Simple Homemade Aloe Vera Leave In Conditioner

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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Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast.

  • MixedGurlWithCurls

    I’m sure I’ve been here before. Gonna keep checking u out! I have funny hair, and I experimented with aloe. Crazy! I think the bottle said to try as hair gel. I guess it has keratin in it, so that totally makes sense. I’m gonna mix 50/50 aloe and coconut oil. As for eo’s, I think you said something about rosemary being good for hair before, and I like it together with basil and tea tree. It smells really good! For Jovonne, I would just experiment with what you have. Couldn’t hurt :)

  • Maww

    hiw do u store the mixture n how long will it last

  • I came upon your site by accident while trying to find help with weeping excema (or psoriasis) on my head. I am pale and have baby fine straight fly-away hair, cut short because it tangles horribly and wraps itself tightly around the brush. However, on reading your article and having a plant, I thought I would try the gel. After washing my hair I filleted a leaf and massaged the clear juice into my hair. I found that my brush slipped through the hair without pulling, and I brushed the hair into shape with the brush and let it dry naturally.
    I got a shock at first when the hair was dry as it set like extra-hold wallpaper paste, but the moment I touched the hair, the stiffness disappeared, left my hair as soft as if I had used nothing, but left the shaping in place and added some shine I do not use hairsprays, but there is no need for them.

    The weeping scabs disappeared within a couple of days, but do reappear as thinner scaly patches from time to time but do not weep. I tried putting some of the gel on my face after I had applied a thin film of Vaseline moisture locking lotion, and I felt this tightened the skin, which felt fresher. I also found that applying the gel on my forehead before gym stopped sweating in that area. It seems to work by reducing/preventing moisture loss through the skin.

    I only wish I had known about this plant forty years ago! (I now have twenty-two of them)

  • Pepper

    I find that using Aloe Vera gel and water leaves my thick coily hair very soft and is a great detangler. Nothing else i’ve put in my hair works as well as this.
    I store mixture in a spritz bottle in my refrigerator so in addition to being a great moisturizer the cold mixture is great for sealing my cuticles after every wash.

  • Elisabeth

    My hair is naturally wavy, curly when it feels like it, lol. Just added a portion of aloe vera gel the size of a thumb nail this morning after showering – when hair is still wet it’s of course much easier to spread the gel. My hair feels soft, shiny and ‘closed’, so I think I finally found my conditioner. Bye chemicals, won’t miss you.