We have tried all of the recipes below, and as with all home­made mix­es we’ve altered the ratio of items to suit our own needs. Please feel free to exper­i­ment with ratios, as well as swap out items with your favourite oils, to get them to serve you best. The aloe base for all of these recipes is the home­made ver­sion that we pre­vi­ous­ly wrote about (not the store bought brand). Because the home­made aloe already con­tains Vit­a­min C, adding addi­tion­al preser­v­a­tives could alter the acid­i­ty con­tent of the mix. Just some­thing to keep in mind. In addi­tion, the con­sis­ten­cy of the home­made ver­sion is much thin­ner than a store-bought brand. Again, some­thing else to keep in mind when try­ing the recipes below, as the con­sis­ten­cy of you mix­ture may vary based on your source of aloe.


About the Recipe

This recipe does not pro­duce the typ­i­cal suds of reg­u­lar sham­poos, but don’t be fooled. It works. Hon­ey and aloe are both great humec­tants, so they draw mois­ture into the hair. The ACV is great for break­ing up oils and build-up on the hair as well as for clos­ing cuti­cles. Not to men­tion the numer­ous anti­fun­gal and andibac­te­r­i­al ben­e­fits of aloe, which makes it great for thos who are suf­fer­ing for minor scalp irri­ta­tions and/or dan­druff.


1/4 cup aloe gel

2 T hon­ey

2 T apple cider vine­gar (ACV)


I blend ingre­di­ents togeth­er in a small 1-cup chop­per that I have. You can use a blender or hand-held mix­er if you like, or do it by hand. It will be frothy and sor­ta slimy (much like the aloe gel was after whip­ping).

Our Notes

With­out any essen­tial oils, this recipe doesn’t smell the great­est, but remem­ber it’s just for sham­poo and will be rinsed out entire­ly. A few drops of your favourite essen­tial oil can be added to help with smell if absolute­ly nec­es­sary. I do not pre-make this ahead of time, but actu­al­ly blend ingre­di­ents right before using. When used in mix­es, hon­ey can go bad quick­ly so any­thing I mix with it gets used imme­di­ate­ly. I have used this both on my hair and on Boo’s hair. When using on my hair, I actu­al­ly add more ACV because my hair gets pret­ty oily.


About the Recipe

I had to play with this recipe a while to get the amount of slip need­ed for good detan­gling. I’m still not as hap­py with it as I am with our store-bought detan­gler, but it does work real­ly well. And if you’re look­ing for a way to save mon­ey on hair prod­ucts, this is def­i­nite­ly worth it. As men­tioned above, if smell is an issue you can add an essen­tial oil. I don’t usu­al­ly add any because I use a mois­tur­iz­ing prod­uct on top of this and I don’t want too much smell and/or for the smells to com­pete with one anoth­er.


1 cup dis­tilled water

2 T aloe gel

4 drops glyc­erin


I actu­al­ly put all items into an old sham­poo or con­di­tion­er bot­tle and shake until every­thing is well-blend­ed. You can also use a spray bot­tle, too. How­ev­er, I like my mix­ture a lit­tle thick and I’ve found that the con­di­tion­er bot­tle works bet­ter when squeez­ing it out. I squeeze it onto my hands and then work it through the hair with my fin­ger­tips. Then I detan­gle as nor­mal. I do not rinse it out.

Our Notes

The amount of glyc­erin is what real­ly helps with the slip; the aloe gel does pro­vide good slip, as well, but as it thins out it gets sort of sticky which doesn’t help with detan­gling. Glyc­erin is actu­al­ly the oppo­site; it’s sticky at full-strength, but actu­al­ly becomes very slip­pery as it’s extreme­ly sol­u­ble in water. If you find that you don’t get enough slip for detan­gling, more glyc­erin should help. Or you can even add a bit of a your favourite oil (olive oil or melt­ed coconut oil).


About the Recipe

Pret­ty much the eas­i­est recipe we have. This is the one that we often use for Boo’s hair, as her DC’s are mois­ture-based.


1/4 cup aloe gel

1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed in the microwave for mix­ing


Blend both ingre­di­ents togeth­er using method of your choice. I get a creami­er mix­ture if I use my hand-held blender than my per­son­al chop­per. Apply to hair accord­ing to our instruc­tions for deep con­di­tion­ing.

