By SongstressA

Finding the perfect leave-in conditioner can be difficult for a natural curly. There are so many different products lines that claim to offer moisture and shine! Before you jump on the next product-craze bandwagon, why not try making your own leave-in conditioner? There’s no need to search any further because you’ve finally  found a lovely homemade, organic leave-in conditioner recipe. And the best part is –drum roll, please– you only need THREE ingredients! Who would have thought it could be that simple?

With a pH range of around 4.5, the acidity of aloe vera is what works to our advantage. It aids in closing the hair cuticle. This causes your hair to be smoother, minimizes frizz, and gives your strands more definition and shine. Some find that aloe vera is a humectant, or something that draws in any humidity from the air that surrounds it. However, by sealing my hair with aloe vera after I style it, I’ve noticed less frizz and swelling. Pure aloe vera is light enough to keep my hair moisturized without feeling greasy or weighed down. It also gives great control without making it stiff or crunchy.

Aloe Vera Gel Leave-in Conditioner

4oz water
4oz aloe vera gel
10 drops of essential oil (pick your favorite!)
Directions: Add water and aloe vera gel to a small bowl and stir lightly with a spoon. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and shake. Add an essential oil of your choice and shake lightly again. Use daily or as often as needed to restore softness.

  • Gives hair moisture
  • Detangles
  • Defines curly hair
  • Reduces itchy, scaly scalp
  • Tames oily Hair
  • Balances PH Level of hair

Ladies, have you tried aloe vera as a leave in? Share your experiences!

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When I saw the whole leaf in the pic I thought the recipe was how make a moisturizer from the plant/leaf!!!
What if I actually want to make the gel myself?? How is that done? (@NaturalHairMojo)

I have been using a similar recipe for about a month now….nothing fancy, but I was using water and AV gel separately and decided to squirt some of the gel into my spray bottle along with a few drops of lavender EO. Works great for my hair as the first step of the LOC method.

Here is an article on EOs and other natural preservatives:

With love,


So does it matter what kind of aloe vera gel? Walmart has one I use to buy to take orally years ago. But come to think of it I think that was juice. So where to get it? Is it in the refrigerator section? Etc, etc, etc. More details please.


It does because many commercial aloe vera gels contain formadehyde-releasing preservatives and other additives.

I recommend using Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel. It’s food grade, has minimal additives and safer preservatives.


I incorporated aloe vera juice to my regime this year and I’m liking it,just want to know if the gel is more beneficial than the juice?


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I wish my hair liked aloe vera, but it just makes mine feel like straw every time, no matter the season.


Me too


i want to try this but i wonder if i need to preserve it.


You don’t need to preserve it. Make enough for a week and store it in the refrigerator.

Also, essential oils are NOT preservatives. Thinking they are is a myth.


Yes, you need to preserve water-based mixtures. Make sure to refrigerate it, and use it up within several days (maybe up to a week). You may want to use distilled water, and an essential oil that has preservative properties.

You can make small batches. I intend to convert the recipe for single-use-only by using up to 2 Tablespoons of each ingredient, and no more than 1-2 drops of essential oil.