Hair issues, such as hair loss or thinning, excessive frizz, dryness, or oiliness, as well as scalp conditions, including dandruff, scaly, or itchy skin plague, millions of Americans each day. Aloe vera shampoos and conditioners have been around for years and serves as an ideal alternative to commercial hair products. For gorgeous, healthy looking hair, try natural aloe vera.

Promoting Hair Growth

Aloe vera can be used as a safe and natural treatment to prevent hair loss. It is great for both men and women to promote new hair growth in places that have experienced hair loss or significant thinning. Aloe vera stimulates the production of new hair and may even lessen the effects of Alopecia.

Nourishing Shampoo

The aloe vera plant is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that aid in restoring hair’s strength and beauty. When combined with coconut milk and oils, such as wheat germ oil or jojoba, aloe vera gel can make a revitalizing shampoo that not only works to prevent hair loss but also promotes new hair growth. Aloe vera gel can be added to favorite shampoos to deliver nourishing benefits. When combined with herbs, essential oils, and plant extracts, the nutritive benefits of aloe vera are multiplied exponentially.

Reducing Dandruff

The natural enzymes found in aloe vera can soothe and moisturize the scalp, helping to eliminate the scaly dryness that causes dandruff. It also helps to increase blood circulation in the scalp, which works to stimulate the production of moisturizing oils. Aloe vera reduces the dry, itchy feeling that accompanies dryness or oiliness. It keeps the hair’s natural oils in balance to prevent excessively oily or dry scalp. Aloe vera also brings a refreshing and cooling sensation to the scalp.

Natural Conditioner

Aloe vera acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair’s sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness. It naturally combats frizz but does not have the greasy buildup that many hair care products leave behind.

Regardless of the scalp or hair’s condition, whether too oily or too dry, aloe vera can restore the proper balance. It has amazing results for promoting hair growth as well as staving off hair loss. Say goodbye to expensive and often ineffective hair treatments. Try aloe vera, nature’s own remedy for restoring health and beauty to hair.

Ladies, do you use aloe vera in your regimen? How does it work for you?

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I found 94% pure Aloe gel on market and I want to use it on my hair. Can you tell me how you use it as a leave in conditioner ? I mean, is it ok to just apply aloe gel to hair after rinsing and just let it dry ?

Fast Grow Hair Oil

Has anyone heard of Fast Grow Hair Oil?
It also has Aloe Vera in it, along with Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil and vitamins, like Biotin and MSM for hair growth. The ingredients look good, just curious if anyone has used it or heard of it?

I use the exact brand of AVJ (whole leaf) and I love, love, love it. I wish I would have known about it sooner when I had my locs, but at least I know now. Thanks to Kimmaytube, I am more knowledgeable about the care, pH balance and maintenance of growing healthy and longer hair. I use the AJV as a leave-in (Kinky Kurly: Knot Today, coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil and of course AVJ) when I twist my hair. I reapply (spritz) mid-week. I’ve been using this regimen for three weeks now, along with deep condition and… Read more »

I had forgotten all about aloe vera gel/juice as a hair treatment ;I think I’ll p/u some this weekend.


Hi Ladies, I suffer from scalp psoriasis and read that aloe vera helsp with the scales on the scalp. Has anyone used aloe vera gel or juice applied straight on the scalp?


I use fresh aloe vera plants and make my own pre-treatment with coconut oil and nettles. Amazing results! I began back in November 2016 and now my hair has grown so long. Not only that, but it make my hair extremely soft. My mother told me my grandmother used this on her hair constantly when she was a child. Wish I had listened to my mother 15 years ago 🙂


Hi Ladies, I really enjoy your post and I am learning a lot about my hair. I have the AVJ but not sure what kind of Alovera Gel to buy. What are some brand names and where can you get the gel. Does the gel have a better shelf life than the juice.


hey Lisa, drop me an email on and i will recommend for you one of the best Aloe vera products in the market

shelly knox

Hi Stella,
I have a question….
I brought the 100% natural aloe vera oil is that just as good as the other ?

Just a few questions ladies. Doesn’t the aloe vera juice, after using it for a few weeks, leave your hair sooooo soft and so fluffy (I definitely love that property) that you might come to think that it killed your coarseness? I used to use AVJ as leavein (Kimmaytube leavein) after washing sessions (on sundays, every 2 weeks) and remoisturize with the rest of my AVJ IF necessary once a week. It just kept on amazing me how fluffy my hair got with it. I got scared for a while and stopped using it (it’s been 3 weeks now) because… Read more »

Keep using it. Aloe vera brings your hair to it’s optimal moisture balance. It therefore behaves the way it is supposed to under the best conditions. When you hair is dry, it gets brittle/coarse so there is not texture change as much as it is your hair getting exactly what it needs in order to behave as it was intended to.

