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Little Known Ways Aloe Helps Hair Loss

Did you know that Aloe Vera has become a popular approach for dealing with hair loss issues.
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Introduction

The use of Aloe for hair loss like other hair loss herbs, has become an increasingly popular approach partly because it is a more natural and holistic approach. It is believed the plants ability to act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent helps reduce scalp irritation.

The result is the ability to battle Androgentic Alopecia. Certain properties within the plants and the gel like substance it secretes are known to protect against damage of the scalp and hair which can lead to hair loss.

The Aloe Vera plant is also known for its ability to improve cellular rejuvenation which leads to improved hair proteins.

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera is the most popular of a family of closely related aloe plants. It is believed to have originated from Northern Africa although it is cultivated all over the world.

Aloe vera is a short, fleshy plant with thick succulent leaves. It is grown both as an ornamental and a medicinal plant.

Although there is scant evidence from scientific studies identifying specific health benefits of aloe vera, centuries of use in folk medicines of different civilizations and modern-day positive testimonies of its efficacy make the herb a good recommendation.

Aloe vera was used by Indians, Caribbean and Native Americans to treat scalp infection and promote hair growth.

It was also used to treat wounds, burns and cuts. Aloe vera is still marketed today on the strength of these uses.

The plant extract often presented as a gel soothes inflamed skins and moisturizes dry skins. It has a healing property which makes it a staple in cosmetic preparations and topical skin remedies of alternative medicine.

Aloe vera is also included in certain food items especially in Southern America. It is including in some beverages, desserts and yogurts. Aloe vera is potentially toxic due to its aloin content.

Aloin is currently strictly regulated by the FDA and it has been removed from drugs in which it was used. By removing the aloin content of aloe vera extract, the herb can be made safer for oral consumption.

Eating non-decolorized, unprocessed aloe vera leaf extract is not advised since this has been demonstrated to be carcinogenic in rats. Therefore, care should be taken when consuming aloe vera extract as a dietary supplement.

Other uses of aloe vera include as a food preservative, as a laxative, in the treatment of herpes and psoriasis.

Studies have found strong positive evidences for the use of the plant extract to lower blood lipid levels, to regulate blood glucose levels in diabetics, to treat liver disease and to stimulate the immune system in the treatment of cancers.

Aloe is believed to help with wound healing because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. However, it is the gel made from the leaf rather than the plant extract which showed the stronger activity.

Aloe vera contains many bioactive plant chemicals. These occur in groups of similar compounds such as anthrones, anthraquinones and their glycosides, polymannans and lectins. These compounds are responsible for the wide applications of aloe vera in alternative medicine and its newly found applications in modern medicine.

The form of aloe vera that is commonly used in the treatment of hair loss is the gel. This topical preparation is massaged into the scalp to sooth irritate skin, heal broken skin, kill off bacterial and fungal infections as well as stimulate new hair growth.

Aloe and Hair Loss

The use of Aloe for hair loss treatment is not a new approach. Those who prefer using a more natural approach have been using remedies containing Aloe Vera for ages.

Aloe Vera & Hair Health
  • Balances pH level of the hair

Aloe vera gel restores the pH balance of the hair when it is applied to the scalp. This is important for the optimal functional of the hair follicle cells. In addition, the pH level of the scalp must be kept in the normal range to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. By keeping the hair pH in the healthy range, aloe vera improves skin health and lengthens the span of the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.

  • Cleans hair pores

When hair pores are clogged, dirt collects on the scalp and the chances of skin infection increases. By clearing away dirt, excess oil and grime from the pores, aloe vera aerates the scalp and helps new hair strands easily push through the pores. In addition, aloe vera removes dandruffs or dead skin cells and prevents these from clogging the pores of the hair follicle.

  • Keeps the hair moisturized

By sealing moisture around hair strands, aloe vera prevents them drying out, turning brittle and falling off easily. Also, this moisturizing property of the herb improves the appearance of the hair and is the main reason it is included in most hair conditioning products.

  • Stimulates the hair growth cycle

Aloe vera supplies certain phytochemicals directly to the cells of the hair follicle. These are directly absorbed through the skin to improve cell metabolism and strengthen the cell membranes.

  • Reduces seborrhea

Apart from cleansing hair pores of dirt, aloe vera reduces excessive oil secretions in the scalp. This prevents seborrhea and allows proper aeration of the scalp and hair.


Here are some other things you may not know about Aloe & hair loss:

  • Aloe is often used as a natural, safe, clean and affordable method of caring for hair. Whether used with other natural ingredients for homemade hair conditioners or treatments or utilized to improve upon hair growth, aloe is nothing new.
  • You can make hair regrowth stimulating treatments at home or purchase hair loss products that contain Aloe Vera for this purpose.
  • You can shop online or offline and find many good products and stores that carry these types of products. For those who prefer lotions the Aloe Vera Hair Loss Lotion – P8 is a popular choice but does include ingredients like copper sulfate and camphor in addition to Aloe Vera. There is a well-received Aloe Vera shampoo from Nature's Gate and Miracle of Aloe makes a Formula 7 Hair and Scalp Treatment that works as a serum.
  • Aloe used with certain dietary supplements can also heighten the effectiveness of the Aloe Vera.

About Using Aloe Vera

As with any ailment, the first thing you should do is consult your doctor.

Aloe can be used by applying the gel like substance within the plant directly to the scalp and massaging it into the skin gently. Or you can use one of the shampoos, lotions or serums and either use it to cleanse your hair and scalp regularly or to massage in and allow to penetrate.

If your doctor feels there is no health risk at hand or has no suggestions for something else to use, you can begin introducing Aloe Vera for hair loss prevention.

  • Apply Aloe Vera directly to areas of the scalp that may just need stimulating. Apply just as you would to a cut or burn, and allow the gel to dry naturally. Avoid washing your hair or getting your scalp wet for three to four hours to allow the Aloe Vera product to penetrate the skin completely.
  • There are other hair loss products available that contain natural ingredients to compliment the effectiveness of the Aloe Vera. Three good examples are ones which use either coconut milk, wheat germ ginseng to work with the aloe.
  • Lotions containing Aloe Vera can also do wonders for those who are suffering with hair loss or would like to try a natural approach to trying to activate hair regrowth.
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