Our Notes

We use coconut oil because it works bet­ter in Boo’s hair than olive oil does. If you child’s hair does bet­ter with olive oil, then swap that out in the mix for deep con­di­tion­ing. Do note that the coconut oil makes this mix­ture smell fine, but olive oil and aloe gel don’t smell the great­est in my opin­ion. Con­sid­er­ing the fact that you’ll be expect­ing your child to wear it for at least 10–15 min­utes, you might want to con­sid­er adding few drops of their favourite essen­tial oil might make it eas­i­er on their lit­tle noses.

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Can you use and leave just the aloe on your hair please explain pros and cons also I have very corse hair that sucks up oil and my hair then feels dry and brit­tle what can I do to keep it mois­tured. I have very lit­tle perm in it now because I had a short style before I decid­ed to go nat­ur­al because I lost hair around my edges in my preg­nan­cy with my now 11mo. Daugh­ter

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Can you use all of these or would it be too much aloe at that point?


Hell .i have nor­mal skin in rainy and sum­mer sea­son but in win­ter its got too much dry does i use aloe prod­uct on my hair and skin and how i use please sug­gest me


the pic­ture is aloe juice but the recipes say aloe gel. Which is to be used for the hair?


Well, it says aloe vera gel in the ingre­di­ent list so…


I use my mix­er to soft­en my shea but­ter so none of the nutri­ents are lost. Thanks for the info I will def­i­nite­ly try these recipes.

[…] About the Recipe I’ve only ever used this par­tic­u­lar recipe on my own hair, for no oth­er rea­son than the fact that Boo has nev­er had her hair blown out before. I’ve also used it before flat-iron­ing my hair. Don’t tell Boo. She hasn’t seen me do either of those two things. Ever. Ingre­di­ents 1/2 cup dis­tilled water 1/2 cup aloe gel 2 tea­spoons grape­seed oil 4 drops of your favourite essen­tial oil, for smell Method Mix ingre­di­ents togeth­er. Blend­ing will ensure good com­bin­ing, but is not nec­es­sary. I use my 1-cup chop­per for it and it blends all the ingre­di­ents just fine… Read more »
onome avae

Hi BGLH,do i have to use ACV?

onome avae

Hi BGLH,this is my first time on your web­site! Amaz­ing things i have learnt about my hair!Thanks for the knowl­edge!
Now to my ques­tion! can i use some­thing oth­er than Avo­ca­dos?



1 cup dis­tilled water

2 T aloe gel (what does it mean, 2 T here?)

4 drops glyc­erin


Upper­case “T” means Table­spoon
Low­er­case “t” means tea­spoon

I just tried the hon­ey aloe sham­poo, and i’m real­ly hap­py it nour­rish­es the hair and doesn’t make it dry like when i was using the Lush Curly paste sham­poo (it’s a good idea but the dried coconut kept mak­ing knots in my hair). The aloe detan­gler is also now my favorite, it’s much more eas­i­er to detan­gle with it, then a lit­tle bit of Kinky Curly knot today and some Camille rose nat­u­rals aloe whipped but­ter gel is per­fec­tion for my tran­si­tioned hair (3C — 4A) Thanks for shar­ing your mar­vel­lous recipes !  i also tried cucum­ber and lemon sham­poo, it works… Read more »

I like this arti­cle as it con­tains many tips with dif­fer­ent blends. i have tried aloe gel with milk and coconut juice, it real­ly made my dull and dry look­ing hair into soft to touch and silky with good shine at the very first time. so using it reg­u­lar­ly, i.e.weekly once may work great for dull life­less look­ing hair.


I mix aloe vera with cas­tor and olive oil into my reg­u­lar hair conditioner••••after rinsing,my hair becomes soft­er and with my reg­u­lar cas­tor oil treat­ment my hair adds up to 1inch a month

Teresita Jaycox

Aloe vera is a suc­cu­lent plant species that prob­a­bly native plant orig­i­nat­ed in north­ern Africa. The species does not have any nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring pop­u­la­tions, although close­ly relat­ed aloes do occur in north­ern Africa.