Ok, thanks exotikink!!! I came to realize that I needed a trim, which is why I was noticing the thinness in my ends, which I think the use of AVJ accentuated. Now that I had my ends trimmed and got back to using AVJ as my leavein, everything is working just fine. Thank you so much for your help exotikink!!! Also, I wanted to add for the ladies using AV straight from the plant, after blending it in order to get the juice, it must be strained through a fine-meshed sieve. If not, you will end up having white residues… Read more »

YW, Nappilily…. I’m glad your hair woes were resolved. Wish I had ‘met’ you last week, because it was very annoying trying to get that aloe residue out of my hair last week, lol. Using aloe straight from the leaf was a huge NO for me due to my reaction to it and picking it out was punnishment. Ah well, experimentation is half the fun!


Sorry to hear that exotikink…
Have you tried using the gel from the leaf as hair gel. I want to but I’m scared the same thing will happen if I do…


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I have been natural about 2 years, my hair is dry, brittle and thin, however when wet it gets curly, not sure what products to use or buy, I will be buying the AV, but not sure which one, Ladies please help.


Both the gel and juice are good. I use the juice as a day/night moisterizer. I sometimes alternate between the two to mix in my leave in conditioner, deep conditioner, etc. Read my response to TheUncommonBeauty. Good luck!


Hi Alexandra

Thanks for the response, I am learning how to care for my hair. I tried the Kimmaytube Leave in (first time). Not sure how I feel about yet. I will try the Alovera daily. thanks.


I love this stuff, I also mix it with my moisturizer for my skin


I have theactual aloe vera plant… What can I do with the leavess when they fall out or are really big??

Should I blend it with ols and coconut milie and spritz it? Should I leave the skin on? 🙂

I am very interrested because I am startnig to have alopecia on the top part of my hair since my epidural

Hi Sylkie, Please see my response to Ruby further up for how to get the gel out. In terms of use you can mix it with whatever you want. On holiday I found aloe vera for free and every other day I washed my hair and tried something new with fresh aloe vera. For me it was crap as a shampoo and as a gel it didn’t work out too well – crispy hair, but when I added it to my leave in conditioner or my DC my hair loved it. You can also cut up the plant and eat/drink… Read more »
k murray

I have been using it as a using it as a nightly hair spritz before my shea butter and olive oil routine. I slept in a baggy with the spritz and woke up to some extra soft moist hair. But also my ear was hurting! And since I go through acne spells, I have been wiping my face with it as an astringent. My face seems to be liking it so I’ll continue until it tells me otherwise.


Hey ladies can I get your opinion on an idea?!?
Ok, Ive been wanting to make some flaxsed gel for a while ( just havent gotten around to it). As some of you know, its baisically boiling water and adding flax seeds. Diff ppl use diff ratios and diff additives (according to youtube). Would it be ok to boil some flaxseeds in av juice? I love av juice, and have heard great things about flaxseed gel, just wondering if i could combine the two…


I use 50% water 50% AVJ when making my flaxseed gel. It’s awesome


I think I will try the AVG in my flaxseed gel. That’s sounds like it would work wonderfully!


Don’t see why not. Experiment, you never know what you’ll come up with. It’s fun being a mixtress! I use tea instead of water to make my flax seed gel. I steep a chamomile tea bag in my hot water that has already been measured and make my gel. It smells great and my hair loves it.


I think boiling the aloe vera juice will kill all it’s properties. How about about adding some to the flax seed gel once you have made it. Flax seed gel is so thick that sometimes I have to water mine down.


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I went to the shop to buy some aloe vera today, but I’m not sure which one I should get…the gel or the juice?


Both will be beneficial to your hair, however, I use the juice as a spritz and the gel for twisting.


Thanks for the advice! 🙂


I agree with Angie both are good. You may also find where it says “Inner” or “Whole” leaf. When researching and trying out myself, I find that both give equal results.


Thanks 🙂


I use it everyday for moisture. I use the gel from Fruit of the Earth. I mix it with water….I like more gel to water, but not too much, you don’t want sticky hair. I usually spray my hair with it every morning and I ‘m good for the rest of the day. I also use it to detangle and twists….it makes nice, soft, fluffy twists with a nice hold, and doesn’t cause a lot of buildup.


I have a question, are you all saying that you put the juice in your hair and if so do you need to mix with anything else or can you put product as a stand alone product to get results?


You can do all those things.


Hey ladies, do you have any clever ways of keeping your AVJ so that it doesn’t go off? I love aloe juice, but In the fridge mine still goes off before I use it all. Or does anyone know any brands with preservatives that I can get in the UK?


