We use aloevera extensively for hair care especially for treating dandruff. Aloe vera has wonderful antimicrobial properties which makes it very effective for treating dandruff. We can apply the fresh gel on our scalp as it is or we can use it in the form of aloe vera hair pack or aloe vera hair oil too, all are very very effective in treating dandruff.
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a very common skin condition that causes scalp itching and flakiness. Dandruff can be caused due to many reasons from fungal infection, not washing hair often, dry scalp, stress and even certain hair products can cause dandruff.
Though dandruff is not a very serious condition, chronic dandruff can lead to scratching which can cause scalp inflammation leading to hair fall. We get many anti dandruff shampoos in the markets but they all come with certain side effects like irritation, dry scalp and even sometimes temporary hair loss. If you are looking for a natural alternative for treating dandruff, consider fresh aloe vera gel, it does not have any side effects and greatly helps treat dandruff.
Aloe Vera For Dandruff
Aloe vera has been proven to have anti inflammatory antioxidant and moisturizing properties. When we apply fresh aloe vera gel, it helps soothe the irritation and greatly helps reduce itching. Since it has moisturizing properties, it helps treat dandruff caused due to extreme dryness of the scalp.
Dandruff can also be caused due to fungal infection and because of its anti fungal properties, it can treat fungal dandruff too. If we don’t wash our hair often, that can accumulate in the scalp leading to dandruff and itchiness. Aloe vera has cleansing properties and it helps clean the dirt and grime from the scalp very effectively.
5 Top Ways To Use Aloe Vera For Treating Dandruff:
1. Aloe Vera & Lemon Hair Pack:
Take a tbsp of ground fresh aloe vera gel in a cup. Add in the juice of half a lemon and apply it as hair mask using a piece of cotton. Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo. This hair pack treats dandruff really well.
2. Aloe Vera & Neem Hair Pack:
Take a tbsp of neem powder in a bowl. Add in enough aloe vera gel to form a paste and use it as a hair mask. To use, apply the paste using a hair brush all over the scalp. Wait for 20 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo. This hair pack will treat all scalp infections including dandruff.
3. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel:
Cut a fresh aloe vera leaf from the plant. When you cut the leaf from the plant, you will find slimy green juice on the surface of the leaf. Wash away the juice completely under running water, cut the thorns from the sides of the leaf and cut in half. Scoop out the gel, grind in a mixer to get smooth gel and apply on the scalp. Wait for an hour and wash it off.
4. Aloe Vera & Onion Hair Pack:
Take 1/4 cup of peeled shallots also called small onions in India and chinna vengayam in Tamil. Grind in a mixer without adding any water and extract the juice. To the juice, add equal quantities of fresh aloe vera gel. Apply all over the scalp. Wait for 15 minutes before washing it off. This treats both scalp itching and dandruff.
5. Aloe Vera Hair Oil:
Aloe vera hair oil made by infusing Aloe vera gel in coconut oil is also very effective against treating dandruff. The oil is so easy to make but it takes some time as we should do it using double boiler method. Using double boiler helps prevent nutrient loss and I always prefer it over direct heat method. You can find how to make aloe vera oil here.