotion) regularly.

    When you use aloe vera juice or aloe ver gel in your lotion, do you use a preservative ? How long does it last ?

    TIA
  • generositytgenerosityt Posts: 245Registered Users
    I don't use a preservative because I make a little bit each time. I only make about 4 to 6 ounces so it will finish quickly and then I play with the amounts (more Aleo Vera, less honey, some shea butter, etc) and I can throw it away if I notice bacteria developing (it never happened to me though, I make sure I wash the bottle with warm water and soap before I refill again). Each combination lasts me at least 3 weeks and sometimes a month and I have a lot of hair, I'm sure it would last someone with thinner or shorter hair much longer.
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    Co-Wash: VO5, Tresemme naturals, Fructis naturals
    Cond: Nature's Gate conditioners
    Stylers: Lotions made at home with coconut oil, honey, AVG, vegetable glycerin, OO, and EO.
    Gel: LA Looks sports gel for high humidity days.


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  • ajnaajna Posts: 494Registered Users
    Aloe is a staple for me. I use it in my shampoo and as a styler. Normally I use the gel and keep whatever I make with it in the fridge or I will use orange essential oils and helps it to keep for a week or two.

    I have only used it a few times from the plant but that is because it is kind of a pain. Anyway what I did was cut the leaf of a few plants and mixed it with coconut oil then I applied it to my ends. I should mention my ends were pretty bad. This stuff helped a lot.
  • belasunabelasuna Posts: 599Registered Users
    taltal wrote: »
    My hair loves this stuff. I buy it pre-bottled. I use it sometimes mixed with other things (oil, avocado, etc) for DT. I use it instead of gel for not so humid days, it gives a nice definition but not a strong hold. But the way I use it the most is in my homemade lotion, which I use after every co-wash (every other day). I mix it with coconut oil, v glycerin, honey, and a very tiny bit of olive oil (someone posted the exact amounts for this combination a while ago). My hair has been acting much much better since I started using aloe vera (and the homemade lotion) regularly.

    When you use aloe vera juice or aloe ver gel in your lotion, do you use a preservative ? How long does it last ?

    TIA

    Most commercial aloe gels and juices have a preservative (usually citric acid) in it which is probably why generosityt can use her products for a few weeks without it going bad.
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  • taltaltaltal Posts: 614Registered Users
    Is your aloe vera juice very watery ? I got some AVJ first time today and it's very liquidy, just like water..
  • CheveuxSauvageCheveuxSauvage Posts: 240Registered Users
    Yeah, AVJuice is liquid. I still haven't figured out how to use it (any suggestions, ladies?).

    I extracted the gel from the plant, but it went bad before I could use it. I added vitamin E but it didn't help.

    The bottled gel you get from the health food store (dietary grade) is part chunky and part liquidy, but if you mix it up with something the chunks break down into a liquid state. Still haven't found a good way to use this one, either. Sometimes I just add it to a DT.

    And finally, there's the aloe gel that's found in the tanning/sun care section of stores. Fruit Of The Earth is a popular brand. Lots of curlies use it as a gel and rave about its hold and elongating properties.
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  • belasunabelasuna Posts: 599Registered Users
    Yeah, AVJuice is liquid. I still haven't figured out how to use it (any suggestions, ladies?).

    I extracted the gel from the plant, but it went bad before I could use it. I added vitamin E but it didn't help.

    The bottled gel you get from the health food store (dietary grade) is part chunky and part liquidy, but if you mix it up with something the chunks break down into a liquid state. Still haven't found a good way to use this one, either. Sometimes I just add it to a DT.

    And finally, there's the aloe gel that's found in the tanning/sun care section of stores. Fruit Of The Earth is a popular brand. Lots of curlies use it as a gel and rave about its hold and elongating properties.

    You can add some EO to liquid AVJ and use it as a revitalizing spritz. You can also add in a few drops of hair oil but since it won't mix in you'll have to shake it up before you use it. The chunky one, you can put in the blender and add the same as above for a spritz. You can also mix it with honey, yorgurt, avocado, bananas and whatever other goodies your heart desires for a DT. Mix it in a blender or use a stick mixer and voila.
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  • CheveuxSauvageCheveuxSauvage Posts: 240Registered Users
    Oh, I never thought of using either of them as a spritz! That sounds awesome, especially since I'm still trying to find the right combination of things that work for me as a spritz. I'll definitely try this; thanks, belasuna!!
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  • belasunabelasuna Posts: 599Registered Users
    Oh, I never thought of using either of them as a spritz! That sounds awesome, especially since I'm still trying to find the right combination of things that work for me as a spritz. I'll definitely try this; thanks, belasuna!!

    You can even do half water, half aloe and a few drops of lavendar EO and that will probably work as well as anything out there on the market. Oh, and add some glycerin if your hair likes it.
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  • chicagodivachicagodiva Posts: 8Registered Users
    Does anyone use aloe vera gel/juice on their hair? If so, do you buy the actual plant or get it pre-bottled from the store? Also, what kind of regimen do you use to apply it, etc.?

    Thanks!
    I use aloe vera gel in my small spray bottle with herbal teas, jojoba oil & castor oil when I do my dry twists & for daily moisturizing. I get aloe vera gel in a bottle from Whole Foods & store it in the fridge once opened.
  • CheveuxSauvageCheveuxSauvage Posts: 240Registered Users
    If I use aloe vera juice as a spritz with a little oil and/or conditioner, do I have to refrigerate it if I include a preservative? The aloe vera juice I have has a few preservatives in it already, and I would add some grapefruit seed extract to it. Thanks!
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  • GivenInGivenIn Posts: 9Registered Users
    I bought a bottle today and used it. I have fine not very curly hair (type 2) but it does tame the frizz beautifully for me. I can also apply it to dry hair and it doesn't make it crispy like many hair gels do. I just bought a pure AV gel from the health food store. So far, so good. I like that it doesn't make your hair look like it's full of product.

