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Old 02-17-2010, 04:31 PM   #21
 
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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 ?
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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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Thank you!!! You're so helpful
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I use aloe vera gel (the whole plant) as a hair gel and the juice as a spritz.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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It is very good to apply on skin during winter season!
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I know this is pretty late in the piece, but I thought I'd throw this out there, just in case anyone comes across this thread looking for info on using the aloe vera plant.

The red stuff you see when you blend the aloe is resin; if you allow the leaf to drain for a few seconds after you've cut it off the plant, it should seep out.

If you want to harvest the gel, all you need to do is pick a great big chunk, allow the resin to drain out and then fillet the skin off length ways with a sharp knife. The gel should hold it's shape pretty easily. The gel can then be tossed into the blender, or used in whatever way you see fit.

It's a good idea to use it within a couple of hours, because it does oxidise if left out for too long, which breaks down the nutrients.

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