Aloe vera has been touted as a miracle plant for centuries, with a wide range of uses from soothing sunburns to aiding digestion. But can it help your hair grow?
While there is limited scientific evidence to support the claim that aloe vera can specifically promote hair growth, it does have several properties that may benefit the health of your scalp and hair.
Using the raw gel from an aloe vera plant on your hair and scalp may provide some benefits like soothing an itchy scalp, cleansing oily hair, and possibly strengthening hair strands. While you can purchase aloe vera gel from a store, you can also harvest gel directly from an aloe vera plant.
Aloe vera gel contains a variety of vitamins—including A, C, E, and B12. These may help contribute to healthy cell growth and work to prevent your hair from falling out. It can also result in shinier, happier hair.
A healthy scalp and clean, healthy hair can lead to slowing down hair breakage and loss. While some people wholeheartedly claim that aloe vera promotes healthy hair growth…the scientific evidence is unclear. The claims have yet to be proved or disproved. But hey, it’s probably worth a shot.
If you’re looking for a natural remedy to soothe, clean, and nourish your hair, using aloe vera topically doesn’t really have downsides as long as you’re not allergic. So go ahead and give aloe vera a try as a hair and scalp treatment.