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, 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’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 :)


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… Read more »

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.


Try rose­wa­ter instead of nor­mal water! It gives that nice Vic­to­ri­an-like smell, which is not too pow­er­ful and rose­wa­ter is very good for frizzy and dry hair! I love the recipe, so sim­ple and yet so good, for the skin around the eyes too. Thanks :)


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.