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MissConstrued 01-24-2010 06:09 PM

Aloe Vera???
 
Does anyone use aloe vera gel/juice on their hair? If so, do you buy the actual plant or get it pre-bottled from the store? Also, what kind of regimen do you use to apply it, etc.?

Thanks!

generosityt 01-24-2010 11:24 PM

My hair loves this stuff. I buy it pre-bottled. I use it sometimes mixed with other things (oil, avocado, etc) for DT. I use it instead of gel for not so humid days, it gives a nice definition but not a strong hold. But the way I use it the most is in my homemade lotion, which I use after every co-wash (every other day). I mix it with coconut oil, v glycerin, honey, and a very tiny bit of olive oil (someone posted the exact amounts for this combination a while ago). My hair has been acting much much better since I started using aloe vera (and the homemade lotion) regularly.

MissConstrued 01-27-2010 07:29 PM

Thanks for the advice. I will give some of those ingredients a try. I might even get bold and try to make a "lotion", my mixes generally come out beyond scary but it's worth a try!!!

taltal 01-28-2010 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by generosityt (Post 1236334)
My hair loves this stuff. I buy it pre-bottled. I use it sometimes mixed with other things (oil, avocado, etc) for DT. I use it instead of gel for not so humid days, it gives a nice definition but not a strong hold. But the way I use it the most is in my homemade lotion, which I use after every co-wash (every other day). I mix it with coconut oil, v glycerin, honey, and a very tiny bit of olive oil (someone posted the exact amounts for this combination a while ago). My hair has been acting much much better since I started using aloe vera (and the homemade lotion) regularly.

When you use aloe vera juice or aloe ver gel in your lotion, do you use a preservative ? How long does it last ?

TIA

generosityt 01-30-2010 01:27 PM

I don't use a preservative because I make a little bit each time. I only make about 4 to 6 ounces so it will finish quickly and then I play with the amounts (more Aleo Vera, less honey, some shea butter, etc) and I can throw it away if I notice bacteria developing (it never happened to me though, I make sure I wash the bottle with warm water and soap before I refill again). Each combination lasts me at least 3 weeks and sometimes a month and I have a lot of hair, I'm sure it would last someone with thinner or shorter hair much longer.

ajna 01-30-2010 05:34 PM

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.

belasuna 01-30-2010 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by taltal (Post 1240458)
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Originally Posted by generosityt (Post 1236334)
My hair loves this stuff. I buy it pre-bottled. I use it sometimes mixed with other things (oil, avocado, etc) for DT. I use it instead of gel for not so humid days, it gives a nice definition but not a strong hold. But the way I use it the most is in my homemade lotion, which I use after every co-wash (every other day). I mix it with coconut oil, v glycerin, honey, and a very tiny bit of olive oil (someone posted the exact amounts for this combination a while ago). My hair has been acting much much better since I started using aloe vera (and the homemade lotion) regularly.

When you use aloe vera juice or aloe ver gel in your lotion, do you use a preservative ? How long does it last ?

TIA

Most commercial aloe gels and juices have a preservative (usually citric acid) in it which is probably why generosityt can use her products for a few weeks without it going bad.

taltal 02-01-2010 08:27 AM

Is your aloe vera juice very watery ? I got some AVJ first time today and it's very liquidy, just like water..

CheveuxSauvage 02-01-2010 01:04 PM

Yeah, AVJuice is liquid. I still haven't figured out how to use it (any suggestions, ladies?).

I extracted the gel from the plant, but it went bad before I could use it. I added vitamin E but it didn't help.

The bottled gel you get from the health food store (dietary grade) is part chunky and part liquidy, but if you mix it up with something the chunks break down into a liquid state. Still haven't found a good way to use this one, either. Sometimes I just add it to a DT.

And finally, there's the aloe gel that's found in the tanning/sun care section of stores. Fruit Of The Earth is a popular brand. Lots of curlies use it as a gel and rave about its hold and elongating properties.

belasuna 02-02-2010 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by CheveuxSauvage (Post 1244560)
Yeah, AVJuice is liquid. I still haven't figured out how to use it (any suggestions, ladies?).

I extracted the gel from the plant, but it went bad before I could use it. I added vitamin E but it didn't help.

The bottled gel you get from the health food store (dietary grade) is part chunky and part liquidy, but if you mix it up with something the chunks break down into a liquid state. Still haven't found a good way to use this one, either. Sometimes I just add it to a DT.

And finally, there's the aloe gel that's found in the tanning/sun care section of stores. Fruit Of The Earth is a popular brand. Lots of curlies use it as a gel and rave about its hold and elongating properties.

You can add some EO to liquid AVJ and use it as a revitalizing spritz. You can also add in a few drops of hair oil but since it won't mix in you'll have to shake it up before you use it. The chunky one, you can put in the blender and add the same as above for a spritz. You can also mix it with honey, yorgurt, avocado, bananas and whatever other goodies your heart desires for a DT. Mix it in a blender or use a stick mixer and voila.

CheveuxSauvage 02-02-2010 02:32 PM

Oh, I never thought of using either of them as a spritz! That sounds awesome, especially since I'm still trying to find the right combination of things that work for me as a spritz. I'll definitely try this; thanks, belasuna!!

belasuna 02-02-2010 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by CheveuxSauvage (Post 1246002)
Oh, I never thought of using either of them as a spritz! That sounds awesome, especially since I'm still trying to find the right combination of things that work for me as a spritz. I'll definitely try this; thanks, belasuna!!

You can even do half water, half aloe and a few drops of lavendar EO and that will probably work as well as anything out there on the market. Oh, and add some glycerin if your hair likes it.

chicagodiva 02-02-2010 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by MissConstrued (Post 1236075)
Does anyone use aloe vera gel/juice on their hair? If so, do you buy the actual plant or get it pre-bottled from the store? Also, what kind of regimen do you use to apply it, etc.?

Thanks!

I use aloe vera gel in my small spray bottle with herbal teas, jojoba oil & castor oil when I do my dry twists & for daily moisturizing. I get aloe vera gel in a bottle from Whole Foods & store it in the fridge once opened.

CheveuxSauvage 02-04-2010 07:34 PM

If I use aloe vera juice as a spritz with a little oil and/or conditioner, do I have to refrigerate it if I include a preservative? The aloe vera juice I have has a few preservatives in it already, and I would add some grapefruit seed extract to it. Thanks!

GivenIn 02-04-2010 09:43 PM

I bought a bottle today and used it. I have fine not very curly hair (type 2) but it does tame the frizz beautifully for me. I can also apply it to dry hair and it doesn't make it crispy like many hair gels do. I just bought a pure AV gel from the health food store. So far, so good. I like that it doesn't make your hair look like it's full of product.

I can't wait for the next wash so I can try it on damp hair instead of dry.

Wild Curls Raquelle 02-07-2010 04:57 PM

I only use AVG in the summer for wash and gos. I use the store brands. This summer I plan on using it straight from the plant since it has a natural hold to it.

taltal 02-08-2010 10:37 AM

Does anyone use the natural AVG from the plant.
A while ago I took some leaves with gel in them but the gel turned red in a very short time.
How do you keep it to prevent the gel from going bad ?

generosityt 02-11-2010 01:17 PM

I heard that gel extracted from the leaves (at home) tend to change color because it's a natural thing, so maybe it didn't go bad it was just changing. Like the unrefined shea butters, they tend to change colors too.

sonia*lux 02-13-2010 03:53 PM

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.

CheveuxSauvage 02-13-2010 03:56 PM

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)?


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