I know that Vitamin E is a preservative. Hope you can find some in the UK.


@Etty and Gracie: Vitmain E is NOT a preservative, it’s an antioxidant, it won’t hinder the growth of bacteria at all especially if the product is water based! Check out this link for info:

Gracie, I live in the UK too, I buy my preservative for my water-based spritzes from here. The preservative isn’t soluble in water so I mix it with Polysorbate 80 which is an emulsifier :

The polysorbate 80 is out of stock on the website, so sometimes I buy it from here:


Thanks! I have some Vit. E at home!


Can I use natural Aloe–meaning break my plant and use the gel?

Hi Ruby You can 100% use the fresh plant. Cut off the leaf closest to the bottom and cut off a chunk. Then slice off the spiky sides and one side of the plant, I then grate the gel off. I’ll either swallow it as a tonice, mmm, slimy. Or mix it with my hair product of choice and apply it to my hair. You don’t need to put the rest of the leaf in the fridge. I have tried it fresh from the plant with wheatgerm oil as a natural shampoo but wasn’t too pleased with the results, I… Read more »

I use organic aloe vera juice from the health food store with absolutely no issues. Beautiful results. When I used it straight from the leaf,..burning, itchy scalp and headaches within 10 minutes. I have sensitive skin and crazy allergies and am sure the production process refined the aloe somewhat. If you haven’t tried Natalie’s suggestion by now, I’d suggest a test patch just in case. Just because a product is natural doesn’t mean you may not be sensitive to it. Duh, hayfever anyone?


The aloe pictured in this article is 100% all natural, however you can use the aloe plant (leaf) as well, but it is a little messy.


I just called aloe vera juice/gel my “new BF”. I use it as the ‘water’ in my spray bottle, and it’s really improved the moisture retention in my hair so far this winter. I started using it with water, but switched to all aloe(along with rosemary and castor oil) this past summer, and the results are stellar.


I used to use the aloe vera gel with honey, conditioner and argan oil for my daughter and me.
It works well on our hair ^_^


How much aloe vera gel,honey,conditioner,and argan oil do you put in your mixture? Do you do this once a week? Is your hair a 4c? Please respond at


What type of conditioner? Is this a DT or a daily mix?


can i recommend some aloe vera products for you


Is this safe to use on my 1 1/2 yr old daughter? she suffers from dry skin and she is always scratching her dry scalp saying ” itch”

Miss Shoney

It’s an all-natural product, so I don’t see it being a problem. You could probably dilute it with some water, if you’re concerned.


3/4 aloe juice, 1/4 olive oil and my favorite essential oil, voila, an awesome daily spritz for my locs. Keeps ’em shiny and well moisturized. Nothing’s worse than dry, crunchy, dull looking locs.


is that cups or teaspoons?


That sounds so good for my Locs. How much essential oil do you use drop wise?


Ya know, I don’t measure (sorry). I just do a few drops at a time until I am satisfied with the scent. But, give this recipe a shot. It’s great


Definitely use no more than 5 drops of essential oil to every 3-4 ozs of base oil. Unless the essential oil is already blended in a base oil. The ingredients list will give you the details. Examples of base oils are grapeseed, jojoba, coconut, castor and olive oils. Essential oils would be peppermint, lavender, rose, you get the drift. You may want to test the essential oils for sensitivities, especially if you are pregnant or have certain illnesses. There are websites that can educate you if you Google pros and cons of particular ones. Hope this helps!


AVJ makes my finger detangling session a breeze, I use it after I’ve worn a twist out for a few days and before I wash my hair.

Don’t sleep on this as a detangler, it’s also reasonably priced.


You are so right about the detangling properties!


Love AVJ. I use it in my re-moisturizing spritz and leave-in conditioner. It’s a holy grail product


I love both Aloe Vera Juice and Gel. I use it everyday…after I cowash, in my weekly deep conditioning treatments, mixed with my leave in conditioner, in my spritz. It leaves my hair soooo soft and fluffy. I sometimes even drink some daily mixed with my favorite juice. It’s awesome!


I LOVE aloe vera. I use the gel more often than the juice since it has a thicker consistency. I use it once a week for my pre-poo (aloe vera and castor oil) and in my leave-in conditioner (Kimmaytube’s leave-in recipe). It’s also very useful for burns. Takes the pain, redness, and soreness away in a snap!

Rachel B

thanks for the advice on the burns, i had no idea that would be a solution.


I love pre-pooing with aloe vera gel and castor oil–that mixture has great moisture and slip. That reminds me, I need to buy some more AVG… *plans trip to Whole Foods*