    I can't wait for the next wash so I can try it on damp hair instead of dry.
  • Wild Curls Raquelle Wild Curls Raquelle Posts: 793Registered Users
    I only use AVG in the summer for wash and gos. I use the store brands. This summer I plan on using it straight from the plant since it has a natural hold to it.
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  • taltaltaltal Posts: 614Registered Users
    Does anyone use the natural AVG from the plant.
    A while ago I took some leaves with gel in them but the gel turned red in a very short time.
    How do you keep it to prevent the gel from going bad ?
  • generositytgenerosityt Posts: 245Registered Users
    I heard that gel extracted from the leaves (at home) tend to change color because it's a natural thing, so maybe it didn't go bad it was just changing. Like the unrefined shea butters, they tend to change colors too.
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    Co-Wash: VO5, Tresemme naturals, Fructis naturals
    Cond: Nature's Gate conditioners
    Stylers: Lotions made at home with coconut oil, honey, AVG, vegetable glycerin, OO, and EO.
    Gel: LA Looks sports gel for high humidity days.


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  • sonia*luxsonia*lux Posts: 1Registered Users
    My mom has very coarse and curly hair. She swears by Aloe Vera juice; she says it makes her hair soft and shiny like no other product. She buys it from Trader Joes.
  • CheveuxSauvageCheveuxSauvage Posts: 240Registered Users
    Do I have to refrigerate my AVJ, or can I keep it unrefrigerated with preservatives (like tea tree oil in addition to the preservatives it already has)?
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  • taltaltaltal Posts: 614Registered Users
    sonia*lux wrote: »
    My mom has very coarse and curly hair. She swears by Aloe Vera juice; she says it makes her hair soft and shiny like no other product. She buys it from Trader Joes.

    How does she use the AVJ ? Does she mix it with something else or just the juice alone ?
  • belasunabelasuna Posts: 599Registered Users
    Do I have to refrigerate my AVJ, or can I keep it unrefrigerated with preservatives (like tea tree oil in addition to the preservatives it already has)?

    Do you mean the store bought AVJ or the one you are planning to make. If you mean the store bought AVJ you have to refrigerate it after opening no matter what. However, if you make a "lotion" or solution as discussed above or any other type of product and add grapefruit seed extract or any other commercial preservative, you can leave it out in a cool dry location for about 1 week, maybe more if you test it out. But remember it has to be a commercial preservative not a food grade preservative like potassium sorbate or citric acid. Items with food grade preservatives must be refrigerated.
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  • CheveuxSauvageCheveuxSauvage Posts: 240Registered Users
    Thank you!!! You're so helpful :profileright:
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  • ChAoTiCbLiSsChAoTiCbLiSs Posts: 127Registered Users
    I use aloe vera gel (the whole plant) as a hair gel and the juice as a spritz.
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  • CheveuxSauvageCheveuxSauvage Posts: 240Registered Users
    I use aloe vera gel (the whole plant) as a hair gel and the juice as a spritz.

    How do you use the plant gel? Since it's solid, do you blend it first, or do you just use the gooey part?
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  • Cali ChikCali Chik Posts: 1,494Registered Users
    I use aloe vera gel (the whole plant) as a hair gel and the juice as a spritz.
    how do you do this? I just got a fresh plant and chopped it up and it was hell. How do yo separate the juice from the gel?
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  • holly8holly8 Posts: 632Registered Users
    ajna wrote: »
    Aloe is a staple for me. I use it in my shampoo and as a styler. Normally I use the gel and keep whatever I make with it in the fridge or I will use orange essential oils and helps it to keep for a week or two.

    I have only used it a few times from the plant but that is because it is kind of a pain. Anyway what I did was cut the leaf of a few plants and mixed it with coconut oil then I applied it to my ends. I should mention my ends were pretty bad. This stuff helped a lot.

    Sounds like a great idea.My down and under nude shampoo ph is too high so I want to use this to bring the Ph down.
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  • boricuadominicaboricuadominica Posts: 2Registered Users
    I hope somesome sees my post ><

    Today I bought "George's 'always active' aloe gel.. on the bottle it doesn't say you can put it on your hair, but I figured since it's natural it wouldn't matter.. but now that I'm thinking about it would it be safe to put this gel on my hair since it doesn't say it's for hair on the label? The ingredients are: aloe vera distillate, sodium carbomer, and methyl paraben.
  • CeriCeri Posts: 142Registered Users
    I hope somesome sees my post ><

    Today I bought "George's 'always active' aloe gel.. on the bottle it doesn't say you can put it on your hair, but I figured since it's natural it wouldn't matter.. but now that I'm thinking about it would it be safe to put this gel on my hair since it doesn't say it's for hair on the label? The ingredients are: aloe vera distillate, sodium carbomer, and methyl paraben.

    Yes, it will be fine on your hair. :)
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  • rmc2rmc2 Posts: 349Registered Users
    I buy edible aloe Vera get at Whole Foods for my hair (365 or Lily Desert brand). I use 3 tbsp of the gel mixed with 1 tbsp jojoba oil as a combined leavein and curl gel/styler. I use all of it on my 4a midneck length (if stretched with fingers) hair. Adjust according to the amount of hair you have.
  • AnushkaAnushka Posts: 5Registered Users
    It is very good to apply on skin during winter season!
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