Who doesn’t want shiny manageable hair that doesn’t itch and when you touch your hair its not snowing ? I’ve got a solution for you! MY DIY aloe shampoo.
I have been using my aloe and honey shampoo for 2 years now and it helped cure my severe dandruff and itchy scalp and it has helped keep my hair moisturized. This shampoo works very well with sensitive scalp and damaged hair.
So today we are going to make some !
You will need:
- a bowl
- a knife
- a blender
- cheese cloth
- rubber bands
- measuring cups
- a dark or clear mason jar
- a plastic spoon
Aloe – there are soooo many benefits and uses for aloe, but today we will focus on the benefits for hair and scalp. Aloe helps balance the ph of the scalp, It also helps sooth inflammation. Lastly aloe helps to hydrate the hair. My moisture retention after using this shampoo was night and day.
Pure castile soap– it’s natural and it works as an antimicrobial agent, it works well with sensitive scalp and the aloe will help with inflammation of the scalp.
Manuka honey – honey is a humectant; it will keep your hair hydrated. Manuka honey is special because it contains antibacterial properties.
In recent years, researchers have discovered that honey’s power to kill germs comes from hydrogen peroxide produced with the help of a bee enzyme.
Manuka honey takes it a step further by attacking germs with a substance called MGO which is found in the nectar of some Manuka plants, this substance helps heal both minor and chronic wounds.
The more MGO there is in the honey, the more antiviral and antibacterial properties it has.
You can also use regular honey, some people find manuka honey to be expensive.
Sweet almond oil – contains vitamin A, B, and E. Vitamin E prevents oxidative stress and boots hair growth. Vitamin A helps your hair to stay moisturized, which helps with length retention. And sweet almond oil is one of the few oils that penetrates the hair shaft.
Peppermint or lavender oil – you can use either oil, but peppermint smells good, and it acts as an antimicrobial agent. Because all the ingredients are natural and fresh you will need an agent to keep the shampoo fresh.
Lavender oil also smells good and acts as an antimicrobial agent as well, and research has shown that lavender oil helps aid in hair growth.
Directions for DIY Aloe Shampoo: ( Don’t worry the video is at the bottom of the post)
- We are going to take the slimy stuff out of the aloe plant. Take a knife and slice off the top part of the widest part of the plant. (side note: WASH the knife before you use it on anything else, Aloe is VERY Bitter, if you taste it you will be mad at me and offended lol.)
- Cut the plant into sections, be careful, there are thorns on the side of the plant, some people cut them off, but that makes it harder to get the meat out.
- With your knife cut along side the inside of the plant ( shown in the video)
- Next take the meat of the plant and put it in the blender. DO not get any water in the blender, make sure the blender is completely dry
- Blend, wait until all pieces have liquefied, you will be able to tell this when the liquid is white and frothy.
- Now take your bowl, cheese cloth, and rubber band. Take the cheese cloth and place it over the bowl, and then place your rubber band onto the bowl to secure the cheese cloth.
- Pour the aloe into the bowl and let strain.
- It will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, or you can squeeze it out ( go run an errand or answer emails)
- Take the rubber band and cheese cloth off of the bowl.
- Take 1 cup pure castile soap and add to aloe.
- Take 1/3 cup of sweet almond oil and add it to the bowl.
- Use 3-10 drops of the lavender or peppermint oil
- Lastly take the manuka honey and microwave for about 10 seconds and then add to bowl or add your regular honey to the bow, 1/4 cup.
- Place shampoo in dark mason jar ( you can also use a clear mason jar)
- Remember to store in the refrigerator
- It will last for weeks, depending on hair length and thickness.
- Follow up with a conditioner
- Style as usual
A few tips:
FORE warning! Whatever knife you use to cut the aloe please , please , please rinse it off, aloe is very bitter, you will be both mad and offended at the same time, I make an aloe shot for my fiance every morning, because it also helps to lower blood pressure. I forgot to wash the knife and I cut my apple with it, lets just say I was mad.
You won’t need a lot, a little goes a long way
Make sure you follow up with a conditioner
If you choose to use peppermint when washing your hair you may start to feel a tingling sensation if you don’t like that sensation then you can use lavender oil.
MAKE SURE you strain the aloe, IF YOU DO NOT those pieces that were left on top of the cheese cloth will get in your hair. It took me 2 washes to get that residue out of my hair.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out via Instagram, email, YouTube or on here!
Below is the video for the DIY aloe shampoo, if you are a visual learner!
with class and grace,
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