My natural hair mantra has always been “With health comes length.”
Throughout my journey, I’ve cut my hair super short three times in order to give myself a fresh start: When I completed graduate school and needed to cut away heat damage from blow-drying and “pressing” with combs and flat irons; back in 2015 I wanted a bomb tapered haircut by Rimmy Sparkles and I was able to secure an appointment; and then again, about seven or eight months postpartum, when my thick, lush locks started thinning.
Each time I’ve made a dramatic “chop,” my natural hair has grown back longer and fuller. But one thing that I’ve recently struggled with is maintaining moisture beyond wash day.
I have high porosity hair, which means that my hair easily and quickly absorbs water and oils similar to a sponge. However, my curls can turn dry, frizzy and lackluster just as fast if I’m not using the right products. So to help boost my go-to shampoo and conditioners, I decided to use aloe vera gel for dry hair.
After watching what felt like 98134913 Youtube videos with fellow naturalistas sharing their DIY aloe vera gel treatments, rewatching actress Teyonah Parris’ Hair Wash Process IGTV video and then finding the right process that works for me, I was ready to give it a go.
To pre-poo (a pre-treatment before shampooing), I applied the Lily of Desert Aloe Vera Gel to my dry hair, making sure to coat every strand from root to ends. Immediately, my dry, parched curls appeared shinier and bouncier. Then, I massaged my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I covered my hair with a shower cap and an Aquis hair turban, allowing my body heat to activate the pre-poo overnight.
The next morning, I shampooed and conditioned my hair with SheaMoisture’s high porosity products. Once my hair was clean, but still damp, I applied Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Leave-On Detangling Milk and detangled with the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush. To finish, I two-strand twisted my natural hair with the aloe vera gel, covered my head with a Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap and allowed my hair to air-dry.
On the third day (I still can’t believe I stretched out my wash day that long!), I unraveled the two-strand twists with a bit of oil on my hands and I was absolutely shocked. I can’t recall the last time my hair was not only this full but this well-moisturized.
Prior to using aloe vera gel for dry hair, postpartum shedding had wreak so much havoc on my curls that certain sections looked extremely thin and felt brittle. But what a difference this simple product made… and I hadn’t really styled my natural hair.
Since then, I’ve continued using aloe vera gel as a daily moisturizer and switching between twists and Bantu knots. But one thing is for certain, my everyday and wash day routines will now and forever include aloe vera gel.
Hey Beauties: Have you tried aloe vera gel for dry hair? How do you like to use it in your haircare routine? Let’s discuss! Share your DIY hair tips in the comments.