I’m sharing this for my kinky and curly sisters. I don’t know how much hair you lose when you wash. Personally, I not going back to losing a handful of hair with every wash. I will share what helped me, but let me give you some context and a little of my history.
First, this is my hair process. I don’t do my much styling and at least half the time, I wear my hair in knots or twists. For me, it’s time-saving.
– wash every 7-10 days;
– use mostly oils like olive oil and coconut oil (after I wash);
– sometimes I use a hair cream particularly the Yucca & Plantain one by Shea Moisture;
– combs I use (see video);
– if I need to comb before my next wash, I use a spray bottle to make sure my hair is wet and I may also use a hair cream or oil.
I started incorporating aloe into my skin care after my teeth issue in late spring of 2017. I use it as part of my treatment – tying a piece of aloe to my face where I had inflammation happening in my gum. It was soothing as aloe is. Aloe also has protolithic enzymes, it’s antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and is easily topically exchanged (gets all the good stuff it has into our skin easily).
Why I never made the connection to use real aloe on my hair, I don’t know. The two times I cut my hair really short, I used the aloe gel in the bottle sold for sunburned skin, and it did dry a little crispy but was a great product for me to use then.
It was mid-November, I thought, “Hmmm, I have a bunch aloe plants, let me see what it will do with my hair.” Then mid-December I heard someone mention the keratin-like properties of aloe. In case you don’t know, Keratin treatments are given to repair and strengthen hair. By this time, I had used the also twice and my hair strands did feel stronger. So I kept using the aloe and also rubbing it onto my scalp because I knew what aloe did for skin.
Which brings me to this last wash…4 days ago. I lose about 1/4 the amount of hair I would typically lose in one washing. Hashtag excited. The only thing different I did this time was to use an aloe based shampoo and conditioner. These products also had beneficial botanicals – but aloe was the first ingredient and ingredients are usually listed by quantity.
An important thing to note if you are going to incorporate aloe into your hair routine, especially if you are purchasing a product that says “with aloe”, flip the container and read the ingredients. If aloe is the third from the last ingredient, put it back on the shelf and walk away. I even saw a product called aloe oil – there is no such thing. And if you are purchasing an aloe gel – read the ingredients.
Its been four days since my last wash and I’ve used no grease or no hair cream. All I used was the aloe-based shampoo, aloe-based conditioner, and aloe on my hair to comb. My hair right now is smooth – not dry, and it’s winter – hats, dry air – yet my hair feels amazing!
Helpful ingredients are nice, but it’s two-fold. We must avoid harsh products like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) can cause hair loss. According to a report published in the “Journal of the American College of Toxicology,” although the potential for skin irritation increases in direct relation to how much SLS is in the product you use, any concentration over 2 percent will cause some degree of skin irritation…and your scalp is still skin.
I did try one previous non-toxic process – sugar scrub. For me, it was too time-consuming because you have to the scalp section by section. So having a shampoo is my preference.
Even if avoiding toxins is not your goal, aloe will still help your hair. Fresh from the plant will give you the best and fastest results but any form will have benefits. And if you are losing your hair and it is not because of disease or medication, avoid the harsh detergents…I mean shampoo.
Find the shampoo and conditioner I used here.
Learn how to remove and avoid toxins in your daily life here.
Do you have something that makes your hair sing?