Thank you for the tips. Great arti­cle with great detail.


Am malu frm last 2year’s m loos­ing plen­ty of hair..loosing hand­ful of hair everyday…my Hb is 9.0%…wt med­i­cine shud i take???


i like it


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Thanky­ou fo rthis infor­ma­tion. I’m a nat­ur­al hair begin­ner and I been so over­whelmed and excit­ed about all the nat­ur­al hair recipes, prod­ucts, and styles out there. So far I’ve just tried mix­ing the aloe vera gel to my con­di­tion­er and added cas­tor oil and its real­ly made a dif­fer­ence in the tex­ture of my hair… like instant­ly. I use it as a leave in. thank you by the way does any­one have any hair reg­i­ment tips for fine hair


BGLH you say “aloe vera gel” but you have on the “aloe vera juice” bot­tle. does it make a dif­fer­ence which one you use. I have been using the juice as a detan­gler for one and a half month and I like the results.( I also added olive oil and laven­der essen­tial oil to this mix­ture)


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Wow! Thanks so much for these recipes. I real­ly appre­ci­ate how women who spend the time (and mon­ey) to exper­i­ment on their own are so will­ing to share what they’ve learned for free.

Caprice Davis
I am so so hap­py because as a new nat­ur­al (big chopped Nov. 16th 2012) I recent­ly start­ed using aloe Vera juice in my spritz bot­tle w/ water, a table­spoon in my mois­tur­iz­er (Neu­tro­ge­na Triple Mois­ture- love, love, love this!) and I use coconut oil as my sealant. I am tru­ly grate­ful to God because ear­ly in my jour­ney I strug­gled with dry, porous hair, that always felt hard. How­ev­er, after chang­ing my reg­i­men my hair is so soft, my 4A curls are well defined and my hair no longer looks dry. I recent­ly reordered the aloe Vera juice and… Read more »

So is gel bet­ter then the juice? OR do I need to find a way to make mu bot­tle juice to gel? Sor­ry Im new the nat­ur­al life, :)


I start­ed using Aloe Vera Juice last year on my 4a/4b hair. It made my hair so soft. Its seem to grow faster too. Def­i­nite­ly apart of my dai­ly reg­i­men.


I just got my aloe vera juice and i have been using it on my scalp for the past two weeks, i have my hair in kinky twist and so far am lov­ing the result. I plan to also use AVJ as a mois­tur­iz­ing spritz when i take down the twists,pls can you give me some point­ers on how to do this.


Fan­tas­tic! Thank you so much!


Lit­tle dis­ap­point­ed with this arti­cle. Thought there would at least be a few recipes that include just aloe vera juice, not aloe vera gel. I like both of them, but it would’ve been nice to have a lit­tle vari­ety. Maybe rename the arti­cle so no one else gets the ideas I did.….


I could be wrong, but I thought aloe vera gel & aloe vera juice were the same thing, thus inter­change­able.


True enough, but I’ve learned in the past that the mea­sure­ments are dif­fer­ent. The title just makes it seem like one or two would use either form.
I think part of it, is that I just bought a gal­lon of aloe vera juice that I have yet to use and I got all excit­ed to see this arti­cle so I would final­ly have a rea­son to open it and stop using just my aloe vera gel.

Ms. Gee

I find that peo­ple do use the terms juice and gel inter­change­ably but they real­ly are dif­fer­ent in terms of thick­ness. When blend­ed, you get more of a juice con­sis­ten­cy but if used in the pulp form as extract­ed, you get more of a gel con­sis­ten­cy. How­ev­er, in order for it to be used as a spritz and in the oth­er var­i­ous recipes and not leave resid­ual pulps in the hair, it needs to blend­ed to a juice con­sis­ten­cy. Hope this helps.


I do under­stand what you’re say­ing, but I shouldn’t have to put my aloe vera gel in a blender to use it as the juice when I have a gal­lon of whole leaf juice just wait­ing to be used. It just would’ve been nice to have the option of one or 2 juice recipes with­out need­ing to turn my juice into a gel for these to work.


I want to incor­po­rate aloe vera juice into my regime this year,I’ve seen many good reviews and will start with the spritz recipe. Thank you for this arti­cle