It’s nearly impossible to find someone who enjoys having dry scalp. Dandruff, a dry scalp condition, causes visible flakes in your hair and on your clothes. It’s also common for dandruff flakes to appear on eyebrows, beards, and mustaches.
Outside factors including cold, dry weather make dandruff symptoms worse. Constant scratching leads to inflammation and even more flakes.
While chronic dandruff may not be harmful, it can be difficult on your self-esteem. Constantly worrying about others seeing your flakes causes anxiety.
Unfortunately, stressful conditions make dandruff flake production more likely. Therefore, it’s wise to get it under control before it wreaks havoc on your confidence.
Aloe Vera: A Natural Remedy for Dandruff
Oftentimes, dandruff can be treated without the medical intervention of a dermatologist or doctor. While there are many over-the-counter commercial products, there are natural solutions that even cure severe dandruff.
One of the most popular natural dandruff remedies is Aloe Vera. Here’s how aloe vera benefits dandruff and how to properly use it.
How to Use Aloe Vera for Dandruff?
Aloe vera is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for reducing irritation and dry scalp skin.
To start, you’ll need aloe vera gel. You can either harvest an aloe vera leaf from a plant or purchase aloe vera gel.
Most major grocery and health stores carry pre-extracted gel, but if you prefer to extract it yourself, there are a few steps, including:
- Take a sharp knife and carefully cut an aloe vera leaf from your plant.
- With the cut side down, let the yellow fluid run from your leaf.
- Remove the top layer and edges of the aloe vera plant to expose the gel.
- Use your knife or a spoon to scrape the gel from the bottom leaf and place it in a container.
Keep in mind, aloe vera gel is slippery, so be very careful when handling a sharp object to extract your gel.
You can either store it in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or freeze it to preserve its freshness. You can also use aloe vera gel alone or add ingredients like oil or apple cider vinegar.
- Rub It on Your Scalp
There are multiple ways to use aloe vera gel to cure dandruff. The easiest method is simply applying it to your scalp. Part your hair into sections and add pure aloe vera gel directly to your head. You can also put it on your hair strands for additional moisture. Place a shower cap on your head and leave the gel for a couple of hours. Rinse your hair with warm water and style as usual.
- Make an Oil
Sometimes, using aloe vera alone is not enough. For severe dandruff, try making an oil. In addition to aloe vera’s healing properties, carrier oils like coconut and olive oil help moisture penetrate your scalp and reduce dryness.
How To Make Aloe Vera Oil?
Making oil can be done in a number of ways. One of the easiest ways is to extract the aloe and heat the mixture.
Step 1. Gather Our Ingredients
To start, you’ll need two ingredients: aloe vera gel and your favorite carrier oil. You can buy aloe vera gel, but make sure it’s 100% aloe vera gel to avoid chemicals or other ingredients that can harm your scalp. Also, make sure you choose an oil that works well with your scalp for optimal benefits.
When you’re making an oil, you’ll need a few additional items, like a blender to pulse your aloe vera gel. You’ll also need a pan or double boiler to heat your oil.
Lastly, you’ll need essential oils. While these are optional, some are beneficial to your scalp and hair health.
Step 2. Cut and Blend Your Aloe Vera
Next, you’ll need to cut your aloe into small pieces. This makes it easier to blend your plant.
Note: Don’t blend your aloe vera plant with water because it dilutes the potency of your gel. Try pulsing our aloe vera gel until breaks down but not completely. It’s easier to strain the aloe vera residue if it’s not as thin.
Step 3. Heat Your Oil and Aloe Vera Mixture
Once you’ve blended your aloe vera gel, it’s time to add it to your carrier oil.
You can either add heat to this oil and gel mixture directly in a pan or use the double boiler method. This method uses a pan with boiling water underneath a pan containing the ingredients you want heated.
Although you can make heat aloe vera oil gel the standard way, it’s usually better to infuse your oil using the double boiling method because your oil has less contact with direct heat.
For instance, you’re more likely to burn the nutrients cooking coconut oil on direct heat, making your oil less effective.
No matter which method you use, you’re looking for the same end result.
Once your oil begins to cook, the heat infuses the aloe vera benefits into the oil, giving the gel a brown appearance. This process typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes.
Step 4. Separate Your Oil
Once the nutrients are extracted from the aloe vera and into the oil, you no longer need the residue.
Therefore, you must separate it. If your aloe vera residue is big enough, you can hold it back with a spoon as you pour the oil into a separate container.
Press the aloe vera residue to collect as much oil as possible. You can also place a cheesecloth into a funnel. Once the majority of the oil is drained, press the cheesecloth to extract the rest.
Step 5. Let It Cool
After separating the oil, store it in an airtight container. Store your oil in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks.
Keeping your oil in the fridge extends its shelf life. Once cool, add essential oils like clary sage or lavender for additional scalp benefits.
Aloe vera has numerous health benefits, especially for dry skin. Applying it to your scalp or making an oil are great natural remedies for dandruff. Try additional tips like:
- Massage your scalp to promote proper circulation.
- Use an oil infusion method without heat.
- Start with a patch test to avoid allergic reactions.
- Speak to a dermatologist if dandruff persists.
This YouTube video shows multiple oil making methods:
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