Aloe vera gel is a boon for us kinky, curly gals. It helps fix damage from heat appliances.

Aloe cream

There's much more to know about aloe vera, this widely available, inexpensive, animal and earth friendly herb.

Aloe is a succulent plant with clusters of long, bayonet-like leaves that is prickly at the edges and tips. It can produce a woody stem up to 15 meters tall. It has spikes of flowers in various colors, including yellow, orange and red.

The aloe plant has a lengthy history in Africa and the Middle East. Prospero Alpino reported Egyptian women perfumed their genitals with aloe. Aloe was used in remedies to treat fever and plague. The plants grew in Somalia in the times of Alexander’s conquests. In the Bible, aloe is referred to as "ahaloth," and is recorded as a perfumery herb. The Copts used aloe with other ingredients to treat eye disease, swelling and other disorders.

In recent history, people felt they could gain health benefits from orally consuming aloe juice and the gel. Aloe does contain volatile oils and aloins that are very purgative. Because of its purgative quality, it shouldn't be used if you are pregnant or have hemorrhoids. Consumption of aloe in large quantities could prove very painful. As it stands, there is no thorough scientific test to show consuming aloe has health benefits.

The Jamaican people have a great adoration for aloe, which they call "Sinkle Bible." In Jamaica, it is used to cut the sweetness in the blood. It is also used to purify the blood, cleanse the system and calm the nerves.

Aloe Vera Gel Recipe

Today, aloe is mostly used in skin- and hair-care products. Here's an easy way you can make aloe vera gel right at home.

  1. Purchase a long aloe stalk at the green grocer, botanica or fruitera, or an entire plant from a florist if desired.
  2. Thank the aloe for sharing her medicine with you.
  3. Cut off just enough of the leaf as is needed.
  4. Slit it open using a penknife or sharp kitchen knife.
  5. Scrape gel into a plastic bag, plate or container.
  6. Apply to the area to be treated or styled.

Aloe is widely available in health food stores and even in regular drugstores and supermarkets. I recommend purchasing the product pure and organic for your hair, skin and scalp.


Aloe Hair Products

Butters, Puddings & Custards

Naani's Natural's Fallen No More Frizzies Aloe Vera Gel
Blended Beauty Curl Styling Butter
Blended Cutie Down & Out Styles

Shampoos

Fairy Tales Super Charge Detangling Shampoo
So Cozy Swimmer's Shampoo
Alagio Silk Obsession Silk Smoothing Shampoo
Circle of Friends Ana Banana Shampoo
Curlisto Aqualizer Clarifying Shampoo
Curlisto Botanical Shampoo
John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo
MYHoneyChild Banana Creme Scalp Cleanser
Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo
Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Clarifying Shampoo

Conditioners

Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner
Blended Cutie Soft Curls & Swirls
Fairy Tales Detangling Conditioner
Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
AG Fast Food
AG Hair Cosmetics Stimulating Balm
Alagio Silk Obsession Silk Smoothing Leave-in Detangler
Batia & Aleeza Bio-Protein Conditioner
Circle of Friends Dragon Dance Conditioner
Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme
Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix
Curlisto Botanical Rinse
Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque
Curlisto Protein Boost
Curlisto Repair Styling Cream
Curly Hair Solutions Slip Detangler
Fairy Tales Lemon-Aid Conditioner
Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Conditioner
Fuzzy Duck Kids' Conditioner
Jessicurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner
Mop Top Deep Conditioner

Refreshers & Sprays

Blended Beauty Kick For Curls Aloe Spritz Juice
Curl Junkie Curl Fuel Curl Enhancing Spray
CurlFriends Rejuvenate Texturizing Mist
Fuzzy Duck Detangler & Refresher Spray
Hamadi Shea Spray
Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray

Stylers & Lotions

Blended Beauty Curl Styling Lotion
Blended Beauty SilkShake
Blended Beauty Satin Style Detangler
Alagio Silk Obsession Silk Smoothing Serum
CurlFriends Control Gel
Curlisto Bio-Gel Mousse
Curlisto Curl Reform
Curlisto Matte Stay
Fuzzy Duck Anti-Frizz Gel
Jessicurl Confident Coils
Kinky-Curly Curling Custard
Circle of Friends Erik's Shaping Gel
Philip Pelusi Phyto-Life reCurl


Stephanie Rose Bird is author of "Four Seasons of Mojo: An Herbal Guide to Natural Living" and group for eclectic practitioners of earth-based spirituality using her books as study guides: