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!

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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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.